Being a homemaker is a wonderful job but what if your family needs more income or you want more spending money? There are some great work-at-home side hustles that can help you do just that.
As a homemaker you add a lot of value to your family. It’s a job in and of itself. However, sometimes we may need or want to add more money to our family budget. Getting a job outside of the home may not be the best option for you or your family.
I know so many homemakers that like to bring in income using direct sales. There are so many options out there now but not all of us are a fan of selling things. I’m too much of an introvert and I also feel like, at least in my area, the market is pretty saturated by all the people doing direct sales.
There are so many other work-at-home options available now. There really is something for everyone. I personally like to have multiple income streams. It has really helped increase my income and our family budget. My current goal is to start saving for a dream Disney vacation. When pricing that trip I was shocked how much Disney has gone up in cost over the years. It’s so worth it though!
I truly love being able to be a homemaker while still being able to contribute financially. It’s really the best of both worlds. It also keeps life from ever being boring. I can’t remember the last time I was bored!
Work-At-Home Ideas for Homemakers
The options are endless for how you can make money at home while being a homemaker. These ideas are some of the more common ways and a good place to get started. You may need to try a few to find what works best for you.
Start a Blog
You may have guessed this is my favorite option. Blogging started as a hobby for me and has turned into a business. I love sharing my passion for homemaking with you. I love the connections and friendships I’ve made through this blog. It’s an added bonus that I can also make an income through this blog and my other site Green Oklahoma.
Blogging does require an investment. You will need web hosting, a domain name, and likely other resources over time. Thankfully there are so many great books and websites out there dedicated to helping you get started. I’d recommend reading Making Money Blogging at Any Level by Victoria Pruett and checking out Blogging with Becky and Paula to get you started. And also check out my blogging resources page, I have links to my favorite blogging books, tools and more.
Filling out Surveys
This is a really easy way to add a bit of income. You won’t likely get rich doing this but you can get a bit of spending money. There are many options out there. I personally have used and like Mechanical Turk. It’s run by Amazon and you can find some short, high paying surveys on the site. I recommend checking out the Reddit page Hits Worth Turking For for info on surveys that are worth your time.
Sell Your Crafts on Etsy
You don’t even have to have physical products, many people sell digital downloads. You really can find just about anything on Etsy. You can also sell vintage goods if you like to thrift shop.
Make Money While Decluttering
Most of us have too much stuff and while this isn’t really a sustainable way to make money it can help you meet some goals. You can have a garage sale, sell on Facebook groups, or use Ebay. Another site to try out is Decluttr, you can sell used CDs, DVDs, games, and books. They have an app that makes it really easy and you get free shipping.
If you need help decluttering check out Tips to Make Decluttering Easier.
If you enjoy writing but don’t want to blog or want to have multiple income streams, freelancing can be a great option. Check out sites like Upwork and FlexJobs for job listings. You can also contact local papers and magazines. I have started writing for a local food magazine, I love being able to share with something that is helping people locally.
Get Money Back
For online shopping I really like Ebates. You earn a percent back for shopping at all kinds of places like The Container Store, Staples, Etsy, Disney Store and more. There is a browser tool that helps you know when a store uses Ebates and also tells you when there are coupon codes. This was really great while we were buying things for our new house. We got a lot of money back, largely from The Container Store.
Resources to Check Out
If you want to learn more about working from home here are some resources to check out.
- Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
- 15 Money-Making Hobbies
- How to Pay Taxes for Side Hustles and Extra Income
- How to Not Fall for Work-At-Home Scams
- Free 5-Day Course: How I Make a Full-Time Income from Home
When You Don’t Have Time for More Work
If you don’t have time to include any work-at-home jobs in your life right now but really want to help your family’s budget, try living more frugally. It’s a great way to find more money without having to do more work. I have some posts to help get you started and a few other resources.
- 30 Frugal Green Living Tips
- Lessons from the Amish That Save You Money
- 8 Depression Era Tips That Save Money
- 6 Ways to Save Money on Laundry
- 11 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill
- 7 Vintage Homemaking Skills That Save You Money
Don’t get discouraged if some of the work-at-home jobs don’t work for you. Just keep trying new things, there are so many great options out there to help you bring in some income as a homemaker.