So you’re a stay at home Mum? Perhaps you’d like to become a WAHM (Work at Home Mum)? Social media is full of others posting about their latest MLM business and how you could make thousands a month working from home. This article isn’t about those, I promise. If you want to go that route then be my guest, but it’s very hard to make money unless you recruit more members. So, I’m going to show you what is possible.
Firstly, take a good look at your life now and where you want it to be. You’ve most likely had a drop in disposable income since having children and are now living on one wage, or benefits. Are you happy? What is it you’re working towards? Is it a goal like a holiday, home improvements or Christmas? Make a list of what it is you’re trying to achieve and see what’s possible. It may just be that an extra £100 would ease the pressure and make things less stressful for you.
Now you have an idea of what sort of money you need or would like, it’s time to see whether it’s possible. How much extra time to you have? If you’re a busy Mum, probably very little. Be realistic and kind to yourself. You want something you can fit in around the children without increasing your Mum guilt along the way.
Some of these methods can be slotted in whilst you’re waiting for the kids at a club or at the school gates, at the Doctor’s surgery, on the toilet, wherever you have your phone. Others require a bit more focus and time, like in the evening, early mornings or when the kids are at school or nursery. If they’re still young during nap time. You do as much or as little as you like. I’ve also tried and tested almost all of these methods and I don’t recommend anything lightly. So, here we go…
Get paid for your opinions and time. Instead of scrolling on Facebook or Instagram, fill in surveys and get cash or vouchers. I try and steer clear of those that ask you to download apps and sign up to subscriptions otherwise it gets too complicated, but it’s up to you. Here are my favourites:
- YouGov – you complete simple surveys that help form government opinion polls. Once you get to 5000 points you get £50. Surveys are typically at least 100 points.
- Attapoll – you get matched with paid surveys, once you get 500 credits you can withdraw £5
- CitizenMe – you do some for fun and some for 10-60p which is paid directly to your PayPal account. It adds up! They’re all really short too and actually quite enjoyable.
- Vypr – They give you ‘Steers’ which are pictures asking your opinion. They add up to points, and once you have 10000 you get £5. It takes about 2 weeks to get £5, of very little time because you don’t get steers every day, and when you get them they take about a minute to complete if that.
- Prolific – it’s research based surveys and after you’ve filled in your details they offer you priced studies. Fill in the pre-screening questions and you will only be offered studies you are eligible for. If you want more tips and tricks on Prolific, read this post.
- Swagbucks – you answer surveys and can shop via their links to get points. There’s also the option to watch videos (just leave them to run on silent while you have a bath), download apps and complete offers for credits to spend on Amazon or PayPal. There are lots of options to get points, it’s easy to rack them up. See my Swagbucks hacks post here.
- NewVistaLive – Longer surveys, and you won’t always be suitable. Reply to the email as soon as you can and you’ll get offered more. Reach 5000 points and you get £50. No catch.
Start a blog
You won’t make money overnight, but it can give you an income, a creative outlet and a place to document your adventures as a family. Perhaps you have a passion or hobby you’d like to blog about, or you have strong opinions you want to get out there. Some people blog about books, beauty, fashion, cleaning – the possibilities are endless and the more specialist you can be the better. The blogging community is wonderfully supportive and it could turn into your new career! I started mine in my maternity leave with my third and it’s turned into a lifestyle and new way for me to make an income. I now have the holy grail of working from home and fitting it in around the children. If you’d like some more information, take a look at my step by step post on How to Start a Blog.
Go through anything you no longer need, that doesn’t fit or could be worth something. Sell on Facebook sale groups, eBay, Schpock or Gumtree. If you have enough, run a car boot sale. If you have lots of old clothes and fabric like old sheets, you can get money from selling them by the kilo.
You can also try sourcing specifically to re-sell. If you like rummaging through charity shops, jumble sales and car boots, buy things you think will make a good profit. Designer clothes, bags and shoes do well and if you have an eye for antiques you’ll do well.
Similar to re-selling, people are often giving away old furniture for free. Sites like freecycle and facebook groups offering free items are good for sourcing. If you are good at re-painting and/or recovering furniture you can turn a good profit. You can also find other free items to sell on.
Get paid for posting on social media
If you already have social media accounts, especially Instagram with more than a few hundred followers you could be making money from it. Buzzoole offers credits which can be redeemed for Amazon vouchers, where you can buy practically anything. If you have a good following, try Tribe. You have to own some of the products, if you have them already it’s worth a go.
Offer your services
If you have a park nearby, offer to dog walk for your neighbours, you get exercise and some money to boot. Some people offer babysitting in their social circle. If you can crochet, sew or make anything, try selling on Etsy with a free shop, or eBay, or setting up a Facebook page to sell what you make. Are you a whizz at website design or could you run an exercise group? Maybe freelance writing is the way forward. Go with your strengths and what will fit in around you.
Why not enter a free postcode lottery? I check a daily draw called Pick My Postcode, it’s free and you never know yours could come up. The prize is typically around £1000. If you don’t claim it though you can’t win.
Make sure if you do start earning money to declare yourself as self employed. It won’t affect any benefits unless you work over 15 hours.
I hope this list has given you some ideas, if you liked it, I’d love it if you shared it.