Are you a stay-at-home mom looking to make some extra money each month? While that’s great, what if I told you you could actually make thousands each month by doing something that you love. It might even get to the point where your husband could quit his job and stay at home, too. That is eventually my goal, and I just know I’m going to get there! (I have a goal to make $10K per month by October 2016 if you’d like to join me or follow along!)
If you’ve researched work-from-home jobs and side hustles for moms before, you’ve probably found a variety of jobs you could do from home. But, realistically, how long could you keep some of those jobs up for? Phone jobs, for example, are very popular work-at-home jobs. But do you really want to talk on the phone all day? I don’t know about you, but that does not sound fun. Plus, one of the biggest advantages of working from home is setting your own hours. With many jobs, you can’t do that. If you have to be available M-F from 8-5, you may as well be in an office.
So then what are the ultimate side hustles for moms?!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know the answer to this question.
I’ve had my blog for 14 months now and I’ve made a little more than $500 if I had to guess (I’m just now starting to keep track of what I make). As you can see, it’s no “get rich quick” scheme. It takes a longggg time to build up a blog and there’s no such thing as an overnight success.
However, once you DO start getting traffic and gaining followers, your options are truly limitless when it comes to making money. You can create your own product to sell, whether that’s an eBook (I created one! You can read about it here), a course or even a craft. You can promote other people’s products and make money from selling them (called an affiliate), you can partner with big brands that will pay you to advertise them on your site, you can sell ad space on your site, and more.
I am dying to know what the workforce is going to look like for our kids and grandkids. The Freelancers Union predicts that by the year 2020, 50 percent of the workforce will be freelanced. The world is already so digital and I personally would guess that the majority of jobs are going to be done online. I know you probably think the web is already so saturated with blogs, but in my opinion, this is just the beginning. By starting a blog now, I personally believe that you will be one step ahead of the game.
Are you ready to start our own blog?! If so, I created a tutorial that will walk you through how to set up a blog. You can access that here. And, that eBook I mentioned earlier, well it’s going to be free for all new bloggers who purchase a blog through my Bluehost link (which is also found in my tutorial). By following the tips in my book, you will be well on your way to earning a serious income from your blog. But be patient – this is a job that requires a lot of work in the beginning but the rewards down the line are huge (and ongoing!).
Also – Bluehost is offering a special discount for my readers only AND a free domain name!
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Freelance writing is something that is so near and dear to my heart. I broke into the field more than three years ago after quitting my job to stay at home with my baby girl. Freelancing allowed my husband and I to save money and not have to follow an incredibly tight budget. I know so many families that live off of just a few hundred dollars per month after all their bills are paid. If this is you, imagine what an extra $500 per month would do? And what if that only took you a few hours of your time each month?
Again, the world is going digital and many huge companies already hire freelancers because it’s more cost-effective to them (they don’t have to pay retirement or health benefits, for example). I expect this is going to grow significantly over the next decade. If you can get your foot in the door now, you will probably have so many opportunities coming your way over the next few years that you’ll actually have to turn down work.
To me, the best thing about freelancing (and blogging) is that you can truly work when you want. You get to control your life and dedicate however much time you want to work. If you freelance 40 hours per week, you’re going to make more money than if you only freelance 5 hours per week. It’s completely in your control.
I love waking up early and freelancing. That allows me to spend my days exactly how I want. I can run errands, take my kids to playdates, cook, bake and more. When my kids are napping, I’m able to work. And, if my husband is watching football (like right now!), I can also freelance or blog. I love the flexibility that this provides!
Oh, and if I don’t feel like freelancing or blogging early one morning? I don’t. As long as I don’t have a deadline that day, there’s no reason to get up early and work if I’m not feeling it.
My highest freelancing income month was $2,700 since I started tracking my income a year ago. Before tracking it publicly, I had a few months where I made more than $3,000. During that time, I had a 18-month old and a 2-month old. I never worked more than a couple of hours per day.
If you are interested in becoming a freelance writer, I highly highly recommend Holly Johnson’s brand new course on freelance writing, Earn More Writing. Holly is by far the best freelance writer that I know – she is actually invoicing over $200,000 in freelancing income this year. You guys, this does not include income she is making from her blog, this is strictly income she makes as a freelancer. She is also a mom to two little girls, just like a lot of us. Her and her family are able to travel the world together because of her freelancing career. And yes, she started out freelancing as a “side hustle” in addition to her full-time job. I personally will attest to the value you will get out of her course.
And, of course, I’m always here too. Blogging and freelancing are my two passions outside of my family 🙂 I’ve really made this work and I love it so much. I would love to see some of you mama’s succeed with this, too. If you start a blog through my link, I’ll send you my new book for free! You can email me anytime with questions or if you need encouragement. Holly and I are moms just like you and we are all in this journey together!
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