Making money from home is now a legitimate career choice thanks to all the advances in technology that we’ve been seeing over the past decade. It’s so simple now that stay at home mums with little time to spare can set up a website or merchant account on various services in order to secure a bit of extra income.
Having alternate sources of income is a great way to avoid debt and extra spending money is always appreciated, especially if you have kids to please and birthdays to plan for the future!
So to help you out, we’ve put together a list of simple side-hustles that busy at-home mums can find the time for.
Selling goods over the internet might sound intimidating, but starting off is relatively easy with an eBay account, etsy or similar account.
Why not start small by selling personal items or things in your home that you no longer need.
Of course, you won’t want to sell something that has sentimental value, but you can always get rid of things like old TVs, antique furniture and other miscellaneous items that are probably taking up too much storage space.
I don’t know about you but our loft and garage could do with a thorough declutter!
Thanks to services like Shiply, it’s actually simple to sell large items such as antique wardrobes or even large-screen TVs that you don’t need anymore.
This is a good way to get started with making money on the internet and will teach you all the basics.
Try your hand at Matched Betting
Matched betting is a tried and tested, low-risk way to earn extra money to boost income or savings.
If you’re not familiar with it, Matched Betting is completely legal and even though you place bets via gambling sites such as online bookmakers, it is not actually classed as gambling.
It’s relatively simple to learn and is based on a mathematical technique where you lay bets with bookmakers for either outcome to qualify for a free bet from them – which you then use to place more bets to win a profit.
With Christmas just around the corner, Matched Betting can offer a way to defray some of those seasonal expenses and help to avoid the fright of January’s credit card bills.
In fact, recent data published by the Bank of England revealed that a typical household spends over £500 extra during the festive season.
Take a look at this free, comprehensive guide to matched betting to see if it’s something you would like to try.
As a long-term blogger, I can tell you that there are loads of brilliant blogs written by mums and blogging can be a good way of making some extra money once you have built up a solid base of posts and have a decent monthly audience.
Starting a blog requires a bit of creativity since you’ll be writing about things that you feel passionate about, but you can draw inspiration from your hobbies or even just your lifestyle.
Making money from a blog can be slow because it depends on your ability to generate traffic.
One simple way to make a little money is by using something like Google Adsense which puts adverts on your website.
An alternative method is to use affiliate linking, which is essentially recommending products to people within your posts and getting a commission if they purchase it by clicking through the links on your website.
While it might be slow to start, it’s a fun way to make money if you enjoy writing.
If you’ve ever had a job in administration or worked as a secretary, then you can imagine what type of role a virtual assistant is.
You’ll be doing everything from answering calls to booking flights and even responding to social media messages.
It’s a varied role that can take a bit of getting used to, but there are many opportunities that you can take part in with varying degrees of work required.
Some virtual assistant roles will only take an hour or less each day while some will require a lot of attention.
These are just a few simple ideas for making money from home, but the internet is filled with unique opportunities that you shouldn’t miss out on if you want to make a bit of extra side-income.
Make sure you investigate every opportunity thoroughly and look out for any scam. You shouldn’t need to invest heavily up-front and try to talk to people already doing the job you’re thinking about to find out if it will really suit you.
You’ll also find some great ideas for making money at home on social media sites like Pinterest.
Can you recommend any great ways of making money from home?