Use these five easy but effective ways to make money from home, whether you need extra cash or need to supplement a whole income. For some stay at home moms it’s essential to be able to make money from home.
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When I became a stay at home mom I wanted to learn new ways to save and make money. Going from a two income home down to one was a major life change for our small family.
I’ve used these approaches to make money and I know you can too if you put the time into it.
Use Swagbucks or Inboxdollars
These are both online survey sites that pay you for taking surveys/signing up for free offers/watching videos. I wish I had more time to invest in Swagbucks everyday. We’ve made so much extra money in the last few years from investing just a little time in it everyday. But with online survey sites consistency is key, and ever since my second kid the only thing I’ve been able to be consistent with is feeding and cleaning them.
The first time we started using Swagbucks, my husband and I were able to pay for a weekend trip to Boston, MA with what we earned in just a few months. The second time I got back into it I redeemed my points for $200 cash in my Paypal account and that was just from doing the minimum goals every day. My lifetime earnings on Swagbucks is $1012.26!!
With Inboxdollars I never invested much time at all, except clicking on a few things every day. I did get a $75 check after about a year but that’s because I spent more time on Swagbucks. You can make just as much money with Inboxdollars, it just depends which site you prefer more.
Start a blog
I started my blog just before I became a stay at home mom, and I did not start off great. I did not know the first thing about blogging and did not take the time to learn. So it’s taken me a long time to start earning money from my blog. However, if you do your research and prepare well, you can start making money in just a few months.
There are a bunch of different ways to make money from your blog. The two ways that I do are affiliate links and advertising. A lot of sites offer affiliate programs, the one I use the most is Amazon. They have a lot of rules but once you learn the ins and outs it’s not hard to use.
Advertising is harder to use when you first start a blog because many Ad companies require a minimum number of page views to even consider you. I use Sovrn because they do not require this but they do require that you have three months worth of blogging to make sure it’s not a scam. I really like Sovrn because I know absolutely nothing about the coding of my blog. So when I was accepted into their program, they had someone walk me through getting the ads set up on my blog.
Sell things on eBay
Ebay is great because you can get rid of things you don’t want anymore and make money from home. I’ve made a ton of money on eBay over the last few years without much effort. I started selling lots of baby clothes Oliver had outgrown. Then I realized how many people buy used baby clothes on eBay because they’re so expensive brand new.
I started going to yard sales and picking up big bundles super cheap and organizing them into different lots. Usually I would use the auction feature and would have people bid against one another. This way I would make more money than if I listed it for a set price because someone was willing to pay more.
Another way I made money on eBay was selling books. When I was a teenager, I collected hundreds of books. I would go to yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets to get them super cheap. I read next to none of them (still getting books from the library every week) but I just wanted to be surrounded with books in my room.
So when I grew up and got married I had all these books that I wasn’t really interested in reading anymore. It took me months but every day I would list a few on eBay instead of just getting rid of them and have been able to make a little extra money from all of them over the past year.
The best part about eBay is that you only have to take the time to create a listing once and that’s all the effort you have to put into it. Even if it doesn’t sell right away you can just keep relisting it until it does. Since I’ve listed all my books on eBay already I don’t have to put any more work into it but I’m still making money from it.
Start an Etsy shop
Etsy is a super popular site to find cool vintage and handmade products. It’s sort of like eBay where there are a bunch of different sellers, but it’s a lot more business-like. You get your own little shop that you can set up and organize however you want and it’s way easier than having your own site to run.
Remember that book collection I was talking about? I separated the vintage books I had and listed them on Etsy. Since Etsy was built for the vintage niche I was able to make a bigger profit from them. My mom also has been using Etsy for years to sell vintage collectibles and has actually made a business out of it!
If vintage isn’t your thing, you can also sell things that you make on Etsy. You don’t even have to be super crafty, just anything handmade will do! It can be anything from jewelry, to clothing, to home decor, to toys and games as long as it’s handmade.
Use Ibotta when you shop
Ibotta is an app that pays you to take pictures of your shopping receipts and is an easy way to earn money from home. All you do is find offers you want, buy the products you’ve selected, take a picture of the receipt, and they give you cash! There are tons of stores to choose from; grocery stores, pharmacies, clothing stores, convenience stores, and a few home & electronic stores. You can also make a ton of money with mobile shopping at places like Amazon, Expedia, Groupon, and Ticketmaster.
My lifetime earnings on Ibotta are $787.13. For a long time I rarely made over $5 a month, and when I did it wasn’t by much. But my best three months I made $52.30, $57.15, and $79.00! Again, it probably doesn’t seem like a lot on its own but it adds up so fast! I love shopping to begin with but since I started using Ibotta it’s just as fun to get home and send in my receipts as it is to shop!
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