Have you heard about Courtney Brown, the stay at home mom who founded Cents of Style, a women’s accessory business?
She started the business after the birth of her daughter in 2007. Within a few years, the business became a multi-million dollar earner and now employs over 30 women.
How about Sarah Titus, a stay at home mom and self taught printables shop owner now making close to $2 million a year?
Or Sara Glass, a stay at home mom who quit her full-time day job because she was warning more money writing content on Fiverr?
I share these wonderful stories to show you what’s really possible as a stay at home mom.
A simple idea can quickly turn into a full time income, a nice side hustle or a nationwide brand.
In this post, you’ll discover the most profitable stay at home mom jobs and business ideas in 2021 and how to turn your passions into a money making idea even if you have very little money to start.
HOW I CHOSE THESE STAY AT HOME MOM JOBS
I’ve only selected stay at home jobs that are fun, flexible and are legitimate aka you can make real money with them whilst working from the comfort of your home.
All of the ideas take into account these factors:
- Time: how much time will this business need to start, build and grow?
- Investment: how much money will you need to get started?
- Difficulty: how easy or difficult is the business idea? Will you need a specific set of skills to start making money?
- Profitability: how much money can you make from this business idea?
Let’s jump right in!
HOW TO MAKE MONEY AS A STAY AT HOME MOM: 22 REAL WAYS TO EARN
1. Blogging (Stay With Me)
Honestly, I hate to include blogging in this list just because so many people think it’s a scam or a get rich quick scheme.
BUT, it’s definitely neither of those. It’s a legitimate way to make real money.
I have two blogs, and at the moment, one of them is making me anywhere from $300-$450+ A DAY. I never thought that was even possible!
It took me around 18 months to get to that point (which shocks me even more!). I didn’t have any experience prior to starting.
Your earnings are unlimited, you work the hours you want and it’s a super fun creative outlet! It’s a lot of work, and has a steep learning curve but it’s lucrative if you keep at it.
You can start a blog with as little as $3.95/month (which is what I did – I was a broke student and could NOT afford to pay mega money for hosting).
UPDATE: 3 years later, I’m still with Bluehost! Never had any issues with them.
2. Content Writing
Online businesses need content writers more than ever. The content writing and marketing industry is set to rocket to $412 billion in 2021.
If you have a flair for accurate, but comprehensive writing and love to research, this is a profitable business idea you’ll want to take advantage of.
Boss Mom, Holly Johnson earns over $200,000 a year freelance writing! She thinks it’s difficult to NOT make at least $40,000 t0 $50,000 a year working full time as a writer. And I’d agree!
A good friend of mine who works on Fiverr started her freelance writing business in August 2020.
Within 3 months she had 120 five star reviews and was fully booked charging $80-$100 per article. That’s insane! I never knew there was so much money to be made in freelance writing.
How to get started? It’s actually super simple. Laura, my friend, answered a few of my burning questions.
Do I need a degree or some type of certification to get started?
You don’t need a fully accredited qualification! I took a $20 course on Udemy to brush up on my skills and it was more than enough. (*Editor’s note – I’ve listed the course Laura took below the interview*).
People, often small to medium sized businesses, want to see you can write well on a given topic, can do excellent research to back up what you say, and can mimic the tone they use on their blog. It’s as simple as that.
Would you recommend starting on Fiverr or launching your own website?
Start on Fiverr, 100%. If you’re a beginner with no experience, you’ll have a tough time booking gigs on a standalone website.
You have to market that website which takes a long time if you’re unknown in the field. Sure, Fiverr takes a 20% cut, but I am always fully booked on there!
What does being fully booked look like? How much money do you make per month through freelance writing?
On average, I make $4600 a month as a freelance writer, writing roughly 2 blog posts a day.
When I first started, I charged a flat $60 per article, not expecting much to happen. Boy, was I wrong! Within 2 months, I had to close my books.
I was overwhelmed with work. I wished I had charged more at the beginning. I was definitely underselling myself.
I now charge a minimum $80 to $100 per article or blog post, and in March 2021, I offer proofreading as a separate gig.
Any tips you would like to share with my readers?
Sure! Make sure to do the following things and you’ll likely stand out in the market:
- Work on your profile! Fill in all the necessary areas
- Add a little personality, but keep it professional
- Hone your voice, but be able to adapt to different styles
- Ask the customer what they want!
If you would like to take the same course as Laura, you can check it out here on Udemy (aff link).
3. Home Baking Business
If you have a love for baking, you can quickly turn this creative hobby into a money making business.
There are endless options to consider: selling simple bakes in treat boxes, becoming a cake decorator, designing recipes for other people, the list is endless!
Aurelia of Philosophy of Yum has a fantastic success story! Based in South Africa, she’s a self taught home bakery biz owner that’s always booked with orders.
To start, she says she only had ‘a $10 hand mixer, 2 cheap plastic mixing bowls, 1 square tin and 1 muffin/cupcake tin (and a $5500 student loan to pay off)’.
What’s even more amazing is that she shares some common myths about this business:
- You don’t need to know how to do fancy fondant, icing or sugar work to succeed!
- You don’t need to have studied entrepreneurship or business
- You don’t need to have studied baking at a college or professional level
- You don’t need HEAPS of capital to start
- You absolutely don’t need a kitchen will all the accessories and cookware
Amazing success stories to look at:
- Turning pies into profit – Camilla Stephen’s Story
- Whisking up profit with cakes – Jennifer Jacob’s Story
- Turning cake into art (& starting an online cake school!) – Amanda’s Story
4. DIY Craft Business
DIY craft businesses are often overlooked because people don’t feel there’s money to be made. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
There are countless Etsy success stories to inspire you.
From crochet to paper crafts to soap making, the majority of Etsy shop owners earn between $1000-$5000 a month with their creations.
Don’t know what to sell? Here are 12 profitable things to sell on Etsy.
5. Pinterest Manager
As businesses expand, more entrepreneurs and small business owners are seeking to offload their social media management as a way to free up their time.
Katie Harp from Katie Harp Creative started her own Pinterest Management Business, and charges clients anywhere from $299 to $599 per month to grow their accounts.
Simple Pin Media, run by mom Kate Ahl, also offers monthly packages which start at $600 a month and go up to $2000 a month per client!
There’s definitely serious money to be made here.
6. Online Transcriptionist
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to start earning money from home without setting up a fully fledged business, try online transcription jobs.
Transcription involves listening to audio files and typing what you hear exactly. Here is a list of the best online transcription jobs for beginners (and which ones to avoid!).
This is an easy stay at home job for moms with no experience!
Even with no experience, you can expect to make between $15-25 an hour with the more reputable companies.
Proofreaders can expect to earn between $45,000 to $60,000 per year, according to Glassdoor.
With 1,863 businesses started everyday, it’s no surprise good proofreaders are in demand.
Caitlyn from Proofread Anywhere made $50,000 a year proofreading legal documents, before starting her own business.
The best thing? It’s difficult to find proofreaders who will do a good job without charging megabucks. There’s a definite demand for proofreaders who can help small businesses proofread their content.
8. Thrift and Sell Clothing
This stay at home mom makes six figures a year selling second hand clothes online. Selling used and second hand clothing is a lucrative business, especially if you can locate baby clothes and vintage style finds.
Copywriters have never been in demand more than they are now. Copywriters typically charge by word, anywhere between $0.08 to $0.5 per word.
This means for a 500 word you could charge anywhere between $40-$250. 500 words isn’t a lot of work either.
From my own experience, I found it incredibly difficult to find a good copywriter, so there’s definitely a shortage!
You’ll want to take a course in copywriting (doesn’t have to be accredited) as it’s a very specific skill. It’s not like normal writing.
This course on Udemy is highly rated and more importantly cheap.
10. Design & Sell Print on Demand Merchandise
Print on demand is a fantastic way to build a hands-off business.
Essentially, you create the design on a free platform such as Canva, upload your design to a print of demand company and then when someone buys your product, they will print, package and ship your item to the customer.
You can sell t-shirts, mugs, bath mats, jumpers, stickers and so much more.
The average profit margin is 35-40%, but remember you’re not doing any of the heavy lifting!
AhavtiLifestyle, a stay at home mom designs print on demand bath mats, mugs, shirts, shower curtains and even slippers! She sells them on Etsy and makes six figures a year!
I go into much more detail about how to start a print on demand business for free in my post, ‘ways teens can make money online’. You don’t have to be a teen to make this business work for you!
11. Curate Gift Baskets
If you’ve got an eye for curation rather than creation, why not start a gift basket business.
There are endless niches you could break into; pets, beauty, treats, wine & cheeses, luxury bath hampers etc.
If you’re great at selecting products and putting them together in a presentable way, this could be the perfect business for you.
Gift baskets, depending on type, can retail anywhere between $20-$100+ each.
Some ideas to inspire you:
- TeenyTreasures on Etsy sells baby themed gift baskets with toys and plushies!
- DiggDesign sells treat boxes that can be mailed through the letterbox!
- DearAvaGifts sells inspirational and self-care gift baskets online
12. Sell Jewellery
Jewellery isn’t the easiest stay at home business idea out there but it is profitable.
Just on Etsy alone, the average jewellery shop makes between $1000-$2500 a month!
Given how many styles of jewellery are out there, you can easily corner a niche within this ever-growing market. Think minimalist, silver, gold, boho, memorial etc.
Some uber-successful jewellery stores on Etsy to look at:
13. Resume Writing Business
9 in 10 people are unhappy in their current roles according to recent research.
With more people wanting to make career changes, it’s no surprise resume or CV writing (if you’re in the UK), is a hot business.
Resumes and CV are often screened before an applicant secures an interview, so many people are willing to pay a handsome one-off fee to make that perfect first impression.
Per resume, you can expect to charge $75-$150. In the UK, CV writing costs around £50-£100 nationally.
14. Teach English Online
Teaching English online is a highly flexible business idea and job for stay at home moms.
ESL Teacher Michelle on Youtube shows you what a lesson looks like with kids (it’s so fun to watch!). You’ll need a TEFL qualification to start teaching and some platforms require you to have a degree to get started.
Though don’t feel disheartened if you don’t have a degree, you’ll actually make the most money as an online English teacher by teaching private clients and hosting your own website!
If you decide to work with companies such as PalFish and VIPKid, note that they’re great for getting experience, but the hourly rate is a drawback (think $10-15 an hour).
But if you’re looking for a side hustle rather than a full time income, this could be a perfect job for a stay at home parent.
15. Printables Business
Sarah Titus, a stay at home mom turned printable millionaire created printable planners from her computer whilst going through a divorce.
2 years later and she was making close to a million dollars with her printable sales, courses and affiliates. Printables are a great way to earn income without having to physically ship anything.
The key is finding an untapped niche.
With wedding invitations for example, you’ll notice most of them focus on floral, pastel designs. Not all brides will want that. Try to think out of the box.
16. Bookkeeping & Accountancy
Bookkeeping is one of those skills that will never go out of demand! It’s a specialized skill that small business owners often don’t know how to do themselves, yet must do to comply with law and tax regulations.
You can expect to make $30-$40 an hour working for yourself.
Sarah, a stay at home mom from Set Apart Bookkeeping says she wished she’d started it sooner! She’s fully booked and although she’s faced rejection and many fears along the way, she’s doing amazingly well.
Based on the research I’ve done, you’ll definitely need to get an accredited qualification, not because you need it to take on work, but for clients to trust your skills.
If you’re organised, understand the logistics behind bookkeeping and have a passion for helping small businesses, you’ll excel at this business.
17. Graphic Designer
Small businesses need content. To go with that content, they often need images, infographics, specialized reports, branded logos etc.
I think the term graphic designer makes people think they need to be an ‘artist’ or ‘website designer’ to succeed in this job, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!
If you know your way around a simple graphic design software such as Canva and love turning concepts into designs, this could be the perfect business for you.
Depending on the work you do, you can expect to make anywhere between $40-$150 per project.
Take a look on Fiverr and see what kind of things you could offer as a skill!
18. Online Photography Business (Not a Photographer!)
Whilst you can’t run a photography studio in your own home, you can teach moms and grandparents how to take amazing photos of their little ones.
Most parents would love to know how to take beautiful photos of their children enjoying everyday moments without having to spend a fortune going to a studio.
That’s where you come in.
If you’re a photographer, package your knowledge into a course and sell it.
Click Photo School does exactly that! Run by moms for moms. They teach parents how to create beautiful photos of their child no matter their level of expertise.
To get off the ground, you’ll need a computer that records videos, a camera for explanation in your tutorials, a website and a course hosting platform e.g Teachable.
Courses can quickly turn into passive income! Photography courses can retail for anything between $100 to $250 per sale.
19. IT & Website Consultant
Love helping people diagnose and fix their tech issues? Know your way around a WordPress website?
These skills are always in demand, especially when something goes wrong. You don’t need to be an expert either to offer your services, you just need to be more advanced than your customer.
Some people for example don’t know how to set WordPress up, or install a plugin or activate a theme. These are simple things you can offer as part of a package.
Anything in the tech space is highly lucrative, expect to charge $300-$1500 a month for retainer plans, and $100+ for quick, one time fixes!
20. Medical Claims Billing Business
The Medical claims billing industry is vast and requires some hefty expertise and knowledge in this area.
$3 trillion worth of medical claims were submitted in the US in 2019 alone, but only $262 billion was paid out.
Not only do people need help putting their claim together but they also need help when it comes to writing appeal letters and compiling supporting records.
With this business you’ll be helping people achieve first-pass medical claims.
If you start your own business and go it alone, you’ll need a lot of experience in this industry to make it successful.
You’ll likely be able anywhere between $1000-$1500 upfront per claim, plus an overall percentage of the claim as commission.
Don’t want the pressure of doing it all yourself? Totally understandable. Medical claims billing jobs are often added as remote jobs to boards such as Indeed! They pay around $20-$25 an hour for beginners.
21. Career or Life Coach
Sometimes we all feel a bit lost or lonely, and aren’t sure which way to turn next, be that in our career or in our personal life.
Career and life coaches work to help their clients find new solutions to their problems.
They don’t give them the answers, but instead ask the right questions to get them thinking for themselves.
Natalie Bacon founded her life coaching business online and is now a six figure blogger and coach, nearly at seven figures!
To come across more credible and to hone your own skills, you’ll definitely want to enrol in a life coach or career coach course.
22. Monetize Your Hobby!
If you want to get more work from home ideas, take a look at my post, 21 hobbies that make money.
In this post I deep dive into the hobbies that make the most money, and show you real life examples of people who’ve turned their passions into a money making business!
Other stay at home jobs and business ideas for moms:
- College Application/Financial Aid Consultant
- Virtual Assistant
- Data Entry or Admin Assistant
- Personal Travel Agent
- Career or Life Coach
- Pet Sitting or Dog Walking
- Menu Planning
- Affiliate Marketing
- Graphic Designer
- Small Event Planner
- Grant Writing
- Interior Designer or Home Stager
- Sell Lesson Plans on Teachers Pay Teachers
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH STAY AT HOME MOM JOBS
What Kind of Qualifications do I Need?
Depends on the type of job you want. If you’re entering the financial space eg. bookkeeping or accountancy, then you’ll want to gain an accredited qualification.
Jobs such as proofreading, content writing, graphic design etc don’t need formal qualifications. You can get to work straight away as long as you have a computer and the necessary software e.g. Word, Google Docs, or Canva.
Where Can I Find Stay at Home Jobs?
You can find some stay at home jobs advertised as remote positions on job boards or through networking groups online such as Facebook groups. You will often be hired on a freelance or independent contractor basis.
Many stay at home parents opt for creating their own work from home jobs. Most of the jobs listed in this post are business ideas moms can start to earn extra money on the side.
Are these real jobs?
Yes, absolutely! You’ll only find stay at home (sahm) jobs that are legitimate ways to earn money on this blog. I always do my research to make sure I’m providing you with the most up to date info.
PROS AND CONS OF STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
- You’ll have a source of extra income each month
- You’ll be able to set your own hours and work flexibly
- You’ll have a creative outlet
- You’re your own boss, no-one to answer to!
- Starting your own business can take time
- You might have irregular income to begin with
- You might need to pay for additional qualifications to get started