Dancing In The Rain – Making Money While Being A Stay-At-Home Mom

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ― Vivian Greene

While making the decision to either be a stay-at-home mom or a working mom is a whole separate topic, if you have already made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom, you have now chosen to embark on an adventure that holds many adjustments.

First and foremost, you are probably leaving the world you have known for sometime (a job, school, a combo of both, etc), to stay home and do something completely different that you got no training for in school, and frequently in life.

After that adjustment, you also now havie a baby to care for, and all that that entails is definitely different than what you were doing before, if this is your first baby. Even if this is your second, third, fourth, or more, child, it still changes everything, because you now have not only another person to care for, but a newborn, which is a very dependent little person.

This time can be very chaotic, as their needs, moods, growth spurts, etc are all very unpredictable and make any type of really set schedule rather challenging. Not to mention that they sometimes get sick, get teeth, have a diaper rash, diarrhea, or get a distressed digestive system due to something they got via breast milk or through their own eating or drinking.

And, did I mention that they cannot communicate in English? This means that sometimes you might be at your wits’ end trying to figure out what the heck is going on with them. You know for sure that they are unhappy, but…

As if all the above were not enough of an adventure or challenge for your womanly skills of mult-tasking and adaptability, you will also be given the opportunity to juggle and guide your relationship, intimacy, time management, home management, money management, parenting, etc.

Then sometimes, you think you might have a grip on all of this and other challenges arise… There may be medical emergencies, cars breaking down, someone needs new glasses or dental work, extended family members may have things come up (weddings, deaths, hospitalizations, etc) that you want to attend…. and you are then faced with money challenges!!

I wanted to take this opportunity to make some suggestions and give food for thought and help if you happen to find yourself in this situation.

1 – Some SAHMs (Stay-At-Home Moms) really jump into couponing (you can even do a version of this at natural foods stores, like Whole Foods, as they have specials every week and sometimes even have coupons),

2- Another option is to make and sell art and creations on Etsy or Snapfish;

3 – You can find part-time jobs like cleaning jobs, either for people you know or through cleaning companies, real estate management companies or on craigslist, and have a friend or family member watch your baby while you work. (I was a member of a child’s co-op. There were 5 mothers with kids who traded childcare. Each one watched everyone else’s kids for about 3-4 hours one day a week & then had the other four days to have a break. – Probably best for kids at least 18 months old.). You can also watch someone else’s child/children in your own home and get paid to do that. You can also check TaskRabbit for opportunities to get paid for doing odd jobs for local people;

4 – Some women sell things they find at garage sales or rummage sales on ebay or craigslist;

5 – There are also options to work from home doing things like proofreading, freelance writing, photoshop, etc (you can look on fiverr for opportunities for many things to do for others);

6 – If you are more adventurous, you could start your own small business doing any number of things, some ideas would be dog grooming, pet walking or sitting;

7 – You can evaluate web sites if you have a computer with a microphone and an internet connection at UserTesting. They were described as paying $10 for about 20 minutes of work, however you will have to fill out a one-page demographic profile.

8 – You an see about tutoring students in an area that you are good at. Opportunities can be located on Craigslist or through tutoring companies like Tutor.com.  (You must be able to tutor at least 5 hours per week and may be required to have a college degree to tutor in certain subjects. The tutoring is done virtually using a home computer and pay is based on an hourly rate for each subject through them.) You could also put up little flyers at stores near you offering tutoring;

9 – There are many multi-level marketing companies that are options like Lilla Rose, Nikken (wellness products), Premier Designs, Wildtree Food Products, Steeped Tea, along with many others. (I have not done any of these, but read that other SAHMs were working with them and so am including their info.)

10 – Performing elderly care (again, probably looking at Craigslist, etc.). One SAHM shared the story of having a 60-yr old autistic woman live with them. She goes to a program 5 days a week but gets showering, dressing and food.

11 – Sewing or weaving – this could be new items or tailoring and mending. One woman makes headbands, lovey blankets, burp rags and baby wraps.

12 – Placenta encapsulation (this would have to be done locally);

13 – Photography – if you have the skill and a decent camera or video recorder you could do weddings, birthday parties, portraits or special events;

14 – Baking or cooking – where we live you can legally sell as a small business, from home to people you know as a “cottage industry” (check out your local laws and guidelines).

Hopefully these ideas get your creative juices flowing and boost your enthusiasm to see just what you can do to not only provide some additional income to your household, hopefully ease your financial woes and challenges, but also provide another avenue for you to find some more enjoyment and fulfillment in life, because “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

 

Have you had to face any financial challenges that prompted you to get motivated and inspired to do something to bring in some extra cash for your household?  What tips and pointers have you learned about making, budgeting or spending money that have really helped your family and possibly allowed you to be a SAHM?

We’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other, remember, we are all in this together!

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