Legitimate Work from Home Jobs for Moms
Have you ever fallen for an online scam?
Or an online business that wasn’t an out-and-out scam but just didn’t quite feel right to you?
Have you tried doing those simple short tasks for pennies only to find you’re bored long before you reach the payout threshold?
Or maybe you got into a business that was touted as a quick way to riches but once you got started, you realised you were paying out more money than you were earning?
If it sounds too good to be true
I’ve noticed that every time I’ve fallen for something that’s below my paygrade or slightly shady, it was because I was a little desperate or impatient. I wanted quick, easy money.
And there’s no such thing. Well, there might be, in the short term, but usually, that kind of windfall income isn’t sustainable.
So we’re not going to talk about how to earn easy money today.
What we will discuss
How you can take the best advantage of those few moments you have, between your household chores and raising your children.
How you can learn new skills and put them to use so you can make some side income and contribute to the household finances. And maybe even retire your husband one day.
3 legitimate work-from-home jobs for Moms that may start off a little slow (because there’s a learning curve and let’s face it, you don’t have oodles of time) but have the potential to turn into a viable, long-term business.
Quick heads up: This is a Sponsored Post and contains Affiliate Links. These are two of the ways I make money from blogging. This means I will earn a commission should you wish to buy from anything via my referral links. On with the post…
Let’s start where I started…
1. Start a Mom Blog or Vlog
Mommying can be all-consuming when you first become a parent. If you find all you talk about these days is your children and you’re looking for an outlet, why not start a parenting blog or vlog?
Or perhaps you’ve always had a passion you wanted to blog about that has nothing to do with being a Mom. You could start a fashion blog, lifestyle blog or craft blog. Whatever takes your fancy.
I had very limited time at first. My little one was only at Nursery School for 3 hours, 3 mornings a week. And he dropped his midday nap shortly after I started blogging.
It took me a couple of years before I started earning anything to write home about (excuse the pun). Now, each of these 3 niche websites generates an income for me each month.
I learned how to set up and monetize my niche websites at Wealthy Affiliate. They have loads of training and it’s constantly being updated, by the owners and the members.
You can start free, do the first couple of courses, set up a free website or two and if it’s for you (like it was for me), you can upgrade to Premium membership (at $49 a month or $359 a year). I upgraded on Black Friday which dropped my annual rate to $299 a year.
Many Moms start out blogging and it can lead to all kinds of opportunities.
Bloggers learn skills they can use as Freelancers, Consultants or Virtual Assistants. Bloggers may become Affiliate Marketers. Some bloggers start Social Media Agencies or Digital Marketing Agencies. Bloggers may become Authors. Vloggers may become Influencers, Podcasters, Speakers, Trainers or Course Creators. Some bloggers build e-commerce websites and create and sell their own digital products.
You never know where blogging might lead you.
2. Start a Dropshipping Business
I first learned about Dropshipping from Timothy Ferriss, Author of The 4-Hour Work Week.
It’s always sounded a bit complicated to me.
I couldn’t see how I could do it.
I couldn’t get my mind around how I would sell products before I actually bought them and how I could ship them to clients without ever having to stock them myself.
It boggled my mind.
My other concern was that I’m not good at creating my own systems. I like things that are plug-and-play.
Seems I’m not alone. Dropshipping has come a long way in the last few years. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own anymore. Companies like AliDropship have popped up that offer a turnkey system, much like buying into a Franchise.
Which now makes it a very clever home based business idea for a busy Mom.
I haven’t personally tried Dropshipping (yet) but I’m seriously considering it since I started checking out what AliDropship offers. For a quick overview of dropshipping, check out their flow diagram below.
Here are some advantages of Dropshipping:
- Low startup costs
- Low risk
- Takes very little time to manage (once your dropshipping site is set up)
- Great income potential
One thing I did clearly understood was this. Success in Dropshipping depends on the products you choose to sell. Pick the wrong products and you’ll struggle to make sales. Want to know what sells? Check out this handy video:
3. Become a Teacher or Tutor
If you’re great at imparting knowledge, there are so many ways you can work from home as a Teacher.
The traditional way is to have students come to your house. As a teenager, I went to Mom who worked from home for Piano Lessons. I have a friend from Germany who teaches German (her home language) to students from home. I know another Mom who’s a Maths Tutor and another who teaches Parenting Courses.
I also know Moms who have set up Cottage Schools at home to help Home Schooling Moms with difficult subjects.
The online world has opened up many other opportunities. You can do exactly what traditional Tutors have done, still in the comfort of your own home but you can serve a global audience.
If you like to teach, you can become a Course Creator at Udemy or Teachable, creating your own online courses or you can create Webinars.
This is a great way to take the skills you already have and build on them.
No idea where to start?
Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam explains How to Set Up a Tutoring Business in her Guest Post:
This was just a quick taste of what’s available. There are so many more ideas you can try. The trick is to pick one that suits your personality and skill set and see where it takes you.
What work from home jobs have you tried and were they all legit? Or did you get your fingers burned once or twice before you found the right fit?