6 Ways Stay-at-Home Parents Can Make Extra Money

Mighty Mommy shares 6 terrific moneymakers that can earn families fast cash without punching a 9 – 5 clock every day.

Cheryl Butler
6-minute read
Episode #492
a stay-at-home mom making money on the side

4. Sell Your Clutter

As parents, whether we like it or not, we tend to collect a lot of clutter once our precious baby enters our lives. Even the most organized families seem to accumulate piles of extra stuff once they become a parent. We have an unusual story going from no kids to four in less than three years, but even families who have one or two kids know how easy it is for all sorts of baby and kid items to creep into their lives. Once our family hit the eight kid mark, we were besieged with mountains of baby clothes, toddler items, toys, yard gear, car stuff, and everything in between. It truly was overwhelming.

We donated most of our extra kid stuff throughout the years because we simply needed to streamline and get rid of the massive amounts of clutter we accumulated in such a short period of time. Today, however, families are doing something very smart—selling their "stuff" for cash.

Here are some trusted sites that friends and listeners of the Mighty Mommy podcast are relying on to declutter and make a few easy bucks.

  • Gazelle or DeCluttr.com are great apps to help you sell old computers, books, video games, smartphones, DVDs, and CDs.
  • uBid – An online auction store. They sell everything from discount certificates to collectibles.
  • Tradesy – Another place to sell bags, shoes, designers clothes, and accessories.
  • VarageSale – An “online garage sale.” Anything that you would put in your garage sale, you can put on this site.

5. Type For Cash

As I mentioned earlier, the first job I landed for some great extra cash was typing college manuscripts for over $20 an hour! Because I type over 100 words per minute, finding gigs where I can produce typed content is usually the first place I look when I need some easy money. I work two full-time jobs that I absolutely love, but I still fill in the gaps throughout the year landing typing freelance work.

Here are a few places you can check out if pounding the keyboard is your thing.

  • TDEC – Data entry is a popular occupation for anyone that’s looking to make money online. TDEC is hiring data entry specialists at their various locations and dozens of states.
  • Scribie – If you’re a fast typer, working at Scribie is an excellent option for you. All that you have to do is watch a video and transcribe the audio. You can get paid anywhere from $5 to $20 per an audio hour.
  • MegaTypers – This is another data entry site that offers a variety of services to their clients. If you work with MegaTypers, you could be entering data or transcribing voice to text. The faster you type, the more you’ll earn. You can make anywhere from $0.45 per 1000 words to $1.5 per 100 words.

6. Take Paid Surveys

Before you go rolling your eyes at this suggestion, let me tell you that taking paid surveys is a great fit for someone who has several free hours scattered about their week that might otherwise just be wasted surfing the net or mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. I myself have made hundreds of dollars taking paid surveys when my kids were younger and I was truly stuck at home for many hours a week.

Here are some legit sites you can visit to earn some money for your rainy day account.

  • SurveyJunkie.com –  Survey Junkie's rewards program offers gift cards and cash payouts via PayPal. This was the first paid survey company I tried. It was easy and fun.
  • PrizeRebel.com – With Prize Rebel, you can easily complete online surveys from your computer at home.
  • SurveyRewardz – Create a free account. Take surveys. Get Paid.
  • SwagBucks – SwagBucks is more than a survey site. They let you earn cash through watching videos, answering questions, shopping, and much more.
  • MindSwarms – This is one of my favorites. It’s an interesting product review site. You video yourself using the product and reviewing it, and then you send it in.

What ways have you made some extra income as a stay-at-home parent? Share your thoughts in the comment section at quickanddirtytips.com/mighty-mommyor post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page. You can also connect with me on Twitter @MightyMommy or email me at mommy@quickanddirtytips.com.  Visit my family-friendly boards at Pinterest.com/MightyMommyQDT.


About the Author

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!

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