5 Easiest Ways for Moms to Make Money Online
We all dream of financial independence, or being able to spend unlimited time with our kids while still guaranteeing an income. Unfortunately, that’s not a possibility for many of us (at least while the kids are young). From securing daycare to figuring out what to do when the kids are sick and you need to work, for so many of us it just makes sense to stay at home and avoid these hassles. There are ways to make money online, however, without signing up for pyramid schemes or committing a full 40 hours a week to make it work. Read on to discover the top five ways for moms to make money online, without having to leave home (or at least with minimal effort).
Sell Your Old Stuff on eBay, or App Specific Platforms
It has never been easier to sell your used items than it is today. In the past, one had to spend time creating detailed listings and uploading multiple pictures through a computer, but now there are a plethora of apps that allow you to snap and post directly from your phone and make a little spare cash.
I have personally been an eBay seller for the last five years and made $47,487.46 in income in that time, but have also used apps like OfferUp and LetGo to sell things locally. That may not seem like a lot over five years, but compared to the amount of time and energy invested, I got a great return and get to have fun doing it (who doesn’t love shopping in thrift stores and finding cool things to sell?); it also doesn’t account for anything sold on craigslist, OfferUp, or LetGo during that time.
You don’t have to make the commitment to source products to sell, you can look around your home for items you may no longer want or use and quickly list them. Make sure that you take a little bit of extra time to find an accurate value of the item that you’re listing so that you maximize your profit and don’t end up letting something go for $5 that someone else would sell for $100.
Get Paid as a Freelancer and Set Your Own Hours
I’m new to the UpWork scene, but so far love everything about it! UpWork allows you to make a profile as a freelancer, and then bid on jobs that are posted by others in a wide range of fields. As a newbie, I have had the best luck getting jobs in the web research and article writing categories.
It is important to remember that you are competing for jobs on a global scale, and not all jobs are bid per what one in the United States would expect to make. For example, there are many blog/article writing listings for $2.40/500 words. While they are requesting Native English speakers for these jobs, they are hard pressed to get quality results from what they get. So far, I have been able to bid 500 word blogs in the $9-10 range and have those accepted by reputable companies who are looking for quality work. For me, this amounts to about $18-30/hr, depending on the content I am writing about and my knowledge on the subject.
You can also find quick jobs that require little skill more than the ability to search the internet and make lists. Two of my favorites have involved gathering 25-50 links on a couple of subjects and getting $25 per list. These clients typically have strict guidelines for the content they are requesting, so it can take a little longer than you’re expecting to gather the information. It takes me approximately 1.5-2 hours to compile a list of 50 links. That breaks down to more than $12 an hour just to search the web and do simple copy/paste.
With UpWork it should be mentioned that as a contractor you pay the fees imposed by the website, amounting to 20% of your total bid, so make sure to keep this in consideration when bidding how much you are willing to accept for a job.
Apps Like Ibotta Make Saving Money Easy
Grocery shopping is either a necessary evil of life, or something that you look forward to and relish doing, there isn’t much in between. I go through periods of my life where the highlight of my week is making a detailed shopping list, complete with coupon match-ups and every rebate possible…and then I go through periods where the best I can do is send my husband to the store to grab a few things, only to later find myself angry when I see the receipt and what he spent on certain items.
Ibotta is a great way to bridge the gap between time-consuming planning for grocery savings and minimal effort. There are even rebates on items that you don’t typically get coupons on, like produce and eggs and dairy. The savings can be stacked with coupons used in store, as well! You can scan the app for items you are likely to buy anytime you have a free moment and add them to your account. Some involve watching a video or completing a survey, but all are super quick and worth the savings.
Once you purchase the items, you have seven days to scan their bar codes and upload the receipt. And that’s it! Savings are automatically added to your account and you can withdraw them at anytime, once you’ve reached a minimum of $20, using Paypal. I’ve personally had $503.75 in lifetime earnings since downloading the app five years ago, but like everything else I go through periods where I use it more than others. My friends, however, are Ibotta champions; one has earned $2,454.55 since November 2014! If you’re not already using it, make sure to sign up using my link and you’ll get a free $10 bonus!
Cashback Online with Ebates.com
Just like groceries, there are other necessities in life that we can’t avoid buying: clothes, toiletries, meals out while on the go. It’s a great idea to get into the habit of checking cashback websites and save some money on things you were planning to buy anyway. My go-to used to be Fatwallet.com but they eliminated their cashback program and transitioned over to Ebates.com. If you can dream it and search it, there’s a rebate or discount code available for it.
Banks and other financial institutions are also getting in on the rebate programs and offering cashback opportunities to their customers that they are able to select in app or online. This isn’t a way to make money so much as it is a way to save some money. The savings are slow but they do add up!
Many rebate programs also run promotions where they offer extra cashback at certain retailers, so be sure to keep an eye out for those and never purchase anything online without first looking for available cashback! Like Ibotta, Ebates.com has an affiliate program. If you’re not already a member and saving money every time you shop, please consider using my referral link to join!
Know Where to Look for Remote Jobs
In my years of looking for that perfect work from home position, I’ve tried many avenues. The greatest success I’ve found has not been blogs and websites with work at home opportunity lists, as these are often popular for a time and then later updates become fewer and farther between, but rather to use major search engines and tweak your settings to find exactly what you’re looking for.
My current day job is 100% remote and gives me flexibility about 90% of the time. Of course there are days where I’m expected to be “on” and available during certain time periods, but a lot of what I do can be done at my own pace and around my schedule.
People often ask where I found this job, and it’s where you’re already looking for jobs: Indeed.com. Indeed.com allows you to filter your search results using a variety of settings. My best results have come from simply typing “Remote” in for location and leaving the job type blank. This brings back a list of all current jobs on all of indeed.com that are hiring remotely. Occasionally you’ll run across jobs that got tagged as remote because they list “NO REMOTE WORKERS”, but for the most part this technique works.
Flexjobs.com is a good paid service. It’s only about $10 a month and does all of the compiling for you; it’s definitely worth at least one month membership while you figure out where they’re pulling the jobs from. For the activist and mom with aspirations of working in the nonprofit world, Idealist.org allows you to search jobs listings by location, with remote being an option. There are currently hundreds of options for remote work with nonprofits, and who doesn’t want to do something that makes them feel good every day AND not have to leave the house?