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 so I asked moms who worked from home if I could interview them to see what they did, how they got started, how much they make, and how they do it with kids.
And that’s what you’ll find here today, Tried and True Mom Jobs.
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The jobs that will give you the most flexibility are Freelance jobs, if you are interested in Freelancing read this post first about taxes. I wish I’d known about this when getting started.
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?
You can see how I make money blogging here.
If you want to start a blog check out my Step-by-Step Guide along with 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!
Affiliate Marketing is perfect for stay-at-home moms because it does not require you to produce anything, deliver a service, be chained to the phone OR managed by the clock. You can see how I use it here.
Related Article: How to Earn with Affiliate Marketing
3. Freelance Writer
Writers are in high demand; there are many businesses that need writers to write their web content, articles, social media and more.
If you’re interested in becoming a writer, take this free workshop to get started from Boss Mom Holly Johnson who makes over $200K a year Freelance Writing.
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 here.
Bookkeeping is one of the best small business ideas you can start from home. Bookkeepers record financial transactions, and it can be done either as a freelancer or for a company remotely.
How do I get started?
- Newbies: Check out the free mini-course on How to Become a Virtual Bookkeeper (This is the course the moms took above)
- Experienced: Apply to Accountingdepartment.com, 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 $80 per hour. If you are looking to work for a company like Accountingdepartment.com Glassdoor states they pay between $15-$16 per hour and employees gave them a 4.6/5 star rating.
Related Article: How to Work From Home as a Bookkeeper With No Previous Experience
5. Become A Proofreader
Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere made $43,000 in her first year proofreading while working part-time and studying abroad.
She realized there was a huge open market for proofreaders, so she designed a course to help others get started.
You can learn the skills you need to start your freelance proofreading hustle here.
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.
Ship it to Amazon, and they take care of the rest.
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 and her husband was able to quit his job to work with her in less than a year of starting! You can see the full interview here.
How much can I make? This varies significantly and depends on how much work you are willing to put in, Boss Mom Jessica makes six-figures.
This is a great job based on its flexibility and pay. Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. Consider a career in Transcription with this Free Mini-Course.
Related Article: See How this Stay-at-Home Mom does it while Homeschooling
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. If you don’t have experience try volunteering at your church in the children’s department or your local school.
Check out these recommended companies that pay between $10.50 – $60 per hour.
Are you on Social Media and think you would like to post on behalf of businesses, respond to inquiries, messages, and comments (both good and bad) from the comfort of your home? Consider becoming a Social Media Manager (SMM).
How much can you make? Depending on how many clients you have you could make anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 a month or more.
Related Article: How to Become a Social Media Manager
If you are task-oriented and have skills in the areas of social media management, ghostwriting, editing, graphic design, tutoring, researching, writing, photoshop editing, administrative duties, video editing, copywriting, or data entry, this may be a great choice for you.
How do I get started? Gina Horkey is a Six-figure Virtual Assistant and provides step-by-step on how to get started even if you have no previous experience here.
If you have previous experience in one of the areas mentioned above, check out the recommended companies here.
11. 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.
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 got started and manages to earn a six-figure salary.
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, find out how here.
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. See how this mom does it.
Related Article: How to Become an Interior Designer
14. Sell on Etsy
Find out how this stay-at-home mom turned her hobby into a $350,000 business and GROWING here.
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 in 2017 at home.
Related Article: How to Start a Successful Etsy Store
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 do I get started? Apply to the recommended companies here.
How much can I make? $12.50 – $14 per hour, this varies by company see list of recommended companies here.
Related Article: Work From Home as a Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator
16. 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.
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.
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 or Avanti Press
- 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
18. Online Moderators
The number of forums, blogs, social media pages is continuing to increase, and companies need someone to manage the comments or perhaps cleaning up fights in chat rooms.
The jobs for this position could be called Social Media Manager, Community Manager, or Moderator. To qualify for this job, you’ll want to make sure you are active on the different social media outlets.
How do I get started? The Social Element is one of the only companies I could find that offered decent pay and a flexible schedule, but they prefer experienced moderators.
19. 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 $9-$21 an hour per Glassdoor.com with a rating of 3/5 star rating or higher:
- American Express – $15 – $21 per hour
- Hilton – $10 – $21
- Apple – $13- $19 per hour
- Triple AAA – $12 – $18 per hour
- Great VirtualWorks $10-$16 per hour
- LiveOps – $9-$15 per hour
- Amazon – $11
If you use UpWork, make sure the company you apply for has a blue check that says verified payment.
20. 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.
21. 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 it all works here.
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
- Respondent – $50-$400
- User Interviews – $20-$400
- Vindale Research – $10-$50 per day if you apply to multiple (you’ll have more opportunities for this one) participants are on a first-come, first served basis so be quick to apply if you see a good one.
Take paid online surveys ($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?
Share your opinion to help brands deliver better products and services and get paid in the form of gift cards or through PayPal. I recommend signing up for Fusion Cash (Best referral program I’ve ever seen), Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars and Cash Crate.
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 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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