15 Legitimate Work from Home Jobs for Moms that Pay Well!
Stay at Home Mom Jobs
Are you looking for work from home jobs for moms?
Do you want to get past the scams and see what moms are actually doing at home with kids to make money?
If so, you’re in the right place. I wanted to know the same thing.
Four months pregnant with my second child and desperate for a way to quit my job so I could stay home with my kids, I scoured the internet looking for success stories from moms who were working from home with kids to see what my options were but I couldn’t find anything.
Out of frustration and a quick timeline before I’d give birth to my daughter I decided to reach out to work at home moms and find out:
- What they do
- How to get started
- And find out how much I could earn
I asked and they answered. I documented everything and created this website for people like me looking for legitimate work from home jobs for moms.
That’s why I named this website Tried and True Mom Jobs.
Some of these jobs, unfortunately, do not offer health insurance, so if you’re in need of health insurance you’ll want to know your options here.
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Best Work from Home Jobs for Moms
1. Start a Blog
I started this blog because I couldn’t find what I was looking for online and I knew the information I found would be helpful to others.
But that doesn’t have to be your story.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel if you want to talk about something that someone else already writes about. Just find ways to make your content better.
You have your own voice and perspective.
I make money on my blog through ads and affiliate marketing. If you get a nice amount of people coming to your website you can make a nice amount of money through ads.
I had a great traffic day this day and made $400 in one day, it ended the month off almost earning $5,000 in ad revenue!
I make even more money through affiliate marketing, I go in-depth about this and the other ways you can make money blogging in my article How to Make Money Blogging.
It took me a while before I made any money blogging, so this is definitely something to start on the side before you can turn it into your full-time job.
I only made $5,000 my first year blogging, but the next year I’ve been able to turn it into a six-figure business and I only work 10-20 hours per week!
It’s A LOT of work in the beginning but if you plan it right it could go very well for you.
You do not have to be an excellent writer either, you just write like you talk.
If you want to start a blog you can check out my article here and find out the top 7 categories that get the most traffic and make the most money.
2. Freelance Writing
Do you like to write? If so, you should consider becoming a freelance writer.
This is a great work from home job for moms because you work around your own schedule as long as you can meet your deadlines.
I interviewed Boss Mom Holly Johnson who does this and she earns, get this, OVER $200,000 per year!
How much can you earn? Holly said she finds it hard for you NOT to earn at least $40,000-$50,000 per year as a beginner.
2. Virtual Bookkeeper
Virtual Bookkeepers record financial transactions for business owners.
One of the moms I interviewed has NINE kids, homeschools SIX of them, and still has time to do this on the side earning $2,000/mo.
This is such a great work at home job for moms because the course teaches you how to only spend 4 hours per MONTH for each client and you typically charge $300 per client!
How to get started: Take this free class from the course the moms took to see if this is right for you.
If you love words and are a stickler for spelling and punctuation you should consider becoming a proofreader.
I interviewed mom Caitlin Pyle who earned $43,000 proofreading part-time while studying abroad. You can check out the interview in my article How to Become a Proofreader.
How much can you earn? $1,000-$4,000 per month
How to get started: Check out this free workshop to see how you can turn this into a profitable side hustle and if this is the right job for you.
Freelancing is such a great job for moms because you work on your own terms.
There are many things you can do as a freelancer but some of the most popular are becoming a
- Virtual Assistant
- Graphic Designer
- Social Media Manager
- Design Tech and the list goes on and on
I interviewed Micala Quinn also known as the freelance queen and she definitely gets us moms who want to work from home.
She was a teacher working 50-60 hours per week earning $2300 a month. Pre-tax. Absolutely miserable dropping her baby off at daycare every day. She needed to work. And, wanted to work but on her own terms.
She started doing freelance work on the side working 15-20 hours per week, earning double her old paycheck with her baby beside her every step of the way. Now she teaches moms how to do the same.
Check it out here and see if freelancing is right for you.
5. Teach English Online
You can teach children in China how to speak English from the comfort of your own home.
This is a great work from home job for moms because it doesn’t interfere with your daily routine with the kids. With the time difference in China, you’ll either be working early mornings or late at night.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (in any subject), resident of the US or Canada, 1 year of teaching experience (mentoring, tutoring, children’s church all acceptable)
How much can you earn? Up to $26 per hour
How to get started: Check out the tutoring companies hiring for these positions here.
6. Resell Products on Amazon
If you like shopping for discounts you should consider reselling products on Amazon.
You find good deals on products at brick and mortar stores or online and resell them on Amazon for a higher price.
What makes Amazon’s FBA program so great is that THEY ship the products to your customers, all of your products are considered “Prime” products, and they handle all the customer service!
My sister does this and she earns $2,000 per month on the side while working a full-time job.
You can check out the interview in my article How to Sell on Amazon Successfully.
How to get started: Check out this free email series on How to Sell on Amazon
7. Flip products from Flea Markets/Thrift Stores
If you like shopping at flea markets and thrift stores this should be right up your ally.
Parents Rob and Melissa do this and they’ve built a six-figure business doing this with their family part-time!
You shop for products that you can resell for a profit on sites like eBay. You don’t need a lot of money to get started either, take $20-$50 to purchase items and sell them on eBay for a profit of $100-$300, take that money and do it over and over again.
Rob and Melissa have a course and after I saw that this single-mom that has taken their course started earning $5,000 per month, I just had to add it to this list.
How to get started: Check out this Free Workshop from Rob and Melissa to help you turn this into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days.
Do you like to type? If you don’t mind sitting for long periods of time and can pay attention to detail you should consider transcribing.
Transcribers listen to audio recordings and type what they hear.
I interviewed a stay-at-home mom who does this while homeschooling her son and posted the top companies hiring. You can check out the interview here.
How much can you make? $7-$21 per hour from these transcribing companies or much more if you start your own business as a transcriber.
How to get started: Take this Free Mini-Course to find out if this is the right job for you.
9. Property Preservation Contractor
I had no idea what this was until I was at a conference and met a woman in line and we started talking about what we do for a living and she told me she was in Real Estate but doesn’t buy or sell anything, and then I was like, then what do you do?
She explained it like this, if you look around just about any neighborhood, you’ll notice abandoned houses that are in need of upkeep and maintenance in order to sell.
Many of the houses are foreclosed or somewhere in the foreclosure process. Banks don’t like to manage real estate so they outsource these services to preservation contractors.
As a preservation contractor, you’re responsible for the repair and maintenance of any property included in your service area. You are not expected to do any major renovations, you are simply preserving the property for the bank until it sells.
How much can you earn? Danielle says it’s very feasible to earn $100,000 in the first 18 months.
I asked how much does she make and she told me $400,000 while HOMESCHOOLING her 3 kids, she outsources 100% of the work and only does the admin work at home!
How to get started: You’ll have to check out the full interview to learn how to get started in my article How to Become a Property Preservation Contractor.
10. Sell printables on Etsy
Selling Printables on Etsy is such a great work at home job for moms because you create a printable once and can sell it over and over again AND you don’t even need to be a graphic designer!
Some examples of printables are meal plans, weekly planners, budget trackers and the list goes on and on.
I interviewed Boss Mom Julie who does very well doing this and she explains how to get started in this article How to sell printables on Etsy.
How much can you earn: $500-$1000 per month
Dropshipping is 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.
How much can you make? This varies significantly but it’s possible to make $10,000+ per month.
How to get started? Boss Mom Theo McArthur has great success with dropshipping and created a very affordable 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.
12. Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator
Rate social media ads and search engines results for relevancy as a web search evaluator.
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 to get started? Apply to the only two companies I recommend in my article on How to Work from Home as a Web Search Evaluator
How much can you make? $12.50 – $14 per hour, this varies by company see list of recommended companies here.
13. In-home Childcare
This is a great opportunity to work from home and you get the added benefit of playtime and socialization with your kids.
How to get started? I recommend taking this very affordable 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 and your local FB mom groups for opportunities to grow your 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 per month (assuming its for 8 hours a day) for each kid. Adjust your prices depending on where you live 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.
14. Customer Service
Customer service positions typically provide product or service information. 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.
This is for the moms that have help or kids are in school during the day.
How to 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 you make? The pay ranges from $10-$21 an hour per Glassdoor.com with a rating of 4/5 star rating or higher:
15. Clean Houses
This job is very flexible as you decide which hours work best for you and it doesn’t cost much to get started.
I have a great article on how to start a cleaning business from someone who does this today. He’s not a mom but he did this to take care of his family part-time and now helps moms start their own business doing this.
How to get started? Check out my article on all the information you need to get started.
How much can you make? Ken was earning $1,000 per week and shows you how to do the same part-time.
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
This is literally just to make a couple extra bucks. You’ll 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 Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, and PrizeRebel.
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.
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.
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:
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