How to Make Money When You’re Home With the Kids

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

how to make money when you have little timeIf you’re a mom and are looking for some ideas on how to make money when you’re home with the kids to help with the family budget, or even if you want some extra fun money, you’re in luck. Your opportunities are almost limitless if you’ve got a computer and a connection to the Internet.

These opportunities don’t require any investment or a ton of set up. The great thing too is many of them leverage what you might already be doing like crafting, taking photos, or even shopping on You don’t even need a lot of time either. In fact, if you do it right, you can earn money while you drive your kids all over town, figure out what to make for dinner, and the 5,000 other things you do every day.

1. Become an Amazon Associate
You don’t need to be a computer whiz, or even have a web site. If you’ve got an email account, a Facebook profile, a Twitter account, a Pinterest board, or any other social networking site, you just share links and get paid when people click on them! Like sharing this link for a gorgeous Little Black Dress. Easy peasy.

2. Sell Your Crafts on Etsy
Etsy has been very successful for many stay-at-home moms who are crafters. All you do is set up an account, and start selling your crafts, jewelry, art, or whatever you create. Etsy even offers online labs that help you sell, be more creative, and tips for using social media.

3. Turn Your Photos into Profits
If you love taking photos, why not sell them for profit? There are tons of sites that sell stock photos of objects, people, and anything you can think of…and they just might need your photos. All you do is go to sites like these:,,, and shutter, and follow the approval process to get set up. Post your photos and wait for people to download them, and you get paid! You can easily learn how to take awesome digital photos (if you don’t already) by Googling or going to YouTube.

4. Participate in Focus Groups
Many companies do tons of research before launching a product. They do this by conducting a focus group of people to see how they like the product or service and get feedback on how to improve it. Be aware that there are scams out there so make sure you NEVER pay to participate in a focus group. They should be free to you and many will offer you compensation. These are reputable sites for focus groups:,, or

5. Take Paid Surveys
There are tons of survey web sites looking for people who fit their market demographics. And like focus groups, you need to be aware of scams..and DON’T PAY to join. You can earn points for taking surveys and some allow you to redeem them for cash. Here are a few to check out:,, and

Any other ideas on how to make money when you are interested in working from home? Would love to hear in the comments below!



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