I taught piano lessons for years out of my living room. I got paid enough that I never even considered using my nursing degree in the ‘official’ work force. Do you play a musical instrument? Can you give lessons in art, a foreign language, or sewing? Advertise your skill-set in local schools or music/art/craft shops and you can potentially get paid far above minimum wage from your own living room.
Amazon or Ebay
I’m an amazon seller myself, but several of my stay-at-home mommy friends sell on Ebay as well. The idea is to shop clearances (online or in stores) and find bargains that retail for more online. This is a great at-your-own-leisure option worth looking into.
Nanny At Your Home
If you’re already staying home with your kids, why not ‘adopt’ a few more during the workweek? I’m sure you know some other working-mother friends who would be happy to pay you (who can give their kids more one-on-one attention) what they would be paying a local daycare to do the same thing.
What About Your Hobby?
Do you like to bake? Take a cake-decorating course and launch an at-home cake business. Enjoy photography? Enhance your skills and start doing it professionally. Do you like to craft? Start an etsy store. Do you like to write (like I do)? Start a really addicting blog. 😉
Breed Your Registered Dog
I almost didn’t put this one up since breeders get such a bad rap nowadays, but the truth is that we’ve done really well with our breeding business, Pride & Prejudoodles. It’s a wonderful stay-at-home option and can be a blessing to all involved when done responsibly. Please read my warning below before considering.
(Dog breeding is not a case of putting two dogs together and wha-la! Money! It takes a lot of research, time, picture-taking, puppy training, vet appointments, and advertising to pull this off well. DO NOT breed anything other than a thoroughbred. The shelters are full enough of unwanted ‘mutts’ as it is. Keep in mind that if you make a living thing, it’s your responsibility to care for it. Neglect is never an option. Also, be sure you have a solid advertising plan for them from the beginning. They have a bad habit of getting older on you and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself with nine grown-up puppies that (sarcastic yay!) you get to keep.)
Do you know a health-conscious family who has a good income but no time? Offer to pre-make whole food dinners for them. Do you have a knack for organizing things and know someone who’s overwhelmed? Offer your services. Is a local homeschool mom swamped with textbooks and exams to grade? Offer to take the books home one weekend and spend a few hours catching her up.
Ultimately, it all comes down to seeing a need and trying to fulfill it. If you’re at home, chances are you may have a bit more time than other ‘working’ families. See how you can use that time and get paid for it! What’s even better, see what you’re already doing that you can get paid for! All you need is some creativity, a good work ethic, and some basic advertising skills.
I’d be thrilled to hear of any other ideas or tried-and-true methods you’ve discovered! Please share in the comments!
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