Hobbies for stay at home moms to make money. Lots of ideas for earning extra money in your spare time while staying home with the kids.
It’s so important for us to remind ourselves that we’re more than just moms! It took me nearly a year after my daughter was born to realize this fact.
When she was born, I gave her all my attention. You know … trying to be a good mom. But, what I didn’t realize right away was that I was neglecting myself and my husband. I’d lost a sense of who I was and I was alienating my husband in the process. Because of which, no one was happy. It seemed so counter-intuitive, but that’s exactly how it worked.
When I finally began devoting time to myself and my marriage, everyone became happier. I started a mom blog, pursued my passion for cars by getting into Autocross, and really began giving my husband the attention he deserved. In turn, he became a better partner and father, too.
Still, I felt a bit of a sting being a stay at home mom, not contributing to the household income. I’d spend years working, making my own money, and had bought a home on my own. Being a stay at home parent was a challenge in that I was no longer self-sufficient. So, I began to look for ways to earn even some kind of income. Sweepstaking was a big hobby and I had a really good year winning stuff, but it didn’t support bills.
Eventually, I realized that blogging was a way to earn an income instead of just being a fun past-time. If you’re looking for income earning ideas, check out these hobbies for Stay At Home Moms to make money.
Hobbies for Stay at Home Moms to Make Money
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Blogging and Writing
I don’t make tons of money blogging, but I probably could. For me, the little income I receive from part-time blogging is enough to have a little extra money to play with. I’m pretty happy with this. If I put in more effort, I’d probably do better. But, I know plenty of stay at home moms who earn a significant income from blogging. The reason I love this money making hobby for stay at home moms is because there are multiple streams of income from one source. Check out 10 Fantastic Reasons to Start a SAHM Blog.
Want to get tons of details on how to start a blog and make it a career? Check out this course on Udemy: 2017 Blog Blueprint: How To Turn Blogging Into A Career
Freelance writing is another option where you can get paid by other sites to write for them.
Janine, from Confessions of a Mommyaholic began a blog years ago on the Blogger platform and made several switches until she landed on self-hosted WordPress. In the years she’s been blogging, her experience grew and she learned more and more about graphic design. Her experience led her to start J9 Designs, where she offers graphic design, VA, and other various services related to blogging and websites.
Would you like to learn graphic design? Check out Graphic Design Masterclass: Learn Graphic Design in Projects on Udemy! You can get this course for $10 using code 17HOLIDAY10 until 11/28/17 11:59 PM PST.
If you’re really involved in a crafting hobby, I can see the potential for your projects to take over a room or most of your home. Why not offer your crafts for sale? Etsy type shops and local markets are a great way make some extra cash while doing something you love. There’s no shortage of craft hobbies for stay at home moms to make money from.
Sewing – From kids clothes to bags and home decor, there’s so much you can sew. I have a sewing machine in the office that I never even learned how to use, so I had to pay someone to create and sew a travel felt board, and it wasn’t cheap! Guess I should take a sewing class, like this: Sewing 101! You can get this course for $10 using code 17HOLIDAY10 until 11/28/17 11:59 PM PST.
Crochet – A sweet friend of mine crocheted an adorable ABC baby blanket for my son when I was pregnant. I had no idea, at the time she had also created an Etsy shop selling blankets, hats, and some really cute creations! You can check out DreamAway Crochet on Etsy for some inspiration.
Rhien’s paper crafting hobby turned into her side hustle. She started out making mobiles, but her business grew and now she’s making banners, invitations, and more! You can check out her store, TheKGCollection on Etsy.
Crafting isn’t one of my strong suits, so I would totally need to learn some skills. To do this, I would check out the arts and crafts category of Udemy to help me learn something of interest.
My friend Herchel, who blogs at Gym Craft Laundry, loves creating printables (and planners). Honestly, she’s just creative. She’s totally passionate about creating projects and always up to something. Some of her favorites are featured in her Gym Craft Laundry Etsy Shop.
Do you have awesome ideas for printables but don’t know how to start? You could take the How to Create Printable Quotes to Sell on Etsy For Beginners course on Udemy to get you started! You can get this course for $10 using code 17HOLIDAY10 until 11/28/17 11:59 PM PST.
Creating T-Shirts, Stickers, & More
Kristin from Little Mama Jama loved creating shirts, stickers, and quote cards. Her creative tendencies don’t fit into one particular niche or interest, so she found it best to start a merchant business outside of her blog. You can visit Little Mama Jama on RedBubble.
You can even find me on Etsy as I work to build my shop with mom life, baby and children’s clothes and automotive inspired items.
Baking hobbies can turn into small businesses or hobby businesses easily. This is one of the most delicious hobbies for stay at home moms to make money out of!
I think of all the Pinterest fails moms deal with trying to create these elaborate birthdays for their kids. Honestly, if it weren’t for my husband’s adventurous spirit, my kids never would have had cool cakes … I’d just bake a box mix cake and throw on some icing. “Tada!”
But, Pinterest seems to have created this need for perfectly outrageous baked goods and stay at home moms with baking skills can capitalize on this Pinterest-perfection craze.
Turn your Pinterest-working baking skills into a legitimate business!
Love working with your hands and wood? Build things and sell them, or take custom orders.
I had never really thought of shopping as a hobby that could earn money until my uncle told me about his thrift-store shopping habit. He was notorious for picking up valuable vintage items for cheap in thrift stores. He’d clean up good items and sell them online for a massive profit.
You can do this for just about anything. I went through a spurt visiting yard sales to pick up children’s toys for cheap, then clean them up for selling online. The profits, of course, weren’t as good as selling vintage silver you pick up for fifty cents. But, a few extra dollars for little work and finding some treasures to keep was worth it.
Also, if you just love shopping, you could offer your services as a personal shopper.
There you have it! Tons of hobbies for stay at home moms to make money at home with the kids. There’s almost not limit to what stay at home moms can do these days. Just don’t fall victim to the unrealistic demands to be super moms.