Making the decision to have one parent stay home with the baby can be a difficult one. It can mean foregoing a second income and the financial security it provides. It can also mean giving up certain luxuries and lifestyles.
However, there are several advantages to making this sacrifice. It can provide a better quality of life for the whole family and allow parents to be more involved in their children’s lives, giving them the opportunity to bond, learn, and grow together.
If you’re looking for ways to supplement the family income or even give yourself a bit of extra spending cash as a stay-at-home parent, we have 10 ideas for you for making money while caring for your baby at home, plus some practical tips on actually making it work.
1. Start a blog
Blogging is a great way to make some spending money. You can write about your experiences as a parent, offer advice, or share recipes. You can even start a blog to document your baby’s milestones.
2. Become a virtual assistant
Companies are always looking for remote workers to help with tasks like scheduling appointments, answering emails, and managing social media accounts.
3. Become a freelance writer
If you love writing, you can make money by writing articles for magazines, websites, and blogs. You might like to write about topics related to parenting.
4. Become a virtual tutor
If you have expertise in a certain subject area, you can offer tutoring services online.
5. Become a virtual event planner
Event planning can be a very rewarding career with the potential to make a good living. You will need to have excellent organisational and creative skills.
6. Teach a mums and bubs class
Do you have experience or a passion for something you could teach to other mums with babies? Examples include postnatal exercise, baby yoga, baby massage, baby sign language, baby sensory classes, baby first-aid, and swimming classes.
7. Pet sitting or dog walking
Harness your love of animals with a job you can do in your own time and schedule. It’s a great way to exercise and give your bub some fresh air and Vitamin D (and a great opportunity to combine it with nap time!)
8. Start an online store with drop shipping
You can set up an online store and sell products without ever having to handle the inventory or ship out orders. Instead, when you sell a product, you purchase the item from a third party and have it shipped directly to the customer.
9. Become a freelance photographer
You can create a portfolio of photos to showcase your skills, and then market yourself to potential clients. You could also sell your photos online through stock photography websites.
10. Sell your handmade creations
If you’re crafty, you can make and sell items online or at markets, like jewellery, clothing, or toys.