Side Hustles For The Stay At Home Mom

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Whether your working to get out of debt or not, its always nice to have a little extra money in the bank. But when your a SAHM it can be hard to find the time to go out and get a part time job, and work at home jobs are hard to manage when toddlers are roaming underfoot. So what can you do? Side hustles are the answer. Side hustles, part time income, things to do during nap times and your morning coffee. They can you as little or as much as you want, it just depends on how hard you work it.

Swagbacks

Okay, I’ve never met anyone who got rich on Swagbucks, but it is a fairly easy way to earn pocket change. I tend to try to get a couple surveys under my belt during nap time, and keep the Swagbucks watch app on the background to earn points throughout the day. Again

Ebay

What do you do when shopping is a hobby and you’re on a tight budget? Become best friends with garage and estate sales. Seriously, even just browsing gives me a tingly feeling in my soul. If you keep your eyes open it’s easy to find hidden treasures that you can then flip on eBay and Etsy (depending on how old the item is, vintage is hot!). It’s not instant cash, but patience definitely pays off in this line of work.

Home Childcare Provider

Whether it’s bringing in kids for full time care, the occasional weekend sitter job, or even hosting parents nights out complete with crafts, movies, and snacks (seriously, I’ve seen it done and it was awesome) providing childcare for other families is a way to both bring in a few extra bucks, or even provide you with a full time income.

Just make sure to check with your city and states licensing regulations, the last thing you want is to have a state worker show up at your door and shut you down. If you go the full time provider route, make sure you’re legit. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Etsy

I mentioned Etsy above, but this site is so much more than flipping your garage sale finds. Do you love to knit, sew, or have a knack for designing websites or clipart? Etsy is the place online where creators go to sell their goods, no matter what that might be. Seriously I’ve seen everything from lingerie, to felt toys, to furniture, and cloth pads. They really have everything. Setting up an Etsy store is easy and affordable, just make sure to mind your p’s and q’s. Be realistic with shipping time frames, and don’t underprice your hard work.

Teach English Online

This is the most ‘job like’ side hustle I am posting, because it really is a job. But I have heard such good things about it that I had to add it to my list. Where you a teacher in your life before SAHM’ing? If so, VIPKID is a place for you. What it is is an online platform to teach English online to kids in China. The hours are usually early mornings and late at night in US time zones, so you will be working when your children are asleep. And with pay between 7.00-9.00 per 30 minute class (or between 14.00-18.00 per hour) it’s a side hustle that can really help you see financial results.

Start A Blog

Do you love to write, have a subject you are passionate about, and know even a teeny-tiny bit about computers? Then blogging could be a great side income for you, heck with a little work and dedication it can even turn into a full time income or more! Blogs can be started for free through blogspot and wordpress, but I chose to go the not-free but still affordable route of purchasing a domain name and having and going through a webhost (I use GreenGeeks because they both affordable and are 300% powered by renewable energy and they have plans starting at only 2.95 a month currently). I purchase a premade blog template from Etsy for 13.00, and I splurged on a course from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing for 197.00 because I knew absolutely nothing on the subject. But really what business can you start for as low as 250.00, be able to set your own hours, and have no limit on the amount of income you can make? For me it was worth every penny.

Side hustles are not limited to stay at home moms. Moms who work part time or even full time can do these things to earn a little money on the side. It just takes a lot of creativity, and a little bit of time.

Do you have another side hustle idea? What do you do to bring in income while staying at home with your kids, or even work

Persistence and Purpose | 2017 Goals

First off, yes I know it’s a little late in the month for this post, but persistence and such. I am trying to take my word of the year to heart and power through some of the posts I had planned to complete before the kiddos got sick. Just bear with me here.

Now although I am a very avid list maker and planner lover-extaordinaire, I have never been a really big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I do feel like the new year is a perfect time to start anew with a clean slate and all, but I have always found something cheesy and almost unlucky about them. Almost as if just by making them you were setting yourself up for some sort of cringeworthy failure.

But this year as the calendar turned on 2016 I couldn’t help myself but to think forward to 2017 and beyond. What did I want out of my life, my finances, my blog? Where do I want to be in five years? Ten years? And what can I do this year to push myself towards those goals? It was these thoughts and questions that led me toward the list below.

It is not a hard core to do list, I will not crumple up and feel the weight of failure if they do not all happen, or even if none of them happen. They are simply goals to move towards, but also a path to follow to the success I hope to find in my future.

So without further ado…

2017 Goals

Personal Life:

My main goal for my personal life in 2017 is to simplify. This means less things, less commitments, less idle fillers that get me through the moment but do nothing for me in long term. In order to do this I have to find a way to find out what things in my day are the most important to complete and create a routine that makes them doable in a timely manner. This will give me time to not only get things done, but also time to spend on the things and people I find most important-my family and friends. I want to be present for my husband and my children, I want to spend time making memories that will last our lifetimes.

Business:

This goal is a little more concrete. I am a very avid dreamer, but I often have a hard time with follow through. There are so many things that I want to do, but I tend to give up if it seems my project(s) won’t turn out as perfectly as I had imagined. I am told this is a symptom of OCD, but that is neither here nor there.

For awhile now I have been really thinking and looking deep inside of myself to find out that age old question of what do I want to be when I grow up. This might have better suited me before I got the college degree I now hold (and have never used professionally) but alas, it is what it is. As I thought, prayed, and reflected during this time I was able to lay out dreams that involved goals for both the near future as well as where I’d like to be later on down the road. It was very freeing actually, to have a clear(er) path I want to follow. For example in the future, when are completely debt free, I’d like to invest in real estate. But not just any real estate: I want to buy old houses, restore them to their glory, and both sell them and rent them out. But that is years down the road.

In the present time I would like to focus on this blog as a business and not just a hobby.

  • I want to work on my writing skills and steadily put content on here at least three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).
  • I want to upload videos to my main YouTube channel at least twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday).
  • And, after a lot of thought and contemplation, I have decided I want to upload weekly vlogs on my vlog channel as well (Sundays).
  • I want to reopen Papa Publishing, a company I started last year that sold book inspired t-shirts, and I want to expand it to sell printable, prints, and eventually other items.
  • Finally, and the biggest goal of all, I want to finally finish a novel I started last year. Something that no one else may ever want to read, but it’s an item on my bucket list that I feel it is time to check off.

Giving Back and Advocating:

This goal is a little trickier than the others, but it is one of the ones closest to my heart. This year I really want to focus on the need for cannabis to legalized. I want to help give the chance that Austen has to others, not just kids with epilepsy, but everyone who could benefit from this plant. I’m not sure how exactly I will go about this, but I am praying and thinking, and I know it will come to me eventually.

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What is your feeling on New Years Resolutions? What are you hoping to accomplish this year? Comment below and let me know!