How to Make Extra Money as a Stay at Home Mom

There are several ways to stay home with your kids and still contribute to the household income. Any one of these jobs is a win-win-win situation. You can feel good about your accomplishments, your child sees her mother as more than a caregiver/maid/chauffeur and your family has money for the extra things. It can be done!

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You'll Need:

Resell used books. This requires you to shop at thrift shops, Goodwill stores, garage sales and Friends of the Library sales looking for used books to resell on internet sites like Amazon. You can shop while the kids sit in strollers or are at school. You can enter books when they are sleeping and ship books as part of your errands the next day. It is the ultimate way to recycle!

Petsit/Dogwalk. This is another "take the kids along" job. Dogwalking usually requires one midday let out/walk which can take 15-30 minutes per house. A typical workday is 10:30am to 2:00pm. Petsitting is watching someone's pet either at your house (easiest) or theirs (which means you have to drive there 3 to 4 times a day). It is a great way to exercise and opens up time for conversation with your child or daydreaming if you are alone.
Ebay. One woman's trash is another woman's treasure. As your child outgrows gently used toys and clothes, sell them on Ebay. If you are successful in selling those things, search for similar products at garage sales and resell on Ebay. They offer "Ebay University" classes at nearby hotels that are very encouraging and full of ideas that work.
Writing. There are thousands and thousands of uses for the written word on the internet. Freelance websites such as,, and are just a few places to start. Writing can be done early in the morning, late at night or during nap time.
Daycare and before/after school care. There are some parents that prefer a home based daycare versus a large day care center. Although you can set your own hours, most day cares are open 6:00am - 6:00pm all year long. A part time alternative to that is before and after school care. This usually means the child only comes Monday through Friday when school is in session. They come at a set time in the morning and you are responsible for getting them to school, picking them up and keeping them until their parents get home from work. You then have the rest of the day to yourself to do one of the other jobs mentioned above!

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