This week my post has been inspired by my friend from high school Amber. I would like to congratulate her because today is her very first day as a Stay at home mom! I offered my help to her because in my short time as a stay at home mom I found myself bored, lacking money, and generally frustrated because it was not all I hoped it would be. Now that I am making another attempt at it I decided to be a WHAM (work at home mom) and so far it is going better than the last time. Every mom (or dad) should think about being at home with their children and it shouldn't not be an option unless you of course love the job you are at. Amber (and any other new stay at home moms), I would like to give you a little advice. Going into this you may have very high goals and that's okay! Try to keep them reasonable and if you don't get everything you want done or your day didn't go as planned please don't feel like you didn't do a good job. There are days where your house will be messy, or your child won't cooperate and eat their meal or take their nap. It happens and it doesn't mean you didn't do a good job. 

I was reading on another blog about being a WAHM. For some reason I NEVER thought about being able to still make money AND be at home. During this post I will be talking about my personal experiences and what worked best for me. Feel free to tweak my advice to make it work in your best interest. I will only be talking about ways to make money that I have tried as I REFUSE to be one of those bloggers who writes about everything. The sites or apps I write about are ones that I have personally tried and obviously liked enough to use.


Here are the apps that can be used to make some extra money...


*EBATES: This isn't really a money making site, but it does help you save money when you buy things online. So say you need a new item, you go to ebates create your account (blah blah blah) and start searching. Once you find the store/item you are looking for you can purchase it. Ebates (according to their refund policies) will send you your”rebate” I love this because

A. I don't have to leave my house to go shopping

B. it will usually get delivered to my house

C. I get money back on an item that I was going to be buying at full price anyways


*Swagbucks: is a free site where you can earn rewards, gift cards or cash (via PayPal) On swagbucks you can do simple tasks, polls, and surveys. You won't make a living on this site, but I love doing easy stuff like this while my daughter naps or when I am sitting on the couch watching TV.


*IPSOS Isay: I wasn't a huge fan of this one but only because I use swagbucks. You can use them both at the same time to earn more but I honestly got lazy and didn't feel like it. Now that all of this is being brought up again I am definitely going to be doing it again though.


*IBOTTA: is a mobile app that you can search for stores or items and use coupons. Although you cant get the money off right away after you have a certain amount in your account you can withdraw it.


*Shopkick: This app is by far the best app I have run into. You turn it on before you go into stores and get kicks just for walking in. you can also scan items on their list around the store to earn, you can also scroll through their products and when you run into an envelope there is 1kick in it. You are not required to buy anything, but if you choose to because it is on your list you can scan your receipt and earn extra kicks. You can save all of your kicks to either enter into drawings, get gift cards or other prizes that they are currently offering.


*Receipt hog: This is a receipt app where you take a picture of your receipts and hit send... and yes that's it! After you earn points you can use them to get gift cards.

*Mechanical Turk: go to Google and type in Mechanical Turk. This is through Amazon, you can do simple tasks which only take a few minutes to watching full length movies and putting on captions or tagging inappropriate content. The pay varies, I have transcribed a receipt for 20 cents but I have also captioned a movie for $30 (not to mention I got to see a brand new movie AND get paid for it!) You can either get amazon credit or they transfer money to your Pay pal account.


These are things that I have done to make some extra money that don't require a phone or internet..


*Laundry service: If you have your own washer and dryer you can make a post or talk to your friends/family and see if anyone wants their laundry done weekly. (I did laundry when I lived in an apartment building for a couple of the older neighbors, and while I had to pay $2/load to do it I could charge $10 and still make $8) It seems silly but there are people out there that don't like to do laundry and if they are driving past your house to go to work and you can have it done so they can pick up on their way home that's a huge selling point!


*Cleaning: I clean homes for three people, I offer weekly, every other week and monthly. You want to make sure that you charge what your time is worth to you and if business starts to get busy either share your customers with other people or start an actual business. I charge $20/hr and I haven't had one person complain and have had many people tell me I should charge more. Just keep in mind that you are cleaning other peoples homes and this defeats the purpose of working from home, so you don't want more than a couple clients.


*DIY-ing: If you are crafty and it kills you when your hands aren't busy start to sell your products! Whether it's knitting, sewing, crocheting or whatever you do best see if you can make a buck doing what you love. You can sell on Facebook, Etsy, craft fairs, farmers markets etc.


*Blogging: If you start a blog and get enough traction on it you can get ads placed through google and then make money from the advertisers. You will want to pick something important to you so you are inspired and don't give up. It can take awhile to see profits from blogging, but when you get there it can be a good addition to the extra income you are making.


*Breast milk: This one is obviously only for newer moms. There are websites out there where you can sell your extra breast milk, I found one called tiny treasures that seems to be the most legit place. (obviously I have not done this one as my daughter is almost 3 but I plan to if I were to have another) This site offers $1/oz which is pretty good considering you would just be dumping it anyways! I don't know how long you can keep pumping for even if you have finished breastfeeding but I don't see why you couldn't keep selling your milk as long as your doctor and the tiny treasure reps are all okay with it.


*Baby/pet sitting: If you are at home and watching your own children why not add one to two more? When I babysat for a family friend I watched her newborn for $20/day when I was on maternity leave. She was a single mom with not a lot of money who needed a cheap sitter. Again, you don't need to follow my pricing, this is just what the baby's mom could afford. I would not recommend doing babysitting and pet sitting at the same time because other peoples children and pets shouldn't really be mixed together (I'm sure there are huge liability issues there)


As I find there ways to make money from home I will add to this post, but for now this is what I have! Next week's post will be ways to save money around your home and different things you can replace with reusable versions to help cut down costs. I hoe you enjoyed today's post and found something useful! PLEASE feel free to comment below!

 


Comments

Susan milligan
02/22/2016 8:50pm

I was a stay at home mom. I babysat and cleaned house for a few. Money was tight, but I never regretted for one second being home with my kids. After all, being mom (or dad) is our number one job.

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Melissa
02/23/2016 7:11am

Hi. I have been home with my babies for the last 10-years (time goes by fast). I have sold on Ebay to help with finances and almost extreme-couponed (you can save a lot of money this way). I also had my own photography business that I did from home. I could work on the business end of the photography while my husband was at work, but I had to plan actual sessions while he was home (evenings/weekends) because of childcare. I am finishing my college degree right now so that when my youngest (and last) starts school I can contribute more financially and hopefully create a career that I can enjoy.

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Crafty by Nature
03/01/2016 6:55am

Congrats! I hope you find something you enjoy!

I think that it is good to learn how to make a little extra money. As a college student, I want to take initiative in helping my parents pay off my future college debt. One of my immediate goals is really to relieve them of that. I have inquired numerous times for a part-time job I can apply for, one that would still allow me to have time for my studies. Currently, I am checking these "making money from home" opportunities, thinking that it might be more suited for me.

Crafty by Nature
03/01/2016 6:56am

I agree, they need us just as much as we need them.

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amber
02/23/2016 10:13am

Great tips and very well written. Thanks so much for the advice and tips! :)

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Crafty by Nature
03/01/2016 6:54am

Thank you!

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05/11/2016 2:21am

I read you article and come to know about making money from home, I will apply your ideas in future. Keep updating....

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06/05/2016 9:29am

Many guys give offers to all to make money from home. But personally I have bad experience with all such things. Nothing works for you even the paid one project too. Majority losses their much money on such things. I hope some good people should launch good projects for all.

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04/26/2017 6:42pm

I agree, that is why i made this post. All of the different ways in here were tried personally by me and i have received payments from them.

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06/06/2016 10:53pm

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    Caroline Rose

    I am a work-at-home mom! I love using my craft skills to come up with ways to better not only my budget but also help the environment. It is my goal here to help anyone who wants to be able to stay at home with their family or even just help the environment to do so! I will be posting things like activities you can do with your little one (or as a family), my hand sewn projects, dinner ideas and even homemade versions (ones i have tried anyways)!


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