4 Ways To Make Money From Home

Parenting is the most important job you’ll ever do. It’s also the most labor-intensive. Raising a child means dropping whatever you’re doing whenever your baby needs you. It’s an overwhelming task, and you’ll discover it’s that much more difficult if you try to work from home at the same time. Trust me, I know!

Look at that face! 
There was no way I was going back to the Ad Agency.
Zip. Zero. None.  

If staying home with your child and earning a little extra money on the side sounds like a plan to you, keep reading for a few ideas on how to make money as a full-time parent.

Take Surveys

Companies spend millions of dollars trying to learn more about customer behavior. Getting inside the mind of a consumer is the key to marketing products more effectively. In the Internet era, businesses discovered that it’s oftentimes cheaper simply to ask people how they feel rather than direct significant company resources toward marketing research. Alternately, they hire third-party vendors to perform surveys on their behalf.

As long as you don’t mind sharing your opinions on your favorite products, you can earn money and/or free products. Sign up at a website like Survey Club to gain some extra spending money. Most of the surveys take only a few minutes to complete, and you can save your progress if your child suddenly requires your attention.

My mom, retired, loves doing this. She's all about giving her opinion, and this way she even makes a few dollars. She says it can be time consuming, but she does make money!

Secret Shopping

One of the unmistakable side effects of having a baby is that you’ll shop much more often. After all, your product needs multiply when you have a child. You can turn this newfound aggravation into a net positive, though.

Many businesses want to know how well their franchisees are living up to their contractual obligations. Every store represents a part of the brand, and it’s bad for business if a particular outlet is disreputable. If an official employee visits a franchisee, they’ll receive the royal treatment, which means nobody from the home office will learn how well the store treats its customers.
Secret shopper programs allow people like you to go undercover to snoop on behalf of a company. You’ll get paid to shop (and even eat) at your favorite establishments. It’s a wonderful opportunity for busy parents.

Sell Amway

For over 60 years now, at-home workers have recognized that one of the best ways to earn additional income is through home sales. Amway is a leader in the field of household and personal products, and if you enter into a business relationship with them, you’ll enjoy the ability to sell a wide range of products to members of your community.

Amway distribution has sustained and thrived during the Internet era even as many of its competitors fell by the wayside. That’s because its core business model is one of the smartest in the world. It’s comprised of person-to-person sales performed between trusting friends, which is far superior to buying something from a complete stranger hundreds of miles away. Of course, the best part of Amway for parents is obvious. The hours are great! You set your own schedule.

Become a Blogger

One of the most popular topics on the Internet is child-rearing. First-time parents constantly seek advice on how to handle the daily struggles that come with raising a baby. Every fever, sniffle, and cough becomes a personal crisis. You’ve lived through it, so you understand those feelings all too well. By choosing to become a blogger, you can help others learn how to overcome every obstacle that stands in their way of their child’s happiness and well-being.

Starting a blog is also easy. All you need to do is come up with a name for your new website, and make sure you can get a good Url for it. Check to see if it's available using a site Go Daddy. (That's who I host with) Note: get very creative, as there are already roughly a billion websites in existence, meaning, most of the best and one word domain names are taken.

Once you have registered the website URL, choose a blog hosting platform such as Blogger or Word Press. Then design your blog and start to post your thoughts on a daily basis. (Hint: Bank up a month of posts before going live. Get in the habit of daily writing first.)

Continue to update your blog at least three times a week to keep the content fresh. All while building a loyal following, using word-of-mouth and social media to share your blog. From there, you’ll find some advertisers--or they may find you first!--and possibly even sponsors who pay you for your thoughts on parenting. Blogging has been incredible satisfying and rewarding. I definitely recommend it. 

Earning money while working as a stay-at-home parent simply requires the right profession. To maximize your profits, choose one that most closely complements your true inner talents. Or, try them all to see which one works best for you!

Do you have any great ideas to make money from home?

April is an award-winning writer and blogger. Her work has been published in over ten countries and four languages. From books to newspapers, to print/online magazines and everything in between, you can find her work. For more on April, Visit AprilMcCormick.com


Jenna said...

I can confirm that taking surveys for money is legit, but you won't make very much money at all with it. And if you use your real information in the surveys, be prepared for tons of junk mail and calls from telemarketers.

April McCormick said...

Oooh! Great tip on the email info! I think my mom set up a "surveys" email. She says it's good for lunch and new shoes every month.

Unknown said...

Hi - I have a couple of suggestions. The first is small, but it's a way to make your online time pay you back. Go and join Swaybucks. It puts a toolbar on your Firefox or Chrome button, then you search from the swagbucks site - which uses google search - and the result is that you get cash cards for things you already use. I convert my swagbucks searches to Amazon.com bucks. The FIRST DAY I made $50!

OK, second recommendation, this on making money from home. I stumbled on a site called www.voiceovercenter.com, and found out a lot about voice acting from home. It says that if you can speak English clearly and read out loud, you can make up to or over $8K per month from home, with minimal investment. Now I'm not making anything like $8K YET, but I am making money! From HOME! It really works, and if you have any interest in acting, or just think you have a nice voice, and you can read out loud clearly, you can make money. I've investigated it, and like everything else, it can be hard for some, but others get in and start making big money fairly quickly.

Aimee said...

Yes, you will absolutely get A TON of SPAM email. I tried the whole "make money from surveys" thing and I learned 2 things:

1) completing surveys take a lot of time
2) the money you make isn't all that much

But to each her own. I frankly got so bored. Surveys are really boring.