If you’re looking for a way to make money while staying at home with the kids, start by choosing something that actually interests you. Research shows that if you love what you do, you are significantly more likely to stick with it. Brought to you by Know All the Things, here are a few ideas for stay-at-home moms who want to make a little money in their spare time.
1. Repurpose Furniture
If you have a talent for DIY projects and can turn old, ugly items into beautiful works of art, you can turn that into a business. Ask your partner to look for pieces of used furniture on the road or shop your local resale stores for deals. Transform your garage into a space where you can paint or refurbish items. It’s important to keep it separate from the rest of your home so you don’t have to worry about the kids getting into any toxic materials. Also, if you’re concerned about having enough time to get your work done, create a schedule and ask family or friends to come over and watch the kids while you work. Use that time after bedtime as well.
2. Start an Etsy Page
Do you have a craft you could sell to the public? Start by creating an Etsy page where you can post all your products. Be sure to research the market to see how similar products are selling and price yours accordingly. Make your page appealing with a photographic style and a nice company logo for the profile picture. Research shows that a successful Etsy shop owner needs superior customer service skills.
3. Blog Tips for Other Moms
Family blogs are always popular, but it doesn’t have to be a day-in-the-life approach with every post. You can offer tips and hacks for new moms. Post item reviews and talk about how your kids enjoyed the experience with a product. Give cooking recipes and ways to find discounted items that every parent needs. Look for alternatives to popular expensive items to help out the parents on a budget.
4. Open an At-Home Daycare
Since you’re already at home, taking care of the children, you can turn that job into a job where you can make money doing the same thing. Open at at-home daycare. Start small with just a few kids to see how it will work out, and as it grows, get more serious about creating a business plan. Write it all down to stay organized and show investors how you intend to grow the business. A good business plan includes a description of your company and the services you provide. It also includes your financial projections and plans for funding.
5. Be Your Own Marketing Department
Whatever business venture you choose, you have to learn to market it effectively. If you’re selling products, you need professional images to post online. And with an online app, you can easily remove the background from images, allowing you to easily incorporate them into other pictures. Leave it white or black to put the focus on the product or edit the images into new designs placed in interesting environments.
When you find yourself getting busy and having less time for some of the things you used to do with the kids, don’t let it get to you. Remember, they’re watching you and learning by your example. You’re teaching them the value of hard work and showing them how to be confident.
Featured Photo by Ketut Subiyanto