Staying at home while your children are growing up is a dream for many, however for some it is simply unachievable due to the strain it puts on family finances. However, with some quality research and planning, you can find ways to gain some supplementary income without giving up the time you spend with your kids. Here are 4 great money-making ideas for stay at home mums.
Do a Clear-Out
Online shopping has become an immensely popular way of buying and selling almost everything that you could possibly think of. This makes it a great way to sell all the items you have laying around that you no longer use! Sites such as eBay are perfect for getting rid of clothes, appliances, tools and any toys that the kids have grown out of.
You’d be surprised just how much extra money you can gain by selling your unwanted items online. If you have a PayPal account with eBay, the funds you earn will contribute to the balance, so you’ll never have to use your credit card to shop online again.
From jewellery and hair accessories to hand-made cards and other crafts, if you’re creative minded there is a wealth of opportunity for the sale of quality boutique goods. People are increasingly looking for gifts and products that are unique, rather than mass-produced commercial items.
Whether you choose to sell at markets, school fairs or even create an online page, it can be an interesting and fun way to make money while doing something that you enjoy. Let your artistic flair guide you, the possibilities are truly endless.
If you love nothing more than the satisfaction of baking the neighbourhood’s best brownies, why not share it with the whole community! Many local markets and produce meets have sections for home-made cooking stalls, as long as you have certain health and safety procedures in place in your home kitchen. From small scale to serious production, there are plenty of chances for the keen cook to earn some extra income.
Another fun way to make some extra money is to design custom T-shirts, stickers, cards and more. If you’re looking for high quality products and printing, including the facility to make your own T-shirt, Vistaprint are the leading name in the business and will give a professional edge to your own unique designs. This service is surprisingly affordable considering the high standard that the company is famous for. Whether you prefer funny slogans, cute quotes or maybe inspiring messages, there’s no limit to what you can create.
There are many other occupations you can explore while still staying at home. Hosting product parties, being an at-home telemarketer for sales companies, or even folding and distributing pamphlets can all be viable ways to make extra money while at home.
These are, however, more results orientated and can be a significant cause of stress. Being your own boss and focusing on crafts, cooking or selling your existing items is a more enjoyable proposition than a purely outcomes based occupation.
About the Author: Jasmine is a mum of two girls and has been teaching people how to make your own t shirt at a local community group in Sydney. She enjoys sharing her passion as well as helping other mums to make some money running their own DIY projects.