Having children can be really expensive. I know people say ‘it’s not children who are expensive, it’s lifestyles’, and yes I agree with this. But it still remains that each mouth to feed is another amount added to the grocery bill. Or each pair of feet represent the need for more new shoes. No matter how frugal we are, I think we could agree that a little extra income is always welcome. Today I want to talk you through 18 ways to make extra money.
I have tried some of these methods, although not all of them. I would say that if you are interested in pursuing any of these possibilities, start with just one at a time and see where it leads you. Trying too many new things all it once is more likely to overwhelm you and you could fail at them all.
18 Ways for Mums to Earn Extra Money
- Get a job, even part-time/casual/0 hour contract/seasonal work. A few hours work a month is better than none.
- Sign up to a work-from-home company such as Avon, Younique, Betterware etc.
- Car Boot Sales are a great way to sell unwanted items quickly.
- Set up an eBay and paypal account and sell your baby/child equipment and clothes that you no longer need. I am writing a step-by-step post about selling on ebay, so keep an eye out for it next week!
- Make something! If you really think about what skills you have, there is bound to be something you can do that someone else is willing to pay for. Could you take a table at a local craft fair and sell scones or cakes?
- Knit/Sew/Crotchet? Even the most simple designs are very trendy at the minute. If you can make something, get yourself signed up on Etsy, or set up a Facebook page. Put a few of your designs up for sale and see what happens. You might surprise yourself and it would cost very little to set up.
- Write an ebook. Publishing and selling an ebook is easier than ever, you can completely self-publish with a little determination. Check out Amazon Self-Publishing.
- Teach! Music lessons, cooking lessons, dance lessons, private tutoring or any skill you have that someone would like to learn.
- Start a blog 🙂 although it will cost a little to start, and revenue is slow to build, it is a great way to build a platform to sell your own products. There are also things like affiliate marketing and advertising that can generate a small income.
- Become a childminder. Again, this will require investing a little money to get started, but once you are officially registered it can be great way to earn money while also looking after your own children.
- Proofreading/typing/editing/photographing/designing and any other type of job you can think of. Websites like Fiverr make it very easy for you to advertise your services and make money directly from clients online.
- If you are good with animals, many people are willing to pay you for pet-sitting services, for example when they are away on holiday etc. Dog walking is another possibility.
- Leaflet dropping for local companies. A great form of exercise and it could fit around your school runs etc. Many local companies are willing to pay for this sort of service as it can be cheaper than paying for the postal service to deliver their literature.
- De-clutter your book shelves, DVD rack and video game cupboard and sell anything you don’t need or no longer use. Again, the best place to sell these sorts of items is Amazon, just set up a seller account and get started!
- Take in a lodger. This really only applies if you have a spare room and if it would work in terms of your family’s lifestyle etc. But I know a lot of people who earn an extra couple of hundred pounds a month, just by renting out their spare room or garage.
- Start vlogging on Youtube, if your videos become very popular, you can eventually get paid per view. You can also have advertisements in your videos which will generate a small income.
- Make an app! Have you ever had a great idea for an app and thought, I wish someone would make that? Well maybe that person is you! Google, ‘how to make an app’ start reading everything you can you the subject and give it a go! Even if you need to invest a little money, it could be worth it if you have a great product to sell.
- Organise a pre-loved baby stuff ‘bring and buy’ sale, charge the sellers a fee per table and also charge for entry. Leave enough of a margin that after covering your costs, you have a healthy profit. That’s for you 🙂