While it doesnâ€™t have a paycheck, being a stay at home parent is a 24/7 job. Itâ€™s an infinitely rewarding task but may be a financially challenging one, as single-income families may not earn enough money to cover all the essentials and grow their savings.
But, take heart. There are many ways you can earn extra income without leaving the house and still have the time to do domestic responsibilities and look after the kids.
Keep in mind that a home-based job also requires self-discipline, organizational skills and focus, as you encounter many distractions like the TV or children running around in the living room. Discover what set-up works for you and keep going at it, even if the odds seem daunting.
Hereâ€™s a list of 27 things you can do to earn money on the side. With a little bit of persistence, these could lead to a full-time income source.
- Earn from your blog
If you like to write and are passionate about food, fashion, travel, beauty products, sports, parenting tips, or just about any subject, nowâ€™s a good time to start a blog. Just about everyoneâ€™s got a blog now, right? Â As your blog gets more visits and reader engagement, you can earn money through sponsored advertisements. Establishments can also commission you to promote their services for a modest fee. When starting a blog in Australia, we recommend Wp Engine and WordPress.com
- Promote products online
Affiliate marketing lets you promote other products on your blog or social media network and earn a commission for every item sold. Thereâ€™s no need to stock up on inventory, deliver the products, and provide after sales service. Rakuten, Linkshare, Amazon, Clickbank, JVZoo, and Shareasale offer ad links where you can earn some cash from.
- Trade clutter for cash
Organise on old-school garage sale, advertise it on Craigslist, and earn for getting rid of things you donâ€™t really use anymore.
Declutter pays as much as $10+ for old CDs, movies, and games.
Sell your good-as-new-clothes at thredUP. Products worth less than $60 each are paid for as soon as these are processed while items over $60 are put on consignment and paid once sold. Just pack up your clothes and have them ready for shipping.
Are your shelves about to fall apart, overloaded with so many books? BooksCouter.com will help you find the highest price for your beloved titles by comparing prices from 58 book-buying sites. Once youâ€™ve found a buyer, select your preferred payment method, download a free shipping label, and your books are good to go.
- Earn from shopping
Earn cash rebates when you shop with Ebates.com.
Ibotta gives you the opportunity to earn back cash on your receipts. Shop at stores such as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Walgreens, scan your product barcodes, submit a photo of your receipt, and get a cash rebate within 48 hours.
Or you can be a mystery shopper! Pose as a regular customer and report on your shopping experience for market research firms.
- Design and sell customised shirts
If youâ€™re artistically inclined, design and promote customised tees and Teespring will take care of production and shipment.
- Offer your services on Fiverr, Gumtree Craigslist
From logo designing to letter writing and singing telegram services, you can offer your skills on Fivver. Offer add-ons and earn even more.
Do a search at Craigslist – thereâ€™s definitely someone out there who you can help out during your free time. You can post a service of your own, too!
Other sites worth checking out include Freelancer.com.au, and UpWork.com
- Be crafty
Make money from your arts and crafts projects and be an Etsy seller. Â It takes less than 30 minutes to get your account up and running, and it costs just 20 cents to list an item for 4 months.
- Be a professional tester
Is a website user-friendly? Make money from evaluating its functionalities. UserTesting pays testers $10 for every 20 minute session completed.
Websites like Cashcrate pays you when you try products and services for free.
- Host a dinner
If you love cooking and often get compliments like â€œYou should set up your own restaurant!â€ BonAppeTour allows you to share your culinary flair with locals and visitors from across the globe â€“ and earn from it, too. Set the rate per guest, choose your preferred schedule, and indicate the number of guests you can welcome to your home.
- Rent out your ride
Earn additional income by renting out your car while youâ€™re on a vacation or by leasing your secondary car thatâ€™s just sitting in the garage with DriveMyCar. Â Whatâ€™s more, Your car is covered by the
DriveMyCar Motor FleetÂ Insurance Policy during rentalÂ and you are paid monthly.Â This coversÂ potential damages or incidents of theft. Car renters are go through a strict screening process for your safety.
- Lease out your driveway or garage
List your space on ParkWay. Â Indicate available dates as well as rates per day, week, and month.
- WelcomeÂ travellersÂ to your home
Travellers are now on the lookout for accommodation options that will give them a more authentic feel of the city theyâ€™re visiting. Whether itâ€™s the entire house or just spare a room, you can list your space on Airbnb and welcome guests from around the world. Set the rates, available dates, and other reservation requirements for your guests. You can review profiles of potential guests as well as the reviews theyâ€™ve received before you approve of their reservation request.
- Listen and review up-and-coming musicians
Earn as much as $50+ a month just by listening to unsigned bands and artists online and submitting a review to Slicethepie. Â Who knows, you might even discover the next big thing!
- Offer your services as a chauffeur
Sign up with ride-sharing site Uber and Lyft to drive your own car, set your own working hours, and earn $35 per hour.
- Set up an online shop
Set up an online store at Amazon, eBay, Zazzle or CafePress. See more about setting up an online store with our blog:Â Setting Up an Online Store
- Do field work
Score assignments at Field Agent and be paid for doing tasks such as checking prices, scanning barcodes with your smartphone, and conducting surveys.
Download the Gigwalk app and complete jobs such as taking product photos, restaurant menus, and street signs, among others. Accomplishing several tasks unlocks higher paying assignments, which can earn you as much as $90.
Be a â€œlookoutâ€. WeGoLookâ€™s clients need items verified by taking photos or videos. Earn from $25 to $200, depending on the task required.
- Share your thoughts
Sites like Swagbucks, Opinion Outpost, and Vindale Research offer cash and rewards when you complete online surveys or review products â€“ thatâ€™s only just a few minutes of your time each day.
Epinions.com and ReviewStream.com also pay for product reviews.
- Get into freelance writing
If you love writing and can create unique and engaging content, Elance and Upwork have a lot of job listings available for freelance writers.
ArticleSale.com and Constant-Content.com pay for articles on wide range of subjects. All you need are your wordsmithing skills and a PayPal account. Also check out our article aboutÂ how to make money from home as a writer using iWriter.
- Drop ship
Choose a product to sell online, set your markup, and partner with a drop shipper, who will ship it directly to your customer free of charge. Hereâ€™s a list of drop shippers you can choose from.
- Take advantage of your photography skills
You donâ€™t even need to have your own studio. Sites like Shutterstock, 123RF, Dreamstime, CreStock, Fotolia, Getty Images and SmugMug purchase digital photos to add to their archive.
- Teach online or offline
From computer programming to basic bookkeeping and Photoshop, you can earn extra cash by sharing our knowledge online. Â Check out sites like Udemy, Skillfeed, and Skillshare.
If you can write and speak Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, and more, sign up to be a teacher on Italki and work from home. Italki will take of administrative concerns so you can concentrate on teaching.
Another option is to offer classes in your home. Be an after school tutor, offer guitar lessons, baking lessons, or crafts lessons â€“ whatever matches your interests.
Looking after other children is a win-win situation: you can organise playdates for your own kids and earn extra on the side.
- Be a few dollars richer by recycling
One manâ€™s trash is anotherâ€™s treasure. Earn extra cash by turning in old smartphones, laptops, printers, and even ink cartridges up for recycling.
- Earn from your #OOTD photos
Stylinity pays you to take picture of your outfits. Sign up, take selfies of your outfits, and tag the photo with the product information. Get paid when other users click to buy any of the items youâ€™re wearing.
How do you supplement your household income? Share tips with us on the comments section below!