Being a stay at home Mum is a full time job, but unfortunately it doesn’t pay like it! My partner has a decent job, but doesn’t earn enough to support the whole family and pay our mortgage and bills. So in order to stay at home with my little boy, I have to hustle to make money from home. Fortunately there are loads of ways you can make money from home, some of them you can even do during your little one’s nap time!
I’ll be sharing the ways I make some extra naptime cash over on my Instagram, so make sure you’re following if you want some tips!
If you want to make money from home, here’s a few ideas to get you started:
Sell Your Old Stuff
Free up some space and make extra cash by selling your unwanted items. I do this pretty regularly as kids just accumulate SO MUCH STUFF!
Personally I don’t like car boots (mainly because I don’t want to get up that early) so I tend to use eBay and Facebook.
I personally find eBay is best for clothes and Facebook for things like toys, computer games and DVDs. Even broken or old gadgets can still bring in money on specialist sites. Last week I made £20 by selling a broken and totally unusable mobile phone to a recycling company!
Whatever you’re selling, do your research and check different sites for similar items and see how much they’re selling for. Think about what you’re selling and when – there’s no point trying to sell a winter coat in the middle of August!
If you’re selling on eBay you should also think about the time and day of the week you sell on. It’s common consensus that the best time for an auction to end is Sunday evening as people have more free time to browse. So either list your item on a Sunday to finish 7 days later, or on a Thursday with a 10 day listing. Check out this fab guest post from Thrifty Londoner which has everything you need to know about selling on eBay!
Matched betting is my main source of income. Its easy to do (once you know how), totally flexible and completely tax free! The most important thing to know is that matched betting is NOT gambling. It’s basically a way of taking advantage of offers that different bookies have on. I use a site called Profit Accumulator which teaches you everything you need to know. It is full of offers, training videos and even has a help forum where you can ask any questions you like. You can read all about it here or check out Profit Accumulator’s free trial and earn yourself £30-45 straight away by doing the first 2 offers!
In the past 7 months, I’ve already made over £3000!
Use Your Skills
See if there’s a way to make your skills and qualifications work for you in your own home. There’s all sorts you can do from home – from private tutoring to teaching music lessons, proofreading to freelance writing, childminding or even pet sitting! It can be a great way to make extra cash and keep your skills fresh. Plus, if you work for yourself you’ll be able to set your own hours and make it work around your kids.
I love mystery shopping. It’s a great way to earn a bit of extra cash, get free products and an excuse to get out of the house! I’ve had tons of free meals, drinks, makeup and even baby clothes. The great thing is often you can take your kids with you – in fact for some assignments, it’s actually a requirement!
Recently I’ve had quite a few mystery shops that I’ve been able to do from home. I contacted companies via phone and email and filled in reports about the service I received. These were a great way to earn a bit of extra cash while Ollie had his afternoon nap!
If you love arts and crafts, see if you can make some cash from it. Handmade gifts, cards and clothes are really popular these days so why not get in on the action?
Try selling at craft fairs, to friends and family, or online on sites like Facebook, eBay and Etsy.
Completing online surveys is an easy way to make a bit of money without leaving your sofa. How much you make will depend entirely on how much time you have to spend on the sites and how many surveys you qualify for. I found surveys a great way to keep myself awake during night feeds with a newborn. The more you do, the easier you’ll find it to quickly work out which ones you’ll qualify for and which ones aren’t worth your time.
There’s loads of other things you could do to bring in some extra money. Think outside the box and come up with your own ideas!
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