Are you a stay-at-home mom looking for online jobs or business to augment your husband’s salary? Do you miss being a career woman but you want to be a hands on mom at the same time?
Here’s a story that you can probably relate to.
Before my sister-in-law gave birth to my niece, she explicitly told me that she will immediately go back to work after she delivers the baby. She argued that she is a career woman, that in no way would she allow my brother to be the one who makes all the decisions, just because he provides all the money. My brother mentioned about online jobs but she just shrugged.
Almost a year later, my sister-in-law is scouring the internet for online jobs. Why, because she did just the opposite. She gave up her job and became a devoted stay-at-home mommy but with the conviction that she still needs to earn while at home. If you are exactly like my sister-in-law, then check this list of online jobs that will make you earn cash without taking up a lot of your time:
1. SELLING PRODUCTS ONLINE
This is one of the most popular online jobs nowadays not only for stay-at-home moms but to everyone in general. There are various platforms on the web that can cater your skills as an online seller. All you have to do is to sign up to one of these platforms and work hard to gain clients. You can sell almost anything – your own products or other people’s products.
If you’re short in cash, you can choose dropshipping.
Dropshipping is having to purchase products on behalf of your customers. Once the customer clicks on a product they’d like to purchase from your store, you will have to do the ordering for them. You don’t need to maintain an inventory. The seller will be one who will directly send the order to your customer.
There are pros and cons to dropshipping so it is suggested to do your own research if this one is for you.
One of the most popular sites for dropshipping is Shopify. Just register to them and you can create your own online store in minutes.
You can import a lot of products from Aliexpress depending on your niche.
Aliexpress is an online retail service which is made up of different stores based in China. They cater to selling their products to international online buyers.
There are so many products to choose from in Aliexpress with whatever niche you have. Prices are also very low so you can definitely make a decent profit. If you want to make e-commerce very easy for you, try their plugin. It will make importing of products like a breeze. Pricing updates are automatic and you can import multiple products at the same time. Order fulfillment is also just a click away.
Alidropship is ideal for countries who don’t have local online selling marketplaces like Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, eBay and the like.
But if you’re from the Philippines where customers normally would want their product delivered in less than a week, Alidropship is not the answer.
Shoppee and Lazada are two of the top players in the Philippines. Sellers here have their products on hand already and ready to be shipped.
So if you’re from the Philippines, check out OJDM Solutions instead. This is an e-commerce solution locally.
If you’re only concern is product sourcing and sell them in your store, OJDM Solutions can source products for you. But if you want to have a complete dropshipping business from product sourcing up to fulfilment, they also offer dropshipping services.
With their dropshipping service, product sourcing, customs clearance, stocks or inventory, packaging, and shipping are all taken cared of. The only thing you have to do is the customer service in which you have to maintain a good relationship so they can be your repeat customers.
2. BE A ONLINE FREELANCER
Another way to earn extra cash is to become an online freelancer. A freelancer is anyone who accepts projects usually per hour. You can also opt for a fixed rate, depending on the type of work.
The internet needs so many freelancers. Jobs such as writers, editors, proofreaders, transcriptionists, virtual assistants, social media manager and data entry jobs.
If you are good at English and have skills in talking with strangers, then you can try virtual tutoring as well. Websites such as Rarejob and Bizmates lets you become a tutor to Japanese people who want to learn English and pays you monthly. The good thing about being a freelancer is that you can actually find something to do. There are various sites exclusive for freelancers and employers who look for them. Upwork, for example, is a great site to get freelance jobs. You can receive your hard earned salary through Paypal or Payoneer.
If you think you don’t have skills that hinders you in applying for freelancing jobs, you can enroll in freelancing courses. You can learn difference skills and eventually you will know which area you are most interested in.
VAbootcamp is an online course that will give you a taste of the different common tasks of a VA. It is very comprehensive and lessons are easy to follow. You can watch the video tutorials over and over because of your lifetime access. One of the good things about the VAbootcamp course also is they have a membership to their community in a Facebook Group. You can reach out and post whatever questions you have and they will be very willing to answer
3. ANSWERING SURVEYS
If you are only after a bit of cash here and there, then you can try answering surveys and website testing.
Surveys are given by market research firms and other companies and as long as you are eligible. You can actually earn as much $5 to $10 dollars. You can also opt to redeem $3 to $5 worth of Amazon gift cards!
4. WEBSITE TESTING
Before website creators launch their sites, or when they want to know how their site looks to the general public, they hire website testers. At $20 per session, you are going to view their site, follow a list of instructions while saying your thoughts out loud.
You are also encouraged to give comments and remarks for areas of improvement. It’s actually a win-win situation – the tester earning cash, and the website creator getting the comments and pieces of advice he needs. UserTesting.com is a good site for this kind of online job
Creating your own blog is one of the best platforms to combine all your online jobs in one area. You can advertise your products on your blog and you can promote your freelance career to your blog followers. What’s good about a blog is that you can write about anything that you are passionate with.
Choose interesting topics that can capture your readers. As your traffic and readers increase, advertisers will eventually contact you and pay you to advertise their products to your followers
6. AFFILIATE MARKETING
This online source of income is also connected to blogging. A large number of followers means many readers. This is the best time to put links in your articles that will redirect your readers to products that are for sale on another site (like Amazon). If someone follows that link and eventually buys the product, you get a commission from the sale.
There are so many tutorials on the web which thoroughly discusses the beauty of affiliate marketing.
One source where you can search for products to be an affiliate of is Jvzoo. It has tons of digital products that you can choose from and send a message to the seller that you want to be their affiliate.
However, it is important to choose products that you use and has gained your trust. You don’t want your name associated to a product that has a bad reputation or that would disappoint your subscribers. Promote products that you think can help your readers or your subscribers.
There you have it, mommies! This is just a few of the hundreds of online jobs that you can earn good money from while you’re at home, but it’s a start.