20+ of the Best Stay at Home Mom Jobs that Pay Well
Stay at Home Mom Jobs that Moms do Today
How can I make money from home and be a stay-at-home mom?
I was pregnant with my second child ready to make that transition from my 9-5, and I needed to find a legitimate stay at home mom job that paid well.
Update: I’m no longer at my 9-5 and I’m doing job 1 & 2 on this list and I love it. See how I work 8 hours a day with a two-year-old and infant.
Most posts regarding work from home jobs do not vet the companies they promote, provide how much you can earn, qualifications required, or how to get started and that’s why I started this blog.
I wanted to provide legitimate work from home jobs for moms like me who need a way to make money from home with kids.
I decided to reach out to work from home moms and interview them to see what they did, how they got started, how they were able to do it with kids, and most importantly how much they were able to earn working from home.
And that’s what you’ll find here today, Tried and True Mom Jobs.
We have something for everyone on this site if you are looking for passive income ideas, business ideas for women, small business ideas, money-earning apps, or ways to make money online without an investment we have it.
You know your situation better than anyone, some jobs require more focus than others so decide what’s right for you and your family.
These are some of the best jobs for moms with no experience.
This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.
Here are 20 Legitimate Work at Home Jobs for Moms
1. Start a Blog
Blogging is #1 on the list because it is one of the most flexible jobs you can have and the earning potential is limitless.
I believe blogging is the best stay at home mom job because you work completely on your own schedule.
After reading how bloggers are making between $1,000-$50,000 a MONTH, I instantly thought, well why can’t I do that? And now I am!
I will admit that blogging takes A LOT of work (in the beginning anyway) but I was DESPERATE to find a way to make money from home so I could stay home with my kids. Desperation is a great motivator, it’s what kept me going. This blog HAD to work. And it’s paying off significantly.
Blogging is one of my favorite forms of passive income. I make money just for people reading my articles from ads.
I can assure you, I did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money.
When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles it brings in a nice income. Here’s a screenshot of my earnings from the other day.
I made $400 in one day just from ads, and I also make a lot of money in Affiliate sales. You can see how I make money blogging.
You DO NOT need to be an excellent writer to become a blogger.
I’m definitely not and I have my lovely mom review my articles before I post just to have a second pair of eyes.
I spent a lot of time working on my blog the first year with a full-time job, busy toddler, pregnant with my second child and also “trying” to be a wonderful wife to my wonderful husband. So, I know if you want this to work…it can. It just depends on you.
I also didn’t make much money my first year, I’m about 15 months in and I’m finally seeing a nice income.
I work VERY part time on my blog now and I’m making more money than when I was at my corporate job.
If you want to start a blog, I’ve detailed all the steps in my How to Start a WordPress Blog article from scratch! I also mention the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.
You know how you recommend different products or places to friends? Well, now you can get paid for it!
Affiliate Marketing is when you refer someone to a product or service online using a unique link and if they make a purchase through your link you earn a commission.
See how this mom makes $6,000 a month from Affiliate Marketing!
3. Freelance Writer
Do you like to write? You can make a lot of money as a writer, I know because I interviewed Boss Mom Holly Johnson who makes OVER $200,000 a year as a Freelance Writer. I didn’t even know that was possible!
Writing is one of the best work at home jobs for moms because you get to work completely around your own schedule.
How much can I make? Holly Johnson said that she finds it hard for you NOT to earn AT LEAST $40,000 to $50,000 a year working full-time as a writer.
How do I get started? Holly Johnson found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate for your work. She created a free introductory training on how to build a six-figure writing career.
I highly recommend taking her course if you want to work from home writing and follow her path to success. I also have a number of ways to get writing gigs in my How to Become a Freelance Writer article.
Related Article: How to Work From Home as a Freelance Writer and SAHM
I had the pleasure of interviewing two successful stay-at-home moms who work from home as a Bookkeeper and started out with no previous experience! This is a MUST read as one of the moms has NINE kids, homeschools six, AND still has time to earn a living Bookkeeping.
Check it out in my article on How to Become a Bookkeeper from Home.
Bookkeeping is one of the best small business ideas you can start from home. Bookkeepers record financial transactions for small business owners, and it can be done either as a freelancer or for a company remotely.
How do I get started?
- Newbies: Check out the free training on How to Become a Virtual Bookkeeper (This is the course the moms took) to see if this is right for you.
- Experienced: Apply to Accounting Department, Belay, or check out the available positions using job boards like FlexJobs and Upwork.
How much can I make? The Bookkeepers course teaches you how to charge $60 per hour. If you are looking to work for a company like Accounting Department Glassdoor states they pay between $15-$16 per hour and employees gave them a 4.6/5 star rating.
5. Become A Proofreader
Do you find yourself easily catching errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar mistakes? If so, you might make a great Proofreader.
Proofreaders are NEEDED, I know because I use one myself.
How much can I make? Caitlin Pyle made $43,000 her first year Proofreading PART-TIME!
You can read the full interview in my How to Become a Proofreader article. There are many others making between $1,000-$4,000 a month.
How do I get started? If you want to learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle or see if this is the right career for you, check out this FREE introductory workshop.
6. Sell on Amazon (FBA program)
If you like shopping and searching for a good deal, you should definitely consider Amazon’s FBA program.
You find good deals on products at brick and mortar stores or wherever and resell them on Amazon for a higher price.
How do I get started? I recommend taking this FREE 7 Day Email Course on how to start selling on Amazon from a Mom who makes a full-time living doing this.
Her husband was able to quit his job to work with her in less than a year of starting! You can see my full interview with Boss Mom Jessica on Selling on Amazon.
How much can I make? This varies significantly and depends on how much work you are willing to put in but Jessica makes six-figures.
Thanks to Jessica, my sister just started doing this and is making money already!
Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. If you have patience and the ability to sit for long periods of time and an eye for detail, you should consider transcribing.
How do I get started? Take this Free Mini-Course to find out if this is the right job for you.
How much can I make? $7-$21 per hour from these transcribing companies or much more if you start your own business as a transcriber. Find out how in my article on How to Work from Home as a Transcriber and see how this SAHM does it.
Online teaching is growing thanks to the advancements in technology, and it’s an excellent way to make money at home if you have teaching experience or knowledge of a specific subject.
How do I get started? For these positions, you will need some previous experience teaching, mentoring, or tutoring and a bachelor’s degree for the teaching English positions.
How much can I make? Check out the best online tutoring jobs paying between $10.50 – $60 per hour.
9. Virtual Receptionist
Answer calls and web chats for a variety of businesses and professionals for Smith.ai, working alongside a close-knit team from around the country.
Smith.ai operates Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.
You must be available 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (minimum of 20 hours per week, 40 hours max). Shifts are broken into 2- to 5-hour blocks. Applicants will need to be from the US, Canada, or Mexico.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Pay is hourly and starts at $10 per hour, with raises based on performance and longevity with the company.
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance
- Retirement plans
- Cash bonuses
- Weekly pay
How do I get started? Apply Here
Becoming a Virtual Assistant is an excellent work from home job that can be done anywhere. Services offered can include everything from email management, content creation, bookkeeping, graphic design, social media and more!
How much can I make? You can earn $25-$100 per hour.
How do I get started? Gina Horkey, a Six-figure Virtual Assistant, created a course 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success to help you get started, and she shares some tips in my How to Become a Virtual Assistant article.
Are you on Social Media and think you would like to post on behalf of businesses? Consider becoming a Social Media Manager (SMM).
How do I get started? See how this stay-at-home mom does it in my article on How to Become a Social Media Manager and check out this highly recommended course on How to Become a Freelance Social Media Manager
How much can I make? Depending on how many clients you have you could make anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 a month or more.
12. Life Coach
Do you love personal development and enjoy helping people? Do you want to build a business of your own? If that’s you, you should consider becoming a Life Coach.
See how Natalie Bacon became a Life Coach making six-figures on her way to seven-figures!
This is a great job for moms because you make your own schedule and work around your family’s schedule.
How much can I make? It really depends on your market. If you’re targeting lower-income you can charge $47 per hour, if you’re targeting higher income you could charge $297 per hour or much more. It also depends on your model, are you doing 1-to-1 coaching or group coaching?
13. Create an Online Store with Drop Shipping
Drop shipping is a method where you can sell third-party products from a Drop Shipping Company without ever seeing or shipping the item. When you make a sale, the product is shipped directly to the customer from the drop shipper.
Your profit is the difference between what you charge your customers and what the drop shipping company charges you.
Here is a great infographic to show how it works:
How do I get started? Boss Mom Theo McArthur has great success with drop shipping and created a course on Udemy that teaches you how to launch your first profitable Dropship Website in 14 Days or less and grow your Income to $10,000 per month in profits.
How much can I make? This really depends on you and how much work you put into it but you could make $10,000+ a month.
14. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops
Rob from the Flea Market Flipper put me on to this (I know he’s not a mom, but he does this with his family). He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME mostly reselling on eBay.
When I read that his Flipper University Student (Single Mom) makes $5,000 a month, I had to add it to this list.
How do I get started? Rob created a free workshop to turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, & flea markets into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. You can click here to sign up.
How much can I make? Rob made $42,000 as a side income (10-15 hours per week). When he put more time into it (20-35 hours per week) he made $133,000. You can see the more time you put into it, the more money you can make.
Do you love to travel? Enjoy helping people and want to work from home? Consider working as a Travel Agent.
How do I get started? You can either start your own business or work for an agency. This stay-at-home mom who started her own Travel Agency tells us how to do both here.
How much can I make? Glassdoor states the typical salary ranges from $29,000 to $58,000 a year, but it all depends on experience and number of clients.
Do you have those creative genes to decorate rooms and arrange furniture? Do you watch HGTV and think, I can do that, I want to do that? See how Boss Mom Julie Putzel became an Interior Designer in my How to Become an Interior Designer article earning Six-figures!
How do I get started? To become an Interior Decorator (this is different from Interior Designer) I recommend starting a website, take quality photos of your work, ask friends and family if you can work for them at no charge to help add to your portfolio, once you’ve created a polished visualization of your work you can then start to charge for your service.
To get started as an Interior Designer, check out my article on How to Become an Interior Designer.
How much can I make? You can make anywhere from $50-$150 per hour as an Interior Decorator. Interior Designers can make six-figures or more.
17. Sell on Etsy
Find out how this stay-at-home mom turned her hobby into a $350,000 business and GROWING in my article on How to Sell on Etsy Successfully.
Don’t know what to sell? Check out the top 10 best selling products on Etsy.
How much can I make? This varies SIGNIFICANTLY but see exactly how this mom of three made $350,000 at home.
Do you know what a Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator does? They basically rate social media ads and search engines results for relevancy.
This is a great job for moms because it does not require getting on the phone, you make your own schedule, and it does not require any training.
There are many pros to this job, and because of that, there may be lows in available work.
How much can I make? $12.50 – $14 per hour, this varies by company see list of recommended companies here.
19. In-Home Childcare
If you love children and have a passion for the opportunity to impact a young life, this is a great opportunity to work from home. You also get the added benefit of playtime and socialization with your kids.
How do I get started? I recommend taking this neat course on How to Start a Home Daycare Business. Ladonna operated her own profitable home daycare and shows you how you can do the same along with all the information you’ll need to get started. You can also check out Care.com for opportunities to grow your own daycare business.
How much can I make? It really depends on where you live, but you could charge $30 a day which turns out to $600 a month (assuming its for 8 hours a day), while some daycares will charge $900 or more a month for one kid.
Feel free to raise your price and check the daycare costs in your area to stay competitive.
Tips: Make sure you add childcare endorsement to your home owner’s insurance in case someone gets hurt and check your State regulations on the number of children you can care for without a license.
If you’re the family photographer and love taking pictures, you should look into Photography as it is a great side income that could turn into something more.
My sister recently purchased the Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body, and she takes AMAZING pictures (she literally has NO experience at ALL), she also purchased the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens which is a KEY component of taking quality photos.
Related: See the top two apps to make money from your phone taking pictures here (no previous experience needed).
Post your best work on your social media networks and start your online portfolio on 500px (it’s Free!).
You can also:
- Contact your local real estate agents and offer your services to take professional pictures of their new listings or use a site like Obeo
- License your photos through stock photography sites like iStock and Shutterstock
- Submit images to The Sun Magazine
- Offer your services for free to friends and family who want to take holiday, newborn, senior, weddings pictures, etc. If you do a good job, those same people could turn into paying customers
How much can I make?
- Wedding Photography -$700 – $3,500+
- Senior Portrait Photography – $100-$300 a session
- Small local businesses – $25 – $200 per image
21. Customer Service
Customer service positions typically provide product or service information. It is a growing trend to hire customer service reps remotely.
You will be required to become well informed of the company that you will choose to work for and will need to be prepared to efficiently answer the questions that will come your way.
How do I get started? Normally these positions only require a High School diploma, but some companies want you to have previous customer service experience. Consider applying to the companies below.
How much can I make? The pay ranges from $10-$21 an hour per Glassdoor.com with a rating of 4/5 star rating or higher:
22. Graphic Designer
I wish I had the passion and skill for this job because every company needs a graphic designer. If you have an eye for design and experience in Adobe Creative Suite/Adobe Creative Cloud – including InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop, then there is a profitable market out there for you.
The nice part about being a freelance graphic designer is that you can take on as much or as little as you want and create!
How do I get started?
- Newbies: Check out this highly recommended course Learn Photoshop, Web Design & Profitable Freelancing. You can also check out free and premium courses on Skillshare; this is a great site because you get to practice what you learn during the course.
- Experts: Use freelance websites like UpWork to find clients, design logos for companies at 99designs, crowdspring, designcrowd (very high competition), or host a class on Skillshare.
Use your social network to also promote your services and create a website showcasing your services and work.
How much can I make? You can charge $25-$300 per hour, depending on your experience. According to Glassdoor, the national average is $62,451 a year as a full-time freelancer.
23. Work from Home Freelance Jobs
Freelance jobs are the best work from home jobs. You deliver a service for a fee with the ability to work where and when you want with unlimited earning potential!
I have found many freelance projects on Upwork. I sift through the available work options to see which project suits me the best.
I only apply to the jobs I KNOW I can do well because after the project is over its important that I get a good review so I can continue to get more jobs.
I suggest the following when applying to jobs on Upwork:
- Focus on the projects with only 5-10 proposals or less submitted (less competition)
- Check that the client has the “blue verified payment check” before applying
- When you see a job that fits you, apply for it immediately!
- If you live in the U.S., make sure to check “U.S. Only.”
- If you are pitching your first job, try to offer your services for free for one week to ease the client’s mind since you have no references or reviews. If the client likes you move on with the “paid service” the following week. That’s how I won my first job, and the client still paid me for my first week.
For a full list of freelance services you can provide on Upwork click here.
The jobs that will give you the most flexibility are Freelance jobs, if you are interested in Freelancing read this post about taxes when you get a chance. I wish I’d known about this when getting started.
24. Do Laundry
Yes, that’s right, Laundry. You can make up to $500 a WEEK doing it. It’s an ongoing chore that we all do, BUT for some, who don’t have the time but do have the money, outsourcing is the new normal.
See how you can make money doing laundry.
Sign up for Research Studies – Up to $400 per study
You can make quick easy money by participating in research studies. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for
Take paid online surveys (Up to $50-$100 or more each month)
I never wanted to be that person to stay home and take surveys BUT when you need extra money, why not?
The more Survey websites you sign up for, the more you’ll earn.
Tip: Open a separate email account solely for surveys. You’ll start to get inundated with emails and it will be more manageable in a different account.
Get Paid to Test Apps and Websites
Companies need feedback on the user experience of their websites, and they’ll pay you to get it. This is a fast and easy way to make money online.
Here are two reputable companies to sign up for:
Get FREE Oil Changes, Car Repairs & Food as a Secret Shopper
I recently had a GREAT experience as a secret shopper at a restaurant with my family where I had to rate the food, staff, and cleanliness of the restaurant.
They actually required that I order coffee, two entrees, and Pie! I’m like, okay :-).
I did the survey on my phone while I was there so I wouldn’t forget anything. I took a picture of my receipt and they reimbursed me!
A full brunch for my family and I for FREE! They have way more opportunities for oil changes and car repairs which is AMAZING!
I’ll do this any day of the week. You can sign up here and see what opportunities are available in your area.
I’d love it if you used my referral id as the person who recommended you, it’s IN35543.
Do you shop online? Why not make a little money as you spend. I really rack up my Ebates account during Christmas time; you earn cash back rewards for just shopping online.
See my January cash back statement, a nice little bonus for shopping online :-).
Better than nothing, right?
Check it out here and earn $10 if you spend at least $25.
Have you ever heard of Honey? You’ll no longer need to search for coupon codes and sales again! Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart
Great way to save money and find deals without doing the work yourself. It’s FREE and you can check it out here.
Get Cash Back on Groceries
Ibotta allows you to get cash back for items you buy anyway. I LOVE this app.
Here’s How it Works:
- Download the Ibotta App and before you shop, add offers on products you normally purchase anyway.
- Buy the products you selected at any participating store. Don’t forget your receipt!
- Redeem your offers by taking a photo of your receipt. Ibotta will match the items you bought to the offers you selected and give you the cash!
Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.
Did you see any jobs that may work for you? If not, check out FlexJobs. With FlexJobs, you can access hand-screened remote, part-time, freelance, and flexible jobs—quick and easy! Use my code FLEXLIFE for 30% off.
The normal fee each month would be $14.95 a month but it’s less using my code. I’m not a fan of paying to find work but I get they have to get compensated somehow for hand-screening each job they post.
Once you find a job you can cancel and if you don’t think it’s worth it, you can request a refund…so there’s no real risk.
Thanks for reading! I hope at least one of these stay at home mom jobs will work for you and you can begin to experience the best of both worlds, to raise your kids and make money.
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