Staying at home with the kids does not mean that you have to stop working.

Many people who spend their days at home with children successfully earn at least a side income through a work-from-home job. This extra money could potentially help your family to enjoy greater financial security and a more comfortable lifestyle. These are some of the most popular home-based jobs to consider this year.

Become a Blogger

If you love to write, you could turn your talent into a side business in your free time by becoming a professional blogger. After you set up a blog website, simple write a few posts to get started. Then, write a new post every couple of days to keep your content fresh. Use social media to announce each of your new posts to your connections, and look into other ways to promote your blog.

Over time, you can build a large following. Advertisers will then pay you money to advertise their products on your blog in different ways. Some bloggers have multiple blogs to generate even more income.

Sell Products on eBay

EBay is a popular website that allows individuals like you to sell any type of quality products. Some products are auctioned on this website for the best price. Other products have an established minimum price, and this gives you some control over your profits when you sell products on eBay.

Some people will make their own products to sell online through this website, and others will find a cheap source for products and resell them for a higher price through Ebay. For example, you can connect with a wholesale supplier. You can even purchase items through classified ads or yard sales to sell on Ebay.

Start an eCommerce Business

Another excellent idea to consider is to start an ecommerce business from home. After you choose the products that you want to sell, you can develop a website that serves as your virtual storefront. This website should have a payment gateway that allows you to accept payments for the products.

You can advertise your website in many ways, including through ads on other websites, social media marketing and more. This option requires you to have ample storage space available for the products you sell or to use a drop-ship option from your supplier.

Become a Customer Service Agent

The work-from-home options described thus far are those that are independent opportunities, and this means that you are the boss. There are other ideas that you can consider if you prefer to generate a more reliable source of income from home right from the start by working for someone else.

Many companies are hiring remote workers to answer the phones and provide customer assistance. You would need to commit to working a certain number of hours each day for most of these positions. One way that stay-at-home parents do this is by sending the kids to preschool for a couple of hours each day or by working in the evenings after the other parent has gotten home from work.

Assist Others Virtually

You can also consider becoming a virtual assistant. Most of the tasks that you may be asked to do as a virtual assistance are administrative. This means that you may schedule appointments, type dictated letters, perform data entry tasks and more. Some virtual assistants also make travel arrangements, conduct online research or assist with menial marketing-related tasks.

In some cases, you will work for multiple clients on a regular basis who each have only a light need for your services, and each one may contact you every day or two with new projects to work on. In other cases, you will work for a single client who keeps you busy on a full-time basis.

Take time to explore each of these opportunities today to determine which one could suit your time availability, interests and talents. Share your thoughts below.

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  • Like the ecommerce business idea it is something I am interested in just need to do some more research.


  • Would be great to hear how people promote their blogs and become successful. I would love to write a blog but I have seen so many people spend a lot of time and not be able to attract an audience.


  • This was a good article, I think I might research the customer service one. Not a bad idea


  • I also wanted to start a at home business. It would be great to work from home. I never got round to it tho, sadly


  • Great ideas to start something while staying at home. Would be great if someone suggest more ideas.


  • I’ve never sold on ebay but am thinking of giving it a try. Thank you for the ideas.


  • Love articles like this – just wish there were a few more suggestions!! Gotta love a side hustle to bring in some extra dollars for the budget


  • I love selling things on ebay especially books I’ve read just once.


  • Like we need another blogger!
    I’ve started making things and selling them on etsy to try to get a few dollars like EVERY other SAHM does. To date, I’ve sold… nothing. Not as easy as this article suggests.


  • Some great ideas. I particularly like the last one. I know of people who work from home doing transcribing, which is also another avenue for income from home.


  • Would love to know more about being a customer service agent from home. It can be a bit frustrating being stuck at home but wanting to do something, earn more money. eBay has been my only option so far that works, but the fees aren’t as sensible as they used to be.


  • I’d like to try some of these ideas.


  • eBay is a great platform indeed. I never sold anything there, but I buy regularly.


  • My husband sells quite a bit on ebay, often computer parts.


  • Alot of good and interesting idea’s,thanks!


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