Starting a family, especially a new one, can be a full-time job on its own. Ideally, the responsibilities of raising a child should fall to both parents, but in many families, it is simply impossible to stay at home and still earn a comfortable income.
Many mothers choose the option to stay at home to take care of their families’ needs while their partners are off at work, but this does not necessarily mean that they need to give up the idea of earning an income. This is especially true in the digital age, where there are almost limitless options for stay-at-home moms to earn an income. We’ve highlighted some ideas below.
Perhaps the most common and most popular option is retail. With the boom of e-commerce, the idea of starting and owning your own business has been changed forever. Never has it been easier to find products to buy and sell online, or even find fast and reliable logistics providers to carry out deliveries for you — all without leaving the comfort of your own home. Thanks to today’s wired world, you can even start your own food business at home by offering home-cooked meals through delivery.
The Internet has also allowed many professionals to own their time and start their own professional services business through freelancing. Whether you specialize in web design, graphic design, writing, programming, or accounting, there is work to be found online. Through websites like Fiverr and Upwork, freelancers can find jobs that require their expertise and be paid for their time.
Teaching or tutoring
A more traditional option could be in teaching. Stay-at-home moms can choose to accept students in their homes to teach willing students in a variety of subjects, from mathematics to language. If you have the equipment and the skills for it, you can also offer to teach students to play musical instruments like the piano or the violin. Don’t have a suitable place to conduct lessons at home? Hold your lessons online through video chat.
Arts and crafts
If you have a creative streak and do not want to do random odd jobs from clients through freelancing, you can also consider selling your work online. The popularity of online storefronts like eBay and Etsy have made it easier for artists to sell their designs and artwork online. Sites like Redbubble have also flourished as a marketplace for print-on-demand products based on user-submitted artwork, meaning, you can sell your art as shirts, stickers, phone cases, and even pillows.
With the explosive growth of the Internet through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, personal blogs have mostly fallen out of vogue and are not as profitable as they used to be. That does not mean that it’s not a viable option for those willing to put in the work, however. Having a Web site, particularly one that regularly posts content about a particular topic or hobby, can still pull in a reasonable income through ad revenue. If you’re more interested in sharing personal stories and finding communities online, you could also try vlogging through sites like YouTube or Twitch. If you’re charismatic enough, you might even become an online celebrity. — Bjorn Biel M. Beltran