Wondering how to earn money as a stay at home mum? I was too.
Before my kids came along I worked full time. As did my husband (he still does).
That means we went from two incomes down to one almost instantly. We planned for this change in our finances and were prepared for what lay ahead.
Our plan was always for me to stay home with the kids until they go to school unless I really wanted to go back to work (which was quite likely to happen as I loved working).
Basically, so long as our finances allowed, I was going to remain a stay at home mum.
In Australia and then New Zealand (when we moved back here)- two of the highest cost of living countries in the world.
So far things are going well, and that’s due (in no small part) to my awesome side hustles.
The 5 Side Hustles That Let Me Be A Stay at Home Mum
I don’t need, or even want to go back to work, as I’ve discovered some easy ways to make money from home that work for my family.
Side hustle #1: Online Surveys
I’ve been taking paid surveys since way before I had kids, but now I have a more tactical approach to online survey sites.
Both of these are legit New Zealand survey sites. Toluna pays cash (via Paypal) and Valued Opinions offer gift cards.
I prefer to take surveys that pay cash as then I have the option of using my rewards anywhere but I find the gift cards very easy to accumulate with Valued Opinions so I rate them highly too.
Each morning I log in to my survey dashboard for both of these sites and see what surveys are available.
I try to complete them immediately as they are not always available when I log in later in the day.
Side hustle #2: Remote admin work
I worked in an office before leaving to have my kids.
The skills I learnt in my office job can be applied from anywhere and I was able to convince my boss to give me casual admin work from home.
The jobs aren’t especially frequent, but I get a higher hourly rate and can claim part of my home office as an expense (check with the IRD to make sure you are claiming the right stuff).
I am set up as a sole trader and send invoices when the work is done.
I really loved doing this kind of work and think it’s the perfect side gig for mums.
When looking at ways for stay at home mums to make money you should consider the work you’ve done previously and if it can be done remotely.
Most bosses are much happier to hire an employee they know and trust for remote work so it can be a win-win.
This was my highest paying side hustle for years and I earnt between $500-$1000/month.
Side hustle #3 Focus groups
Focus groups are another easy way for mums to make extra cash.
The best thing is they are often run in the early evening so I feel like I get a bit of a night out (is that sad?!?! – haha) while getting paid and eating their food (a lot of the focus groups are catered) and don’t have to worry about babysitting because their dad is home from work.
I earn anything from $80 to $150 a month from focus groups. I’m registered with almost every panel in my city.
Side hustle #4 Mystery Shopping
Mystery shopping is a great way for mums to make some money and shop at the same time.
On some occasions, you can even bring your kids, although I try not to.
The assignments are usually pretty short so I can get someone to look after the kids or just take assignments on preschool days.
Pay ranges from $20-$50 and compensation for products purchased.
Side hustle #5 Blogging
Blogging is how I make the bulk of my income these days. I started a blog back when I was doing remote admin work and making most of my income from that.
As my blog income grew, I scaled back on the admin work and focussed on growing my online businesses. I now run three blogs (this one included) and make between $5 and $7k a month from all my sites.
Blogging is something I’m really passionate about as it’s given me the option of not needing to go back to work, and if my income keeps growing, my husband will be able to give up his job and help me in the business.
I’ll be writing more about how I blog for income soon, as I really think it’s a great way for Kiwis to earn more money – and that money is usually US dollar, so it’s extra sweet!
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