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8 Simple Money-Making Ideas for Stay-at-Home Parents

Are you a stay-at-home parent who needs to make some extra cash, but does not have the time to go back to work? Then working from home is the ideal situation for you. If you do not know how to get started, here are a few ideas to help you launch your work-from-home career.

1. Get Artsy

Have a creative streak? You can monetize that. If you make jewelry, paint, sculpt, take photos, design furniture, or have an eye for upcycling old materials, you can sell everything you create on the Internet. The most popular online platform for selling homemade, artsy goods is Etsy, but there are plenty more online marketplaces you can use to set up shop.

2. Simply Sell

You don’t have to be artistic to sell goods on the Internet. Perhaps you just have lots of old junk in the attic that you don’t need anymore. Sell it on Ebay. Or maybe you have a knack for business and know how to sell a niche product line to a niche market. Whatever it is, selling goods online is a fantastic way to make a little extra cash—or even a full-time income, depending on how many hours you put into it.

3. Airbnb Your Home

If you have a spare room in you home and are comfortable with having travelers stay with you and your family, Airbnb can be an excellent way to make some income. Spruce up your spare room, take some appealing photos of the house, and list the space on Airbnb. Depending on the area you live in, you could charge quite a bit for the rent.

4. Teach a Foreign Language

If you are fluent in a foreign language, then you can teach that language…from your computer! There are lots of platforms online such as Verbling that allow you to set up a teacher profile and from there, students find you. You fill out your bio, add your hourly rate, and conduct lessons through Skype or Google Hangouts. This is an attractive option for parents who need to work with a flexible schedule and want the chance to take on only as much work as they can handle.

5. Give Cooking Lessons

Think you have what it takes to give chef-level cooking classes? Then start providing them out of your home. You can always host lessons in-person, but there’s a more convenient way to do it: from your laptop. Set up a teacher profile on a website such as and host cooking lessons via Skype with your students. You can set your own rate and take on as many students as you want.

6. Offer Fitness Classes

Are you a certified personal trainer? Maybe a yoga or Zumba instructor? Set up a space in your home or the garage to offer group classes and/or personal lessons. Like cooking classes and teaching a foreign language, you could also offer personal training sessions online through Skype.

7. Open up a Doggy Day Care

Are you great with animals and perhaps have prior experience working in a shelter or vet clinic? Consider opening up a doggy day care. Plenty of people have pets and full-time jobs so they find it difficult to walk their dog daily and make sure their pets can go to the bathroom regularly. Offer to take care of dogs during the day, where you can pamper them and introduce them to other canine friends!

8. Be a Virtual Assistant

It may not be the most glamorous job title, but it certainly can pay well (and consistently). You don’t need to leave your house to work for someone. Simply spruce up your resume, set up an online portfolio that showcases your skills and experience, and start applying for virtual assistant jobs online. As long as you have reliable Internet and the ability to communicate when your boss needs you, being a virtual assistant can be a great way to make money from home.

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