When I first became a stay at home mommy, one of the things I struggled with the most was no longer earning money.
I knew, and it was made clear, that I was contributing in plenty of other ways that made up for the lack in income.
In my own mind however, I really had a hard time with not contributing financially.
I was determined to find a way to bring home the bacon AND stay home with our littles.
So I tried A LOT of different things.
What worked? What DIDN'T work?
I'm going to tell you the top options I tried.
The first thing I tried was to sell handmade goods on Etsy. Now, I KNOW that you can probably make money on Etsy, and certainly, I made some. But here's the thing. Anything that you make by hand requires HOURS of your time.
Most people are looking for a deal, and yes! They absolutely want that beautiful, handmade, heirloom quality baby quilt, or blanket, or baptism outfit, or handmade, one of a kind earrings.
What they don't want? To pay the price.
And who can blame them?
So I spent hours, days, working on handmade baby crochet items and precious stone jewelry; but I had to price my products competitively. After 2 years of this, I realized that I simply was not making enough for the time I was putting in. When you're covering your materials and then making $3 an hour above that- well, I'd rather spend my time with my kids. Not stressed about making deadlines for custom orders.
I actually really love this. It's certainly not for everyone, which is fine.
It has gotten a bad rap, which is not fine.
The truth is that if you find something that you truly love, and are passionate about, then you're not "selling" anything. Sharing the love? Absolutely. For me; that turned out to be essential oils. That might look different for you.
Most network marketers are moms trying to stay home with their kids, and I'm absolutely behind supporting that movement. I would far rather help out a friend if it's a product I need, then purchase it from a big, chain store.
If you think that momma isn't working her booty off then you haven't tried it yourself.
HOURS get put in. BUT it can be super lucrative if you devote yourself to it.
It's definitely a viable possibility for making an income from home.
Selling stock photography online.
This is one of my favorites, and something I've only recently discovered. Most of us have decent phone cameras nowadays, which makes taking high quality images simple. Uploading them can be done straight from your phone.
If you want to up your phone camera game; you can easily purchase clip on macro and wide angle lenses without spending a fortune. I grabbed this one from Amazon, and I've been really happy with the results.
Chances are- you already have pictures in your phone that you can sell. Of your pets, your kids, the ocean, flowers, skylines, whatever you're into. It costs you absolutely NOTHING to upload your pictures and see which one's they will accept.
There are guidelines, and they will reject whatever you submit that doesn't meet their criteria, so you don't have to go nuts wondering if what you have is good enough. They'll let you know if it isn't, AND they'll tell you why.