Becoming a Stay at Home Mom

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If this is your first time visiting Momma Loves Money – Welcome! I suggest you check out my about me page to get to know me a little bit. If that has you still wanting to read more, you can read a personal story that is very near to my heart and has help many women so far. This post is the one that I get the most comments, and email responses about.

Stay at Home Mom Divorce – Coping Financially was written in the midst of all the turbulence.  I can tell you right now that each word in that post was typed with tear-stained key strokes. It was a coping mechanism for me to write and help others, but it was also the steps I took to move on financially after my husband told me it was over.

What is the Site About?

Momma Loves Money is a blog/website about personal finances, frugal living, budgeting, DIY, and almost anything related to money. I write many posts about saving money, spending less, making more, and managing the money you already have. But, the main purpose is to help other women to become a stay at home mom.

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  5. How to be a Single Stay At Home Mom (Not on Welfare)

My Journey to Become a Stay at Home Mom ( by working from home)

My daughter’s second birthday is approaching and I can’t help but reflect on the last 2 years. Among the many things I have thought about lately is my attempt to earn extra cash from home during that time period. I was much like any other stay at home mom in the sense that I hated not making a financial contribution to the family but I wasn’t willing to go back to the 9-5 life just yet. I knew I was still contributing to the family but I couldn’t see a tangible result. I wanted to see dollar signs as the result of all my hard work and sleepless nights.

Become a stay at home mom

I had barely come home from the hospital and immediately started looking for ways to make money from home. It didn’t have to be enough money to make a full-time income, but enough extra cash to me make me feel better about my contributions. It was something I needed to do for my well being; not because we were struggling. So, if you have felt this way and can relate; I am going to share with you some of the ideas I have tried, and how it went for me. Feel free to try some out for yourself.

Selling Avon to Earn Extra Cash

Selling Avon was my first attempt to earn extra cash from home as a stay at home mom. I had sold Avon as a side job when I was 17 and I actually made a decent profit from it. This time was a little different. The first month, you get 50% of your sales and is usually your best month. But, after that, your commission is determined by the dollar amount you sell.

I wasn’t selling enough to make enough of a profit for the amount of time and energy it took. But, I think this might have been specific to my situation. I just didn’t know enough people and I’m not exactly cut out for sales.

When I sold Avon the first time, I still lived in my hometown where I had my mom, grandparents, family friends etc. I immediately had enough people to sell a few hundred dollars worth of product with no work other than delivery and dropping of books. If you know plenty of people who already love Avon, you know a lot about the product and are willing to put a lot of effort into building a client base; you could likely be very successful at selling Avon.

Read More: Is Selling Avon Worth it? A Look at the Numbers.

Writing For Hubpages to Earn Extra Cash

Anyone who has ever heard of making money blogging has thought of doing it themselves. When I first was debating on starting a blog, I stumbled upon Hubpages. This is where I actually got my start with writing online to earn extra cash from home.

I have never regretted a moment I spent writing for Hubpages. It taught me almost everything I needed to know about being successful as an online writer. I no longer write for Hubpages; primarily because I got what I could from it and have moved on to writing on my own sites.

I haven’t written a new post in probably 6 months and still earn around $70 for the hubs I wrote before i stopped. I was even in the Hubpages Apprenticeship Program. That program actually paid me around $6 for each hub (blog post) I wrote during my apprenticeship. I highly suggest any Momma who likes to write give Hubpages a try.

My Hubpages Earnings

hubpages earnings

Read More: Hubpages Review: Making Money on Hubpages in 2014.

Starting a Blog

The most profitable of all my endeavors so far has been starting a blog. When I started having success with a few of my Hubs, I started a blog in the same niche. Once I saw minor success with that, I started learning more and more about blogging and search engine optimization (SEO). I then started this blog and plan to eventually make a full time income from it.

I have now been blogging part time for about 2 years and 4 months. I make a steady income from my 2 blogs of about $200/month. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I have only been blogging as a hobby. If you would like to know how to start a blog, check out my post over here.

Working for Pennies on Mechanical Turk

Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a marketplace for Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) work. These are things that companies post that their computer systems are not capable of doing. HITs include things like finding relevant results in Google, transcribing audio, checking spelling and others. Most of the HITs come in bundles of hundreds that are worth 5 to 10 cents each. These are very mundane tasks but if you do enough of them, you can do them quickly.

I always used a Reddit group to find the HITs that end up paying the most for the amount of time you spend. HITs Worth Turking For is a community that shares links to good HITs. MTurk is by no means a way to make a living if you are in the US but it can give you some extra cash when you want it. You only need to earn $1.00 to cash out and can be paid directly into your bank account.

Fiverr – 5 Dollars Here, 5 Dollars There

Fiverr is a site where you can offer your services in almost anything for $5. However, Fiverr collects their share at $1 per gig. So, you really make $4 for every gig someone buys from you. I mostly used this in combination with my writing at Hubpages. I offered to write reviews on products and services that were 300-500 words long. You can post gigs for anything you could think of that you are good at. People sell graphics, paper editing, lessons, video creation, you name it. My only advice is to sell a gig that you can do in 30 minutes or less. That way, you are earning an equivalent of $8/hr.

Slow but Easy Money With Swagbucks

I am addicted to Google, or search engines in general. I look up anything and everything online. I am an internet addict, according to my husband. ; ) So, when I found Swagbucks, I was thrilled. You can earn points which can then be redeemed for PayPal cash, gift cards, or products in the Swagbucks store. I, personally always choose PayPal. The typical Swagbuck (SB) to US Dollar equivalent is 1 SB = $0.01. The lowest you can cash out for PayPal cash is 2500 points or $25. I mainly just use Swagbucks for searching but earn around 20-50 SB per day. It takes a while to add up but I’m not doing anything extra that I wouldn’t normally do.

Swagbucks can be earned by:

  • Searching the internet (my favorite!).
  • Answering surveys.
  • Downloading the toolbar.
  • Buying through Swagbucks links.
  • Printing coupons.
  • Taking daily polls.
  • Many more.
  • Entering Swagcodes.

Work From Home Mom Monthly Earnings Reports

I am going to start writing a blog post every month to show you my progress towards becoming a work from home mom. Make sure to subscribe to get updates when a new one is published.

December 2014 Earnings Report