Now that The Goose is in school all day, and I have a bit more time on my hands, I have been looking for ways to make extra money, while still being a stay-at-home mom. These are the different ways that I’ve been able to make extra money without sacrificing family time.
1. Etsy – If you are creative, Etsy is a great place to sell your homemade creations. If you’re not creative (like me), but you’re able to make a product that people actually want to buy (like my dryer balls), then you should absolutely try selling on Etsy!
I opened my Etsy shop just over a year ago, and I’ve had a lot of success. While not all of my items were big sellers, the dryer balls were a huge hit. And once you have a few sales under your belt, and a good Etsy seller rating, you’ll see your sales gradually start to increase, like I did. (For tips on selling on Etsy check out Beginner’s Guide to Selling on Etsy.
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2. Swagbucks – While I don’t make any actual money on Swagbucks, I do earn gift cards – which is fine with me! I joined Swagbucks over the summer and I’ve earned nearly $50 in Amazon gift cards simply by using the Swagbucks search engine (instead of Google), answering quick surveys and watching short advertisements. They also give out free Swag Codes to those who follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, which means I can earn a few Swagbucks without any effort at all. But my very favorite way to earn Swagbucks is by using their Shop and Earn program – which lets me earn Swagbucks when I make online purchases from various companies, including Amazon, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s and even Home Depot! I earned A TON of Swagbucks this past Christmas by purchasing most of my gifts online. (And I was able to do all of my shopping without even setting foot inside the mall!).
3. Mystery Shopping – I became a mystery shopper last year, and it’s been a lot of fun. I can choose which jobs I want to take, make my own schedule, and I can make money by going to stores that I usually shop at. (Right now a lot of the jobs have me going to grocery stores – and I have to go there anyway!).
Some of the mystery shop jobs require you to visit the company, evaluate them based on the guidelines, and then let them know that they have been audited. Personally, I prefer the jobs where I am able to go to the locations and do my evaluation without revealing why I am there.
In the beginning, you will typically only receive offers for jobs that pay smaller amounts (usually between $5 to $10, plus a small purchase that you will be reimbursed for). But, if you perform your jobs accurately and report your results in a timely manner you will quickly become eligible for the higher paying jobs.
There are several different mystery shopping companies around the country, but the company that I am working with (and I am very happy with) is called Trend Source. Click here for more information.
- Blogging – I must warn you, making money through blogging alone is a tricky business. Especially if you don’t have tons of time to dedicate to writing, editing, finding great pictures, promoting your blog through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. But… it is fun. And it’s given me a whole new level of respect for those bloggers who are able to make it big!
So, just how do I make money through blogging? First, I have Google Adwords installed on my website. With Google Ads I receive compensation whenever somebody on my website clicks on one of the product advertisements in my sidebar. For certain advertisements I receive compensation simply based on the number of people who see the ad on my website (whether they click on it or not).
In addition to using Google Adwords, I am also a member affiliate programs for several popular online retailers. This means I have my own unique referral number, so when a reader purchases a product I’ve mentioned in a post I receive a small commission. (At NO COST to the reader). I also have advertisements for these retailers in my sidebar, and I receive a small commission if a reader uses this advertisement to search for and purchase a products online.
Making money as a stay-at-home mom certainly does require a lot of hustle, and you have to be wary of taking on too many tasks at one time. But I love a challenge, and the balancing act certainly does keep life interesting!