When my husband and I decided to take the very uncertain leap toward a one-income household, it was one of the most exhilarating, albeit SCARY, moves in our adventure together. At that time, making money from home with side hustles wasn't something I had even entertained.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump later, we had three kiddos, and money was tight. I knew I had to do something to prevent daycare for my kids and returning to a career that I no longer liked.
When my desire to balance making money with being a stay-at-home mom became more of a “must” rather than an “I'd like to,” I quickly discovered how easy it was to make money while I had the kids in tow.
If you're looking to make money at home while your little one's nap, play, or at any point during your day, below is an awesome list of 15 legit side hustles moms, like you, can dive right into, all from the comfort of your home!
1. Transcription Side Hustle
Becoming a transcriptionist is a great way to make some serious stay at home cash. As a transcriptionist, you'll listen to audio or video clips and transcribe them into text. Many transcription jobs are flexible with timing but check their descriptions to ensure that it will fit in with your schedule, and you'll need to take a brief typing test to qualify.
As a stay-at-home mama, sometimes you just want to have a conversation with another adult. What if you could get paid to talk with other adults from around the world? Cambly is an online English teaching and tutoring platform that connects you to individuals who are learning English. This side hustle is a great way to connect with others and make money.
3. Teach English to Chinese Students with VIPKID
Have a love for teaching kids? Even if you don't have direct teaching experience, you can make anywhere between $15.00-$22.00 an hour simply by teaching English to Chinese students from the comfort of your own home with VIPKID! Lesson plans are provided, and you can choose your timeslots to teach based on your availability. This is a great side hustle not only because you get to work with kids, but the earning potential is relatively high!
4. Freelance Writing
Love to write? Freelance writing is a lucrative way to make some serious side hustle cash. With online businesses on the rise, the need for freelance writers is increasing, and it's not just in the blogging industry either.
Some other examples of ways to grab yourself a freelance writing gig include:
With so many freelance writing opportunities, you're bound to land one or more freelance gigs! You can check out FlexJobs, Indeed, or other job boards that post legitimate freelance writing positions regularly.
5. Start a Blog
Want to get paid for writing about something you're passionate about? Starting up a blog is an awesome way to begin your journey toward making some serious money. Getting your blog up and running takes minutes, and learning how to monetize it just takes steps. From getting sponsored posts to affiliate links and more, you can start making money from your passion with just a little research and time.
6. Sell Your Kids Clothing
The moment my kids started to grow out of their infant clothes, I found myself with bins and bins of barely worn clothing. If you have kids, you've got stuff to sell! Selling your kid's clothing is a legitimate side hustle that doesn't have to stop with your own family! Stretch this money-making side hustle even further by asking neighbors and friends if they have items they want to get rid of too!
Legit online selling platform options:
7. Complete Surveys
Want another fun and quick way to make money from home? Completing surveys for cash or gift cards is a great way to make money without leaving the comfort of your home!
Here are a few legit survey sites we love:
8. Microtasks with Clickworker
Microtasks are a great way to earn money in short spurts! A micro-task site such as Clickworker offers a wide variety of tasks that you can choose from to make money. From becoming a mystery shopper to proofreading to taking pictures and text creation, there are several ways you can make some extra cash quickly with any of these microtasks!
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Do you have a love for all things on the internet? As an online business, ensuring that your website is organized, easy to navigate, and, overall, user-friendly can make or break a company. This is where you come in as a website tester.
Making money from home with this side hustle is fairly easy and doesn't have many requirements. You should:
- Be tech-savvy
- Have a computer
- Reliable internet access
Most tests can be completed within minutes, which is perfect for those of you with little ones who nap sporadically!
Here's a list of sites that will pay you for your review of their site:
Becoming a search engine evaluator isn't as technical as it may sound. Believe it or not, search engines need to ensure that their sites are up-to-speed with providing their users with the best experience.
This is where you'll come in to check out websites and rate them according to guidelines passed on by Google an the like. You'll perform these evaluations to ensure that you, as a user, find the information you're searching for on any given topic. To become a search engine evaluator, you should have a basic understanding of what a search engine (like Google) does, and you'll need your own computer.
Some awesome companies that hire search-engine evaluators include:
11. Walk a Pup
One friend of mine has become so vested in this side gig that she now has repeat customers and also dog-sits at her house! Either way, this little side hustle is a fun, flexible way to earn some cash.
12. Deliver Groceries and MORE
With more consumers relying on delivery services, businesses like Instacart and Doordash need independent contractors, like you! You can deliver everything from groceries to craft supplies and everyday items from your favorite stores!
Here's a quick list:
With a boom in online companies, both big and small, many entrepreneurs are finding themselves inundated with the day-to-day dealings of running a successful online business. This is where you step in to help.
As a virtual assistant, you'll be able to set your own pace, determine which tasks you want to take on, and set your own pay scale. Some tasks you might choose to take on for companies include (but aren't limited to:
- Email marketing
- Data entry
- Making appointments
Finding companies that are hiring for virtual assistants is also fairly simple.
Here are some companies that hire virtual assistants:
Aside from these companies, you can also join Facebook groups that post jobs weekly and job board sites such as FlexJobs!
Want to help others with their writing? Proofreading is a necessary task that many businesses simply don't have the time to complete. Becoming an online proofreader is a great side hustle for moms as it really only requires your ability to edit mistakes, and, like many of these legit side jobs, it can be done at any point during your day!
Here's a list of sites hiring for proofreaders like you:
I'm currently holding over 27,000 pictures on my iPhone. I didn't think that was possible until my little girl spied the actual count the other day.
If you're like me and LOVE taking pictures of just about anything, you're in luck when it comes to this side hustle.
Stock photo companies such as Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and so many more, are looking for images to sell. What's even better is that you don't need to be a professional photographer to submit pics either!
If you can provide high-quality images with good lighting and composition, you can make good money selling those images right online. You don't even need a website to do so!
Expectations vary by company, but if you're like me and use only your smartphone for pictures, you'll want to choose those companies that have an app to make the work even easier.
Take a look at all of these companies for various ways of scoring side hustle cash on your photos!
Whether your kids are at school, learning from home, or are still on a nap schedule, there are so many legit side jobs for moms. Just a simple search on Google will give you a ton of leads that you can easily start earning money from while balancing the little ones. The best part is, one of these little side hustles could lead to an even greater money-making opportunity, just like it did for me!