40 Flexible Ways for Stay At Home Moms and Dads to Earn Real Money

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Being a stay-at-home mom or dad is a full-time job, but it doesnt pay a full-time paycheck. This makes it difficult for some one-income families to earn enough money to pay for things they need, let alone grow their savings. Good news is, there are ways to earn money without leaving the house or sacrificing your time with the kids. These opportunities enable you to make some cash while your children are at school, asleep, or even while theyre home and wide awake!

Keep in mind that workingfrom home requires self-discipline, organization, and focus (here aremy favorite books ongetting it all donewith less stress). Itll take a bit of trial and error to figure out what works best for you, and you must be driven to keep going even when you feel like giving up, or if others question your decisions. But the effortis worth it. I know this because Ive been working for myselfsince 1996, and its rubbed off on my son, who recently started experimenting with ways to earn money from home; without interfering with hisschool or activities! If you have a teen looking to make some extra cash, check out this list!

So without further ado, I present to you the big list of flexible ways for stay at home moms and dads to earn extra cash on the side or if youre really motivated, earn a full time income!

1.Make Money With Your Blog

Just about everyones got a blog now, right? Heck, I have more than I can count with both hands! But for good reason its where I make most of my hands-free income fromaffiliate commissions, Google AdSense, and sponsored advertisers. You get to choose what your blog is about, when to write, what products to promote, and what types of ads to feature. Have you been curious about starting a food blog? Maybe a parenting blog? How about a marketing blog? Or a fashion blog? The possibilities areendless and getting one set up is easy as one, two, three! Check it out!

2. Affiliate Marketing

Did you know that you dont even need to have your own products or services to earn a hefty paycheck? This is the beauty of affiliate marketing. You promote other peoples stuff and when someone buys, you collect a cut of the sale price! Thats it. No need to carry an inventory, deliver the product, or provide support to the customers! Where do you promote affiliate products? On your blog, social media, articles you write pretty much anywhere! Here are some popular networks that offer ad links to earn some cashfrom:

  • Rakuten Linkshare – My favorite network. You can promote popular brands such as Starbucks, iTunes, and Walmart, as well as products offered by smaller companies
  • Amazon – They’re tied with Linkshare as my favorite network. You can promote books, audio books, video games, clothing, kitchen tools, even car parts! You can earn up to 10% commission on majority of what’s being sold on their website! They pay their associates like clockwork, which I love.
  • Clickbank – Their online marketplace contains tens of thousands of products to choose from, and you can earn commissions as high as 75%!
  • JVZoo – Huge variety of products to promote; from business, cooking, and education, to foreign language, gambling, and travel!
  • Shareasale – These guys have over 3,900 merchants to promote from including: Beachbody, Zazzle, Craftsy, Juleep, and Weebly. They always pay on time too!

3. Sell Your Old Books

Do you have books laying around, collecting dust? BooksCouter.com helps you sell your books for the highest price by comparing prices from 58 book-buying sites so you can quickly find who will pay the most for your books. Once youve found the right buyer, you choose how youd like to get paid, download a free shipping label, and send your books out!

4.Get Paid to Shop Online

You earn cash back just for shopping like you normally would with Ebates.com. Cant get easier than that!Join free now and receive $5 cash.

5. View Text Ads on Your Phone for Cash

FreeEats.com pays you $1.00 to register and 25 cents (or more) for most messages. Payments are deposited straight to your Paypal account. Registration is a cinch and you can stop at any time.

6.Sell Custom T-Shirts

Teespring allows you to create & sell custom t-shirts with zerohassle, zeroupfront costs, and zerorisk! You design and promote it, and they produce and ship it!Great for reunions, sports teams, clubs, and parties!

7.Offer Any Kind of Service for $5 on Fiverr

You can sell all sorts of things from logo designs and resume writing services to writing breakup letters and pranks calling a friend. You have to check out their marketplace yourself to believe what people buy on there! Createyour $5 gig (tack on a few add ons and earn even more!) on Fivver, promote it, and start earning some real cash!

8.Sell Crafts, Trinkets, Graphics, and More

Become anEtsy sellerto earn money for your crafts. It takes less than 30 minutes to get setup and going and costs just 20 cents to list each item for 4 months. But open a shop now and your first 40 listings are free!

9. Sell Your Closet

Have like-new clothes you no longer wear? Turn them into cash with thredUP. For items listed under $60, you get paid as soon as theyre processed, and items over $60 are put on consignment and paid once theyre sold. All you need to do is pack up your clothes and ship (they even cover the cost of shipping!).

10. Get Paid to Try New Products

Companies pay top-dollar to have users try their products and services for free! Simply complete free offers and Cashcrate pays you!

11.Get Paid to Host a Dinner

Do you have impressive cooking skills? EatWith gives you a platform to showcase your creativity by connecting you with locals and travelers from around the world! You set your rate per guest, choose the time and dates, and indicate the number of people you are ready to invite. You are the boss!

12.Rent Out Your Car

Make extra cash renting out your car with RelayRides! Perfect if you have a second car thats usually sitting in the garage. Even better get paid for renting out your car while youre away on vacation! You control the price and availability and you decide who rents your car. Your car is covered by their $1,000,000 liability policy during every rental, covering any damage to or theft from your car, with no out-of-pocket expenses. Each renter is thoroughly screened for your safety.

13.RentOut Your Driveway or Garage

I had no idea my driveway could be a source of income! If you have space in your garage or driveway, JustPark might be for you. Listing your parking space is totally free, and you choose the dates your space is available, as well as the amount you would like to receive per day, week, and month.

14.Rent Out a Room in Your Home or Apartment for Cash

Listing your space on Airbnb is free. You set the price, your availability, and reservation requirements for your guests. You can also set custom prices to earn more during popular travel seasons! You can review each potential guests profiles and the reviews theyve received to help you accept a booking only if youre 100% comfortable. Their support team is available 24 hours a day, and every eligible booking is covered by their Host Guarantee at no additional cost to you.

15.Listen to Music for Cash

If you listen to music all day like I do, youll love this program. All you need to do is listen to unsigned bands and artists online and submit a review atSlicethepie. Active users with high reputations are earning an extra $50+ per month for just 5-10 min a day listening to some aspiring music talents. It may not seem much, but stick it in a savings account and thats $50 more than what you had before!

16.Get Paid for Being a Friend

Whoever said money cant buy friendship has never heard of Rent a Friend! Im not even kidding. You go to their website and offer your friendship for $10 to $50 per hour. You set your own price and what types of activities youre available for! The website clearly states that it is NOT a dating site, but a service offering companionship; someone to show you around an unfamiliar town, for example.

Its not something you can really do from home, unless what youre offering is home-based, such as teaching your new friend to bake or scrapbook from your home (not something Id personally recommend). However, earning money to show someone the best local restaurants for a few hours or helping them shop for gifts isnt such a bad way to make extra cash while the kids are at school! Some users claim to earn over $2000 a week full time, and others who just work on the weekends and make $500.

17. Drive People Around for $35/hour

Thats how much you can make withLyft, aservice that eliminates the need to use taxis. You drive your own car, set your own working hours, and earn $35 per hour.

18.Get Paid to Help People Learn a Language

Teachers on Italki set their own prices, teach only when theyre available, and work from home! And youre not limited to only English. Theyre also looking for people to teach Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish and more. Youre free tofocus on teaching becausethe servicehandles scheduling, marketing, payments and so on.

19.Get Cash Back by Scanning Your Receipts

We all buy groceries on a regular basis, so why not get back some extra cash from it? Ibotta makes it simple. Shop for products at your favorite store (Over 146 supported stores including: Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Walgreens!), scan your product barcodes, submit a photo of your receipt, and get cash back within 48 hours! Online rebates are also available from stores including: Macys, Sephora, Nordstrom, and The Body Shop.

20.Set Upan Online Store

You can now profit from your ownonline store from the comfort of your home, and setting it up is extremely easy! Manypeople make decent part-time and full-time income with online storefronts. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Zazzle
  • CafePress

21.Become a Field Agent

Get paid to do various tasks around town for clients. Assignments at Field Agent usually involve checking prices, scanning barcodes with your mobile phone, and conducting surveys. Your earnings vary and depend on the assignment and locction. For example, one listing offers $9 for 4 pictures of any products in the toothbrush section at your local Target, while another pays $5 for one picture of a $19.99 & under game display from any Toys R Us.

22.Find and Post Odd Jobs on Craigslist

Local peeps are looking for help with things like walking their dogs, clearing out their email inbox, landscaping, and house painting all the time! Do a search at Craigslist and youll surely find a job you can easily earn cash from in your spare time. If you dont see anything thats right for you, post a service of your own.

23. Get Paid to Share Your Opinion

Earn cash and rewards for taking surveys! It may not make you a millionaire, but thats extra cash you can earn for just a few minutes of your time! Here are threesites Ive successfully registered to report back onthis article, and have earned a few bucks already:

  • Swagbucks – There is no limit to the amount of Swagbucks you can earn, and they can be redeemed for gift cards to just about anywhere.
  • Opinion Outpost – They offer rewards via Amazon or iTunes Gift Cards or cash deposited into your Paypal account. Plus every entry enters you into a $10,000 quarterly prize draw!
  • Vindale Research – Review products and take simple online surveys. They pay up to $75 per survey/review!

24. Get Paid for Freelance Writing Work

Elance has thousands of job listings available for freelance writers. If you love writing and are able to provide unique articles and content, this could be a perfect fit. Theres a husband and wife team who runs their freelance writing business on the site, and theyve made over $468,000 in the last 12 months. Check it out!

25. Sell Articles for Cash

If you have aknack for writing articles on various topics, this is for you. All you need are writing skills, unique articles to submit, and a Paypal account to receive payments! Check out ArticleSale.comand Constant-Content.comto get started!

26. Drop Shipping = No Inventory and No Overhead

This is such a simple and cost effective solution for bringing in some extra cash. Ive personally tried this in the past, and will probably have my teenage son experiment with this too! Heres how it works:

  1. Choose a product to sell online, like Ebay (let’s say it’s a computer mouse that costs you $2)
  2. Mark up the price and list it for $15
  3. When it’s sold, you send the drop shipper your buyer’s information, including the $2. You keep the remaining $13!
  4. Drop shipper ships it directly to your customer!
  5. Rinse and repeat!
  6. Here’s a big list of drop shippers for a huge variety of products that you can search through!

27. Sell Your Photos

You no longerneed to open a studio to make some extra cash as aphotographer.There are plenty of sites looking to buy digital photos. Of course,the better you are at it, the more money you will make, but it can be nice passive income. I have friends who have earned a few hundred dollars for a singlephotograph! Here are some of the more popular photo buying sites to check out:

  • Shutterstock
  • 123RF
  • Dreamstime
  • CreStock
  • Fotolia
  • Getty Images
  • SmugMug

28. Teach an Online Course

Transform your knowledge and expertise into an online course and get paid well for it! You can teach anything you like from computer programming and Photoshop tricks, to creating mobile apps and expert photography! You set the price! Here are my favorite sites that offeronline courses:

  • Udemy
  • Skillfeed
  • Skillshare

29. Get Paid to Test Websites

Companies as well as individuals (myself included) routinely look for feedback on the usability of their websites. And now you can make money doing just that! My favorite service, UserTestingpays their testers $10 for every 20 minute session they complete! Click here foralist of sites where you can create an account and start earning cash right away.


Yes, I know you havekids of your own, but look at it as getting paid to host a playdate! Youre a terrific parent and a wonderful caregiver, so if this is something you think you might enjoy trying, why not get paid for it? Advertise your babysitting services for free on SitterCity and Care.

31. Get Paid to be a Looker

Perform tasks both online and off for WeGoLook clients who need an item verified by taking photos, videos, or other custom tasks. Tasks can pay from $25 to $200, depending on the project. You must have a smartphone to complete each job and pass a criminal background check.

32. Recycle Your Old Mobile Devices

Did you know that you can actually get cash for your old cell phones? You know youve got a couple hidden somewhere. I dug up an old iPhone, a couple of Motorolas, a Nokia, and a Blackberry lets see what you can find! Check out how much your ancient phone is worth on Gazelle!

33. Have a Garage/Yard Sale

How about having an good ole fashioned garage sale? Advertise it on Craigslist and make some extra cash clearing out all that clutter!

34. Write Product Reviews for Cash

Do you always have an opinion about everything? Well, now you can make some extra cash sharing it! Epinions.comandReviewStream.comare two sites that will pay you to write product reviews.

35. Tutor or Give Lessons

Are you fluent in another language, a math genius, talented chef, a gifted harpist, or a professional skateboarder? Whatever youre a pro at, theres always someone out there who could use your help! Advertise your skills on Craigslist and make some extra cash doing what youre already great at!

36. Become a Mystery Shopper

As a Market Forcemystery shopper, youll get paid to eat and shop for free at your favorite brands. Mystery shoppers are independent contractors posing as shoppers paid to visit local brands as a regular customer and report back on various aspects of their experience for market research. You set your own schedule and its free to sign up!

37. Get Paid For Taking Selfies

Its true!Stylinity is a new site that pays you to take selfies of your outfits! Its simple. You sign up, take selfies of your outfits and tag the photo with the product info. When other users click to buy any of the items youre wearing, you get paid! Signup for free right now and get a $10 bonus!

38. Get Paid to Complete Simple Tasks With Your iPhone or Android

Download the Gigwalk appand start making money right away in your own neighborhood. I registered for an account and the first gig I received paid $8 to take 20 photos of several different bags of Cheetos sold in a local store. That wouldve probably taken me about 10 minutes to do. Ive read that some others have gotten gigs takingphotos of restaurant menus and street signs. The more gigs you complete, the more Gigwalk Streetcred you earn. This helps unlock higher paying jobs, which can pay up to $90!

39. Get Paid to Type

As a SpeakWrite typist, you take one hour shifts where you simply type out spoken audio. You set your own hours andfrom the comfort of your own home. Fast typists can earn upwards of $15/hour!

40. Sell Your Old CDs, Movies, and Games

Declutterwill pay you from a few cents to over ten dollars for your old CDs, movies, and games. If you need to clear out your space of old items you no longer use, you might as well get paid doing it!

There you have it! This list should be more than enough to keep you busy making money! Happy earning!

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