7 Perfect Jobs For Stay Home Parents

This “ 7 Perfect Jobs For Stay Home Parents “ details the various ways parents who stay home can make additional money for the family. This post contains affiliate links/ads. See disclosure policy

Living on one income can sometimes be difficult. I know that fact from experience.

My wife used to be a stay-home mom and I was the only one earning a living. When there’s only one income coming in, it can really be  difficult to figure where the money should go first, second, third, etc.

It’s even more difficult for those parents who want to retire early or want to retire in the future. Why? It’s because you are more than incline to meet your needs right now than your needs in the future.

When I was the only one working and not making a lot of money, I was tempted to not save because we had bills to pay, needs to meet, among others.

We managed to make ends meet but we had to compromise and sacrifice quite a few things to make sure what I made was enough.

A lot of my friends used to tell us that my wife could work and send our daughter to child care. However, during that time, child care would have cost us more than what she would have earned. So, we decided that it was best if she stayed home.

Having said that, we managed to find quite a few side hustles for her. She managed to earn additional money using her own time.

These side hustles or ways of earning additional money did help us meet some of our expenses, which meant that we were able to allocate some of the money I earned towards other important things like investment and retirement accounts.

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7 Perfect Jobs For Stay Home Parents

These are some of the work from home jobs my wife used to do, which helped us earn additional money on the side:


Jobs For Stay Home Parents’ Money Earning Potential: Medium

No, she didn’t get paid for babysitting our daughter. But she did get paid for babysitting other kids.

This was the best option for her. Since she’s already taking care of our daughter and has child care experience by default, I contacted my friends to see if they wanted to have their kids taken care of by my wife at a very discount price.

Luckily, they agreed.

She told me that it’s the best part-time job she had because it was natural for her to take care of the little ones. She enjoyed it and made some money on the side, too. She was happy. I was happy. My friends were happy. Basically, everybody was happy.

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Jobs For Stay Home Parents’ Money Earning Potential: High

Blogging can be one of the most lucrative work from home jobs.

While my wife doesn’t run the blog and is not writing for the blog, she is the brain behind marketing and double checking my work. She is the 50% of the reason that my blog is successful and continues to do better day after day.

Collectively, my wife and I have made close to $30,000 and we’re just in our 10th month of blogging. We never thought we could earn with blogging. But we did and we are.

Blogging is fun and is rewarding, too. Blogging has opened doors and a lot of opportunities for me. I have been able to write for the Huffington Post, work with some advertising agencies, and other bloggers. Of course, this achievements could not possibly happen without the support and help of my wife.

Because of blogging, my wife and I don’t worry about money anymore. We use the blogging money for daily expenses and we keep all our salaries for savings and other investments.

Just a little over ago, I took a risk and took a plunge into the blogging world. Now, my blog pays for everything. Yes, it pays for our bills, mortgage, retirement, etc. It even puts a ton of excess money towards our checking and savings account.

All those blessings consistently happen by me blogging 15 hours/month only.

I initially wanted to share my experiences and thoughts on how my wife and I paid off our debt. But my blog unexpectedly turned from a blog of expression into a money-making machine.

Had I not taken a risk, I wouldn’t have known the outcome(s )of what I did. Now, I’m able to help people even in my own small ways and make a full-time income from blogging. It sure is the best feeling in the world.

Now, I earn at least $9,000/month and it keeps on climbing one month to another month. A lot of people comment or message me how I helped them with their finances.



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Taking surveys.

Jobs For Stay Home Parents’ Money Earning Potential: Medium-High

She made quite a bit of money by taking surveys. When my wife was still a stay-home mom, she would spend a couple of hours here and there. She made at least $200/month just by doing surveys.

Some days were good and some were not. But there was a time when she made $50 by taking one survey, which only lasted for 15-30 minutes. She was so happy when she saw that figure.

One thing I recommend is to sign up for as many survey platforms as you can. This way you have better chance of earning more, that is, when one survey platform doesn’t work in your favor, then, you have other platforms to choose from.

Some surveys have referral programs, which will allow you to make additional money aside from the surveys you are taking.

I recommend that before you recommend the survey sites like Vindale to your friends, it is best if you try it first. This way you know what and how to explain to your friends.

Here are some of the survey sites that my wife and I go to. Well, I should say these are the sites my wife goes to because I don’t put in as much as time as she does since I focus on my day job and blog. The surveys indicated below are FREE to sign up.

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Selling old stuff.

Jobs For Stay Home Parents’ Money Earning Potential: Low-Medium

One of the good work from home jobs is selling old stuff. Call it re-selling.

Babies grow so fast. Next thing you know, you need another set of clothes and other baby essentials.

Because there were a lot of clothes in our apartment, most of which came from my sister and some from my friends, my wife ended up selling some items online through Craigslist.

I tell you selling stuff within your area is a good idea. Whether you are selling children items, electronics, or something else, you can always sell your used items and get some cash in return.

One thing I recommend is to make sure that the items you are going to sell are those than you don’t find useful anymore and can’t take of anything to use them for.

Don’t sell them and, in turn, by a new set because you happen to need those things in the future.

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Though I work full-time, I also do blogging and investing on the side. As I said earlier, I make at least $9,000 a month on blogging. What I didn’t tell you is what else I do with my excess blog money after all expenses in the house have been paid for and portion of the money have been saved.

I use the excess for investing.

I am a long-term investor, which means I invest for the long-run and not worry about the short-term fluctuations in the stock market.

For three years now, I have been able to beat the S&P Index by double digits. In 2014, my return was 26.54%, in 2015 it was 32.32%, and in 2016 it was 27.14%.

I have had to do a lot of research and have to use both Betterment and Personal Capital to cross-check my research and find valuable information to help me decide the stocks and funds I need to put my money in. These two platforms are FREE to use.

I use Betterment for its tools and calculators and in-depth but easy to understand research, which help me decide where to invest and how to invest.

I use Personal Capital for its FREE financial software, mobile app I could use everywhere I go, and fee analysis.

Both of these have allowed me to skyrocket my returns because of the knowledge I gain from them.

Over the past three years, I’ve accumulated over $40,000 in returns. This year alone, my investment gain is over $23,000 already.

I couldn’t have done it without the help of Betterment and Personal Capital.

DIYing to sell.

Jobs For Stay Home Parents’ Money Earning Potential: Medium

If you are creative, then, DIYing can be one of the work from jobs for you.

I have always loved to make something out of someone else’s trash. So, does my wife. I’m not saying we dumpster drive to get things we can use for DIY projects.

What we did and still do is search online on sites like Craigslist to see free items people give away. I, sometimes, stop by the dumpster and see some furniture on the side of the dumpster. We do find a lot of good but worn out stuff.

My wife is so crafty. We managed to use her skill and made some money by re-selling products that we got for free. With few materials and couple of hours spared, she was able to transform those worn out items into something new.

She made money just by doing that.

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Grocery Shopping.

Jobs For Stay Home Parents’ Money Earning Potential: Low

Grocery shopping can also be one of those work from home jobs that can bring in some good money.

We are always looking for ways to save money and make money at the same time. When she was staying home, we figured that we could help out our friends do their grocery shopping in exchange for a fee.

Luckily, they agreed.

It’s so convenient for them because all the work of buying stuff was done by my wife. There’s no gas expense, no extra food to buy since my wife way stick with the list, etc.

In short, we were helping them save money even when they were paying my wife a small fee.

In general, you go to a grocery store with a list in mind or on hand. Unfortunately, you come out with more stuffs that you intend and some of those stuffs are unnecessary anyways. Because my wife did all the shopping, she managed to stick with what she had on the list.

This, in turn, helped my friends to save some money.

Community grocery shopping as I used to call it was also good for us. Not only did it help her make money, it also allowed us to save money on gas, get discounts for bulk purchases, just to name a  few.



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Working remotely.

Jobs For Stay Home Parents’ Money Earning Potential: Medium-High

Some jobs, nowadays, can be done remotely. If you are a doctor, you can do telemedicine. If you are an accountant, you can still do your work at home or even create your own accounting and bookkeeping services.

The best way to continue building your experience while you stay home is through working remotely. As I said you can create your own business and run it at home.

My wife has a background in finance and accounting. When she stayed home, I got a client for her to do bookkeeping services. She did it for a number of years. When she applied for a full-time job, she included that part-time experience in her resume.

So, even when she was not fully-employed, she remained competitive in the job market because of her part-time, work from home job.

There are jobs out there that don’t require physical presence in the office. You can basically work full-time or in your own time without leaving your home. These jobs include: Web Search Evaluator, Data Entry Specialist, Customer Care Representative, Tutor, Proofreader, Writer, Transcriptionist, and Captioner.

Which of these jobs for stay home parents is the right one for you? Are there other part-time jobs you can think of that can help you make money while staying at home? Do you think these are the perfect jobs for stay home parents?

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