Are there any legitimate opportunities that are feasible?
Many mom’s out there are trying to find legitimate work from home opportunities!
Opportunities that mean they can have a great work/childcare balance and avoid large childcare bills!
But many work at home jobs still require you to work certain hours…
And the best online jobs for Moms, are really ones where they can dictate exactly when they work and fit it around their lives and their kids!
However, desperate Mom’s, looking for quick cash opportunities – will regularly fall for scams!
If it sounds way too good to be true…(e.g. you’ll be making thousands within a few weeks and so on…) then it probably is.
Trust your instincts.
The bad news is, if you want to make money online, it will take a bit of time and it will take considerable work.
But the rewards for your time and effort, can be good.
That is, if you stick at it!
Ok, so lets look at some potential ways you can make money online….
Before you go… check out the training that helped me work from home and become self-employed!
OK, so I’m sure you’ve heard this suggestion plenty of times before.
But loads of sites seem to jump on the bandwagon telling Moms to… Become a “Mommy blogger.”
NO… you don’t have to do that.
Just because you’re a Mom with a blog, you don’t have to be a “Mommy blogger.”
Create a blog about something you’re passionate about, something you want to help people with, solve a problem that other people have.
You could even base it on a personal journey you’ve been through.
Put yourself in the shoes of a reader – what sort of blogs do you like to read?
Which ones do you go back to?
Most people really don’t want to read about some mundane every day stuff and look at lot of photos of your kids.
Largely, People either want to be entertained, they want to learn something, or they’re looking to solve some kind of problem in their life!
If you can attend to either or all of these things, you can do well.
Ideally, you want to stand out from the rest and have a unique edge in one way or another. Be honest and be bold.
Once you have some decent content on your blog and start generating traffic, you can monetize your blog in many ways.
One major way is via affiliate marketing, (where you recommend products and services on your blog and earn a commission when anyone makes a purchase).
Another popular option is to have Ads on your site… you can no doubt see Ads on my site right now!
However, you do need a good amount of traffic before you can make any reasonable money with advertising.
Which is why, many people will initially make their first sales from affiliate marketing.
Alternatively, rather than a straight blog, you may want to consider building a NICHE WEBSITE.
A niche website is a site built around a narrow and defined area of interest… For example:
- Dog training,
- Attachment parenting,
- Running gadgets,
- Gifts for dads…
There are even niches within niches, it depends how narrow you really want to go.
But by learning how to make certain tweaks to your website pages, (AKA SEO and Keyword research) in combination with writing helpful content, you can work on generating traffic to your website.
Much of the traffic to your niche website, can be achieved organically and for free using these techniques.
If you’re wondering how on earth you go about learning any of that, it’s actually not as difficult as it sounds, (although will require some work).
Building either a blog or niche site takes time, but with the right guidance, you can certainly start seeing some sales coming in within the three to six month mark, for a majority.
This will depend on things such as…
- how popular your niche is,
- What the competition is like,
- How much traffic you’re generating to your website and….
- How much action you take as far as building your site, (important!!!).
Action! Action! Action!…. this is key.
Get my in depth blogging guide – it’s FREE here!
Anyone can now be a Freelancer! You can work online for people all over the globe.
I’m currently looking at doing some Freelancing myself now and I’ve also had some experience with outsourcing work for my websites – which I’ve found to be a really positive experience.
While Freelance writing is what you may typically think of, there are far more opportunities than that – including graphic design, illustration, virtual assistant work, photography and much more.
You will often need some examples of your work – and these should exhibit your skills to the best of your ability.
Here are some sites you may want to look at, have a browse around and see what other people are offering to get a good idea of what you can do.
Upwork, People do often go for the lowest bid here, but if you want to get some experience, you can start off at a lower price and work your way up! You’re not limited by writing here, there are all kinds of freelance work you could go to.
While there are a variety of platforms that you could use to get started – the best thing you can do if you want to start Freelancing, is to build your own platform and pitch to your own clients independently.
If you’re serious about Freelancing, I strongly recommend Gina’s course: 30 days to Freelance Success!
She went from zero to $4,000 in just six months!!!
For a freebie, you can also pick up her 200+ freelance niche ideas here.
3. Selling on ETSY!
Etsy has really taken off in recent years.
If you have a passion for making things and love arts and crafts, you could certainly think about creating something to sell.
Take a look around Etsy and see what is on offer… Do you think you could compete or do better?
Some resources that might help you make up your mind….
4. Selling On FIVERR
Only your imagination limits you when it comes to fiverr.com
From general tasks such as editing, writing work, illustration, graphic design and virtual assistant work…
…to the truly bizarre.
So, if you’d like to do a belly dance whilst juggling bananas, there could be a market for that.
The thing is, it’s so simple to get started with Fiverr, that you may as well give it a go.
You’d make the most money with minimal effort by creating something people can download again and again… then all you need to do is click send.
You could also have more than one gig, to expand your potential reach and earning potential.Fiverr is no longer just a $5 gig either, you have the chance to add on plenty of added extras to make more money.
You can create gigs worth thousands of dollars now!
5. Write Children’s Books/Become A Self-Published Author!
I wanted to specifically mention writing children’s books in particular, because I think – as mothers- we do get to read so many children’s books and I’m sure many would like to write their own!
Well, Amazon has made it much easier to create children’s picture books.
They’ve now created the “Kindle Kid’s Book Creator.” This has made creating your own kids book SO much simpler.
This is a really vastly expanding market and there are many self-published authors doing incredibly well.
Illustration wise, there are ways you can outsource quality illustrations at low cost.
I actually found a very talented illustrator on Upwork.
I recommend you get the best illustrations that you can afford!
There are lots of self-published books out there that have TERRIBLE illustrations!!!
Therefore, if your book has brilliant ones, it will stand out!
- This book has some great reviews online – “How to self-publish a Children’s book.”
- I first learnt how to create ebooks from scratch via doing this kindle Publishing Course.
6. Create a course on UDEMY!
I love Udemy, you can find some pretty good courses that are good value and in addition to this – you can create your own.
Creating an online course can be extremely profitable and with Udemy, they’re also really simple to create.
Do you have any area of expertise? You can teach absolutely anything on the Udemy platform and you can use their free course design tools to create your own course.
You can then promote your course online worldwide!
There is a large earning potential here, even more so if you already have a platform from which to promote your course or courses, (whether it be a blog, website, or a large social media following). Check out UDEMY here!
7. Create a Dropshipping Empire!!
Dropshipping is an interesting business model, where you can sell products without ever having to handle them, or even ship them to your customers!
- You promote a product,
- Customer makes a purchase,
- You make the order with your dropshipping company,
- The dropshipping company prepares and ships your order and sends it to your customer.
Because you can purchase your items as the orders come in, you don’t have to worry about spending thousands on inventory.
You can even start up really cheaply, by learning how to generate free traffic to your products from the search engines and social media.
However, it is faster if you learn how to drive paid traffic, such as by using Facebook Ads.
The video below does a great job of explaining how you can get started with a dropshipping business.
So, those are just a selection of work from home jobs, that you can do online!
Which one is best? Well, they all have their pros and cons and it really depends which will suit you.
The only way you can tell, is to try it and see.
Why not give one a go?
There is plenty of potential online, you just have to have a plan, apply yourself and – most importantly – see it through.
The most important thing you can do is to TAKE ACTION... take that first step and do it TODAY!
A majority of online opportunities have greater earning potential if you have a blog or website, because you can make money in the long term if you keep with it.
Having a platform, (such as a blog/website) also helps you easily reach out to others and showcase some of what you do.
Check out my step-by-step post here, which shows you how to set up your own money-making blog.
I do hope you found this post useful and can start making money from home in the near future!
All the best… 🙂
Your website has a catchy title. Thanks for these suggestions on how to build an online income from scratch. Wow – there are so many options and opportunities out there . Its difficult to decide, but your reviews have helped me to focus my efforts on where my skills might be best suited. And which programs to avoid. Thanks again
thank you! Pleased to help. Many thanks for your comment.
Brilliant article. You’ve inspired me to try my luck on Fiverr. I thought you can only make pennies there, but now I see it’s possible to gain a decent income. Can anyone do the gigs, or do I have to be a US resident? I’m a mom of two toddlers and if I start working somewhere now, most of my salary would pay for the nursery, it’s so demotivating to think that I’ll have to pay someone for looking after them, losing the precious moments I could spend with them and earning peanuts. Thanks for this article.
Hi there – thankfully you do not just need to be a US resident at all. I’d say definitely give it a go – what have you got to lose? Also, if you have a website or blog, it’s a great way to direct traffic to it from fiverr. The best of luck to you!
I’m a stay at home dad, I hope that still counts! 🙂 I’ve been blogging for quite a while now and have had a fair bit of success with it.
I’m looking to expand out in to a couple of different areas, fiver certainly looks interesting and I think I have at least one product which would fit in with what sounds like the fiver type model.
Am i right in thinking that Fiver will work best with digital products?
Hi Nate! A stay at home dad certainly does count! 🙂 Fiverr is a good idea, I need to get on there myself. It certainly does work well with digital products, I think it’s the best option because it means you will just have to send out a file/video/ebook or whatever your product is and won’t really be trading your time for money that way, (aside from actually sending it, Fiverr have not automated that bit at this stage – but maybe they will. At the moment you do have to deal with each customer individually). Thanks for your comment!
Thanks for these wonderful ideas! So many SAHMs are looking for opportunities to earn nowadays. Depending on what tickles your fancy, you can easily choose from the options you mentioned – blogging, freelancing, creating and selling products/ online courses/ books. Personally, have already started blogging. Will definitely check out Udemy.
Sounds good — yes, I really like udemy and have purchased a whole bunch of courses from them. They have some free courses worth checking out too! Thanks for your comment!
Very nice post, you hit good points with regards to making money online, that it will take some time and work, but the real important one for me, was you have to stick with it and I think that were most people fail.
You give some great options to work from home/remotely. I think many visitors would say – hey this is not just for moms.
Keep the ideas coming.
Absolutely, sticking with it — when many may give up — is key. And you’re certainly right, not just for momma’s….well, suitable for anyone who wants to make an income from home!
Derek Marshall says
Hi there Nat,What a fabulously beautiful and well designed website. I love it, I really like the catchy name of your site!
I really appreciate the fact that you mention blogging but warn people not just be a mummy blogger!! The fact is, the flow to the second suggestion of freelancing from blogging couldn’t be better as many of the skills as a blogger such as SEO, writing, social media management can help earn few bucks in the freelance world.
Hi Derek, thanks very much for the compliment, I appreciate that.
Yes certainly, blogging can open so many doors and really can build your confidence to move into freelancing. Also, with blogging there is that delay in earning money, because you have to build your blog first/traffic and so on… so, in the meantime, freelancing can really help bring in some money while you’re building your business!
Like you mentioned in your blog, blogging has given to me the most amount of money. I am a full time blogger now, (thanks to Wealthy affiliate) and I make thousands of dollars a month. Your other options are great as well, I have experimented with freelance work, but I find that working for myself is always way more rewarding. Good job on your site 🙂
Thank you for your comment Jose! I agree with you, I do like the idea of freelancing and think it’s a great way to make your first money online – BUT I do ultimately enjoy working for myself first! Thanks for your comment 🙂
Thiranya Ravi says
Hi Nat, really interesting ideas to make money on online from the comfort of home. Thanks for listing these ideas to make a decent income from home.
No problem, thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂