Being a stay-at-home mum may be a full time job in itself, but unfortunately it doesn’t help pay the bills. After the breakfasts are made and the kids have gone off to school, do you often find yourself with a short window of time before the mayhem ensues again?
It may not sound believable, but there are actually hundreds of things you can do from home to earn a few extra quid while you have some downtime. From creative pursuits like writing and drawing, to more practical tasks like selling and reviewing products, here are just a few ideas to help boost your income while being a full time parent!
Websites like fivesquid offer freelancers an easy and hassle-free way of making money by writing articles and blogs on any subject you like on your own terms.
Opening an online store
If you’re feeling pretty crafty, the Internet is the perfect place to sell your wares. Whether you take commissions or make your products first then post them online, there’s big money to be made in this field. Knitting, sewing, crocheting, and jewellery making are all great ways to keep you occupied while earning some money on the side. You can open your online store using Shopify and enjoy a 14 days free trial.
Spending a few hours a day, or even a week doing some graphic design for clients’ websites can be a handy way to top up your pocket money while keeping your creative juices flowing too. Many smaller blogs and websites only require minimal work, on a semi-regular basis, so this is a perfect solution if you’re pushed for time.
Okay, this one might not be for everyone, but if you’ve got a cracking voice then why not give voiceovers a go? Voice Over artists record voice overs, video game character voices and voicemail greetings for businesses from the comfort of their own homes. Perhaps just make sure the kids are safely out of earshot first…
Online Virtual Assistant
The online virtual assistant (or VA) business has been skyrocketing in the past few years, with more and more companies in need of someone to make phone calls, send emails and do daily admin tasks from home. If you’re personable, friendly and don’t mind working tasks out by yourself, then this is a great option for stay-at-home parents of all abilities. Before you know it, you could have clients from all over the world queuing up for your services.
The Internet is awash with people wanting their products, music, art and websites reviewed either on film or online. Freelancers even review books and get paid to do it. As a product reviewer, not only do you earn money for a short hundred word review, you also get free stuff, so it’s a win-win! There a several websites that will connect you with a seller who needs a product review, just do a quick Google search and you will have a large list to choose from!
No matter what your interests or talents are, with a bit of imagination you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to turn your hobbies into cash.