How to Get Paid Online As A Stay At Home Parent

how to make money online as stay at home mom

The fact that stay-at-home moms (and an increasing number of stay-at-home-dads) do have a full-time job, but don’t get paid to show how valuable the job is, can be quite frustrating for some families that rely on just one income. Sometimes, it’s difficult enough to make ends meet, let alone save some money for a rainy day. With kids growing so fast and their needs for new clothes, shoes and stuff for school following the trends, it’s no surprise more and more stay at home parents are looking for ways to make extra money while still being able to perform the regular daily chores around the house. 

Luckily, they can do that without leaving the house or using too much of the time they spend with their kids. There are opportunities for making some cash while the kids are at school, asleep, doing their homework or even while they are awake but focused on other things. 

Although there are some pretty easy ways to add some money to your budget (which will be described here), you need to understand that working from home is quite different than working from the office. You need to have a lot of self-discipline, great organizational skills and ability to focus on the task before you. You might try several different jobs before making a decision about the one that suits you the best. The important thing is not to give up easily. 

So, here are some of the reputable jobs that are not time-consuming and don’t require any particular skills but can still make a difference when it comes to your budget. 

Reviewing Websites & Apps 

There are many companies that want to get a direct and quick feedback on the usability of their websites, which means that you can use a few minutes of your time to make some cash. Check UserTesting, for example, as they pay their testers $10 for every 20-minute session they complete. All you need is a computer with a microphone and Internet connection. Once you register and complete your demographic profile, you’ll be asked to download UserTesting’s screen recorder, so that you can record your voice comments and on-screen movements as you click through a site. What you say and how you move your mouse will help the site owners learn about how easy or difficult it is to navigate the website. 

Reviewing mobile applications and websites is a job that doesn’t require a lot of your time, and you can be quite flexible about the amount of work you’re ready to do as well as about the time of the day when you want to do it. Of course, you won’t be chosen for every job, since site owners are usually looking for a particular target group, but with so many new companies focusing more and more on their websites, you’re bound to be the perfect match for some, at least. 

Paid Surveys 

Another way of making extra money from home is to take paid surveys that will help you earn cash and rewards for just a few minutes of your time and your honest opinion about a certain topic or product. Don’t expect to make a living by doing this, but you can supplement your income while doing an easy job at the time when you find it most convenient. Also, you don’t need any specialized knowledge; simply answer the questions honestly, so that those who asked them can get a better and more precise picture of their product or service.

What you need to know is that you might be paid in cash or gift cards that can be redeemed. Once you sign up for free, you might be selected to provide answers on all sorts of questions related to the field of your interest or some general ones. Depending on the amount of work you do – and you choose how much you want to work – you might be able to contribute to your monthly income directly by receiving cash or indirectly, by saving money when you use the gift cards and vouchers. The best thing about it is that it is an easy job that doesn’t require a lot of thinking, and you can do it from home while your kids are asleep or at school. 

Selling The Stuff That You No Longer Need 

There is a thing you can do that doesn’t require a lot of your time but can both bring you some cash and make your home much tidier. Of course, we’re talking about selling the stuff you no longer need. Just look at everything that your kids have outgrown or are no longer interested in and imagine how much more clutter-free your home would be, and you’d also improve your financial situation. All those clothes, toys, car seats and other things your kids will never need again are now potential sources of income and a way to get at least some money back. 

Naturally, you can do it the old-fashioned way and organize a garage sale, but in the modern days, people prefer doing it online. There are free apps, such as the Letgo app, that allow you to post a picture of whatever you’re trying to sell and it will inform the people in your area about your offer. That means you don’t have to worry about the packing and shipping costs. Some parents use this method to get rid of kids’ old textbooks, CDs, DVDs, video games and pretty much everything that is legal to sell. You could make some cash and clean up your home, which means you’d be killing two birds with one stone. 

Apps That Pay You To Use Them 

Since most of us use phones all the time, why not use them to make some money instead of just posting pictures of your coffees or lattes? Believe it or not, there are apps that will actually pay you to use them. Some require more, some less of your time, which means you need to evaluate them carefully to see whether they’re worth the trouble. 

For example, you might inspect a vehicle or auction item for a buyer, take pictures of it and look for defects, for which you’d be paid. Alternatively, there are apps that allow you to make money by grocery shopping in a way similar to couponing. What you need to do is select the available rebates for items on your grocery list and scan the receipt. You’ll get your money deposited in your account in a matter of days. Some apps help you save money by analyzing your spending and offering suggestions for better deals or alerting you of price drops in case price protection applies to your recent purchase. 


As you can see, there are quite a few ways of making money for a stay-at-home mom or dad, and they don’t require any particular skills or knowledge. When you are a parent, it’s all about finding some free time when you can stay focused for a short period. If you’re well-organised and committed, you might be able to supplement your regular income and provide better living conditions for your family. Also, knowing that you are contributing by looking after both the kids and the home – while earning money at the same time – is something that will fill you with pride. Whether you become a side hustler or a solopreneur, every little bit of earnings will help your financial situation and career.

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