There are millions of articles on the internet that promise profitable side hustles for moms or easy jobs for stay at home moms. As a mom who has been working from home for the last 5 years I have read a lot of them! Most of them talk about surveys that pay you for your input or tell you to download apps that promise you will make money while shopping.
While this may work for some, these options are not always successful for everyone or fulfilling. Whenever I was searching for a new side hustle, I became easily frustrated by these articles because I wanted more realistic ideas. I needed ideas of side hustles that I could fit into my schedule to make a little extra money each month, while also being a present parent. Surveys and apps just weren't cutting it and were honestly felt like I was experiencing a slow torture.
I have tried many different side hustles to make a little extra money during my time as a stay at home mom. Some of them were great and others were a huge fail. Instead of sharing with you all of my many side hustle adventures, I have put together my top 7 side jobs for stay at home moms. These are all something that I have done, am currently doing alongside my 4 children, or that other moms that I know and trust have done.
(1) Paid Play Dates
We recently had a friend looking for childcare for her daughter twice a week. This is something that can be difficult to find as most childcare providers and centers require you to pay for a minimum of part time care. Even then, most will only take children who need full time care. That is where you come in! Providing part time care a couple of days a week can be a great way to earn some extra money. If you watch one child one full day a week you could make anywhere between $35-$50 a day depending on where you live and how old the child is.
The best part is, your children will become close to them and it will be like your getting paid to have play dates for your children. Your kids will have someone to play with and it will be an exciting change to their day. If you are interested in something like this, you could post on Care.com, check with your local church, or simply ask your friends and family.
This one is fairly new to me as I have only been doing it a couple of months, but other moms have told me they enjoy this as well. You can earn a little extra money as a transcriber for either pre-recorded court proceedings, various video transcriptions, and so much more. Gotranscript and TranscribeMe are the two highest rated transcription services according to Glassdoor.
Some of the online transcription services don't even require prior experience. They simply have you take a "test" where you have a large amount of time to transcribe a sound clip or video. They then review your transcription and let you know if you would be a good fit for them.
Transcribers do not get paid by the hour. Instead they typically get paid by the number of pages they complete or by the audio clip minute. If transcribing seems like something you would like to try, I would start by visiting the two sites above and asking for more information on what your next steps should be and if this would be a good fit for you.
Cleaning someone else's house or even parts of their house can be a great way to earn a little extra money. According to HomeAdvisor, the average house cleaner in America can make "between $25 and $45 per person per hour or $50 - $90 per hour total". Those are amazing numbers for a side hustle! If you were to simply clean for 4 hours a week, even at the lowest amount of $25, that would be $100 extra per week. An extra $400 a month for your family! The best part is, if you make your expectations clear a head of time, this is a job with which you can bring your child along.
When I was cleaning houses for a while, I made sure to let them know that I would be more than happy to help them, but that my child would be coming along to assist with the work. My 6 month old usually napped during this time or played on her blanket. My older child would follow along with me using her cloth and pretend to help me clean. Not only was I spending time with her while helping to support my family, but I was also modeling what it looks like to be a hard worker. If this is something you are interested in Care.com is another great place to start.
(4) Dog Walking
I know this one sounds ridiculous at first, but I have seen many people fill their client list quickly when they start providing dog walking services. Many people are stuck at work or commute long distances to their job everyday. They simply do not have an easy way to get home to their pets during the middle of the day to take them for a walk. That's where you come in!
According to Angie'sList, a dog walker typically makes "about $15 to $20 per 20-minute walk and $20 to $30 per 30-minute walk". Now this may vary depending on where you live, but these are numbers that are a good place to start. The article also stated that most dog walkers will give discounts for multiple dogs or clients that book for more than one day a week. You and your child will have a great time visiting all the furry friends on your client list and you will all get some great exercise in the process.
Dog walking would be the perfect choice for someone who loves animals and has previous experience with animals. If you think dog walking is right for you, Care.com is yet again the place to start! You could also put up fliers in your neighborhood. You may fill up your client list just by reaching out to your neighbors.
(5) Batch Family Meals
This is something that is not very popular yet and I have no idea why! People are always running out of time to cook for their family. That's why we have a booming restaurant and take-out industry in America. While you are cooking your meals for your family you could double the batch and sell the second meal! When we did this, we typically sold casseroles or main dishes that were easy to transport. However, if you are willing to use your imagination, the possibilities are endless. There is also a market for specialized dishes such as Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan, etc.
The pricing for this is a little different because it will depend on the prices of food where you live, what ingredients you use, and whether you are making organic or non-organic dishes. Typically, you would charge per dish. When we were preparing batch meals, we charged $25 per dish. Each dish typically came with 6-8+ servings depending on the recipe.
The best part was that I was able to cook alongside my children and make meals for my family all while earning a little extra money! If you are interested in providing meals for families, I would suggest testing the waters with your friends on Facebook and your local community's Facebook page.
(6) Laundry Service
Again, this is something that not many people think of doing, but it is a great way to earn a little extra money! The amount you can charge for this will greatly depend on where you live, but Angie'sList states that "the average price to wash, dry and fold clothes can range anywhere from $0.90 to $3 a pound". You could decide to offer a delivery service as well. According to Angie'sList you could charge anywhere from $5-$25 depending on your region. This may be something that you have to work out with your clients depending on their preferences.
If you are someone who enjoys folding laundry, then this might be the perfect side hustle for you! Providing a laundry service would allow you to stay at home, interact with the kids, and work your hustle all at the same time. In order to get started, I would check in with your local Facebook community and see if anyone would be interested in being your first customer!
This is one that I have not tried, but have heard many wonderful things from other moms. There are many ways to make money as a tutor nowadays. You could help with musical lessons, schoolwork and studying, but the newest way is to teach English to students through a company similar to VipKid.
Now, again, I have NOT tried this program and I do NOT have any affiliation with them. It is simply a program that other moms had recommended to me when I was talking about this blog post with them. However, they did say it was an amazing opportunity for them. There are more details on the site for requirements and logistics, but the moms that I talked with said that they made it work by running their classes before or after their children were asleep.
If you are interested in learning more about these types of tutoring opportunities, I would check out The Work At Home Mom Wife's blog post on this subject. There she talks about 20+ different companies to check out and goes into detail about some expectations for this job.
Let's Get Real
I am sure when you were reading through the 7 realistic side jobs for stay at home moms, there was one or two that stood out to you as something you could handle. It may seem exciting to get started right away, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you embark on your new adventure.
Choose a side job that you will enjoy. When choosing which side job to try, make sure you are choosing something you enjoy doing or can do without despising every moment of it. I loathe laundry. It is the very last household chore that I ever want to do. When I started offering this to others, I quickly learned that I wasn't made out for it. Picking a side job that you can do with a joyful spirit will help prevent burnout and make it more fun to do alongside your children.
If it you get into the middle of a side job that is just plain miserable for you and your family, don't be afraid to stop. If you do decide to end a side hustle, give your two weeks notice to your clients, finish out the commitments you have already made, and cut your losses. Don't be afraid to admit when something is not right for you or your family. There is no reason to feel bad about ending a particular side hustle when you are protecting your family.
When you are first starting out remember to stay flexible! You are new to this side hustle and your clients are new to this service or working with you. It may take some flexibility with pricing, timing, and how you do business overall. Especially when it comes to some of the more obscure jobs on this list. It is all a learning process for both you and your clients. The best thing you can do is communicate with your clients and explain to them why there may be a change or what to expect as your business grows.