Becoming a parent not only means that you get to enjoy the life of another tiny human being, but you also take on their financial responsibility. The extra little (ahem, a lot) chunk of cash gone bye bye could mean that either you or your partner gets a second job or takes on a side hustle.
Thankfully, this digital age is wide open to moms when it comes to side hustles. There are so many opportunities, in fact, that many moms have even turned "momming" into a side hustle. Well, they're not selling their motherliness, per se. But, they are finding products and services that tie in with motherhood and making a living from them.
The great thing about moms being able to make money from home is that many of them can stay at home with their young children. Furthermore, this Work At Home Mom (WAHM) trend is making it possible for women to quit their often full-time and often unsatisfying 9-5 jobs.
If you're wanting to find a way to stay home with your kids and still earn money while doing so then make sure you read the ideas in this post. One of the ideas just might resound with you and make it possible for you to be the WAHM you want to be. Check out 15 ways moms turned their motherhood experience into a business. Enjoy!
15 Sell Positive Pregnancy Tests
Here's the best one, right off the bat! Well, I'm not sure it's the best so much as it's a head-cocking, "OMG" kind of headline. But, this is something that more than one woman has done to monetize her...err, pregnancy I guess. In no way, shape, or form is BabyGaga actually supporting something like this, but it's news and so we're spilling the beans.
According to HuffingtonPost.com, a young pregnant women decided that she would sell positive pregnancy tests on Craigslist.com. To make this story even more wild, she was making decent money from it.
She was three months pregnant and selling one positive pregnancy test for $25, two for $35 if the customer was traveling more than 60 miles.
Here's what the actual post said, “Whether you are using it for your own amusement such as a prank, or to blackmail the ceo of where ever who you are having an affair with I DONT CARE AT ALL this is an absolutely no questions asked type of deal tell me what you need I provide it for monetary exchange. I will not overcharge for the urine test but I will not be low balled either do not contact me if you are going to be cheap and difficult.”
14 Start A Personal Parenting Blog
If you're like most women then you scoured the internet pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and post-pregnancy. There's a good chance that you stuck with the Googling trend throughout toddlerhood and possibly even into filling out FAFSA forms for college.
More often than not, this means you probably landed on the usual well-known baby sites like BabyCenter.com and WhatToExpect.com. But, you probably also enjoyed some of the lesser know, but equally awesome parenting blogs founded by...you guessed it, work at home moms.
And these blog-launching work at home moms aren't super geniuses or powerful CEOs with technical genius to spare. They are regular everyday women like you and me.
Maybe they have some technical knowledge and maybe they don't. What they do have at their fingertips are the same information that most other people do, internet-wise.
All it takes to start a parenting blog (or blog or any kind) is a domain name and a place to host your awesome blog. Of course, you need to be ready to post great articles and give yourself a lesson on SEO, but neither of those are difficult to learn. After you've got your blog live, you can start making money with ads, affiliated links, and sponsored posts. With a little bit of know-how and a lot of inspiration, you can become the next mommy blogger!
13 Stuffed Animals Made From Hospital Blankets
Although the time you spend in a hospital while giving birth to your baby might seem like a whirlwind in the moment, they are incredibly special moments. Because it's such a treasured time in your life, you want to do everything you can to save those memories.
Well, one mom actually figured out a pretty creative way to save your special memories from those very first moments with your baby. And she did it by using the blue, white, and pink receiving blanket your baby was most likely wrapped in during those first moments outside the womb. She transformed it from a normal non-frilly blanket into a cute stuffed animal that you can keep around for a long time.
Yep, you know the blanket. Nearly every baby born in a hospital in this country was wrapped in one.
Many of you probably have your baby's receiving blanket stuffed away in a closet with the other little things too cute or precious to give away.
This trend has only becoming more popular, too. Starting at around $38.50, these receiving blankets can be transformed into an array of stuffed animals. As you may have guessed, the most popular online store is Etsy.com. To top it all off, most seamstresses offer the option to embroidered a name. So, if you know your way around a sewing machine then this might be an option for you!
12 Open A Consignment Boutique
If you're like most moms then you probably had tubs of baby clothes that either your baby outgrew or were given to you as hand-me-downs by generous friends or family. After all, kids go through clothing sizes so quickly during that first year. It's hard to keep outfits around for long. Most of the time, especially if you're in a large family or circle of child-bearing friends, the tubs often get added to over time.
This was the case with one mother who decided to do something about it. Rather than give away the clothes that had accumulated or receive pennies for them at a garage sale - and really, who wants to go to all that work arranging a garage sale - she decided to open up her own children's clothing consignment boutique.
When her local consignment shop in Seattle decided to close its doors, she took a huge leap and decided to follow her dreams. According to SeattlesChild.com, "Christina Morehouse-Hidalgo is a vintage junkie." So, her boutique is very unique in that it features clothing and shoes that are homemade and vintage. If you've got an eye for children's clothing, vintage or not, and have always wanted to run your own business then opening a consignment boutique might be just your thing!
11 Be A Professional Errand-Runner
Any mom knows that running errands can take up a huge par of your day. But, it's a job that has to get done. So, if you've got to run around anyway why not get paid for doing it?
Yep, this is an actual thing. Granted, not having enough time to run your own errands is undeniably a First World luxury issue to have. But it's a thing nonetheless.
The first thing you'll want to do is identify what problems people have that you could solve. For example, are there business in your area for whom you could pick up a monthly order of brochures from the local printers? Or could you drop off and pick up someone else's dry-cleaning? When you are trying to determine what sort of services to offer, remember to keep your ears and eyes open. Mostly, what you're listening for is people complaining about not being able to do this or that.
You might even offer a service grocery shopping for people. Let's be honest, not a week goes by that you don't end up at your local grocery store. If you have to be there and have the aisles memorized anyway then why not get paid for it?
10 Sell Used Clothes On Ebay
If signing a lease on a brick and mortar store sort of freaks you out or if it's just not in the budget then do the next best thing. Start selling on eBay.
When it comes to all things motherly, there is an endless number of items that you could sell. From maternity clothes to baby clothes to other baby items, the list goes on and on.
When it comes to becoming a well-known and trusted vendor on eBay, it's as simple as following the rules and following through on what you promised to customers. The first step is setting up an eBay account. You'll have to register like you would anywhere else by entering your email and creating a password. Since you'll be dealing with money, eBay will need to verify some type of valid banking information. The next step is pretty much what will become second nature to you after a few times - listing items.
A huge key to selling on eBay is in how you describe your items and the presentability of your items. In other words, you have to get creative in describing them (but not too creative or people will think you're flaky) and you'll need to hone up on your photography skills.
9 Create Customized Crafts To Sell On Etsy
Already in this post is listed an item featured all over Etsy. So, obviously Etsy.com is the place to be if you have a talent for making some kind of homemade craft. But first, let's back it up a bit and dive into the history of this craftsy corner of the internet so we know exactly what it's all about.
For starters, Etsy is all about vintage, uniqueness, and one-of-a-kind creations. It's e-commerce store (a store that functions primarily online) and has often been described as a crafty cross between Amazon and eBay.
And it's older than you might have imagined. It was first launched back in 2005. It wasn't until eBay began facing some legal issues that Etsy soon became an enormous contender in the world of unique knick-knacks.
It's fairly simple to either sell or buy on the site, too. You must register on the Etsy.com site no matter if you're a seller or buyer. Each seller has their own virtual storefront and must pay a small fee for each item listed on their store.
Etsy does have a "real" office located in Brooklyn (New York) where the site's technology, customer support, etc. operates. You'll be happy to hear that it's also making great efforts to hire more female engineers. But, most Etsy vendors never have to set a foot in the actual headquarters. That's how online-focussed it is. Way to go Etsy!
8 Start A Home Daycare
If the idea of having a houseful of small children absolutely terrifies you then maybe a home daycare just isn't your gig. But, if you think you could run a kid-filled house like a pro them opening a home daycare might be a great option for you.
This is especially helpful for moms who want to stay home with their kids and don't have the option to run a business from the shiny side of a computer.
For one mom, it seemed like the right thing to do. According to CareLulu.com, two days after Marina Davis had given birth to her beautiful baby girl, her daughter's father left them and didn't come back. For whatever reason, he decided to exit the scene and leave Marina on her own with a new baby. That meant taking care of the baby, the bills, the house, everything on her own.
So, after muddling through her options of daycare and working or figuring out another way to provide for her newborn while working from home, she decided to open a home daycare. Most official home daycares require the owner to obtain a license. There are inspections and rules you must follow, but home daycares have proven to be a great option for parents on both side of the spectrum.
7 Become A Professional Photographer
I know there are photographers reading this blog. Or, perhaps there are those of you who want to be photographers and you just haven't taken the leap to start your own business. It can be tough and the competition is steep nowadays. With that being said, the photography business is absolutely thriving.
There are a few things to remember if this is the route you want to take. Firstly, photography can be an expensive hobby. So, ROI (return on investment) is going to be at the forefront of your mind all the time. It's always a good idea to start with the basics. Get your basic skills down pat then move on to a more specific focus.
In my own hometown, one mother decided that her speciality would be to offer photograph sets not unlike Anne Geddes. Needless to say, every mother in the community wanted a photography session with her.
Her story is fabulous, but it's not always just an overnight success kind of thing. Developing a specialty takes time and it also takes time to actual photograph people and then edit those photos. Being a photographer can be a dream come true for some people. If that is you then now might be the time to start working on that dream.
6 Author A Book
If you're ever wanted to be an author, now might be the time to do it. Like selling on eBay or creating an Etsy craft to sell, the topic on which you can write a book are infinite. If you want to go the Kate Gosselin route, write a cookbook. Even Pioneer Women is making bank on her cookbooks and now her kitchen supplies, as well.
For those of you who aren't all about the kitchen then maybe you could write a children's book.
As a parent, you make up wild stories, nonsense excuses, and creative reasons why the world works the way it does. Why not put those ideas to pen and paper?
Again in my hometown, several of my friends have authored their own children's books with the help of a few artistic pals. They're making passive income off the sales of their books years after releasing it, too.
Maybe becoming a children's author isn't your thing either. Think about writing a short book full of helpful advice for other parents. You wouldn't even have to sell a physical copy, just go the eBook route and target Kindle users. On my own Kindle, I still have a copy of Jennifer Yarbrough's eBook Unbound Birth and it's only available digitally. So, this digital route might be a great start to your writing career!
5 Offer A Personal Training Service
Whether you're on board with the whole movement of attaining a healthier lifestyle or not, you've got to admit that healthy living is most definitely at the forefront of many people's minds. The thing about getting healthy is that it's difficult. It's not always difficult to eat right or even to workout. The difficult part is knowing what to eat for your body type and knowing how to customize a workout for your personal needs.
This is what a personal trainer does for you. So, if eating healthy and exercise routines are your forte then maybe you should think about becoming a personal trainer. If you're like most moms then you've likely dabbled in healthy dieting and "bouncing back" exercises to some extent. So even if you're not an exercise guru at heart, you could still attain the knowledge that would help others.
To be hired as a health and fitness professional, you've got to be certified. There are oodles and gobs of certification programs out there, but keep in mind that most fitness and health leaders take only accept NCCA accreditation. So, find a program fitting into those standards and you'll be better off in the long run. Even if you plan on making your home your actual business home base, get your business off to a good start.
4 Contribute To A Milk Bank
For moms who are lactating, milk banks are probably nothing foreign to you. You might have even been approached by a milk bank employee about what you do with your unused pumped milk. Even though that's a super weird questioned to be asked, they are really just big-hearted people out to help moms and babies, so just roll with it.
A milk bank is simply a milk collection site or depot that receives human breastmilk. This milk is then used for babies who are not receiving enough nutrition otherwise.
Many women have said that contributing to such a cause was one of the greatest things they'd ever done. Although contributors typically don't know the babies they help, contributing still leaves them with a joyful feeling.
It's important to remember that some depots pay for contributions and others don't. For instance, Mothers Milk Cooperative typically pays $1.00 per ounce. Others, like National Milk Bank or the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, don't pay for the milk. They are strictly non-profit organizations. Another thing to remember is that your breastmilk will be tested and it has to meet certain stipulations in order to be accepted by one of the milk collection sites. This might be an option if you live in a bigger city with a milk bank and if you're still lactating.
3 Be A Professional Organizer
You've gone through 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, etc. Also, you've gone from rattles and soft toys to balls and tricycles. And further still, your little babies have taken you from a size 1 diaper to character-covered undies tossed in a drawer. What I'm trying to say is that each new stage of life as a mom offers you a unique set of challenges when it comes to organizing baby/kid supplies.
There's a good chance that you're pretty much a pro at it. In addition to organizing your children supplies, you've had to make room for all of them.
For many people, this means rearranging your entire house when baby arrives. It's not uncommon for people to admit they have too much stuff and they are way too unorganized to function efficiently.
Becoming a professional organizer isn't overnight as most clients want to see that you're well-equipped to do the job. There are training programs and even certifications that you can achieve to help build your portfolio. Mainly, you need to have awesome organizational skills, love working with people, and be an impressive problem solver. Once you've mastered those things, the rest is history. The thing about organizing is that either you love it or you hate it. And those people who hate it will often pay good money to have someone else do their dirty work.
2 Become A Lactation Consultant
If you are a nurse ready to make a change in your schedule then becoming a lactation consultant might be the right move for you. But, this position isn't necessarily reserved for nurses or medical professionals. It's simply easier to become a lactation consultant with medical training in your background. What I mean is that the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners or IBLCE is fairly strict on their requirements to become certified.
But let's back up a bit before we jump into the three ways you can become a lactation consultant.
First of all, a lactation consultant is fairly self-explanatory in that you help women when it comes to all things related to breastfeeding. This means anything from being knowledgable on a proper breastfeeding diet to knowing how a certain medication will affect a mother's milk.
Like mentioned before, according to iblce.org, there are three ways aka pathways to become a lactation consultant. The first pathway is by already working in the medical field, especially the maternity ward or with mothers in some capacity. The second pathway is to graduate from an accredited academic program. The third pathway is achieved by mentorship. This is known as one of the most rewarding jobs, so if this sounds like you, go checkout the iblce.org website in the references (bottom of post). It will take you right to the "pathways page."
1 Share Your Expertise As A Freelance Writer
Freelancing is becoming a very popular career choice for both moms and dads. It seems that many people are getting fed up with being told they have to work at a certain time during the day and for how long. And further still, many freelancer chose to be their own boss because they didn't feel like they were valuable to their former employer. Others still just wanted the chance to have a job they could take with them anywhere.
Well, freelance writing definitely fits the perimeters of working whenever and wherever you want and at a price you set. Now, it's not all easy peasy like many of these freelancers on Pinterest like to brag. The "How I Made 5K in My First Month Freelancing" kind of stories aren't always telling you every little detail of how they actually did it...if they actually did it.
More often than not, successful freelance writers start by launching a simple website from which to market their services. Many like to dip their toes in the world of content marketing by searching job boards and sending out cold emails to potential clients.
Although I'd like to tell you that you can make what you feel you're worth, it can take a little while to get established. Though guest blogging is a great way to get your name out there. If you really want to dive in headfirst, go check out all things Jon Morrow. He's a champion writer and won't beat around the bush when it comes to pointing you in the right direction.