How I made over $1000 as a stay-at-home mom
Are you a stay-at-home mom who wants to make money while still having enough time to take care of your family? When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I immediately accepted the idea that modern families cannot live a comfortable life without both parents working outside the home. I kept hearing that it just wasn’t reasonable to stay home with children anymore. I couldn’t make money as a stay-at-home mom. Right?
I was working as a dental technician making decent wages. I had reasonable hours and enjoyed the work, but I kept struggling with the girl inside my head. You see, when I was a child, I wanted to grow and be many things: a teacher, a veterinarian, an artist. But what I wanted most was to become a stay at home mom. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my children, but I also wanted to give them a life that I didn’t have. In order to give my son a better life, the only option was to work outside the home. Right?
After a very complicated pregnancy but healthy delivery, I went back to work when my son was only 8 weeks old. We had found short-term childcare but were struggling to find anything long-term that we could afford. Then I reached my breaking point.
I was spending 80% of my paycheck on work-related expenses: child care, gas to and from work, health insurance. My commute was over two hours of my day and I was always stepping away from work to pump. I didn’t have time to cook. My son was (is) a terrible sleeper so I was getting up every 1-2 hours at night.
After the time with our short-term provider ran out, we decided I would put in my notice at work. Saying I was nervous was an understatement, but it didn’t make financial sense to keep working. I would have to find a way to make it work from home.I loved my work and was terrified to leave, but life as a #momtrepreneur has been a dream! Click To Tweet
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Rent a Room
Obviously, this isn’t for everyone and we have decided to focus on other income options, but I can’t deny that the extra passive income is really nice. We have an extra bedroom and bathroom downstairs and set up a small kitchenette (microwave, mini-fridge, and a Pizzazz.) We rented to a friend for a lower rate than he would have found elsewhere and had a steady passive income.
The struggle we had with this was we don’t have a separate entrance and we spend much of our time downstairs in our family room. Being on separate schedules was a challenge with a toddler who hates sleep and a barky dog. We do have plans (in the far away future) to build a shop on our property for my husband and I would love to add an apartment for this specific purpose.
Learn more: We have found our tenants through word of mouth and haven’t advertised our space. If you want to advertise, I recommend checking out local colleges and Facebook groups dedicated to your area.
Always have a contract in place (even with friends) and do your research before you let anyone you don’t know into your home.
This wasn’t a job I was specifically looking for, but a local provider was taking maternity leave and parents were struggling to find alternate care. In-home childcare is an absolutely amazing field if you love children and want to focus mainly on providing care to them. I loved that my son was able to play with other kids and it can be an ideal job as a stay-at-home mom. But I just wasn’t in love with this as a career.
This month, I stopped providing full-time care. The scheduling, paperwork, and licensing take more time than I willing to give. While I love children, running a daycare long-term wasn’t my dream. The stress of caring for other children wasn’t a good fit for my personality. It also didn’t feed my passions. I do still babysit occasionally on weekends. But I have scaled back to an amount that gives me more time for my other interests and less stress all around.
Learn more: I found my clients on a Facebook group for moms in my area. I have also used Care.com in the past to find both clients and providers. Remember to always have a contract and I recommend a handbook with rules and guidelines to keep everyone on the same page.
This is where I spent most of my time last month and although the numbers don’t show it, I expect the work to pay off in the coming months. When I started my blog, I had no idea what a virtual assistant did. I thought it was similar to an administrative assistant only from home and while that is the case for some VAs, the term virtual assistant is more of a blanket term to describe a lot of tasks and niches. Personally, I’m not an “answer the phone” type of girl. Even though I barely answer my phone, I did work as a phone rep for AT&T one summer in their billing department and let me say, that was not a pleasant experience.
It wasn’t until I starting blogging and learning more about online business that I understood a bit more about the VA world. In September, my BBF (Blog Bestie Forever) asked me to proofread her free Pinterest email course and I jumped at the chance. I’ve always loved helping other moms make money and she is an amazing example of a woman who is crushing her business goals as a stay-at-home mom. She is amazing!
After getting my feet wet, I wanted to really jump into helping other business owners. I created a profile on a few freelancer sites and joined a bunch of virtual assistant Facebook groups and landed two clients almost immediately. Since then I have found two more long-term, super awesome lady bosses and I have never loved working more. I can’t wait to see how far this will take me.
Learn more: I could go on and on about how awesome being a virtual assistant is, but this post is getting crazy long as it is. Be sure to comment down below if you want to find out more about being a VA. In the meantime, check out The VA Collective FB group. There are some really awesome members involved (including me!) who always have great advice.
This didn’t make me as much as some of my other sources. But this came with no work at all this month! I hadn’t even posted since November. Can I just say I love passive income? I am definitely focusing more time on it this year. If I can make over 100 bucks doing nothing, I’m excited to see what I can make when I put time and effort into it.
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Learn more: If you want to start a blog, grab Abby Lawson’s Building a Framework course. I bought it before I launched this site and LOVED it! If you a blogging newbie, this is a great guide. I still look back at it for advice almost a year later.
You aren’t a total complete beginner but you are having trouble getting traffic? I wholeheartedly recommend the newly updated Pinterest to Profits. McKinzie has taught me so much in this course and I haven’t even implemented all of her new advice yet. Plus, she is the sweetest woman I have met online.
Total Income as a Stay-at-Home Mom for December 2016
Last year, I didn’t even think it was possible to replace my income at my full-time job. This year, I plan to exceed it as a stay-at-home mom. While I didn’t earn my monthly income from any one specific source, I am really having fun playing with the different ways to make money online. In total, I made over $1000 last month as a stay-at-home mom. The best part: I was able to spend time with my son every day and still bring home a respectable income.
While not everything I have tried has been a home run, I have really discovered myself in the process. What I love to do, what I don’t, and how many friends I can make in the process. There are limitless opportunities out there and I know you can find something you love too.
If you could do anything to make money, what would you choose?
Drop me a comment below and let me know what you dream about.