Being a stay-at-home mom (or dad) has many advantages. One, you get to be with your child every step of the way as they grow up. You get to be there for all their firsts—their first smile, first laugh, first word, and first step. However, one major downside to being a stay-at-home parent is not having your own income.
With the internet and more flexible workplaces, it’s easier for full-time moms to earn money these days. There are tons of ways for stay-at-home parents to make their own money at home, from freelancing to selling items online. Here are five profitable business ideas for full-time parents.
Anyone can sell things online these days as long as they have a computer, an internet connection, and a small capital. If you want to earn money at home but don’t want to work for someone, start an e-commerce business, and be your own boss.
You can sell anything, from products to services. Find a supplier for your products. Many online sellers today don’t actually keep their own goods or even take care of fulfillment because they’re using a drop-shipping business model.
In essence, dropshipping involves the retailer ordering and providing shipping details for their customers to manufacturers. The manufacturers take care of everything, from producing the item to shipping it directly to the customer. The retailer doesn’t do much, but they earn a commission for the sale.
Even if you don't use drop-shipping if you make your own products and want to send them to customers yourself, all you need is a postage meter that can make your job easier. Weigh everything in your own home and send without having to go to the post office. Additionally, it makes sending promotional letters and postcards a lot faster because you can do everything yourself.
A tip if you’re planning to sell your own products: make your packaging stand out by using custom shipping boxes that will not only present your brand in style but also provide a reliable packaging solution for shipping and transportation. These are more fulfillment friendly, cost-effective, and more attractive to customers.
Blogging allows a lot of flexibility for full-time parents who don’t have a set schedule every day. It also provides an excellent creative outlet and new opportunities to connect with other parents in a similar situation.
There are several ways to earn money from blogging. You can leverage affiliate marketing, pay-per-click ads, email marketing, secure sponsorships, or sell digital products, like e-books, courses, and webinars. If you gain a massive following, you can become an influencer and earn from endorsement deals from numerous brands and companies.
If you’re savvy with social media, why not try your hand at social media management? The job basically involves running a person’s or organization’s social media accounts. A social media manager’s tasks include “creating, scheduling, analyzing, and engaging with content,” says Conor Cawley at Tech.co.
Many people and organizations want to hire remote social media managers because of their flexible schedule and because it’s usually cheaper to outsource jobs. You can find social-media-manager job listings on freelance platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer.com, and Envato Studio.
If social media is not your strong suit, but you have a way with words, you can also work as a freelance writer. A freelance writer accepts writing orders, which usually include blog articles, marketing copies, manuals, newsletters, screenplays, and books.
Freelance writers can get paid per hour, per article, or per word. It depends on the writer’s agreement with the client. Many seasoned writers who have editing experience and qualifications also do freelance editing jobs.
Are you skilled at crocheting, knitting, and other arts and crafts? Use your skills to make money. You can make knitwear or crochet products to sell or accept commissions for crafts projects. Tons of people love buying personalized and handmade items for their homes and as gifts for their family and friends.
Running an arts and crafts business doesn’t require considerable capital. All you really need are time, patience, and skills. You can knit, crochet, or create arts and crafts in your spare time and make money.
Earning an income is not easy, especially for stay-at-home parents, but you have to admit that there are more moneymaking opportunities, aside from keeping a job, available to anyone. You only need to look for these opportunities. The internet is usually a great place to start.