5 Ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money

Are you looking for ways to earn some extra money whilst you are at home? Looking after the kids can be a great thing, especially when so many others have to go to work and leave the children with childminders or grandparents.

What if there was a way you could earn money from home, and be able to spend time with the kids too?

Whether you are a stay at home mom or you want to find a way of earning money, so you don’t have to go back to work and leave the children, I am going to share with you 5 ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money online.

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Earn Money by Completing Surveys or Watching Videos

This is a common way you will find when searching the internet.  Signing up with a website, such as Swagbucks allows youEarn Money Completing Surveys to earn money from doing basic things like completing surveys, watching videos, even playing games.  The activities are relatively simple to complete, and they do not typically take very long to complete.  Depending on which one you sign up, will determine how you are paid.  For example, Swagbucks will pay you in Amazon gift cards, Prolific Surveys pays into your PayPal account.

But they are also not going to earn you a great deal of money, unless you are signed up with a number of them and spend quite a bit of time doing it.  I personally see this option as a way of earning some extra money for Christmas, then earning enough to replace a job.

My personal favourites are Swagbucks and Prolific Surveys.

Let’s move onto the options where you are more likely to earn a decent wage.


FreelancingOffering your services out to website owners could be a good option for you.  Websites like Fiverr allow you to sign up and offer yourself out based on your skills.  Typically, bloggers are looking for people to write articles for them, but you may have skills like accounting, picture editing, etc.  There are many ways you could work from home and earn money from people hiring you to do things like accounts.

This is a really flexible work model, you input your timescales and really your only prerequisite is being able to sell yourself to get hired.

Once you have established yourself in the freelancing world, you could even get regular work from businesses.  If you give them what they ask for with a service they like, they could easily come back to you regularly for future work too.

I would advise that you are really honest if you are going down this route, as most sites work on a feedback system and you don’t want to get negative feedback, because you said you could do something (because of the price) but couldn’t deliver.

Selling Your Own Products or Services

This is the obvious option, if you are able to create your own products or have a service to offer, this could be a great way of earning money.

The two that spring to mind, is Gem’s wedding stationary business.  She creates bespoke wedding invitations that shipSelling Your Own Products - Wedding Invitaitions across the world.  We have a website and eBay shop that promote this.

But then, I know people who offer their services such as “Ironing Services”.  If you don’t mind ironing, then you could earn money doing it for other people.

Obviously, there is more money in the first example, but this all depends on how much you are wanting to earn?

If you have a product or are able to create a product. I would suggest you start on eBay or even Facebook.   You will get a great idea of how popular they will be and also have the knowledge about your product to take it to the next level with your very own website.

Drop Shipping

One option, if you haven’t got your own products is drop shipping.  This is where you sign up with a wholesaler to gain access to their product list.  You then sell them via a website or eBay with a mark-up.  Once you receive notification that an item sells, you order the item off of the wholesaler and they ship it directly to the customer.  The customer assumes it has come from you, and you have also earned the difference between the prices.

On face value, this seems like an easy gig.  We use it on our wedding website, our wedding favours are a drop shipping item.  Someone orders one, we order it off of the wholesaler.  Great.

But I must also let you know about the drawbacks too.

  • Price Changes – You need to keep on top of the prices, if the prices have gone up but you haven’t updated your listings, then you are out of pocket.  To the point, you are paying more than the customer did
  • Complaints – If the delivery is late, or the package is broken.  You will be receiving the problems.  You will be in the middle, trying to resolve the situation
  • Wholesaler has stopped doing the item – This might be rare, but very hard to deal with if it happens.

I am not saying this to put you off, like I said we use it on our Wedding website – but you need to go into these things with all of the facts to help you make the right decision for you.


This is my favourite.  Gem has her wedding stationary business, I have a blog that uses Affiliate Marketing to earn money.

Let me explain why, I love helping people.  I have benefitted massively from blogging, and I want to help other people who want to earn money online find genuine opportunities.  I will always call out the scams to protect people – So, naturally blogging about these things makes me happy.

Blogging is a great way of expressing yourself and many stay at home moms have actually started doing it and found they do not need to go back to work because it has worked for them.  Also, as a mom you have a lot of knowledge and experience to share that will help others.

There are over 4 billion active users of the internet, and typically they are all looking for help with something when they type a search into Google. Many expectant moms are asking questions every day that you will probably know the answer too.  I know when Gem was expecting we started researching loads.  But we also had a Will 8 weeks early, so we also started researching again when he arrived as he spends 6 weeks in hospital.  We were encouraged by a number of blogs we found of parents who had a similar experience, and it was very liberating to feel we were not alone.

But I also understand you might want to explore something that isn’t to do with motherhood you want to explore something that you are really interested in too.

Blogging allows you to create earning potential from anything that you are either really interested in or know a lot about.

The way to earn money from blogging is with Affiliate Marketing.

Related Post: How to Make Money from Blogging

Affiliate Marketing is the way many bloggers earn money online, and the premise is quite simple.  You earn a commission for introducing a buyer to a product.  Amazon is the world’s largest marketplace and has used affiliate marketing since its beginning.  If you create a blog that attracts people to it, and they read your posts and maybe a few products recommendations included in the mix and they choose to buy something from Amazon, you have just earned a percentage of the price.

Now, I will say it sounds simple but will require you to dedicate some time and effort to making this work.  You will also need to invest some time learning everything that you need to know to get it going.  But with the right help and support, this is the option that will bring you long-term success and mean that even after the kids have gone to school or even left home you will find that you are earning more than enough to do what you want to do and enjoy.

Being your own boss, has so many rewards with this model – but like I said you need the right help and support.

Where Can You Get That Support?

Help & Support to Get Started with a Blog

Blogging is the easy part but getting your head around all of the website and internet side used to be really difficult.  You needed to know how to use computer code and get your head around what the search engines wanted.

Now, it is such a great place to create a blog.  But there are many different factors you need to consider, and Gem and I would not be where we are today, if it wasn’t for Wealthy Affiliate.

Their training is awesome for anyone of any skill level.  Do not worry about the fact you do not know how to build a website.  Their step-by-step training is all you need to succeed online and achieve success with a blog, affiliate marketing and an online business.

But even if you have your own products and services – their SEO and Marketing training is second to none.  I have used their training to a massive success of Gem’s wedding stationary business.

There are just a couple of things you need to agree to, before you will see success with their training:

  • Commit to learning – there is plenty, but their training will ensure you understand it
  • Commit Time and Effort – Any option will require you to work hard at it to make it work
  • Ask questions whenever you are stuck!

You not only get training with Wealthy Affiliate, you get access to a community of Internet Entrepreneurs (like yourself) all looking at ways of making money online with blogging and affiliate marketers.

The people who succeed are the people who commit to learning, commit time and effort and ask questions all the time.

If you do decide to join, you will gain personal access to me – Ask me as many questions as you like. Ask the community or even ask the owners (Kyle and Carson).  They helped me massively when I started out and I wouldn’t know where I would be without Wealthy Affiliate.

Final Word

There you go, 5 different ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money Online.  Depending on your goals, you can explore whichever feels right for you.

Completing surveys is fine, if you like to earn a fee quid.  But creating your own online business, utilising your own products, drop shipping or your own blog with affiliate marketing.  That is a great place to be and with the support of the training at Wealthy Affiliate, you will find it to be a success.

You do have to consider what your goals are, if it is to spend more time with the kids and earn enough so you do not have to get a job.  I personally prefer the blogging option.  You find many other stay at home moms have achieved this, and we regularly see them in the community at Wealthy Affiliate.

If you have any further questions about any of the topics covered in this post, please do not hesitate to write a comment below.  I promise to come back to you as soon as possible with an answer.

Good luck to you, whichever direction you choose to follow…

16 thoughts on “5 Ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money”

  1. Thank you for sharing with us this great review on 5 ways for stay at home moms to earn money.There are different ways to earn money online but it is also difficult to know which site is legit so that you could cash out the money you earned.

    I like this review because you are giving detail on each way to earn money and i am going to try  Swagbucks as you told us that you have a personal experience with them.

    You are helping many people to achieve their dream.

    • Hey Julienne,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  We try to help as much as we can, the survey sites are ideal for anyone looking for a little pocket money.  Whilst the other options explore ways of earning enough to stay at home even when the kids have gone to school, etc.

      We do love helping people, thanks

      John & Gem

  2. Five ways to earn and they are not get rich quick schemes? what a breathe of fresh air. I run across so many sites that say 5 best or 5 easy ways etc and they end up being all wrong. You did mention surveys I am a bit perplexed as I have done surveys in the past for little money basically the equivalent to pocket change  Have they really changed that much in the past few yrs that you can actually earn decent money with them?

    • Hey Cathy,

      thanks for checking out my post and offering some thoughts.  I think the thing that we need to consider is that not everyone is looking to earn a full-time wage online.  Some are quite content earning some pocket money from completing surveys for xmas.  I know the natural assumption is for everyone to be looking for a way of earning loads of money.  But that does require a lot of time and effort! Some are quite happy just earning a little for themselves in and around what is normally a busy household.

      So whilst it will not lead to a full-time income from it, if it achieves the goals that you have, then that is fine.  we shouldn’t discount it just because it isn’t a great return.

      I actually found that Prolific is a good site to use, as it is Universities around the world offering surveys, and the return is a lot better than most survey sites out there.  We found it ideal for someone looking to just earn some extra money.

      You are right, they are not all that good – but we shouldn’t dismiss them.



  3. Hey John! How are you doing buddy? I really enjoyed reading this blog post as it contains lots of valuable information for people like us to make money online from home. I’m a fellow member here at Wealthy Affiliate and have been one for 4 consecutive months and I really enjoy this platform.

    From my experience, I think that blogging is probably one of my personal favorite and the best way to make money online. I don’t know if the other ways work because I’ve never tried but I can guarantee that blogging will work. Thanks a lot for taking your precious time in writing this post. Keep it up!!!



    • Hey Ani,

      I am doing great, thanks!  Glad you enjoyed the article.  Blogging is a great option and many find it a great way of expressing themselves and fitting it in with a busy schedule.

      I think any of the options are viable, depending on what your personal goals are.  Everyone will have a different perspective and their own goals.

      Whilst surveys isn’t going to bring massive returns, it will be right for someone.  Not all of us are creative and have our own products, or the inclination to do drop shipping.

      That does leave us with blogging, which is about sharing our own experiences and helping others.  This is the one I enjoy the most too.

      Again, thanks for checking in


  4. This is becoming a common practice these days as more and more opportunities arise in the online world to enable stay at home mums to be able to make a living and still have enough time to take care of their kids.

    One of my favorites from your list is dropshipping. I like dropshipping because depending on the medium you use for traffic you may not have to spend a lot of hours on your computer everyday and still make a decent profit. The only thing is that it is a type of business that requires skills when running ads.

    You need to know what you are doing if you don’t want to lose money. 

    • Hey Jay,

      thanks for checking out my post and sharing your experience.  You are so right about drop shipping, once established it does become something you can do with just a couple of hours.  

      Getting your business noticed is key, I found the training at Wealthy Affiliate was fantastic for Gem’s wedding stationary business – we utilise our own products, drop shipping and affiliate marketing.  Getting your business noticed is key with everything and WA was a great help with that.



  5. I believe this post is will not just be of help to only stay at home moms, but anyone who wants to earn money from the internet. I have earned money in some of the mentioned platforms, here and there, and my most consistent platform is wealthy affiliate. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in making money online. Thanks for this post John, i have already shared it with a few friends. Cheers

    • Hey Samson,

      thanks for checking it out and sharing your experience.  Wealthy Affiliate is a great option for anyone looking to earn a full-time wage online, with their training and support it will be a great start to it.

      Thanks again


  6. Many thanks for the article John.  I am not a stay at home mom but have been looking around for ways my wife can make money online to supplement my income from my day job. You have kindly highlighted the various ways she could check out. I personally feel she’ll love online drop shipping. This would be a great fit for her as she loves online shopping anyway. You have highlighted the drawbacks of drop shipping and this will prep her to anticipate what could go wrong.

    I will share this article with her, and we will definitely do more research on the idea.

    Best regards

    • Hey Victor,

      thanks for checking out my post.  I hope that your wife finds it useful.  Making sure She signs up with the right wholesaler will be key to making sure the customer gets exactly what they want.

      Good Luck


  7. Five ways that to earn and that they don’t seem to be get made fast schemes? Something is better than nothing. I meet numerous sites that say five best or five simple ways that etc. and that they find yourself being all wrong. you probably did mention surveys I’m a touch befuddled as really have done surveys within the past for small cash primarily the like pocket amendment  Have they very modified that abundant within the past few yrs that you simply will actually earn good cash with them?

    • Hey,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  

      I don’t think I said that you could earn great money from surveys, I stated that you can earn money from them.  

      It depends on what the persons goals are… we are not all looking for an online business opportunity.  They are useful for some.  Prolific Surveys is the one that actually gives a good return for your time. 

      But again, there will be people looking for the opportunities that present themselves like Freelancing or Affiliate Marketing.

      This post was about exploring the different options that are available to stay at home moms.

      I would also state that there are no fast ways of earning money online, everything takes time and effort.



  8. Thanks John, I am a stay at home mom. I am happy I found wealthy Affiliate. I now have a successful website. Some years back, I did some survey completing it did not seem to yield much and it consumed so much time. Was I doing something wrong? I also tried drop shipping.  

    • Hey Juliet,

      thanks for checking out my post.  I don’t think you were doing anything wrong, Surveys are never going to earn you a full-time income from them.  But not everyone is chasing that.

      Wealthy Affiliate has helped many people, I often chat with stay at home moms, retired guys, even people with a full-time job looking for a way of escaping that 9 to 5.

      There are many different reasons why we are looking for ways to earn money, having goals is an important step and also dictate how much time we need to spend to achieve it.




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