Finding decent-paying stay at home mom jobs that offer you the kind of flexibility it takes to raise your kids while earning money can feel a little overwhelming. There are so many options to research and try, and you already have your hands full.
I remember this feeling far too well. When my kids were a little younger, I was in a position where I needed to bring in some extra income, and I wanted to still be around as much as possible for my kids.
My husband and I had racked up a decent amount of credit card debt and we're working hard to pay it off. I was also in school, working one part-time job outside of the house (opposite my husband’s schedule), and I knew that finding more work would expedite our payoff.
There were so many options online for stay at home mom jobs. At one point, I tried at-home daycare and even considered a direct selling business.
I knew I wanted to be with my kids as much as possible. But, I also wanted flexibility and didn’t have the cash to dump into a box of leggings, skincare, or whatever the MLM rage was at that moment.
After spending a lot of time looking for stay at home mom jobs, I landed a freelance editing gig. It was only around 5-10 hours a week in the beginning, and it was work that I could do while my kids napped or after they went to bed.
That work not only helped my husband and I get out of debt, but it also turned into my full-time job.
My story isn’t uncommon. So many families are experiencing financial stress, and that stress makes it difficult to not work, even if that’s something you’re doing to save money on the incredibly high cost of childcare.
Even though the balance is hard, finding a stay at home mom jobs and landing on the right one can ease a lot of stress. Making a meaningful financial contribution to my family is a liberating feeling – I get to be there when my kids need me while not sacrificing my family’s financial future.
About the stay at home mom jobs on this list
We wanted to make sure this list gave you options to maximize the amount of money you could make while working from home. And like I’ve explained, flexibility is key.
It was also important to really be able to tell readers about jobs that are legit – so these are all jobs we (the M$M team) have experience with, the ones we’ve learned about from readers in the M$M Facebook community, or know someone with firsthand experience. The goal is to vet these jobs for you.
Here are 13 legitimate stay at home mom jobs that pay well
1. Freelance editing
I’m starting with this one for obvious reasons – it’s what I spend the majority of my day doing.
Freelance editing is providing different types of editing services for a variety of clients. You might work for bloggers, have regular contracts with larger companies, or work on small one-off type projects.
I’ve worked with bloggers like M$M and Making Sense of Cents, edited sales pages, and I’ve also edited books of poetry and worked on a book for a finance guru.
You are essentially helping writers with the style, tone, and flow of their writing. It usually involves proofreading for grammatical and spelling errors, and if you work for online clients, knowing a little about SEO goes a long way.
You can find your first clients by networking with people you know (that’s what I did), but sites like Upwork.com are full of potential clients. Eventually building a website is going to help you grow your client base, and I built a WordPress website hosted through Bluehost.
I’d say most entry-level editors can earn around $20/hour. As you build a reputation and grow your skills, you can earn $40+/hour.
2. Freelance writing
For me, editing for bloggers led to writing for bloggers. But that doesn’t have to be your trajectory. Many freelance writers start by taking small jobs on websites like Upwork (I’ll mention this site a couple of times) and working their way to finding higher-paying gigs on Freelance Writing Jobs.
You don’t need an education in creative writing or English because just having a natural ability for writing is the key to this one.
Your earning potential is contingent on your experience and the jobs you take. Some people start really low, earning just a few cents per word on content mill work, others get gigs right away that pay $200+ for a 1500 word article.
When you look at lists of stay at home mom jobs, this one always pops up. That’s because it’s a great creative outlet for moms who are looking to bring in some extra cash.
Now, it’s not easy, and you won’t start earning right away. Blogging is a loooooong game. It can take months to earn a dime. But the draw is that you get to write and share whatever it is that you’re passionate about.
It can obviously be about raising kids (there are a lot of these blogs out there), but you can blog about anything – money, marriage, outdoor life, traveling, cooking, crafts, fitness, etc.
Finding a niche is what will set you apart, and even though it seems like the web is already saturated with blogs, there is still money to be made for new bloggers. Take M$M, he started blogging just a few years ago and now earns a 7-figure income.
The key is to work hard and stick with it. There is also a lot to learn about monetizing your blog and marketing it. And when you’re ready to start, Launch That Blog is a free service that helps you set up a WordPress blog hosted on Bluehost. You will need to pay for hosting services, but it’s as low as $2.95/month.
M$M’s team does all of the technical work for you so you can focus on writing and growing your audience (perhaps the more fun aspects of blogging).
4. Work as a virtual assistant
Parents know how to put out fires and manage schedules. I mean, those are some of the most valuable and marketable skills we have (if you could put “parenting” on a resume). This is a lot of what virtual assistants do, and M$M’s very own Mel does that while staying at home with her four young children. I know for a fact that she’s the glue holding this entire operation together.
Virtual assistants take on a variety of tasks for their clients, including:
- Scheduling meetings
- Managing social media accounts
- Contacting clients
- Managing billing and payments
If it’s a job that doesn’t need to be done by the business owner themselves, then it can be done by a virtual assistant. And, many virtual assistants earn from $35-$50/hour.
5. Earn money on Pinterest
I know lots of parents, including myself, who use Pinterest as a guidebook for surviving life at home with kids. Pinterest can also be used to earn money while working at home with your kids as a Pinterest virtual assistant.
The idea is that online business owners need help leveraging Pinterest’s vast reach. And as a Pinterest VA, you’ll:
- Design, create, and pin pins
- Creating a pinning schedule
- Do keyword research
If you’re interested in learning more about this stay at home mom job, you can read more at the Pinterest VA Course and will hear how you can earn around $500/client.
6. Teach English online
There is an increasing demand for online tutors who work one-on-one with Chinese and Korean speaking students who are learning English. VIPKid is one of the highest-rated companies facilitating this service, and they pay $14-$22/hour for online English teachers.
After you’re hired on by VIPKid (you can read about the process here), you connect with families and teach in 25-minute increments. VIPKid does all of the lesson planning for you, and the hours are flexible enough that many teachers do this outside of their full-time jobs.
One important thing to know is that you don’t need a degree in teaching or English, just experience working with children, and having your own counts.
Read our full VIPKid review to learn more.
7. Start an Etsy shop
If you want a job that feeds your creativity, Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. It’s easy to set up a shop, and you’ll need high-quality photos, on-point descriptions, and be able to ship things quickly.
As a maker myself, I will offer one caveat – in a competitive marketplace like Etsy, it is difficult to earn a fair wage for handmade goods. Take a handknit hat. You have may have paid $10 for the yarn and put four hours into the knitting, but you may not be able to sell it for over $25. Just keep that in mind and be passionate about the craft.
Now, there are things like printables that take considerably less time and can turn into pretty passive sales. Etsy seller, finance enthusiast, and new mom Julie Berninger has created an Etsy printables course that teaches you how to sell printables on Etsy.
8. Flip furniture
If you can see potential in furniture that has been set out for trash or is in thrift stores, this could be a great money maker. Your materials cost is low, sometimes even free, and you’re just doing things like sanding, finishing, tightening, and/or painting.
You can sell your pieces in local Facebook groups or the Facebook Marketplace, or even one day open an online store.
9. Sell on Amazon FBA
I have a friend who recently quit her full-time accounting job after spending just one-year selling books through Amazon FBA. The FBA part means Fulfillment By Amazon, and the idea is that you ship your wares to Amazon, list your items, and then Amazon ships out the goods when you make a sale.
Books are good sellers on Amazon FBA, but so are wholesale items, retail arbitrage, and used or returned items. Amazon offers tools for helping you source items that will sell well. And my friend, she made nearly $20k in her first year of Amazon FBA.
10. Run a digital marketing agency
This one might sound intimidating, but it’s basically running online ads for small businesses from the comfort of your home. And as far as a stay at home mom jobs that you can start and earn from quickly, running Facebook ads is a really great bet. It takes around 3-5 hours a week to manage ads for one client, and each client is worth around $1,000-$1,500/month.
See, small businesses are trying to leverage Facebook’s wide reach and targeted marketing, but many small business owners lack the time or knowledge to run an effective strategy. Because they know what a powerful tool Facebook is, they’re willing to pay for expertise.
If you’re interested in learning the skills it takes to run Facebook ads for small business, the Facebook Side Hustle Course covers it all. You’ll learn:
- How to create and design an effective ad strategy
- How to find clients who need your services
- How to get those clients to hire you
11. Other freelance options
Many stay at home moms come out of the workforce with valuable and in-demand skills that can be used to earn money while at home. Many of these skills can be marketed as freelance services, including things like:
- Graphic design
- Web development
- Consulting services
- App development
There are literally dozens of options for freelance work. You’ll want a website so clients can find you and what you offer. You can start networking to find clients, tell your friends and family what you’re doing, and find clients on sites like Freelancer, Guru, and Gigster.
As far as stay at home mom jobs, freelancing is 100% something that can earn you a full-time income. It will take some work to build your client list, but freelancing is a legit job that people build entire careers out of.
12. Sell stuff online
This is a great low-stress option for stay at home mom jobs. You can start by selling things around your house and find things in thrift stores or garage sales to resell.
While you’re not going to get rich with this option, you can easily pocket some extra cash. My 15-year-old daughter has actually started selling her gently used clothes on sites like Depop and Poshmark, and has been a nice way for her to learn some valuable financial lessons.
You can find a full list of some of the best apps for reselling goods (plus ratings!) at: 21 Apps to Sell Your Stuff Online (and How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off).
13. Do in-home childcare
This job isn’t for everyone (it wasn’t for me). But, if you love other people’s kids as much as you love your own, you can make around $25-$35 a day for each child you watch.
Before you start, here are a few things to consider:
- Food costs, or will they bring their own food
- Supplies (extra wipes, cleaning supplies, craft supplies)
- Whether you need extra equipment
- Is there special licensing required by your state
- When you or your kids get sick, you can’t watch other people’s kids
My personal advice is to have fun with it while taking it seriously, and don’t take on more than you can reasonably handle.
Final word on stay at home mom jobs
Being able to contribute to your family’s financial well-being is important for obvious reasons, but I think it’s a good lesson for your kids. You’re showing them how to make and follow through on a plan. You’re showing them that their parents are independent.
And when they go off to school, you can continue working from home if it’s going well. That’s been my choice because it lets me be around for my kids just a little bit more. Okay, it’s mostly being flexible enough to drop off my son’s forgotten cello, pick someone up when they vomited during gym class, or making it to school for holiday parties.
And even though it’s hard to balance everything, being a work at home mom kind of makes me feel like I can do it all.