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Living on one income can be hard at times, no matter how frugal you are. Having the ability to work from home can make this a whole lot easier.
When we had our second child we went from a two income household down to a single income home which meant budgets got tighter and extras got slimmer.
Adding in an additional income that I was able to earn from home made paying the bills a whole lot easier and reduced the stress my husband was feeling being the sole bread winner.
We managed to pay down our debt, add to our savings and take a few small trips due to the income I earn as a stay at home mom.
Are you looking to earn an income while you stay at home?
It is more than possible no matter how busy you are. In fact some stay at home parents earn more than their office working counter parts.
Working from home has some amazing perks. You get to raise your family and still make an income.
And your options are limitless.
11 Perfect jobs for for stay at home parents:
To be honest I am kinda partial to this job option as this is what I do to make my extra income. I love being able to be there when my kids wake up and go to bed. In fact we home school so blogging works perfect. I am able to blog around our family schedule and still earn a great income.
And your income options with blogging are limitless. You can earn an income from advertising, affiliate sales, product promotion, courses and your own product development.
Starting a blog is one of the simplest things to do. In fact you can have your blog up and running in minutes. With the lowest start up costs blogging is ranked up there with one of the best careers to have.
If you are interested learning how to blog take a look at this.
2. Babysitting / Childcare
This is the one job that the world needs more of, qualified, caring child care providers. Locally, we have a huge shortage of child care providers.
Being a stay at home parent provides you with an amazing opportunity to provide care for your own children, as well as, your neighbors or your friends children while making an income.
Maybe you are only interested in after school care or the occasional weekend babysitting. The options are limitless. We have a friend who does full daycare for her children plus two or three additional kids. This allows her to be a stay at home parent.
3. Pinterest Marketer
Yes, you read that right a Pinterest Marketer or social media consultant. You can make money on Pinterest!
Maybe you’re a Pinterest Mom or maybe you know nothing about Pinterest. To be honest I new nothing about Pinterest till about a year and a half ago. Now I make $2000 a month with Pinterest, working less than 12 hours a week.
4. Pastry Chef / Baker
This is one business that has lasted the test of time and is recession proof if you do it well. People love cupcakes, cookies, muffins, sweets and treats that they don’t have to make themselves.
Locally, we have a bakery that started up during the 2008 recession and she has flourished to open two more additional locations.
What is her secret to success? A simple product, priced well and a show of love for her community.
She also branched her pastry business into birthday parties, weddings and a simple tea house. But nothing is too complicated, everything you could make at home she made it yummy enough and cheap enough that you wanted to try it.
Your options are so open if you like to bake. Wedding season comes to mind. Or maybe your a pie maker and the farmers market is your ideal location. If you are a pie maker I envy you, I can not make pie crust to save my life.
5. Crocheter / Knitter / Quilter / Sewer
Some of these are becoming a lost art in the age of big box stores. I met a woman a few weeks ago that quilts for a living. She said she has been doing it for 20 years and it has allowed her to stay at home with her family.
This says a lot for a single mom raising her children. I was honestly truly amazed at her talent and dedication to her craft.
Maybe you’re not a quilter, maybe you’re a sewer and create children’s items to sell locally and online. Or maybe your a crocheter and you create blankets, hats and dish cloths to sell at the local market.
Being able to create an item you can gift or sell opens options for yourself in being a stay at home parent. Etsy.com, farmers markets, craft shows, local online homemade communities are your store fronts.
6. Virtual Assistant
Are you good behind the computer? Virtual Assistants can work basically from anywhere in the world. They may be in charge of data entry, customer service, digital design, social media marketing, editing and so much more.
I have family that do customer service and accounting on a virtual level and get paid very well. Working on a virtual level allows you to be home with your kids.
Are you good at capturing the moment? Do you love photography? Making an income as a photographer has so many possible angles.
You could take wedding photos, maternity and birth photography, school photos, digital stock images, family photos and so much more. You can set your own rates and hours. Work around your family’s schedule and expand your creativity.
Do you have a green thumb and a section of land you can grow your own produce? Growing your own produce can supply your family with food and a great source of income.
9. Airbnb Host
Do you have an extra room, suite, apartment, cabin or home you would like to rent out and earn an income from? Becoming an Airbnb Host is a great source of additional income. We have friends who added two suites into their home and rent them through Airbnb and earn a great retirement income. Sign up for a free Airbnb account today to learn more and earn a $60 credit towards your next vacation!
Are you great with numbers? Bookkeepers work with companies and individuals to ensure their financials are kept up to date and processed correctly. They also work hand in hand with accountants.
You can set your own hours, take on as many clients as you wish and work your schedule around your family.
10. Selling Stuff Online
Are you looking to earn a great income from the comfort of your own home? If so selling stuff on Amazon might be the right job for you.
The great thing about selling with Amazon is your customer base is already there you just have to supply the demand.
You can learn how one family created a six figure business selling with Amazon all from the comfort of their own home.
Were you an executive or teacher prior to wanting to stay home with your family? Are your skills in demand?
Your options are limitless
If you want to work from home, where there is a will, there is a way. You are not limited to just these 11 jobs. We know hair stylists, fitness instructors, massage therapists and artists who all work from home. If you can take a job you love or an interest you have and alter it to create a home based income, go for it.