I put the call out to 60+ real-life stay at home moms to find out what kind of jobs they do from home and how they are actually able to earn an income. What follows is an exhaustive list of real jobs for stay at home moms in their own words, with links to their actual businesses so you can see what is working for them.
Did you know, the average mother needs to earn only $700 a month in order to afford to be a stay at home mom? (That’s after taking out all the costs of going to work like daycare, taxes, transportation, and more.)
So how do you find that $700 (or however much it is in your case) when it means the difference between a roof over your heads or food on the table, and still afford to be a stay at home mom?
One way is to make it up by finding cost savings in running your household. I already talk a LOT about ways to save money here on the blog.
The other option is to make the extra money from home to help make ends meet.
So many want stay at home with their kids, but really can’t make it on one income. (myself included!)
60+ Real Jobs for Stay at Home Moms
So I put the call out to stay at home moms to find out what kind of jobs they’ve created for themselves, and how they’re actually making money from home. What follows is an exhaustive list of their responses in their own words with links to their actual businesses so you can learn firsthand what is working for them.
This list represents the advice from real moms (my friends both in real life and online and readers like you) about real jobs for stay at home moms. I absolutely LOVE the diversity of creative jobs these stay at home moms have created for themselves!
Some never would have crossed my mind. (a Pinterest consultant? How cool is that?) Some direct marketing opportunities I’ve never heard of before. (Zija anyone?) There are even a couple of single moms supporting their families with their work at home jobs. And what’s more is that they’re carving out a space to chase their own dreams even while raising little ones.
The list of jobs is divided into several categories including Blogging & Writing, Handmade Businesses, In-Home Childcare, Direct Marketing, and Other Businesses and Professional Services.
I have my hand in almost every one of these categories. You know, of course that I blog here at AffordingMotherhood.com. I have a couple of books on Amazon: 76 Free Things to Do with Kids and Natural Birth Stories. I also have a shop on Etsy where I design purses and knitting needle cases that you can sew yourself. You may not know that my “real” job is working from home as an architect. I haven’t tried direct marketing or in-home childcare yet, but who knows?!
All of these mini-businesses combined contribute to allowing me to afford to be a stay at home mom. (Here’s more detail on how I earned $5,554 from home last month.)
No matter what your situation, personality, or interests, I think you’ll be able to find some great ideas here that will get you inspired to start your own stay at-home business. (This post contains a couple of affiliate links to ebooks on Amazon)
I write and sell home school materials for a niche market with beliefs similar to us. Creating the materials met a need for our family since we use them, and also brings in a small income. I also am an independent consultant for Lilla Rose hair jewelry.
Heidi Cooper at Torah Family Living and Lilla Rose
Podcasting is similar to blogging and has become a very popular medium. Podcasters are typically paid through sponsorships, but they can also earn money through affiliate marketing or selling their own products.
“It seems counter sometimes but if you choose to live in a smaller house you’ll spend a lot less to upkeep it and you won’t feel the need to fill it up either! Both cost savings that may allow you to live well off of less income and potentially enable sahming (I don’t think I can say it like a verb???)”
Macy Miller at www.Minimotives.com
Tiny house blogger/podcaster/entrepreneur/minimalist
- I write and sell home school materials for a niche market with beliefs similar to us. Creating the materials met a need for our family since we use them, and also brings in a small income. I also am an independent consultant for Lilla Rose hair jewelry. – Heidi Cooper at Torah Family Living and Lilla Rose
- I’m a blogger for Hudson Valley Parent magazine. I blog about saving money and surviving as a stay at home mom of three. My latest addition is only 4 weeks old. – Erin Johnson at Hudson Valley Parent Magazine
- I blog at Smithspirations where I share encouragement and inspiration for Christian homemakers in the areas of faith, family, and natural living. I’m also a Lilla Rose hair accessory consultant, which allows me to earn income and occasionally get out of the house! A win for a homeschooling & busy mom of 5! Kristen Smith at A Better Way to Thrive and Lilla Rose
Recommended Resources: Here are a couple of my favorite resources for earning an income from home without having to spend much to get started.
- I began blogging publicly a year and a half ago, honing my writing skills, networking, and gathering social media marketing skills. I’m now earning income as a freelance writer (which was my main goal in starting my blog), in addition to a being a content curator and blogger liaise for two companies. I blog at www.lo-wren.com, but you can also find me writing for The Huffington Post, Mamapedia, BlogHer, and Scary Mommy. – Lauren Stevens at www.lo-wren.com
- What could be more fun than getting paid to play on Pinterest? I took my love for Pinterest and blogging and became a Pinterest consultant. I focus on helping bloggers get the most out of Pinterest. – Rebekah at Simply Rebekah
- I bring in a little side income in two ways. One, I write what I know and publish books on Kindle. And two, I sell essential oils (which lets me make money from my passion – natural health!). – Rachel Ramey on Amazon
- I’ve been a freelance writer for 6 years and it’s been a HUGE blessing. It’s been a really flexible career to have alongside raising a family. I’m launching a course about it. – Kylie at Get Started Freelancing
- In addition to blogging, I write ebooks which is by far where most of my online income comes from. I also pick up a friend’s sons from school each day and they hang out with us until she gets off of work. It’s a blessing to both our families. My ebook, Hope – Thriving While Unemployed, has quite a few self employment ideas. – Angi Schneider at Schneider Peeps
- If you like the idea of working online, but don’t want to commit to a job, there are lots of ways to make money from home while maintaining a very flexible schedule.
- I freelance a bit, along with doing some VA (virtual assistant) work for other bloggers. I also earn a bit with sponsored posts, affiliate sales, and advertising on my blog. I have also self-published a book, Intentional Marriage, and create printables which I sell in my shop. – Crystal at Serving Joyfully (Shannon here! Crystal is one of several VAs that I work with to help me with the blog. She is an absolute wiz with graphics and is responsible for many of the pretty images you see here on Affording Motherhood.)
11 Handmade Businesses by Stay at Home Moms
- Stay at home momma to one crazy 6yo at the moment. I own and run a small farm and am building an Etsy shop to help supplement our military income. Not much in the shop yet but I plan to spend the winter sewing and knitting like crazy! Kristine Stadtmiller at Oh Sew Country Crafts on Etsy
- I’m a WAHM who started my own business. I specialize in children’s murals, design, crochet and organic skin care. I’m also a rep for doterra essential oils and Wildtree natural foods. Megan Gisi at Designs by Megan
- I started our Etsy shop when our daughter was 6 months old and I stopped working full time away from home. It initially started out as a way to earn a little extra money but we’ve put a lot of energy into it the last two years and have grown our Etsy shop to be one of our family’s primary sources of income. Our Etsy shop is MontanaSolarCreations. I also write a blog, Montana Homesteader, about our adventures in modern day homesteading. I monetized the blog and started making money with it the first month we started it. It is now about 8 months old and it has been making enough money each month to pay some of our monthly household bills – Annie Bernauer at Montana Solar Creations.
- I custom crochet items also sew, things are just starting for me so it is slow at the moment. – Lindsey Enders at The Crafty Monkeh
- I make custom cake pops for people locally. Ruth DeBoer at Number1Designs
- We make and sell natural products, including magnesium lotion, herbal salves, lotion bars, herbal bath salts and we’ll soon be adding spice mixes and teas! Justyn at Real Traditions and Creative Christian Mama
- I started my own body scrub business. I sell online as well as in some local retail shops and will start home parties soon. I love what I do and love being home with my little man. Maggi Bruce at Scrubxury
- I sell natural and organic body are items at local stores and through etsy. The toothpaste and deodorant are the most popular. Jamie Larrison at This and That Herbal
- I planned my Stay-at-Home while I was working my 40hr+/wk Sales Job over 8 yrs ago. I found something dear to my heart, HERBS, and made a business out of it! I now help heal children’s eczema, and provide Organic, healthy alternatives to the mainstream bath & beauty products for the whole family!! Lots of hard work, networking, and persistence has built my business to what it is today! – Melissa Carr at Honeybee Holistics
- When I had my first child, I couldn’t find a diaper clutch that was big enough for cloth diapers. I decided to design and sew my own and, after making a few for friends as gifts, I opened an Etsy shop with their encouragement. I don’t make a ton of money but every little bit helps! Rachel at Reprezent Creations
- I have a natural products business that has helped my desire to serve a non-profit organization as a volunteer. I love the art of soap making and am thrilled to be able to have a small clientele that enjoys my craft. – Andrea at Just So
2 In-Home Childcare Jobs for Stay at Home Moms
- I’m a divorced Momma. I’ve done Childcare for the past 7 years. The last 3-4 years was 11 hrs a day / 5 days a week. I now am down to part-time while studying to be a Certified Childbirth Education Instructor. – Shoshana Alma
- I am a stay at home mom. I babysit a couple kids and I am also a wellness advocate for doTERRA essential oils. I teach classes about essential oils and love to share how the oils are a natural alternative to medicine and how they help my family. We are healthier by using them. – Crystal Bangerter
27 Direct Marketing Businesses for Stay at Home Moms
- I stay at home with 3 children and have become a consultant for Thirty-One because it helps me organize my busy Navy wife life. I am also a consultant for Tastefully Simple because it helps me entertain and provides some easy meal short cuts. – Carrisa D’Angelo at Tastefully Simple and Thirty-One
- I’m trying to build my business, so I can stay at home. So currently I am working a more-than-full-time job out of the house, and working my Jamberry business in any free time I have! I’ve never liked selling things, but I fell in love with Jamberry’s product, so I knew even if I only bought for myself and family id come out on top. I feel safe having them on my nails, as they’re non-toxic! – Andrea Stewart at Jamberry Nails
- I get to pamper other women (don’t we all need it!) in their homes while sharing natural safe products! I love my Lemongrass Spa business. Amy Murray at Lemongrass Spa
- I’m mom to three 5-and-under kiddos and I wear a number of hats. I try hard to blog (my site mariposablvd.com needs a revival) and I’ve tried to keep up an Etsy shop. Right now I’m enjoying working as an educational consultant with Usborne Books doing book parties, school book fairs and fundraisers. It’s an awesome company and I’m learning a lot about business and goal-setting and it’s very fulfilling. It’s right for me at this point to have some structure because trying to create that for myself was a huge challenge that I just couldn’t focus on. I’m also a big green living advocate and I just signed up with Poofy Organics because I want to be able to offer the choice of products I am comfortable recommending. I love hearing about how all of you wonderful mamas are making things work! It’s not easy! Sarah Cody at For the Love of Usborne Books
- I have been doing multiple things. I make and sell hard lotions (mostly locally but do ship). I also sell Younique and Thirty-one products. – Candace Fulsher at Big Blinks
- I use and share doTERRA essential oils with others to help naturally maintain my family’s health and teach others how to do so also I also run an organic food buying club out of my house and help a naturopath friend manage her online newsletter. – Rachel Durham at doTERRA and Dr. Ashley Paramore
- I help families get more fruits and vegetables in their diet with Juice Plus. My passion is to eradicate mommy guilt and empower families to dream bigger ! – Ashley North at Juice Plus
- I’m a stay-at-home wife, no kiddos yet, but I enjoy helping others and natural health. Essential oils have helped me get healthy and earn an income. – Laura Lee at Agape Homestead Oils
- I left the hospital and now stay home with my kids. I do wellness coordination from home from my Juice Plus virtual office and am able to do nearly all phone consults so I can be home with my kids. – Joy at Juice Plus
- I’m a stay at home mom with 3 kids, and just joined Nature’s Sunshine. I have been taking their products since I was a kid and now give them to mine as well. It’s an all natural, organic way of staying healthy. – Vanessa Davis at Nature’s Sunshine
- I’m a working stay at home mom! With Plexus I’m able to work and still be at home with my two kids! – Wendy Kuhlmann at Plexus
- I found my company Norwex from a blog and absolutely love it. Using safe cleaning products is very important to me since I have two daughters I stay at home with. Norwex sells so many great products that radically reduce the use of chemicals in our homes. I love this company, the products, and how it allows me to make extra money for my family while staying home with my girls. I am so encouraged in this company, my goal is to eventually make enough for my husband to join my team and come home and work the business with me. – Justine at Norwex
- I teach essential oils and sell Young Living. It’s the first home business I found that actually makes real money! – Carmen Walker at Make Your Medicine
- I’m getting healthy while helping others make being healthy a lifestyle as well. Fitness+nutrition+SUPPORT=success and I’m the support! I started at 250lbs so it’s not about vanity pounds, it’s about saving lives!!! – Julie Silvira at Beach Body Coach
- Stay at home, homeschooling mom of 4. My husband does a great job of supporting our family but I’ve become an independent distributor for 2 or 3 companies that we just love their products! My favorite for a home business would probably be Lilla Rose since the products are something almost any woman/girl can use and the company support is so great. – Tyra Whitlow at Lilla Rose
- Health and wellness educator. (doTerra) Empowering moms EVERYWHERE!! Only the BEST for our babies. – Amber Nordstrom at Finding Balance
- I love staying at home with my daughter and working from home with Scentsy! Scentsy is a home fragrance company that is growing and growing by the minute! Being in the Scentsy family has built my confidence and enabled me to contribute to our household in a very real way! – Jackie Pepe at Scentsy
- I joined Usborne Books as a consultant about a month ago. I’ve hosted one party and had some one-off online sales, and just cashed a $67.00 check! – Amy West at Usborne Books
- Married 31 years, going on our 15th year homeschooling. Thanks to AVON (rep since High School and babysitting I have been a stay-at-home mom and love it. – Tammy Kindig at Avon
- I’ve tried everything to be able to work from home. Blogging, crowd sourcing, essential oils, digital assistant. The thing that I’ve been successful at is a Beachbody coach. I run challenge groups and help teach that the key to a healthy life means eating healthy and working out. I get to be a motivator and support for people and I love it! – Markell Corpus at Journey to a New You
- I also share and use dōTERRA essential oils. Helping families take control of their health needs. Enrich, empower, and educate! – Savannah Mort at doTERRA
- I’m a stay at home mom with a 16 month old. I am passionate about helping people get the proper nutrition they need to improve their health, lose weight, & increase athletic performance. I work alongside them to reach their goals & discover their full potential. – Brittany McGill at Advocare
- I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom of two. Erin MacLean at Ava Anderson
- Expecting our first in October! I want to stay home so badly! For now, I am building my It Works! business! And I love it! They provide so many avenues to help pay off your debt and start making real money! – Bri Sherman at ItWorks!
- Stay at home mom while promoting health and wellness to everyone interested! Feel good, more energy, be healthy and happy! Jennifer Shoaf at Zija
- I make a small amount through affiliate marketing on my blog, but my main source of income comes from my Lilla Rose business. – Joy at Artful Homemaking and Lilla Rose
- I share wellness with the world by educating and empowering families on essential oils (doTERRA). I do this both through my blog and with those that I build personal relationships with. Ashlee at Live Essentially
Typical work from home mom office: Kitchen table, breakfast dishes, and a laptop. It’s not easy, but it’s the best job in the world!
- I have a 7 month old baby, and have been running Snoack Studios, a web and graphic design company, for almost 5 years from home, I love it! We specialize in designing and developing WordPress websites, and also offer logos, business cards and any other print and digital marketing collateral a business may need! – Shannon Noak at http://www.snoackstudios.com
14 Other Businesses & Professional Services by Stay at Home Moms
- I do social media for brands and businesses! Work early in the morning and at nap time and spend the day with my kids! – Christine Hill at Silently Social
- I’m a homeschooling mom of 2 and work and write at Accidentally Green. I also work as a virtual assistant/site editor, sell Norwex products and teach private writing classes. – Hilary Bernstein at http://www.accidentallygreen.com and at Norwex
- I am a photographer so I make my own hours. – Sidero Fenner
- Weight loss through nutrition. Knowing how the body works and feeding it what it understands is the trick to shedding unwanted pounds. I love working from home! – Renee Rainville at rRainville
- I’m not a stay-at-home mom, but my husband is a stay-at-home dad. He has a photography business Lee Claire at Aaron Grubb Photoraphy
- I just started taking clients as a health coach. I set my own schedule and work as much as I decide to. I also share essential oils through dōTERRA and have made that a business too. Both are flexible and rewarding, but dōTERRA is easy to get started on, anyone can do it, all you are doing is sharing how great essential oils are, and making money while doing it. I’d be happy to share how I got started with both of these with anyone who is interested. – Ameryn Briggs at Eat Live Flourish and doTerra
- I’m a homeschooling mom with one still in the homeschool nest (14) and one commuting as a sophomore in college. I have been a freelance proofreader for university presses since 1994; I teach World and Comparative Lit at a homeschool co-op; and began a Plexus business for weight loss in January of this year for only $34.95 (I’ve lost 16.5 pounds and feel better than I have in years!). Jenni Rom at Plexus
- I am a business owner of an online clothing store, and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where I sell fashionable yet practical hair clips for all hair types. I’m also a blogger, and a homeschooling mom of 5 children and expecting another one! – Caroline Allen at Deborah and Co. and The Modest Mom
- I’m the founder of fit2b.com which began as as a fitness blog and has expanded to providing eLearning courses and wholesome workouts for the whole family to members in over 30 countries worldwide! My passions have always included healthy birth and bellies, and so I put my bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Science to work for my family. Now, others are making money from Fit2B Studio via our affiliate program. Beth Learn at Fit2B (I’m an affiliate and a big fan of Fit2B!)
- My eBook The Bootstrap VA and my Facebook group is full of women pursuing VA (virtual assistant) work so they can be home with their kids. – Lisa Morosky at The Bootstrap VA (Lisa did some VA work for me last summer as I was getting ready to launch my Natural Birth Stories book. I love that she is empowering other moms to find jobs as VAs so they can stay at home too!)
- By reading some of my favorite blogs, I’ve seen them post jobs for VAs (virtual assistants). I replied to one, which led to getting a job with her. That job led me to connect with a couple of other bloggers. She now runs her own company with people working for her as VAs to give other SAHMs a chance to earn money for their families. – Rachel at Signed by Me
- I’m a budgeting coach through Money 4 Life Center which is affiliated with Focus on the Family – Danielle
Can’t make ends meet on just one income? How do you make up the difference? Haven’t started your business yet? Ask for suggestions in the comments. Share your story in the comments. I would really love to see this list of real jobs for stay at home moms grow even bigger, full of all of your creative and inspiring stories!