Are You Kidding Me w/ This Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms Thing?
Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!
Really?! Side hustles? Side hustles for stay at home moms? You mean aside from the ones we already have? Stay with me now.
We all know that SAHMs do a whole LOT (and that’s an understatement). Sometimes, they are, down right drowning in dirty laundry, piles of gross dishes, tripping over the millions of toys sprinkled all over the floor, and putting out other home-base fires that transpire in a daily life of a SAHM. Okay, “sometimes” might have been an understatement.
Life Has it’s Tides (Even for a SAHM)
But life does have its tides and so, if you wait long enough, it calms with time. Perhaps your kids are in daycare or went to school so your surroundings are much quieter than usual, at least for a few hours. Maybe they are off with their afterschool activities giving you the time to do something other than mom work. Perhaps you have a few hours to yourself after their bedtime that you’d wondering how to fill.
However parents come by free time, it does happen. And when it does, there are mamas out there who are looking to make some extra money on the side. If this is you, this post is for you. A side hustle isn’t easy to find for a stay at home mom but if you know where to look, you’ll be making some cash in no time! Here are some amazing side hustles that are perfect just for moms!
Side Hustle for Stay at Home Moms #1: In-Home Daycare
The new and improved version of a babysitter is the in-home day care centers that are popping up at a neighbor near you! These are great money generators for those who love the sound of laughter (and crying) and little wild ones running around your home from morning until mid-afternoon or early evening (that part is up to you).
Characteristics of a Successful Home Daycare Operator
- Loves and adores kids
- Knows how to handle difficult kid situations
- Calm and collected attitude
- Very patient and understanding
- Not easily frazzled
- Confident, warm, and friendly
Does this describe you? Then an in-home daycare center might be a great side hustle for you! Read on.
In-Home Daycare Centers Pros
- First of all, you are a pro. Moms are kind of great at taking care of babies and kids because they are, well, moms.
- Second, home daycare schedules are typically a mom’s dream: kids are typically dropped off after you’ve had your breakfast and picked up before dinner.
- The third reason an in-home daycare side hustle is perfect for a mama like you is that the client comes to you! That means no driving, no paying for gas, no time lost traveling.
- There are ladies out there making anywhere from $20 to$75 per kid… from home! Some of them even claimed to have made more with their in-home daycares than they made with their 9-5. Pretty impressive.
- Success is imminent as the demand for a good child care provider is extremely high among today’s working parents. At least two of the daycare providers I spoke with have a long waiting list and it’s growing day by day. One even told me that she had to hire an assistant to get everything done. And yet another mom opened her own out of home daycare center after her success has boomed right out of her home into an amazing new business in under a year!
- And last but not least, you can do this with your own kids on hand. No need to call the sitter so you can get to work… you are the sitter.
- Mamas who have started this kind of business rarely have regrets. I’ve read quite a few forums for in-home care providers regarding how they feel about having started a daycare in their home. The most prominent answer is that it’s definitely worth it and they’d do it again! Here is one such forum about whether there were any regrets about opening up an in-home daycare center.
In-Home Daycare Centers Cons
- The hours are long. You can expect the first child to arrive as early as 7am and not picked up until 7pm, depending on your terms.
- Things can get a little hairy when it comes to sick days and time off. Make sure you use a contract with your clients to avoid confusion and headaches.
- Your home may experience some wear and tear from the little monsters taking over.
- As a caretaker, you will have to provide a safe environment for the tots which may require a bit of upfront cost.
- This isn’t going to make you rich so you must really love working with and being around young ones. The road to success is also not a breezy one. It requires real work. Here is a real look at what you can expect if you get into this field from Projection Hub
How to Start
Check your city and state regulations for an in-home daycare (though some moms swear that if you take on 2-3 kids you don’t have to go through the red tape, I don’t recommend it). You may have to get registered or licensed depending on the state.
Get your ducks in a row. Think about important questions your clients will be asking:
- What are you hours?
- What are your rates?
- Do you provide discounts for multiple children?
- Do you provide food and snacks?
- Will you be implementing nap times?
- What are the ages of the children you are willing to take care of?
If you are wondering if an in-home daycare is something you should pursue, check out a great post from How to Daycare:
Here is another fantastic, quick write up from She Knows (love this site) about a question a reader had:
A. …I started researching opening my own home daycare when I was pregnant with my first child. I was teaching high school English at the time and making a first year teacher’s salary. After looking into daycare for my new baby I realized after daycare expenses I’d be walking away with maybe $1000 a month to contribute to our family’s finances.
God forbid we decide to give our baby a sibling (or two). That would have easily diminished the rest of my meager paycheck. I did not want to separate from my babies so that I could work to pay for us to be separated. The truth is, I really wanted to be home with them.
I quickly discovered that if I took care of three additional children, I’d be making my first year teacher’s salary and I would not be paying for daycare. Add two or three more daycare kids to that mix and I realized I could make above and beyond my salary and stay home with my baby. The decision for me was a simple one. Continue reading…
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #2: Pet Sitter
Pet sitting is an incredible side income opportunity for any mom who likes fur kids as much as her human kids. Well, maybe not quite that much but close. Considering that pet owners make up 65% of all households in the US, it’s no wonder that pet sitting as an industry has taken off the way it has. There are almost 80 million people out there with a dog or a cat that needs to be watched from time to time
A pet sitter is someone who visits a pet owner’s home to take care of their pets during their absence while they are away on vacation or business trip.
The responsibilities are quite simple and typically include feeding and walking the animals, cleaning litters, and playing with the fur babies. You would generally visit these pets anywhere from once to 3 times a day and spend about 20 minutes per visit with the pets.
Sometimes the pet sitter is asked to bring in the mail or turn on and off the lights too. Needless to say, it’s mostly pretty relaxed work.
Characteristics of a Great Pet Sitter
- Fun and kind
- Happy and sweet
- Genuine animal lover
Does this describe you? Then pet sitting might be a great side hustle for you! Read on.
Pet Sitting Pros
This list of pros of this side hustle is a partial one. There are so, so many benefits of doing this kind of work if you love it. This is the job they’re talking about when they say, “When you love something you do, you never work a day in your life!”
- First and foremost… you get to play with animals.
- Aside from the animals as your companions, you call your own shots. By that, of course, I mean that you set your own schedule and work as much or as little as you like.
- There is a lot of money to be made but this under-the-radar gig. Here are some income examples from real pet sitters:
- I run my own pet sitting service in the Southeast region of the US. I average around 8 pet sitting visits per day at around $15/each. I don’t work weekends or holidays, and earn about $30,000/year. I’ve been doing this for the past three or so years.
- A pet sitter in Florida manages to handle about 15 to 17 pet sitting visits per day and brings in around $1200/week. That’s $57600/year. They work weekends and occasional holidays.
- Another pet sitter in the North-West does 2 or 3 pet sitting visits per day and manages to bring in an extra $1000/month. That about $12 to $17 per visit.
- Another pet sitter in a more rural area of the US is able to do about 14 pet sitting visits per day, at around $17 each. They do not work weekends and average around $4700/month or $57000/year.
- You get to have a pet without any commitment. If the idea of owning your own dog or can isn’t a feasible one, pet sitting gives you the best of both worlds. It’s like having a dog without having to actually pay for the expenses (food, shelter, toys, snacks, vet) that come along with the responsibility. Pretty incredible, if I don’t say so myself.
- Nothing mundane about this work. Every day is a sweet, whimsical treat that is quite different from the day before.
- The start-up costs for a pet sitting business are minimal. Some of the most important things to think about are bonding, insurance, and how to get the fur off of your clothes.
- There isn’t a whole lot of experience required. Mainly, you want to make sure that you really do have a love for the furry and feathered and have a willingness and genuine desire to provide them with great care.
- The pet sitting industry is booming and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Check out In Any Economy, Pet Sitters Thrive for more information.
Pet Sitting Cons
It’s not always rainbows and butterflies, though. This is the main bulk of the cons. If you can deal with this, I think this is your calling — the mess among a few other things.
- Animals can get messy. When people think of a pet sitter they think puppy kisses and kitten purrs but this is not the case 100% of the time. What they forget about are pet messes when they get excited. They may rip up the couch or carpet out of boredom. They might be feeling under the weather and vomit. If you are mom enough to clean up the mess left by Fido you’ll be just fine. Though you might have cleaned up all the poo you’re going to clean on your own turf (no pun included) and that’s totally understandable.
- If you are excitable and edgy this is probably not the best side hustle for you. Sorry mom. Animals best interact with a calm minded yet poised being.
- Many clients will need your services on the weekends and during the holidays so you must be ready to take on the load or disappoint your fur pals. Either way, this is something to definitely think about and discuss in advance. Pro Tip: Have good contracts and agreements in place. Pro Tip: People have been known to pay double during the holiday time.
- Animal emergencies are rare but when they happen it’s scary. Confidence and calmness helps a lot.
How to Start
Are you thinking that a pet sitting gig is perfect for a mom like you? Check out the Six-Figure Pet Sitting by Kristin Morrison, founder of the six-figure pet sitting academy. This revolutionary book will show you how to turn your struggling pet sitting business into a lucrative, stress-free enterprise. You will learn how to create the foundation to build a six-figure pet sitting business, ensure business success from the beginning, remove the blocks to letting financial abundance in, find and keep great staff members, and more! “Six-Figure Pet Sitting” is highly recommended by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and many pet sitting business owners from around the country.
Another great book to start your pet sitting venture with is Patti J. Morgans Pet Sitting for Profit. Patti is one of the veterans of the pet sitting world and really knows what it takes to be successful. This book is also a very highly rated work that’s easy to follow and apply to your own life. With information on everything from office procedures and personnel to advertising and business forms, this book is invaluable to entrepreneurs interested in starting a pet-sitting business or making an existing business more profitable.
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #3: House Sitter
Now things are getting interesting. Have you ever heard of hanging out with your feet up while getting paid? No? Well then, let me introduce you to the lucrative world of house sitters.
There are folks out there that will pay a pretty penny for peace of mind. When they go away for an extended vacation or business trip, they like to know that everything back home is a-okay. This is where a house sitter come in.
The basics of house sitting as a side gig is to make sure that the home remains safe and cared for. Sometimes you’ll be asked to water the plants or bring in mail and packages or feed the fish so plan on some diversity.
This is considered to be one of the best side hustles for stay at home moms as decided by the moms who have opened this type of business. If you love animals, this is the perfect way to get some extra cash.
Characteristics of a Great House Sitter
Does this describe you? Then house sitting might the perfect side hustle for you! Read on.
House Sitting Pros
- Get paid to hang out and keep an eye on the client’s home while they are away.
- House sitting can be combined with pet sitting as a doubly lucrative income source.
- It’s probably one of the most relaxing jobs out there.
- People have been known to pay $20-40 for home check-ins and $60+ to stay overnight!
- The more tasks you’re asked to do the more money there is to be made (watering plants, taking in mail, dusting, etc…).
- Save money with the free accommodation along with getting paid to stay there.
- Some of your clients give you full use of the house, the pool, and the car included!!!
House Sitting Cons
- You will be taking on a lot of responsibility having to stay, sometimes overnight, in someone else’s home.
- Some clients will want you to spend nights in their home. While some might be okay with your kids coming along for the slumber party, others will not. So think, discuss, and plan carefully.
- Unexpected things do and will happen so be prepared to extinguish some emergencies with swiftness and professionalism. When things go wrong the responsibility is on you and you’ll be the one to have to figure things out when the power goes out or the toilet overflows.
How to Start
If you think house sitting is the perfect side job for you check out Chrons article on how you can get started house sitting professionally: How to Start a House Sitting Service
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #4: Closed Captioner
Closed captioning is one of those things that few people have given thought to. This is probably because of how in demand closed captioners are and how fantastic the work is. While there is a great demand for qualified closed captioners the field is pretty cut throat as far as landing a gig. However, if you are able to do it, you are golden!
Characteristics of a Great Closed Captioner
- Great speller
- Fantastic listener
- Have a great command of the spoken and written English language
- Capable of typing an average of 200 wpm
Does this describe you? Then closed captioning might be a great side hustle for you! Read on.
Closed Captioning Pros
- The hours are very flexible giving you the opportunity to work when you want.
- You are able to work from home never having to get in your car, drive, or sit in traffic wasting gas.
- The pay is great! As of 2014 the average yearly pay for a television closed captioner was $58,000 according to Indeed.
- Offline captioning needs no extra equipment givin you the opportinity to get started right from your home computer.
Closed Captioning Cons
- You may have to buy equipment like a stenotype machine for real time captioning to work with before getting started.
- Some requirements of experience are to be expected.
- Not all, but some companies will want to see that you attended a court reporting school and have a minimum of an A.A. or B.S. in Court and Conference Reporting or satisfactory completion of other 2-year equivalent program.
How to Start
There are a number of ways to start in this filed. The most traditional way is to attend a court reporting school. Here is a list of US Court Reporting Schools. However, there are companies that do not require any schooling and only require your undying dedication and care.
For closed captioning to work as a side hustle for stay at home moms it should be easy and preferably at home. Here’s a quick list of 8 companies who are hiring closed captioners from home which is perfect for a SAHM.
- FlexJobs – 100% scam free work postings for work from home jobs
- Aberdeen – religious captioning
- REV – no experience or training necessary
- Caption Max – 2-year experience for telecommuting work
- Morningside Partners – transcribing kind of work
- Caption Colorado – no experience necessary
- Vitac – employee (not independent contractor) positions available
- Caption Media Group – 2 years experience required
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #5: Home Based Cake Decorating
If you’ve got an eye for the beautiful and a tooth for the sweet you would probably do wonderfully as a professional cake decorator right from your home. There is a lot of demand for talented bakers who not only make a scrumptious cake but also visually stunning.
Characteristics of a Great Cake Decorator
- A love and talent for delicious baking cakes and sweets
- Possess an artistic ability
- Good color vision
- Great attention to detail
- A steady hand for delicate decorating
- Work well under pressure
Does this describe you? Then cake decorating might the perfect side hustle for you! Read on and don’t forget to check out a day in a life of a successful cake decorator Elisa Suzuki by The Guardian:
Home Based Cake Decorating Pros
- You can work at home. Cake decorators who work from home make on average 3 to 7 times more money than cake decorators working in commercial bakeries.
- No formal education is required to break into this sweet field.
- Make between $21,000 and $42,000 depending on your location, marketing abilities, and time put in. In the USA the average wedding cake costs $658 and there are 2.2 million weddings every year so there is definitely money to be made.
- There are many ways to get started including working for a pro and learning the ropes.
- You can bake any time of the day (or night).
- You smell delicious.
- You will never go hungry ;).
Home Based Cake Decorating Cons
- Things can get stressful when you are working with deadlines and intricacies like wedding cakes, for example. It’s best if you work well under pressure.
- You will have to go through some red tape to get your home ready to work with and sell food items. Read How to Certify Your Kitchen for a Home Bakery by Chron for more valuable information regarding home based cake decorating.
- This is a time-consuming business so you might need more than just a few hours to make a successful go at it.
Contact your local baking association in your state or region to secure any food related permits to legally operate from you home. Certification requirements will vary depending on which organization you go through. The issuing department may also need to inspect your operation from time to time to make sure the company is consistent with health codes.
Read more about how to Start a Cake Decorating Business from Home by Chron to get more information on one of the tastiest and yummiest and sweetest (okay, I’ll stop now) side hustles for stay at home moms ever!!!
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms Part I Conclusion
I hope you’ve gotten some great ideas about making a few bucks in your spare time mamas! Let me know if you’ve had any luck at careers discussed in this post and keep it here because there is a lot more coming. Also, if you have found yourself a great side gig making a few extra dollars, share in the comments below, we’d love to have a read.
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