Do well paying stay at home mom jobs really exist?
That was my ONE BIG BURNING QUESTION when I found out I was pregnant: how can I afford to stay at home with my baby? There was no way around it… I was going to need a stay at home mom job.
I always planned to be a stay at home mom, I always knew it was what I wanted… but that didn’t change the reality of our financial situation.
Just because I wanted to be at home with my baby didn’t mean that we were financially able to make that happen. I see a ton of “how we lived on one low income” articles floating around… but the fact is that we live in a very expensive part of the country, and generally, “one low income” just isn’t going to cut it here.
The worst part was that I didn’t even have a great paying job to go back to. If I went back to work and paid someone to watch my baby, not only would I not be with him during the day… I would literally be working for a couple hundred bucks per week (after day care costs and gas for my car). Hardly adding to our bottom line, hardly even paying for groceries.
(There was just no. possible. way. I was going to let that be my reality.)
With that in mind, I realized I only NEEDED to make about $1000/month to justify my staying at home.
How to make income as a stay at home mom was a question I needed to answer for myself, and for my kid.
So I set out to figure out, once and for all, how I could earn an income from home with a stay at home mom job.
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I started researching legitimate jobs for stay at home moms
I googled “best jobs for stay at home moms”… and it turns out there are actually a ton of stay at home mom jobs out there. You just need to look for them.
And you need to want to find one that will work for you, and be determined to make it work. I think that’s the most important thing in your search for a way to earn an income as a stay at home mom – your determination.
But I doubt that will be a problem for you – nothing has EVER made me more determined to accomplish something as much as the thought of leaving my baby with someone else and going out to work everyday – to bring home less than $1000/month.
I read about transcription, proofreading, virtual assisting.
I read about reselling things on Amazon, flea market flipping, freelance writing, and starting a laundry service.
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They all seemed like totally viable jobs, but none of them REALLY seemed like they were for me. (I figured at the worst, I might try transcription.)
(And more on all these jobs farther down in this article – but first I want to tell you about MY perfect stay at home mom job!)
I read about blogging. I read A LOT about blogging. I read about how there are millions of blogs out there, and about how it can take years to grow a blog into a money making business. I read about how many blogs fail. I remembered that once, a few years ago, I’d had a brief interest in blogging (when I’d read about a woman who made Pinterest her full time job).
But, I also read, again and again, about women who had made it work – who had become successful in less than year, moms who made more money working from home with no experience than they had ever made before in their lives!
And I thought… Why not me?
I looked at these big successful blogs, poured over every page – and saw ordinary women. Ordinary women who decided to do something and then they did it. It occurred to me that if it could work for them, it could work for me – all I had to do was learn.
They were writing about saving money, about pregnancy, about postpartum, about home making. I thought; I can write that stuff too!
At the very least, I was convinced I had to try. I’d never know if I didn’t try.
How I created my perfect (and great paying) legitimate stay at home mom job
I was pregnant, and I could feel the clock ticking. I had another 8 months PLUS a year of maternity leave to figure out the blogging thing… that seemed like more than enough time.
So I started.
(That’s the biggest most important part. You need to just dive in. Get things in motion!)
The learning curve was HUGE. Even TERRIFYING sometimes. It felt like learning a foreign language. I felt like I was in way over my head. (I never took a single computer class in high school. Seriously.) I had to google almost every nuance of every aspect of what I was trying to do. It was hard.
But, I reminded myself, not as hard as not spending my days with my baby.
Not as hard as paying (my hard earned money) for someone else to play with him, someone who might care for his physical well being – but certainly wouldn’t be able to care for his emotional well being the same way I did.
THAT would be truly hard.
Fast-forward (if you can call a grueling pregnancy “fast”) 8 months, and by the time I went into labor, my blog had just had it’s second $3000/month. I was officially making MORE with my work from home job than I was making at my desk job… and it took me less than a year to get there.
Turns out this blogging thing isn’t a pipe dream at all. I’ll never be one of those “stay at home mom earns six figures” headline bloggers, but I don’t NEED to be. I’m making enough to keep me at home, and that’s what’s important.
Why blogging is the BEST job for a stay at home mom:
There really are a ton of job options for stay at home moms…but as far as I’m concerned, blogging is the best kind of stay at home job. It’s a be your-own-boss kind of job, an answering-to-no-one kind of job. It’s a my-kid-kept-me-up-all-night-I-will-die-if-I-have-to-work… so I just WON’T work today, kind of job.
My mom was a hairdresser. She said she went back to work when I was a year old, and she cried every day for three months. So she quit her job, and opened a salon in our basement. She says it was the best choice she ever made – to become a mom who works from home.
She was 100% her own boss. She set her own schedule and found her own work. She was always there for us (even if there sometimes meant there and working.) As a blogger, I am just as much my own boss as she was.
Missed a deadline? Oh, well (I set the deadlines in the first place).
Up all night with a teething baby? Perhaps I’ll nap when he naps. (Or perhaps I’ll make a cup of coffee and work – because I am even more motivated by the fact that I can stay at home with my teething baby.)
Not only that, but – I am never ALONE as a stay at home mom (let’s face it, hours and hours with only babies to talk to can feel lonely after a while. The babies are great company, but the conversion is not exactly – I have stay at home mom blogger FRIENDS. Women I talk to everyday online; we support and encourage each other and learn blogging things together.
If blogging isn’t the kind of work you imagine doing as a stay at home mom, consider these other perfect jobs for stay at home moms:
Start a day home
Just because YOU become a stay at home mom who works, doesn’t mean everyone will! There are LOADS of women out there who will pay good money to have someone they can trust watching their babies.
Buy Discounted Products And Resell Them On Amazon.com
If you love to find bargains and can’t get enough of the clearance aisles, then selling on Amazon may be for you! Jessica from TheSellingFamily.com was able to take her love of finding deals and turn it into a 6-figure side hustle in just 1 year. You can grab a free 7 day email course right here and she will explain everything you need to know about how it all works and help you decide if it’s the right choice for you. (I think this is one of the EASIEST jobs stay at home moms can do with no experience!)
Become a Freelance Writer
I write almost all my blog posts at nap time, or in the evening, or I stay up a little later and write while my baby sleeps. And I LOVE to write, so it doesn’t even feel like work. I happen to know MANY bloggers who hire all their writing done for them. Learn more about becoming a freelance writer here!
Become a Virtual Assistant
The more people working online, the more people hiring other people to do work online for them. I’ve have a wonderful VA who manages my affiliate program for my ebook and takes care of my accounting, and another one who answers all my emails and helps me with small off jobs that just don’t fit on my to-do list.
This saves me heaps of time and I’m more than happy to pay someone else to do the things I don’t like to (or just don’t have time to) do. VAs usually set their own work hours and can take on as many or as few clients as they like. Their work is rarely “need to be here NOW”, so it’s literally the perfect job for stay at home moms – they can work when baby is asleep, or when daddy comes home.
Trained or experienced VAs earn more than those who just dive right in, so taking a quick course on Virtual Assisting is a good idea. Learn more about becoming a virtual assistant here!
Be an English Teacher
If you have a neutral English accent, a bachelor’s degree in anything, and have an interest in being a teacher – this could be a good fit for you. This job entails teaching English to young children in China, and usually pays pretty well.
There are plenty of companies you can apply to. Apply to more than one to increase your chances of getting hired. Some of the most popular organizations include VIPKID, gogokid, HAWO, and EF Education First.
Be a Photographer
For me, this will always be the “job that got away”. I still take photos with my mom on the weekends. I just never could get up the nerve to really tackle it on my own. I’m not a particularly social person and going to weddings where I don’t know anyone makes me super nervous.
Sell something you LOVE + use yourself
I hesitate to put this in here, because there are just as many failed MLMs as there are bloggers.
That said I know ladies making a KILLING on Norwex and Tupperware and oils. There are absolutely moms who make a great income selling things they use + love.
Become a Proofreader
If you’re good with written English and want a job that you can do 100% on your own time, there’s an affordable course that’ll teach you how to do this in no time. (I know a woman who makes MINT doing this.)
This is similar again to blogging or writing or assisting – a perfect stay at home mom job because you can set your own hours and take just as much work as you can handle.
Or become a Transcriptionist
There’s a course that’ll teach you how to do this quickly too. (I’ve often considered transcribing myself.) There are loads of opportunities for transcriptionists! It’s another one you can do 100% “on your own time” (nap time, or after bed time, or really… whenever you can carve out an hour here or there!)
Get crafty and start an Etsy shop
If you love to crochet, knit, bead, ANYTHING really, you can sell it on Etsy. (I’ve often thought that fairy garden accessories would be awesome fun for making and selling on Etsy. If I ever get the blog a little more self sufficient I think I’d try this.)
Esthetician (do nails, hair, facials etc)
My mom did hair and nails from home for 20 years. She is my inspiration to BE a work at home mom, and this is the thing that she did, from home.
Provide a Laundry Service (Wash / Dry / Fold)
Anyone with a washer, dryer, and iron can do this. No special skills required, and you can do it while the kids are awake. Bonus! I recently spoke to a woman who makes 700$ PER WEEK just doing laundry from her home! (And really, the machine does all the hard work these days.)
Become a Graphic Designer
My sister does this! The learning was a bit more intensive, but if you’re naturally graphically inclined – why not?
This is another thing I have hired people to do for me – I’ve had my sister (and other designers) make printable products for me to sell on the blog, format e-books that I sell, create infographics for Pinterest, and more!
Tutor (math, English etc)
Lots of kids just need someone to help them with their multiplication.
But all that said, I still think blogging is the number one most amazing way to make money as a stay at home mom. I LOVE not having to answer to ANYONE else, not having to go out and find clients, not having to worry if I can’t work for three days in a row… all the other job ideas for moms pale in comparison, as far as I’m concerned.
There are SO many totally legitimate work from home jobs for moms – you just have to want it bad enough to START and make it happen!
If you DO want to try blogging as a stay at home mom job – where do you start?
If you want to become a blogger, all you need are two things – determination and GOOD information on getting started. (Becoming a stay at home mom and making money in general isn’t something that’s ever going to happen with out these two things!)
There is A LOT to learn. (Just like with any new job!)
I can’t help you with the first part – the determination part. That’s really down to you. But if I know anything, it’s that nothing is as motivating as wanting to make a stay at home mom job a reality!
I CAN help you with the second part. I know what it takes to make a blog succeed AS a stay at home mom. I WANT you to be able to work from home, and stay with your kids.
I have created a completely FREE 7 day course that will walk you through setting up the foundations of a profitable blog.
I also want to invite you to join my Facebook group, where we talk all things blogging and there are LOTS of other beginners.
Of all the stay at home mom jobs out there, blogging was absolutely the one for me. It might be the job for you too!
(Or there are all those other jobs for stay at home moms I mentioned. Any one of them would work, and perhaps even be more guaranteed income than blogging. Check out this list of awesome jobs for stay at home moms here!)