Whether by choice or last resort, being a stay at home (SAHM) is quite an endeavor. It’s a full-time job on it’s own, but it’s hard to fight that feeling that you want to bring in an income too.

Luckily, it’s totally possible to be a SAHM and bring home some moolah. In fact, if you play your cards right, you could bring in a substantial amount of money.

Without further ado, here are 50 ways to make money as a stay at home mom:


There are so many amazing ways to make money as a stay at home mom! It's within reach for everyone. Check out this list for ideas.


For the Fashionista 

Always accessorize.

Related article: How to Start a Money-Making Blog


For the Born-to-Be, Hardcore Mom 

Because being a good mom IS a profession.

  • Babysit someone else’s kids
  • Start a Mom blog
  • Pet sit from home
  • Use coupons and answer surveys on Swagbucks
  • Become a school bus driver (you can bring your kids on the bus with you!)


For Mompreneurs

Being the boss is the #1 best way to get the flexibility that you want (even though you’ll probably be surprised by how much you still need to work).

  • Affiliate market on Pinterest and Facebook
  • Start a Fit4Mom franchise
  • Invest in real estate and manage your own properties
  • Invent something fabulous and bring it to market
  • Buy and sell stocks as a day trader


For Artists, Creatives, and Craftswomen

This is one of the greatest categories these days because it’s trendy to purchase hand-made, local goods and services. AND we’re almost all capable of creating something.


For the World of Cooking, Recipes, and Food 

Because we’ve all gotta eat, right?

Related articleHow to Make Money with Your Recipes


For the Teacher in You 

Because the real lessons are taught at home.

  • Create and sell activity and lesson packs on Etsy
  • Design and sell teaching curriculum on Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Publish an e-book for kids
  • Publish activity lists on Hubpages
  • Teach English or other languages on iTalki
  • Start a YouTube channel with short lessons and tutorials
  • Create online courses for students on Udemy
  • Teach your own outdoor classes (and bring your kids!) for Tinkergarten

Related post: How to Make Money as an Online Educator


For Photographers and Travelers 

If you can snap it, you can sell it.

Outer Banks Dunes Postcard

Related article:  Why You Should Make Money from Your Photography (and How to Actually Do It)


For Freelance Workers 

Utilizing your skills outside the office.

Related article: How to Get Your First Freelance Writing Job


For Writers and Researchers 

Spread the word.

Related post: 6 Ways to Make Money as a Writer


Even More Ways 

These ways may not utilize your skills, but they’ll help to earn that extra few bucks.


There you have it!  A pretty long list of options for every kind of SAHM.  I hope you found at least one that will be a good fit for you.


If you’re looking for other ways to earn some extra money, check out my Pinterest board on Working from Home. I try to keep it updated with all the tips I can find!

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There are so many amazing ways to make money as a stay at home mom! It's within reach for everyone. Check out this list for ideas.

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29 comments on “56 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom”

  1. What a great list! It looks like there a little something for everyone. Would love to look further in to some of these ideas. Thanks for sharing at the #ConfessionsLinkUp

  2. These suggestions are awesome! Some of them I have done; some of them I never considered. Although I’m most likely going to go back to work soon (my kids are 10 and 13, and my MIL is probably going to pinch hit for me), this is a very helpful list for so many moms. I spent many years as a SAHM and wish I’d known of a few of these a while ago.

  3. Thanks this is a great list and goes beyond the typical take surveys that I find on may lists of making money from home. I am stopping by your blog from Thrifty Thursday link party.

  4. More than the idea’s I love the intention behind this! Everyone needs a little inspiration and that’s exactly what you’re giving! Can’t wait for the “single girl who doesn’t know what to do with her life” version 😉

    • Thanks! Absolutely agree 🙂 I already write a lot about Zazzle, so I’m ready to dive into some of these other ideas and find out more details. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

    • Glad you like it! If your plan is to be a SAHM then it’s never too early to start 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Great list! I had no idea what to do with myself after having my first and was going crazy. I found blogging but it’s not a place I make money. I would love to find something to generate some income eventually. I love blogging and don’t want to put pressure on myself and ruin my enjoyment by trying to make money out of it.. of course I wouldn’t say no to money either! Really enjoyed your list 🙂 Maria ~ http://www.mummygoesmad.com

    • Thank you!! It’s so much more important to love what you do, so it’s amazing that you’ve got that. A lot of the things on this list are fun hobbies that pay too, so hopefully you can find the best of both worlds! <3

    • You’re totally right. Before I quit my job to stay at home I actually did a few of these things on the side. It definitely helped the transition! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • So glad to hear it motivates more than just me 🙂 You are right – so many of these things are fulfilling even without the money. It’s so amazing these days how many awesome hobbies and/or income-generators are right at our fingertips! thanks for pinning!

  6. Thanks for this list, I love it and it looks so helpful. I am using Hubpages and enjoy it, mostly posting articles on food, parenting and crafts. I never heard of Zazzle but want to look more into it now. I’ve actually been working on an ecookbook so hope to finish it soon! There really are great ways to make money from home, glad to learn about more from you. Pinning and tweeting!

    • Thanks so much! I absolutely LOVE Zazzle, so I definitely recommend checking it out. I make way more money there than Hubpages and it’s really exciting when you sell something you’ve created 🙂 It’s also just a great place to make your own personalized items. Thanks for stopping by! <3

    • Glad this could help! It’s funny, even though I wrote the list, I still need to check back occasionally to inspire myself 🙂

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