I put the call out to real-life stay at home moms to find out what kind of jobs they do from home and how they are able to earn an income. What follows is an exhaustive list of legitimate jobs for stay at home moms, how much you can earn, and how to get started. 

Updated on Sep 18, 2019


A s soon as my husband uttered the “D” word, I stomped off to the bedroom with our infant in my arms.

To me “daycare” was just as bad as any 4-letter word. I wanted so desperately to be the one to care for my baby every day.

After I settled my precious boy into the cosleeper next to me, I lay there in the dark with eyes wide open. Thoughts swirled around my mind, but I couldn’t focus on any of them.

My husband was right. We couldn’t afford for me to stay at home with our new baby.

And the reality was, we couldn’t afford daycare either.

I had to find a way to work from home.

It’s been many years since that dark night, and in that time I’ve done many different jobs as a stay at home mom.

In fact, I’ve been successfully working from home now since 2011, and earning a full-time income since 2014.

 

My home office, complete with baby monitor and Hot Wheels collection.

My home office, complete with baby monitor and Hot Wheels collection.

Real Opportunities for Moms to Work from Home

But what you’ll find in this article isn’t just my personal experience.

Since 2014, I’ve been interviewing and surveying the community of stay at home moms here at Affording Motherhood about the ways they make money from home.

These are real moms who are making it work to care for their children while providing income for their families.

Since I began tracking the ways that moms work from home in 2014, the legitimate options for earning a meaningful income have grown by leaps and bounds.

In fact, the U.S. Federal Reserve now tracks this type of side income specifically, and around 30% of the adult population is engaged in the “gig economy” to supplement their income.

Working from home is becoming more of a real possibility than ever, and that means great things for moms.

The Stay at Home Mom Job Survey

Through the Stay at Home Mom Job Survey, I sought to answer the questions that moms are desperate to know about how to work from home: 

  • What job can I do as a SAHM?
  • What skills or experience do I need?
  • How can I get started? (And how much does it cost?)
  • How much money can I make?

You’ll find answers to all of these in the list of job ideas that follow.

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!

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! Image Source

The Results

The types of jobs that stay at home moms in the Affording Motherhood community do fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Professional Services (41%)
  2. Virtual Assistant (21%)
  3. Creative Jobs and Businesses (16%)
  4. Caregiver (12%)
  5. Sales (10%)

The average work from home mom in our community:

  • Works 15 hours per week
  • Earns $1,406 per month
  • For an average of $23/hour
  • And spent $1,325 to get started in her job or business

Without further adieu, here are the best jobs stay at home moms do, with advice on how you can get started earning an income from home, too.

Let’s get started!

 

25 STAY-AT-HOME MOM JOBS

1. Online English Teacher

Teaching English online can be a great fit for moms who need a flexible schedule. The hours are completely customizable to fit your personal desire and comfort level.

Skills & Experience Required: You do need to have a Bachelor’s degree or higher for this position. One year of teaching experience may also be required (however this could include homeschooling, tutoring, coaching, mentoring, and other life experiences). Of course, you definitely need to love working with kids. You also need to be punctual for your scheduled classes.

Average Pay: $17/hr

How to get started: VIPKID is by far the most popular option for moms to find work as online English tutors. It’s worth it to study the online teaching techniques before jumping into your interview and classes as your base pay rate is determined early in the hiring process. The moms I’ve talked to who work with VIPKID love their work so much that I decided to help them recruit new teachers. You can click my referral link below to apply. (I earn a commission for each teacher that starts working with them.)

Cost to get started: To get started you need a good headset and some props to use in your teaching (about $50 if you don’t already own these).

Next-Step Resource: How to Apply to Teach English Online

2. Social Media Marketer

As a mom, you’re probably already connecting with friends and family via social media, why not make it a way to earn extra money as well?

Skills & Experience Required: It’s helpful if you have some professional experience with social media; however it’s not required. To thrive in Social Media Marketing, you need to be flexible and organized.

Average Pay: $31/hr

How to get started: Get started by offering to freelance for potential clients, like businesses who need help with social media.

Cost to get started: You don’t have to spend anything to get started, but you need to have a computer, internet, and possibly a phone.

“I hated dropping my daughter off at daycare at 7:30 in the morning and picking her up at 6 in the evening. I felt like I was missing valuable time with her. Starting my own business has allowed me to pursue my career and vision, while still being a wonderful mom of 3.”

Danielle Stoltz

Social Media Marketer

3. Vacation Rental Manager

For families that have some extra space, turning part of your home into a vacation rental in your home can be a great way to earn extra income. Your duties would include cleaning the space, talking to guests, and managing your online listings as needed. It only takes a couple of hours each week.

Skills & Experience Required: There is no experience required, but you do need to enjoy working with people and have a flexible personality.

Average Pay: $116/hr. Because of the small amount of hands-on work required, this can give you a very good return for your time.

How to get started: Evaluate whether part of your your home or property would work for a vacation rental. Then set up a posting on a site like Airbnb. They handle the money, and it is set up to keep both hosts and guests protected.

Cost to get started: There’s no cost to get started if you already have room to host guests. Some families ended up remodeling and improving things over time as they had the funds available.

“We chose to try listing our master bedroom on Airbnb because had its own bathroom and private entrance and we could keep it separate from our home. It turned out to be a life-saver – we don’t even live in a touristy city, but we are regularly booked. We have used the money to fix up our home, pay down debts, and have a little extra in the bank for family trips.”

Kelly Wilbanks

Vacation Rental Manager, KellyWilbanks.com

4. Copy Editor

Bookworms will love the opportunity to work as a copy editor. In this job, you would be responsible for correcting any errors in a text as far as spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting are concerned.

Skills & Experience Required: You need an eye for detail and an understanding of the subject matter as well as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. You can also do some training to help you become more proficient in these. As a freelancer, you must be a self-starter and be good at planning and meeting deadlines. You also need to be ok with taking criticism. Mistakes happen, and it’s always an opportunity to learn.

Average Pay: $16/hr

How to get started: In the Information Age there is a massive need for copy editors. Check job postings for websites and more prominent blogs that might need help. Focus on areas where you might have experience in, for instance, healthcare, finances or education as this is sometimes a requirement.

Cost to get started: If you already have a computer, access to word processing programs, and the internet, you don’t have to invest anything to get started as a copy editor.

“This income has allowed me to pursue further qualifications in the field, and I anticipate it continuing to pay for various educational opportunities for me and for my son (4yo) as time goes on.”

Janna

Copy Editor, jannawillard.com

5. Substitute Teacher

If your kids are in school, then working as a substitute teacher, bus driver, or crossing guard can be the perfect way for to earn an income because you’re on the same schedule as you’re kids. Substituting can be great because it’s very flexible, and you only work when you’re available.

Skills & Experience Required: Some states require a teaching certificate for substituting while others only ask for a bachelors degree or even high school diploma. Bus drivers will need to get a special drivers license. Typically some training will be provided through the school. You also need to be patient, creative, and enjoy working with kids.

Average Pay: $5/hr. Pay ranges from $60 to $100 per day for subs and varies depending on your school and qualifications. Bus driver shortages can drive districts to offer a significant starting bonus.

How to get started: Do a quick search for “[Your School District] [Job You’re Interested In” to check requirements in your area, or call the district office. Don’t forget to also look into private schools as well.

Cost to get started: None

“I’ve always wanted to work from home and have a flexible schedule to be available for my kids and still earn some money. I sub at my kids’ school 1-2 days a week. I attended a 1 1/2-hour class and then was eligible to sub. Being able to substitute at my kids’ school is like a dream. I feel very lucky to be able to do this life.”

Layne

Substitute Teacher, Crafty Mom Life

6. Childbirth Educator

If there’s one thing moms know, it’s the joy and struggle of bringing their babies into the world. You can earn an income from home while sharing the joy of childbirth with other moms.

Skills & Experience Required: You will need training to get certified as well as personal experience in the birth method you plan to teach. You need to enjoy teaching, be enthusiastic about childbirth, and have a desire to empower other couples to make the best-informed decisions for their family.

Average Pay: $34/hr. You’ll usually be paid per class, and income varies based on class size and the program that you teach.

How to get started: Look into opportunities with the birth method you’re most familiar with. One popular option is the Bradley Method. Talk with other birth instructors in your area to find out the pros and cons of each.

Cost to get started: You’ll need to invest in training through a birth education organization which could cost around $1,200 plus travel.

“It’s very rewarding and there are many different organizations to get certified through. It’s best to talk to other educators in the area first to learn pros and cons of each organization.”

Childbirth Educator

7. Tutor

Tutoring is a fantastic way for moms to work from home with a flexible schedule. It can also be a great way to keep your brain working in those years when you spend most of your time with your babies and toddlers!

Skills & Experience Required: Many different schools and organizations hire tutors to teach a range of subjects, so there’s likely something you could help with. You need to enjoy teaching one-on-one or in small groups.

Average Pay: $50/hr. Be prepared that work may be slow during the summer or at the very beginning of semesters. Pay is better if you find the students yourself and get paid directly rather than going through an agency.

How to get started: There are lots of tutoring companies, including Tutor Doctor. You can also find students through community colleges, word of mouth, and advertising your services on Facebook or Nextdoor.

Cost to get started: There is no cost to get started as a tutor.

“My training is engineering, but if you used to be a teacher, or think you would like teaching one-on-one or to small groups, tutoring is a great way to have a flexible schedule. Many different schools and organizations hire tutors to teach many different subjects.”

Tutor

8. Mystery Shopper

If you love to shop, working as a Mystery Shopper might give you the flexibility you need to earn some extra money as a stay at home mom. Mystery shoppers evaluate anything from restaurants to retail stores, services, hotels, and even cruises and then provide detailed feedback to the companies that hire them.

Skills & Experience Required: You must have strong attention to detail, the ability to stay unnoticeable on your assignments and be flexible.

Average Pay: Shopping trips may pay anywhere from $5 up to $200. Plus, you often get reimbursed a certain amount for your purchase.

How to get started: Our SAHMs recommend Presto Insta-Shops to find mystery shopping jobs. They advise to shop regularly and make sure you keep a higher shopper rating to get the best assignments.

Cost to get started: For most shops, you will have to pay upfront for your items, and then you have to submit a receipt to get reimbursed. If you’re buying things you’d buy anyway (e.g., groceries), then it’s not a significant investment.

“It really is amazing what you can find to do from home if you are looking in the right places. It is great to be able to pursue our financial goals with the extra money that I earn each month.”

Mystery Shopper

9. Food Delivery Driver

Working as a Food Delivery Driver is perfect for stay at home moms. Not only can you work flexible hours, but you may also be able to bring your child along in the car while you make deliveries.

Skills & Experience Required: No special skills are required. However, you should definitely enjoy driving.

Average Pay: $6/hour

How to get started: Check out delivery services that might be hiring like Ubereats and Instacart.

Cost to get started: There’s no cost to get the job, but you must have a reliable car and a smartphone.

“What I love about Ubereats and Instacart is I set my own schedule get on and off on my own time. The best part at least for Ubereats I can take my daughter to work with me she loves it.”

Dee

Food Delivery Driver

10. Cleaner

Many moms find side income through cleaning, either for homes or businesses. If your kids are in school, but you still want to have the flexibility to work around their schedule, cleaning can work well. There may be weekend and evening options, too.

Skills & Experience Required: You need to be energetic, friendly, and have an eye for details to thrive in a cleaning business.

Average Pay: $12/hr

How to get started: Let friends and family know you’re interested in cleaning. Once you get a couple of clients, word of mouth can help you build your business. You could also work with a cleaning agency to find jobs. Check your locale for licensing requirements.

Cost to get started: The cost to start a cleaning business is usually under $100. You need to buy basic supplies and possibly a license.

11. Speech Pathologist

A surprising number of moms in the Affording Motherhood community work in private practice as speech pathologists. This isn’t for everyone, but if you have the education and training, you can continue your career path even once you choose to stay at home. This way you can set your own hours and work around your family’s schedule.

Skills & Experience Required: For this job, you must have an degree to practice independently and hold a certificate and license. You need to be compassionate, outgoing, well organized, and be driven in this line of work.

Average Pay: $65/hr

How to get started:The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has an in-depth discussion about how to start your own SLP private practice.

Cost to get started: It costs around $700 to maintain your license and do regular continuing education coursework.

“I worked in the school system prior to becoming a full time mom and homemaker. To another mom who wants to start her own SLP business, I’d say plan, plan, plan and don’t forget to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sweetie). “

Speech Pathologist

12. Online College Instructor

If you have the right credentials, working as an online college instructor can offer the flexibility and satisfaction you desire in a job as a SAHM.

Skills & Experience Required: You’ll need a degree in your field to apply for a college instructor position.

Average Pay: Compensation varies depending on the school, your experience level, and the particular course requirements. According to Get Educated, you’ll usually be paid on a per semester which can range between $1,000 and $3,000 per class.

How to get started: Look for job postings on the college website. Moms advise that you don’t give up if you don’t get it on the first try. It can take time but keep applying.

Cost to get started: You need to have an internet and a good computer that can be used to record video. Applying for the job itself is free.

“I was babysitting to bring in extra income. Now I’m teaching online, which has better hours for me and is more satisfying. If you love it, go for it. 

Online College Instructor

13. Homeschool Teacher or Tutor

You may be able to earn some extra money by serving as a teacher or tutor for a homeschool community either in person or online.

Skills & Experience Required: You must be comfortable teaching a small group of students, and you must be patient, have lots of energy, and a good sense of humor. Training may be available through your community. Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree and/or tutoring experience.

Average Pay: $7/hr. This will vary depending on your community, but it can at least help offset the cost of tuition.

How to get started: Check with your homeschool community to see if there are positions available. One popular option is Classical Conversations which has paid positions for Tutors and some other leadership positions. Moms with teaching experience could explore job postings on HSLDA Online Academy.

Cost to get started: The cost can be nothing to start. However, there may be some books and materials that you need to buy. If teaching online, you’ll need a good computer, reliable high-speed internet, a webcam, and a professional grade headset.

“My family could not make ends meet, and God opened up this door for us. It enables me to work from home mostly at my own convenience in the times that work best for me.” Sara

Homeschool Teacher

14. Online Course Creator

If you have an area of expertise to share, you can create and teach online courses of your own from home. Often this work goes hand in hand with blogging and writing.

Skills & Experience Required: This business takes hard work and persistence. You must be self-motivated and passionate about the topic you teach about. However, no specific training or experience is required.

Average Pay: $50/hour. This is the average of the moms surveyed. Obviously, this is something where you get out of it what you put into it.

How to get started: You can use platforms like Teachable, Thinkific, and Udemy as an easy way to host your course, or you can create a website using WordPress.

Cost to get started: You can get started for free on Thinkific and add paid services that make your life easier and more productive as you go.

“For moms who want to get started as a course creator, just start! Build it up over time. Nothing great happens overnight.”

Macy Miller

Online Course Creator, Mini Motives

15.  Hair Stylist

If you have a love for doing up-dos, you could work as a hairstylist for special occasions like weddings and prom. You do need childcare when you go to events and appointments. The big days for event stylists are Saturdays, so it may work around your husband’s schedule.

Skills & Experience Required: Check your locale for requirements. Some states allow individuals to do styling for weddings without being a board certified hairdresser.

Average Pay: $43/hr

How to get started: Contact local hairdressers to see if they might need help with styles for bigger events. You could also start your own business, too.

Cost to get started: It costs around $200 to get started including purchasing bobby pins, hair sprays, and other hair products.

“I was the girl getting everyone else ready for homecoming. Hair styling has been a passion of mine since those days in high school. I wanted to attend beauty school but, my mom insisted that I get a college degree. In 2012, a good friend of mine told me about an opportunity for me to share my love of hair. It’s nice being able to contribute financially to the household. We send our children to a private Christian school, and if I didn’t have this job, it may not be possible to send them.”

Brianna

Hair Stylist, Hair by Maddie Woff

16. Blogger

As a blogger, you get to build a relationship with readers and share your passion and expertise with them. Blogging can be an excellent option for stay at home moms because it’s completely flexible. You can work on your own schedule and build your business whenever and wherever you have time. The other great thing about blogging is that it can be passive because posts you write can still be getting traffic and earning you an income years later.

Skills & Experience Required: To be successful as a blogger you need to be creative and enjoy helping people. Also, you must have a strong drive and not be afraid to learn new things.

Average Pay: $33/hr This starts out at $0 and grows over time as you build your business and following.

How to get started: There’s a right way and a wrong way to get started blogging. It’s essential to set your blog up correctly from the beginning to be successful. In addition, you need to choose a topic that you are both passionate about and experienced in, and start writing. 

Cost to get started: It costs under $200 to start your blog the right way.

Next-Step Resource: How to Start a Successful Blog on a Budget

“I feel so blessed to get to do what I love every single day. Blogging provides me with the funds I need to help support our family, so I be there for my kids whenever they need me, and get the joy of seeing my readers transform their lives through my blogging and coaching programs. I’m so grateful!”

Shannon Clark

Blogger and Coach, Affording Motherhood

17.  Crafter

Crafty moms can use their skills to turn their hobby into a business. Some examples of the products the moms in our community make include baby bedding and accessories, signs, and calligraphy.

Skills & Experience Required: The skills required depend on what type of crafting, eg. Sewing, etc. You also need to have the drive necessary to be your own boss and have a passion for creating handmade items for your customers. Running a crafting business is a lot more than just making something pretty. A lot goes on behind the scenes to take good pictures, get the word out about your products, and figure out shipping.

Average Pay: $30/hr. Pay varies on the type of crafts you create.

How to get started: You can sell through an Etsy shop or at local craft fairs and markets. Moms recommend that you start small and work your way up. Expect to spend a few months figuring out all the details. You can learn a lot from online blogs and courses.

Cost to get started: You can usually get started with tools and supplies you already have on hand for your hobby, so the investment is pretty small. Most of the ladies in our community invested under $100 to start. An Etsy shop is free to start.

“I tried to take a part-time job outside the home. Our family life was chaos, and it took a lot of work to balance providing meals, schoolwork help, childcare, getting to/from practices, etc. all for part-time pay. Now that I’m home, I have the time to run our household more efficiently. I’m making enough to cover some grocery money and the money for extras, like dance classes and sports and fun outings. I typically paint at the kitchen island while the kids are working on school or playing.”

Lisa

Crafter, Letters from the Farm

18. Seamstress or Sewing Teacher

Moms with sewing skills can work from home as a seamstress teaching sewing classes, doing private sewing lessons, or creating custom orders.

Skills & Experience Required: You need to know how to sew, be detail oriented, and creative. If you need to up your sewing skills to start your business, check out free tutorials on YouTube or ask older women in your community who want to pass this skill to the next generation.

Average Pay: $29/hr

How to get started: You can find business through friends who need sewing work done. You could also work as a contractor for fabric stores like JoAnn’s teaching classes. Other moms find work sewing for other companies that sell handmade designs.

Cost to get started: If you know how to sew chances are you already have some basic materials at home to get you started. A good sewing machine costs $100-200. You’ll also need Gingher shears, pinking shears, and embroidery scissors totaling about $60. Depending on your projects you might need a rotary cutter and cutting mat. You can also check thrift stores and eBay for machines and fabrics.

“I wanted to raise my own kids, not miss out on the most important years of their lives. Teaching classes on my own schedule (working around my husband’s schedule) and sewing from home allows me to homeschool them and run our small homestead.”

Katherine Thomas

Seamstress and Sewing Teacher

19.  Graphic Designer

Graphic Designers create print and digital projects for clients. These might include logos, book covers, business brochures and reports, business cards, and much more.
Why It’s Great for SAHMs: Freelance Graphic Design is an ideal business for stay at home moms because it allows you to do your work online, from home, and to follow a flexible schedule.

Skills & Experience Required: You do need some training and experience to get started as a graphic designer including an overall design class and knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and WordPress. You also need to be organized and detail oriented.

Average Pay: $25 per hour

How to get started: Do some personal projects and work for friends that you can put on a portfolio site. Having a professional looking portfolio online is essential for a designer.

Cost to get started: It costs around $500 to start a business as a freelance Graphic Designer. This includes the cost of a business license, website, and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

“This job is allowing me to have a flexible schedule to take care of the kiddos and pursue a fully online business.”

Carissa Sheehan

Graphic Designer, carissasheehan.com

20. Writer

Many organizations and businesses need content to be written to share their message both on and offline. You might create content for blog posts or newsletters.
Why It’s Great for SAHMs: The excellent thing for SAHMs is that writing can easily be done from home.

Skills & Experience Required: Beyond excellent writing skills, you need to have lots of perseverance, flexibility, and patience. It’s helpful if you have some experience with the subjects that you’ll be writing about.

Average Pay: $23/hr

How to get started: To get started as a writer, contact businesses and organizations that might need writing services. For instance, one of the moms in our survey works doing curriculum development for a non-profit. It can also be helpful to take a course to learn how to write and how to find writing assignments.

Cost to get started: Depending on your position, it can cost nothing to get started as a writer. However, others may require you to travel to some in-person training that could add up. If you start your own freelance writing business, the average investment is around $170. This includes website hosting, domain name, course, and a subscription to job boards.

Next-Step Resource: How to Become a Freelance Writer from Home

“During the day I go in for lunch with my family, and I lay my kids down for their nap, which is the best thing ever! I took my daughter to the doctor this morning; we took our kids to the park one day this week. There is flexibility that comes with freelance writing.”

Gina Horkey

Freelance Writer

21. Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants can work from home doing a big range of clarical tasks that support the businesses they work with. Virtual Assistant positions can be part-time and flexible, so you can work during nap times and after the kids are in bed. It’s not an overwhelming amount of work, yet it can give you that intellectual satisfaction your average day as a mom might be missing. 

Skills & Experience Required: No experience is required to work as a Virtual Assistant, although basic computer and organizational skills are a must. Most VA jobs provide on-the-job training. Courses that teach you to work as a virtual assistant or specific skills like social media may be helpful. Some jobs do require a degree and/or experience as an assistant. You must be a self-starter as no boss is making sure you’re working.

Average Pay: On average moms make $18/hour as a VA. However, this can range from under $5 to $42 per hour.

How to get started: Put the word out that you’re looking for work as a VA. You never know if a friend or family member might be wishing they had someone to help out with their business. This is how many of the moms in our survey found their first job. Other moms found virtual assistant at large VA services companies, in Facebook groups, or on Upwork.

Cost to get started: You usually don’t have to pay anything to get started, but you do need to have a working computer and high-speed internet.

Next-Step Resource: How to Get Started as a Virtual Assistant

“I work from home because I want to be with my kids! I found my VA job on a Christian moms Facebook group. I saw it and just knew it was a good fit for me. I think anyone could do it who knows how to work from a list, complete projects and maybe had administrative skills to assist in the job.”

Brandy Ching

Virtual Assistant

22. Answering Service

Working for an Answering Service can be a great opportunity for stay at home moms to work from home. In this job, you answer calls for businesses like service and healthcare professionals and schedule appointments or dispatch the messages as necessary. Phones need to be answered around the clock, so there are flexible options for your schedule. So you might find options while your husband is home to watch the kids or while they’re sleeping.

Skills & Experience Required: You need to have excellent typing skills, and of course, a pleasant and patient demeanor is imperative.

Average Pay: Approximately $17/hr

How to get started: You can apply for jobs with telemessaging firms like Advantage Telemessaging. To find other answering services, try calling around to local businesses and find out who they use. You may have to train for a while at a physical office location before you work remotely.

Cost to get started: It costs nothing to apply to an answering service. However, you need to have a computer, corded phone, headset, and internet service. You’ll also need a dedicated, private office space to work.

“I was working as a nurse aide at a hospital. I was working 12 hour shifts and was exhausted. I also had three young children with one more on the way. I wanted something more flexible and the ability to nurse on my breaks, rather than pumping.”

Remote Receptionist

23. In-Home Childcare

Providing in-home childcare is an excellent way for moms to supplement their income. You get paid to do what you’re already doing all day – caring for your kids.

Skills & Experience Required: To thrive with in-home childcare, you need to love kids, be creative, fun, and energetic. It helps to have a positive personality. You also need to make sure that this is a good fit for your whole family (especially your own children).

Average Pay: $18/hr. Childcare costs range depending on your location and the age of the child. 

How to get started: Let friends know your open to caring for children in your home or even put a call out to your Facebook contacts. Lots of moms are looking for good in-home childcare, and it can give them peace of mind if it’s with someone they already know. You can also post on Care.com to find jobs.

Cost to get started: Most of the moms surveyed spent nothing to begin caring for children in their homes. This will vary depending on state requirements. You may need to pay for licensing, fingerprinting, CPR and First Aid Training, or other early childhood education classes to meet regulations which cost around $250.

“My husband and I have 5 Children all under the age of 8. We wanted to stop having someone else raise our children. I decided to stay home. Now I get to be the person who helps other moms feel a little more comfortable letting someone else be there for their kids. I love being a daycare provider and love getting to raise my own babies. I couldn’t imagine not being there for every step and giggle.”

In-Home Daycare Provider

24. Petcare

Several of the moms in the Affording Motherhood community earn an income by offering pet care in their homes. They provide services including doggie daycare and pet boarding. And it’s not much extra work if you’re already caring for your own pets. Pet care professionals play with the animals, take them for walks, and do daily poop pickup.

Skills & Experience Required: If you plan to offer pet care in your home, you need to be personable, communicative, patient, and of course, you must love dogs! You need to be comfortable handling barking, whining, or even breaking up the rare fight. A basic understanding of animals, diseases, and vaccines is helpful. Other considerations are how you will keep dogs separated from your little ones (hint: baby gates) and where you can designate space in your home for dogs to stay.

Average Pay: $25 per day for daycare and $30 per night for boarding, depending on location. The hourly rate averages out to $33/hour because the actual hands-on work is pretty small.

How to get started: You can rely on word of mouth and pet sit for friends or find clients through local vet clinics. Several of our moms also use Rover.com to promote their services. Eventually, you can build a steady stream of repeat customers.

Cost to get started: The cost to get started can be as little as $0 if you already have a fenced yard. Pet guests usually bring their own dog food, bed, crate, and toys. You may choose to have business cards, a website, or even offer goodie bags to your boarding clients as a special perk. If you need to significantly upgrade your home to accommodate pets, it can mean an investment of up to $10,000. Do so slowly as you build your business.

“After I left my office job, I was offering daycare in my home. In the summer, to supplement our income, I decided to watch dogs. I ended up making more per month than watching kids! Believe it or not, people will pay you more to watch their dog than their kid!! I realized this was a much easier, less stressful, less time consuming, and more profitable business, so I went to this full time. This has allowed me to remain a stay at home mom and raise my kids and play with dogs all day!”

Rebecca S.

Pet Sitter, on Rover.com

25. Networking Marketing

Networking Marketing can be a good option for moms because it’s completely flexible. You can vary your hours and work as much or as little as you choose.

Skills & Experience Required: You must have a real passion for the product that you sell. The good thing about direct sales is that you don’t need any special skills. Often, training and support are provided by the company you work with, though no experience is required. You must be hardworking and persistent to succeed.

Average Pay: $12/hr. Your income can vary dramatically depending on your sales and how many people you have on your team. If you’re required to buy a certain amount of product or don’t meet sales quotas, you can actually end up in the hole, so proceed with caution.

How to get started: Find a product you love. Then start going through the training provided by the company, and run parties for your friends and family. The moms in our survey found the most success with Usborne Books.

Cost to get started: With network marketing companies, you typically have to buy a kit to get started. Most of the moms in the Affording Motherhood community paid around $100 to open their Networking Marketing businesses. Try to work with a company that doesn’t have sales quotas, so you don’t stand to lose much.

“This job has helped us to build an incredible home library and has provided the extra income necessary to make staying at home less of a financial burden. I still have big goals that I plan to achieve with my book business, and I love the fact this business can give me freedom with my time and income that nothing else could.”

Celeste Brubaker

Team Leader, Usborne Books & More

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