Finding a great side gig for stay at home moms isn’t necessarily difficult if you know where to look. Throughout my research for the best side hustles for SAHMs I’ve kept coming across consistent and reliable ways of making money on the side or even full time. And you know what they say, if it keeps crossing your path, there’s something to it.
The benefits of working from home are simply amazing! Staying at home to watch my little one grow up is the most important factor of being able to stay home while making some cash. The next best thing for me is already being at work. Yep, no travel, wasting gas, or having to deal with road rage hogs (okay I am guilty of this a wee bit) is so sweet to me! Other benefits include security, being your own boss, flexibility in your day, working as much or as little as you like and more. I am sure I don’t have to sell you on how blissful it is to be able to stay in control (and in pajamas) while making a living at the same time.
Imagine sipping a great Cup of home-brewed Jo in your favorite spot on the couch with slippers and a warm blankie as the kids are catching the school bus, all the while making a side income. Or how about making a handsome commission by expressing your creative talents through mural painting and produce something breathtaking for others to enjoy.
You girls loved Part I of our side hustles for stay at home moms series, so, without further adieu, here is Part II.
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #6: Translation
If you are bilingual you are in a great position to make a few extra dollars translating. There are varying numbers flying over the internet when it comes to what the salary of a freelance translator makes but the median is somewhere around the number $68,000 to $70,000 per year. Not bad, huh?
Characteristics of a Successful Freelance Translator
- You have a fluent grasp of the English language and a second one (third, fourth, etc…) which is preferably your mother-tongue language.
- You have great research skills.
- As with all at-home positions, you must self-disciplined.
- You possess fantastic time and product management skills.
- Detail oriented.
- Goal driven.
Freelance Translator Pros
- The pay is great as the median is about $44,190 per year.
- The hours are short, work vs pay wise.
- Make your own schedule.
- Save money on transportation, car maintenance, lunches and other costs associated with the traditional workplace.
- Choose your own clients and rates.
- Employment of translators is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Once you get some experience, you will be highly sought after and translators typically have no issues finding work.
- Work from home or anywhere in the world.
Freelance Translator Cons
- Getting experience under your belt might take some time.
- Clients expect perfection and meticulousness and frankly, it’s the only way to make the big bucks and keep your clients coming back time and time again.
- Must be focused to stay on task.
- There are deadlines to be met so you have to stay on the hustle.
- Stress doesn’t easily frazzle you.
- It’s helpful to have an extensive knowledge of a particular area to hone in on a niche (art history, mechanics, computers, medical terminology, etc…)
First thing is first, get as much information as you can. The best place to start getting information on breaking into the world of freelance translation is with the top rated publishings. These gems include helpful walk-throughs, printables, and no shortage of personal experience from the pros. Here are a few great works that are highly recommended by the reviewers.
1. The Book of Standing Out
Take ten competent translators with two years’ experience, in the same city, all in the face of a single national economic climate. Give them all 15,000 euros, a brand new laptop, access to the Internet, a menagerie of CAT tools, business cards and a smart website. Shower them with books on improving their marketing and their rates and every tip and trick in the translexicon. Then leave them to get on with things for a year. Some will barely survive while others will thrive. But why?
The collected musings that make up Standing Out are an attempt to explore this question. They suggest that much of our success in freelance life is down to what goes on inside our heads: our sense of personal and professional autonomy, our awareness of the unique contributions we all have to make and the attitudes we cultivate. It’s a message of optimism and hope, but also one that involves hard work and challenge. It hints at the possibilities all around us, reveals how much is within our control if we open our eyes, and encourages us to go out and seize it with both hands.
2. How to Be a Successful Freelance Translator
Freelance translation is fast growing to be one of the best opportunities for people who wish to work from home. A combination of an economic downturn resulting in a difficulty in finding new jobs, near-universal access to the Internet, and the ever-increasing globalization of businesses and organizations, leads to a perfect storm of opportunity for those who speak more than one language.
According to Commons Sense Advisory, a consulting firm, the translation, interpreting and localization industry has revenues of $37 billion per year, and it continues to grow.
Translators can now earn a great living in ways that were unimaginable just 10-15 years ago. You can get paid to translate documents for the clients you choose, during the hours you choose, and wearing the clothes that you choose.
Unfortunately, many translators will miss this opportunity because freelance translation means an entire new process that no course or school teaches.
Do you know where to find clients? How do you discern the useful clients from the wastes of time? How can you make sure they pick you as a translator? How will you get paid, and get paid in time? How can you avoid working for a pittance?
You’ve learned your language, and this book concentrates on everything else. It walks you through the process of becoming a successful freelance translator, from preparation to being chosen, to the translation process, to getting paid, and even to expansion – if you want to see how far you can take your translation business.
3. How to Become a Translator: Breaking into the Freelance Translation Business
Written by Mark Daniels, a translation professional with twenty years’ experience, How to Become a Translator: Breaking into the freelance translation business book aims to serve as a simple guide to breaking into the written translation business as a freelancer.
The guide does not focus on the process of translation itself (that’s for another book!). The book assumes your language skills. Rather it is intended to remove the veil of mystery from over the translation industry and show you where you need to focus your efforts so that you can make an effective start in pursuing the career of your dreams.
4. How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator
4. The fully revised second edition includes 200+ pages of practical tips on writing a translation-targeted resume and cover letter, preparing a marketing plan, setting up a functional home office, finding and keeping well-paying clients and more!
New in this edition: separate sections on marketing to agencies and direct clients, a new chapter focusing on your first year as a freelance translator and a new chapter on online networking and social media. Plus a preview of the author’s next book, “Thoughts on Translation”
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #7: Virtual Assistant
If you can juggle a few balls in the air and aren’t easily frazzled a VA might be the perfect side gig for you, mama. And cmon, how many of us moms aren’t complete pros at handling a million things at once?
Characteristics of a Successful Virtual Assistant
- Responsible and able to deliver what you promised when you promised it
- Great time management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Possess a well-established resourcefulness and critical thinking
- Self motivating and challenging to help step up your game and distinguish yourself from other VAs
- Ability to work independently
- Interpersonal skills
If you possess the above qualities, you would make a fantastic virtual assistant who brings immense quality and value to the person whom you’re assisting.
Virtual Assistant Pros
Successful virtual assistants are showered with benefits and therefore typically are in love with the work that they do. And they do most of it right from the comforts of their own home.
- Set your own hours. Work as much or as little as you want choosing from one client or 5, if you can handle it.
- Set your own rates. If you can produce quality results, there are folks out there willing to pay a pretty penny for a reliable virtual assistant. According to Payscale, VA’s are able to make an average of $40,000 a year from home!
- The work is usually diverse making each day quite different from the one before.
- You can work in your robe or pj’s.
- Escape the dreaded commute while saving on gas, maintenance, and wear & tear.
Virtual Assistant Cons
- It’s easy to get distracted at home. You really do have to have an extremely focused mind.
- The work can get hairy so you have to be ready to deal with deadlines and a bit of stress that comes along with that.
- You may be called upon at odd hours in case of emergencies so you have to be flexible.
Seriously thinking about becoming a virtual assistant virtuoso? Some questions to get you started.
- What types of services will you be offering?
- How much time will you dedicate to your new venture?
- Who are your clients and how do you get in touch with them?
As with everything else, educate yourself and read a few books on the topics. Listen to some podcasts. And then read some more. Here are the top rated and highly recommended books written by the virtual assistant pros:
1. Become a Virtual Assistant – The Virtual Assistant Forums Guide to Success by Tess Strand
Become a Virtual Assistant – The Virtual Assistant Forums Guide to Success will help you get from where you are now to right where you want to be – working from home running your own successful virtual assistant business! This book is your road map to success.
The Become a Virtual Assistant book from Virtual Assistant Forums (the premiere online networking community for VAs) is chock full of information, direction and advice to help you become a virtual assistant – there’s NO fluff in this eBook.
You’ll also receive 35 FREE startup worksheets, sample contracts, and business documents that you can copy and reference for your own use. As an added FREE BONUS we’ve also included a detailed list of over 100 online small business and virtual assistant industry resources you can put to work for your own business.
This book can’t make you a successful virtual assistant (only YOU can do that!) – but it will help you avoid months of questioning, uncertainty, and research so you can feel confident, prepared, and organized as you get down to the business of running your own virtual assistant business.
- REVIEWS: Become a Virtual Assistant – The Virtual Assistant Forums Guide to Success boasts flawless 5 stars from 26 Amazon reviewers.
2. Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA by Diana Ennen and Kelly Poelker
Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA stands alone as the leader in books on starting a virtual assistant business. As the longest standing book in the industry, it’s often referred to as the VA Industry Bible and cited as a “must have” tool for all VAs, new and aspiring.
Leaving no stone unturned this book sets the stage for starting, operating, and growing a successful and PROFITABLE virtual assistant business.
It has been instrumental in the success of administrative and executive assistants, word processors, and other corporate professionals realizing their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.
Along with their personal experiences, the authors also include words of wisdom, tips, and tricks from numerous industry professionals through the ever-popular “In Their Own Words” section at the end of each chapter and featured throughout the book. This will enable you to see how others are making their businesses successful and provide you with a blueprint on how to do the same with yours.
- REVIEWS: Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA has 4.5 stars from 77 reviewers on Amazon.
3. The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter’s Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assisant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More! by Lisa Morosky
“The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter’s Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assistant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More!” is an organized brain dump of everything Lisa Morosky has learned and experienced (and what she wishes someone had told her) during her time building, growing, downsizing, and repositioning a business as a virtual assistant.
The eBook includes chapters on web working, the basics of being a virtual assistant, creating your business plan, setting up your business offline and online, getting clients, working with and keeping clients, how to grow or slow your business, alternative income streams for virtual assistants, time management for virtual assistants, virtual assistant business killers and how to avoid them, and answers to common questions new virtual assistants ask.
It also includes interviews with successful virtual assistants, interviews with clients who utilize a virtual assistant, resources at the end of most chapters, a 30-Day Reading Guide and Action Plan, and access to The Bootstrap VA Facebook Group where readers can bounce ideas off of each other and get the support needed no matter where they are in the process of becoming and working as a virtual assistant.
If you want to get started as a virtual assistant, you’re a go-getter looking to bootstrap your way to success, and you want to create a business that complements your life and your schedule (instead of a job you’re a slave to), this is an eBook you can’t afford to miss. “The Bootstrap VA“, combined with your hard work and determination, is a winning recipe for a thriving virtual assistant business you can be proud of.
- REVIEWS: The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter’s Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assistant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More! boasts 4.7 stars from 110 Amazon reviewers.
4. Becoming a VA by Tracey Osborne
4. Becoming a VA is a newcomer on the Amazon shelves but it’s gaining traction fast due to its wonderfully digestible information and an easy roadmap to get you started in the world of VA. If you’ve wanted the freedom of working for yourself, working from home, or starting your own business with little to no start-up costs, Becoming a VA will walk you through exactly how to make your dream come true quickly and easily.
If you’ve wanted the freedom of working for yourself, working from home, or starting your own business with little to no start-up costs, Becoming a VA will walk you through exactly how to make your dream come true quickly and easily. After nearly a decade as a Virtual Assistant and Online Business Manager for some of the most successful entrepreneurs today, Tracey Osborne gives you the tools to start your own VA business with great clients and abundant income.
After reading, you’ll know how to: – find the right clients for you – use your skills and experience to match you with a VA niche – create a website and social media marketing to stand out and get clients – use online tools to work smarter and faster – gain the skills you need to stay competitive – handle client requests and even difficult clients – earn income at competitive rates that don’t undercut your value
- REVIEWS: This newbie gets 5 spotless stars from 7 Amazon reviewers.
Last but not least, check out Entrepreneurs Starting a Virtual Assistant Business for a detailed view on how to get the wheels rolling.
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #8: Mural Painter
A muralist creates a large scale art painting or drawing typically using an interior or exterior wall.
Life has taken us apart a few years back now, but I still remember the petite little thing forever covered in paint splatter and who never traveled without her step stool, sketchbook, paint buckets, and, what seemed like thousands of paint brushes.
Mindy, charming and bubbly, is a mural painter who consequently specialized in nurseries and kids rooms. I still remember how she’d doodle Buzz Lightyear on the Starbux napkin over our coffee dates. She was so darn successful at it, she was able to support herself and her two kids, 6 and 10 at the time. Not bad, I remember thinking.
Characteristics of a Successful Mural Painter
- Have an appreciation and talent for art: drawing, painting, copying, scaling
- Have a general understanding of color theory
- Have a general knowledge of art supplies
- Has a great ability to communicate with clients and interact with the regarding changes or direction of the work
- Meticulous in your craft with great attention to detail
- Self motivated
- Able to work alone
- Have the emotional tools to handle and deal with criticism
- Reliable and able to produce quality work in a timely fashion
Mural Painter Pros
“In 2012, artists earned an average of $54,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent of earners made more than $93,030, while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $19,410 annually. But these figures include the salaries of all artists, regardless of medium. The job-seekers’ website Indeed provides a clearer picture of a muralist’s earnings, setting the average at $53,400 a year,” says Dana of Demand Media on The Nest.
- There is quite a bit of money to be made
- No formal education is necessary to get started so it’s easy to start
- You have a general mastery of painting techniques since you’ll be doing a lot of… well… painting
- You can really love what you do while making a difference in people’s lives in addition to beautifying their space
- You make your own hours
- You choose how much you charge
- You pick your clients
- You are your own boss
- You express creativity each time you go to “work”
- You will have fans
- You’ll meet other inspiring and wonderfully amazing artist
Mural Painter Cons
- Say goodbye to your clean clothes
- You will have to find your own clients which will be tough until you get a good word of mouth referrals
- Your work may get criticized
- You might have to work late
- You will have to grow thick skin for all the criticisms artists deal with
If you are the creative type and love to paint and draw and are ready for a career change, check out eHows How to Start a Business as a Mural Artist for a quick and enlightening read on ways to let your creativity bust out while making money.
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #9: Travel Agent
If you have a flair for culture and a passion for travel stay at home moms have a wonderful opportunity to make some extra side money (or a whole income if you put enough time in) while making other peoples dreams come true.
Characteristics of a Successful Travel Agent
- Friendly and upbeat attitude
- Fantastic communication and interpersonal skills
- Quick thinking and problem-solving expertise
- Great phone voice and presence
- Driven to succeed and focused on the bottom line
- Disciplined and focused on the task
Travel Agent Pros
- Vacation discounts and travel benefits.
- Free familiarization trips.
- Incredible flexibility for stay at home moms.
- Exciting and exotic work environment of your choosing.
- You’ll know all the hottest travel destinations.
- You can work from anywhere in the world (including golden beaches and turquoise waters).
- According a BLS report released in March 2015, “Occupational Employment and Wages—May 2014,” the average wage of a travel agent is $18.14.hr or $37,730 annually.
Travel Agent Cons
- The business is very competitive, so if you can’t stand the heat, you’re better off just staying out of the kitchen altogether.
- Inconsistent pay as this industry has it’s high and low points
- This enterprise is not recession proof
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Sabine Scherner is a veteran in the travel agency field, dedicating over 29 years to it. She has seen it all and knows the ins and outs of this exciting world. Check out LinkedIns interview with Sabine, a travel agent expert.
Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms #10: Insurance Agent
It surprises me how many of us had no idea that you can become an insurance agent and work right from your home office right in your jammie-jams. If you are a people person and love helping folks making big decisions you have a good shot at becoming a successful insurance agent. It’s fulfilling yet freeing so don’t hesitate if you find the following traits within you.
Characteristics of a Successful Insurance Agent
- Positive attitude
- Fantastic communication skills
- Quick thinking and problem-solving expertise
- Great phone voice and presence
- People person with the ability to connect on a personal level
- Driven to succeed
- Passionate about the products sold
- Empathetic to people and their lives
- Disciplined and focused on the task
Insurance Agent Pros
- No degree required
- Working and helping people
- Independent insurance agents earned average annual incomes of $85,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Indeed.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth is expected to be average (10% between 2012 and 2022)
- Specialize in different fields of insurance (Property/Casual, Life & Health, and Personal Auto)
Insurance Agent Cons
- You will have to start at square one building up your client list
- Distractions are one of the top difficulties of working from home so take care to set up your home office that will help eliminate those.
- If you take ‘no’ personally, maybe this isn’t the side hustle for you
Getting started is not at all difficult and can be a swift process too. Chron has put together a series of steps in a helpful article: How to Work as an Insurance Broker from Home that you will find helpful.
Also, check out these best sellers and top reviewd books that have helped people just like you launch their successful insurance home business:
Darren Sugiyama, nationally known author and business consultant has disclosed the secrets of his insurance industry success. His story will amuse and inspire you to take your company to the next level. Proven results…every time!
REVIEWS: 4.5 stars from 60 Amazon reviewers.
The Insurance Xperience provides young insurance professionals with a road map to success! It teaches young insurance professionals how to develop the right mindset, how to set and accomplish goals, increase productivity, how to engage prospects effectively, how to network and connect with others, and much more!
This book is a manifesto of ideas, strategies, principles and techniques for helping young insurance professionals join the top 10% of their colleagues faster than ever imagined, as well as improve their insured’s insurance experience! This information should be taught in EVERY AGENCY.
REVIEWS: 5 star reviews from 5 Amazon shoppers.
Do you ever wonder if there is a way to use Social Media to increase sales or improve retention? Is your network exploding with new contacts every day? If not, maybe it’s time for you to chalk out a solid online marketing strategy for your insurance agency.
When you are a Tradigital agent, you can: -increase prospecting and opportunities for sales -increase customer service -improve retention and cross sales -gain referrals -humanize your agency brand In Going Tradigital, you will discover the best practices from two top insurance agents who have discovered the power of combining traditional marketing techniques with the latest in digital marketing methods.
Your insurance agency can become more profitable and experience exponential growth on social media. Go tradigital. May your agency never be the same again!
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Jacques’s insight and personal experience as an agency manager as well as a producer, provides the reader with the positive rewards as well as potential solutions to challenges that face everyone in the industry, from part-time producers to agency managers and the continuum in between.
Whether you are a fledgling agent, an agency recruiter, or a promising manager, this is a valuable read and one that has changed my view of the life insurance business going forward. Jacques, I wish you and your family well as you embark on the journey to grow your business and educate others to do the same. I have no doubt you will be successful in both endeavors.” — Eric S. Rebenkoff
The demand on multi-line reps to sell Life insurance has never been higher. Through my coaching, conducting sales interviews, and accompanying reps on joint sales calls, I’ve experienced the prospect interviews collected in this book. Many times after sharing these experiences while coaching or during a seminar, I’ve been told “You should put that in a book!” Well, now I have.
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