The kids are back in school (or are about to be) and it’s back to juggling home life, mom duties, after-school activities, PTA meetings, classroom parties, and everything else.
But let’s talk for a minute about finances: We all know kids are expensive! In fact, the cost for raising a child is nearly $14,000 per year. If you’re interested in supplementing your income or making some extra money while the kids are at school, it can be done, even for the busiest stay-at-home mom in between sports practices and school events.
You need a job that you can work anytime, anywhere, with little investment. So, we’ve got you covered.
Here are eight of the easiest ways for stay-at-home moms to earn extra cash this school year…
1. Teach English online
Online English tutors are in high demand. This job pays well and gives you the flexibility to work as many or as little hours as you wish. VIPKID is one company that allows you to teach Chinese children from the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule. The pay ranges from $14 to $22 per hour. All you need is a bachelor’s degree, one year experience working with children, a computer and internet and you can apply today.
2. Become a part-time nanny or babysitter
Nanny duties during the school year might include picking a child up from school, taking them to sports or lessons, and helping with homework. These are all tasks that you are probably already doing and familiar with. So, could you add another child to your afternoon school pick up? If so, ask around or check out Care.com to see if there is someone in your area needing an extra hand.
3. A mystery shopper
You’re probably already running errands around town, so why not get paid for it? If you are hired to be a mystery shopper you can get paid to secretly visit stores and report your experience. The average pay is $15.20 per hour. A few companies to check out include: BestMark, Second to None, and Market Force.
4. Take surveys online
Get paid to fill out surveys, watch videos or participate in focus groups online. Register your information on paid survey websites and you’ll be contacted when surveys become available that fit your demographics. A great website to start with is Ipsos i-Say.
5. Sell crafts online
Are you crafty or do you have unique designs and items you can sell? Etsy is a major crafts marketplace where you can sell your homemade goods. Consider listing your items on several sites to make it worth your while. Check out Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and Craft is Art to get started.
6. Become a virtual assistant
Being a virtual assistant is a great work-from-home option that means doing simple tasks like scheduling appointments, arranging travel plans, posting to social media, responding to emails and inquiries. You can usually work whenever is most convenient for you, even during nap times or right after the kids catch the bus. You can find jobs like this on Freelancer.com or Upwork.com.
7. Shop and get paid thanks to Amazon
If you love to shop, consider buying and selling with Amazon FBA (fulfilled by Amazon). Amazon.com is the largest online retailer, so when you list something there it sells fast. One way moms make money is by finding great deals or items at local stores (like in the clearance section), then mailing it to Amazon FBA. Amazon then sells the items and pays you a cut of the profit. If you’re curious about which items sell well on Amazon, scan the item with a scouting app like Profit Bandit to see the FBA competition and rank. You can also research the items CamelCamelCamel (CCC), which will give you information on pricing and sales ranks for millions of items on Amazon.
8. Find seasonal work
Are you looking for a part-time job with extra perks and discounts? Try a seasonal job this fall at your favorite retailer. You can earn some extra cash for Christmas and score some awesome employee discounts too. Check out these retailers that have already started hiring!
Working a gig like one of these during school hours can give you a financial boost, help you accrue savings, or even pay off debts.