Try these side hustles for moms to make extra money with a flexible schedule!
Want to make extra money as a stay at home mom or working mom?
I’m a big fan of making money in your spare time as a busy mom. In fact, I love side hustling so much that I turned it into a business.
But being a mom means you have to use your time wisely. So you don’t want to waste it on side hustles that don’t pay well.
But which side hustles for moms pay the most and are worth your time?
To make it easier for you to find your dream side hustle, I’ve rounded up 30+ of the best side hustles for moms that pay $500 or more every month.
Ready to start making extra money? I guarantee you’ll find at least one side hustle idea here that’s a perfect fit!
Side Hustles for Moms to Make Extra Money Online
1. Start a mom blog
Blogging has got to be one of the most popular side hustles for moms who want to make money from home.
You can make money blogging with:
- Sponsored posts
- Affiliate marketing
- Digital or physical products
- Offering a service, like freelance writing or Pinterest management
If you want to start a blog, you just need a domain name and web hosting. And of course, a great idea for what to blog about!
In terms of money-making potential, making an extra $500 per month is an achievable goal, although there are some bloggers out there making 10, 20 and 30 times that.
I make a few thousand dollars a month blogging but I’m still working out the kinks of how to do it right. So just remember that blogging isn’t a get rich quick scheme.
If you want to become a mom blogger, these resources can help:
Siteground has been my blog host from day one and I can’t say enough about how great they are. Their plans are affordable and customer service can’t be matched!
2. Become a freelance writer
Freelance writing was the second side hustle I tried and it’s since become my full-time business.
What’s great about freelance writing is that as side hustles for moms go, it’s one that requires no experience. You don’t need a journalism degree or business experience to make $500, $1,000, even $10,000 or more every month.
Plus, freelance writing is extremely flexible which is great if you need a side job you can do around your kids’ schedules.
If you want to start freelance writing, check out these resources:
⇒Freelance Launch Plan (a free 6-day email course to help you break into freelancing!)
3. Get paid to teach on Outschool
Outschool is an online classroom designed for kids from kindergarten to high school. Anyone can sign up to teach a class on Outschool and on average, their teachers make $35 an hour.
This is one of my favorite side hustles for moms because it’s flexible, pays well and it’s a chance to be creative. There’s a background check required but you don’t need a college degree or previous teaching experience to teach through the platform.
If you’re interested in teaching on Outschool, try these resources:
4. Teach English with VIPKID
VIPKID is another one of the most popular side hustles for moms who want to make $500 a month or more from home.
With VIPKID, you’re teaching English to students in foreign countries. Working hours are flexible, though keep in mind that time zone differences could mean some early mornings or late nights.
There’s a six-month commitment required but you can earn $22 an hour on average.
5. Become an online tutor
Tutoring is another great way to make an extra $500 every month. Depending on what works for your schedule, you could tutor online or in-person in your local community.
If you’re looking for some online tutoring resources, here are a few sites to check out:
6. Learn to proofread online
Proofreading is a highly useful skill and it can be a profitable one, too.
As a proofreader, you’re responsible for reviewing written documents for grammar, spelling and other errors. It could be a great fit if you’ve got an eye for detail.
Getting started as a proofreader can take a little training but you don’t need any special degrees or experience.
If you want to learn more about proofreading, these resources can help:
7. Become an online transcriptionist
Transcription is another great side hustle for moms who want to earn an income from home.
Basically, you’re taking audio files and turning them into written documents. For example, one of my former freelance writing clients paid someone to transcribe conference calls into Word documents.
Like proofreading, you don’t necessarily need experience to get started, which is great!
If you’d like to learn more about starting a transcription side hustle, try these resources:
8. Make money as a virtual assistant
My first ever side hustle was as a virtual assistant. And it was a lot of fun because the work you can do is so varied!
Being a VA means helping bloggers and business owners run their businesses. You can specialize in doing one thing, like social media management, or do lots of different tasks.
I easily made $500 a month as a VA only working a few hours a week, so I know this can be a great money-maker.
If you’re interested in becoming a virtual assistant, check out these resources:
⇒Fully Booked VA (Gina Horkey’s course–she’s the authority on being successful as a VA!)
9. Become a Pinterest manager
And if you’ve got a good handle on how the platform works, you could easily turn that into a profitable side hustle!
Pinterest managers help bloggers and business owners with creating pins and pinning strategy. With so many people trying their hand at blogging these days, there’s money to be made.
If you want to get an idea of what a Pinterest manager does, check out my friend Ashley at The Virtual Momma.
10. Start an email management service
As a business owner, I know that email overwhelm is real!
I get tons of emails every day and weeding out the junk is time-consuming, to say the least.
If you’re the super-organized type, one potentially lucrative side hustle for moms you could try is email management.
Email managers manage their clients’ inboxes, responding to emails, deleting the junk or drafting messages to send out.
If you want to learn how to get started as an email manager, here’s a great resource to help:
⇒Email Management for Virtual Assistants (this is another course from Gina at Horkey Handbook and it covers all you need to know about getting paid to read emails!)
11. Take surveys for quick cash
Taking paid surveys online is one of the best side hustles for moms who don’t have a lot of extra time.
There are survey sites that pay you cash and some that reward you with points that you can use to get free gift cards.
It’s free to sign up for these sites and start earning money almost instantly by taking surveys!
If you want to make extra money taking surveys, here are the best sites to try:
12. Set up an Etsy shop
Etsy is one of my daughter’s favorite places to shop for handmade items. If you’re crafty or creative at all, you could set up your own storefront.
For example, you could sell printables, homemade soap, candles, art prints–there’s a lot of variety. So head over to Etsy to set up your shop and start selling!
13. Sell printables
Selling printables is an easy way to make money and potentially found a thriving home business. Sarah Titus makes millions selling printables on Shopify.
If you want to try selling printables, here are some resources that can help:
⇒Canva Pro (for creating your printables–remember, you can only sell your original Canva designs)
⇒Siteground (for starting a blog to sell your printables)
⇒Teachers Pay Teachers (for selling education-related printables)
14. Sell hand-lettered fonts
Hand lettering is another creative side hustle idea for moms. You can sell your original font creations to bloggers and designers.
If you’re not sure where to sell your hand-lettered fonts, try Etsy or Creative Market. Creative Market is also where you can sell other handmade designs, including blog themes and graphics.
15. Work as a translator
Translation work might be right for you if you know multiple languages.
There are lots of sites that pay you to translate online and several of them pay well for people who are foreign language proficient.
Here are a few sites to get you started:
16. Try paid user testing
User testing just means visiting websites for a few minutes, then reporting on your experiences.
It’s a great side hustle for moms if you can only work in short chunks of time. And you can make $10 per test, for about 10 minutes of work.
If you’re looking for sites that offer paid user testing jobs, try UserTesting.com
17. Write and sell ebooks
Writing and selling e-books might be your thing if you’ve got decent writing chops. You can sell your e-books on Amazon or you could set up your own e-commerce website.
If you’re thinking of trying your hand at writing e-books, read through this list of dumb mistakes to avoid first.
18. Become a dropshipper
Dropshipping is a way to make money selling things online without actually have to maintain a physical inventory.
Here’s how it works in a nutshell:
- You set up a storefront online through a site like Amazon or Shopify.
- Someone buys something from your storefront.
- Your supplier ships the item out to your customer.
This could be a perfect online business option if you’re looking for something with basically zero startup costs.
19. Sell stock photos
Selling stock photos is another easy side hustle for moms.
You take photos, upload them to a stock photography site and offer them for sale. You’ll need a decent camera, some basic props if you’re creating stock photos for blogs and an eye for a great shot. But other than that, it’s pretty easy to get started making money.
If you’re looking for places to sell your stock photos, check out these sites:
20. Teach yoga to kids online
Besides teaching kids through Outschool or with VIPKID, you could also make money as a stay at home mom teaching yoga online.
Kids’ yoga teachers can make $50 an hour or more and you can lead classes around your schedule.
And the best part is, you don’t have to spend hundreds of hours getting certified to teach kids yoga.
There’s a company called Pretzel Kids that offers online training to help you get certified as a kids yoga teacher in no time!
If you want to learn more about making money as a kids yoga teacher, these resources can help:
21. Make money as an online scopist
Scoping is another side hustle for moms who want to earn an income online using their typing skills.
Being an online scopist is similar to being an online transcriptionist. The difference is that scopists edit transcribed documents from court reporters.
This is an online side hustle you can do with no degree or experience. But you will need to know more about how scoping works to try it.
I recommend checking out Internet Scoping School if you want to learn more about scoping.
This is the go-to online training for scopists. And you can sign up for a free scoping mini-course that covers the basics!
22. Become an online stylist
Becoming an online stylist is another side hustle idea for moms who have good fashion sense.
As a Stella & Dot ambassador, you can make money selling jewelry and other accessories online.
There’s no physical inventory to maintain, which is a plus. And Stella & Dot sets you up with an online store to make it even easier to sell your favorite products!
23. Make money flipping blogs
Blogging is one of the best side jobs for moms but it’s also a LOT of work.
If you don’t have the time to spend on a blog of your own, you could try blog flipping instead.
You buy an existing blog, spruce it up a little, then list it for sale on a site like Flippa.
Several well-known bloggers, including Chelsea at Her Paper Route, making thousands from flipping blogs in their spare time.
24. Sell your clutter online
A cluttered home isn’t always comfortable and if you’re feeling the urge to spring clean, you can turn that clutter into cash.
There are a ton of apps you can use to sell your clutter and clean out your house.
If you want to make money from selling your clutter, check out these resources:
⇒Decluttr (sell your CDs and DVDs!)
⇒thredUP (sell your clothes!)
⇒Second Sale (sell your books!)
⇒Gazelle (sell your electronics!)
25. Freelance with Fiverr
Freelancing is a great side hustle for moms to make extra money and you don’t have to limit yourself to writing.
Some of the other ways you can make money freelancing include:
- Designing logos
- Creating website themes
- Creating custom landing pages for websites
- Doing voiceover work
- Formatting ebooks for publication
Side Hustles for Moms to Make Money Offline
26. Offer child care in your home
If you’re a stay at home mom, then offering child care at home could be an obvious side hustle choice.
You can advertise your services locally or register as a sitter with a site like Sittercity. This site helps connect parents and sitters locally.
In terms of what to charge, Sittercity puts the average hourly rate at between $16 and $22.
So even if you’re offering child care for just a few hours a week, it may not be hard to make $500 or more every month.
27. Become a pet-sitter
Taking care of pets is another option if you’re looking for side hustles for moms.
For example, you could watch someone’s dog or cat while they’re on vacation. Or get paid to walk someone’s dog while they’re at work.
Rover is an online platform that works like Sittercity to connect pet owners with pet sitters. Rover sitters can make up to $1,000 month which is a pretty sweet payoff for taking care of pets.
28. Flip items locally
Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist and local bargain groups can be a gold mine for making money as a stay at home mom without an online side hustle.
I have a friend who used to make tons of cash from finding free and cheap items, then reselling them on Facebook, eBay and Craigslist. She and her husband would look for things people were giving away or leaving by the curb and sell them.
As side hustles for moms go, this one could be a little more time-intensive. But it can be an easy way to make extra cash on the side.
29. Monetize your home
Monetizing your home sounds kind of weird but it’s a creative way to make extra money.
Here are some of the ways you can monetize your home:
- Become an Airbnb host
- Rent out your driveway or parking space
- Hold a garage sale
- Host a foreign exchange student
For more ideas on how to monetize your home, check out this post from Corinne at MyJearney.
30. Get paid to lose weight
Losing weight is good for your health but it can also be good for your wallet if you’re using HealthyWage.
HealthyWage lets you set up wagers with yourself or as a group to see how much weight you can lose.
If you win your wager and meet your weight loss goal, you get cash. How cool is that?
It’s perfect if you’re looking for side hustles for moms that pay well and promote better health.
31. Get paid to shop
If you’re going to be out shopping, why not get paid to do it?
This is one of the easiest side hustles for moms because you can make money almost effortlessly. All you need to do is download some cashback apps.
These apps let you earn cashback automatically when you shop through the app at partner stores. And some of them also offer promo codes and coupons so you can save money, too.
If you want to get paid to shop, here are my favorite resources:
The Ibotta app pays you back when you shop supported retailers. You can earn cash back instantly when you link your store loyalty cards or get cash back after your purchase by uploading your receipts.
Rakuten is one of the most popular sites for earning cash when you shop. It’s also one of the easiest side hustles for moms to make extra money.
You sign up for a free account, activate cash back offers and shop. Cash back is paid via PayPal or you can get a paper check. Depending on how often you shop and which cash back offers you’re using, you could easily score $500 a month or more in cash rewards.
ShopAtHome is another easy way to earn cash from your laptop. You sign up, shop partner retailers and earn cash back on purchases. Once you hit $20 in earnings, you can get paid.
The Drop app lets you link your debit and credit cards. When you shop, you earn points on purchases. You can then cash in your points for gift cards to your favorite stores.
32. Do short tasks on TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit is an online marketplace that connects people who need short jobs done with people who can do them.
It’s sort of like Fiverr but with a twist. TaskRabbit is for hands-on jobs–think putting together furniture or helping someone move.
If you’ve got some extra time and you know your way around a screwdriver or hammer, you could make an easy $500 a month or more!
33. Get paid to grocery shop
Grocery shopping isn’t my favorite chore but if you don’t mind it, then there’s a way to make money doing it.
Instacart pays you to grocery shop. You can make money in one of two ways: shopping orders in-store or shopping and delivering orders.
Either way, you can choose a schedule that fits your lifestyle. This is one of the best side hustles for moms if your kids are in school all day or you want to make extra cash on weekends.
34. Drive for DoorDash
Becoming a DoorDash driver is another great side hustle for moms if you want to make money at night or on weekends.
As a driver, you pick up takeout orders and deliver them. According to the website, drivers make $15 to $25 an hour on average.
DoorDash doesn’t operate everywhere so if you live in a smaller town, this might not be an option. But it’s worth a look if you want to make extra money driving.
35. Join the Postmates Fleet
Postmates is kind of a blend of Instacart and DoorDash.
You can get paid to deliver food, groceries and other times from partner Postmates stores.
This could be a good fit if you’re looking for delivery side hustles for moms. And you could easy make an extra $500 to $1000 a month driving for Postmates.
36. Sell homemade baked goods
I love baking and if you do too, then you could easily turn it into a profitable home business.
This one might have a little more of an upfront investment compared to some of the other side hustles for moms. You might have to buy ingredients or spend a little cash on marketing, for example.
But it could quickly turn into a $500 a month or more income if you can get people clamoring for your cupcakes.
37. Wrap your car for extra money
As a busy mom, you might spend a lot of time in the car driving here and there.
So why not make some extra money while you’re on the road?
Companies like Wrapify pay you to wrap your car and make it an advertisement on wheels.
This is a low-stress side hustle for moms who don’t want to start a business or start a side gig that requires special training.
38. Or rent out your car instead
If you don’t want to drive to make money, you could still earn some extra income with your car.
You could rent it out on Turo, for example. Turo is an online marketplace that connects drivers with cars to rent.
Or you could rent out space in your driveway and make an extra $200 a month or more with a company like Spacer.
These are simple side hustles for moms that can help you earn money with minimal effort!
39. Clean houses
Are you great at keeping your house clean, even with messy kids?
Then you could turn that into a money-making side hustle!
My mother cleaned houses on the side of her regular job for years when I was a kid. It helped bring in extra money, which we desperately needed.
If you want to try a house-cleaning side hustle, you’ll need to put together a basic cleaning supplies kit.
And you could advertise your services in local Facebook groups or ask other mom friends for referrals.
40. Make money doing sewing work
If you have serious sewing skills you could use them to start a side gig as a seamstress. For instance, you could do alterations at home in your spare time.
Or you could start a blog and sell sewing patterns. A YouTube channel featuring sewing tutorials is another way to earn money from ads.
Those are just a few ways to make $500 a month or more from sewing.
40 Easy Side Hustles for Moms to Start Now
I hope I’ve inspired you to go out and start a side hustle of your own with this list.
Do you have a favorite money-making side hustle idea for busy moms? Share it in the comments!
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