I have always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom! I always felt like it was important for me to be with my kids during the day (even though some days I feel crazy for doing so). Although I know I am doing the best thing for my family it is very hard to know that I don’t make an actual income. However, I do random side things that allow me to make enough money so that I can spend “my” money on my husband’s gifts and random other things that I may want. Some of them have generated money and others have been a complete failure. I have decided to share my experiences with some of the stay-at-home jobs that I have tried.
The first program that I ever tried to make an income with was a company called Cha-Cha. I started as a freshman in college. The company no longer exists now that people have internet access on their phones. Cha Cha was a free service in which people could text questions and then the Cha Cha people would respond to their questions. This was certainly not a way to make money fast, because I only made .01 cent per question answered. The company finally stopped because people didn’t have to ask questions when they could just google the questions themselves.
The next company I tried to invest my time and money in was when I was a Junior in College. I wanted to try out Avon. Everybody has heard of Avon. Avon has some quality products and people can make a lot of money selling Avon. I figured Avon would be a good idea for me, because I thought I could sell them to friends and family and then I could do pretty well at school selling them to the girls. My problem with Avon was that I couldn’t get “into it.” I had no passion for make-up, jewelery, lotions ect (which is all of the stuff that they sell). It was also something that I found difficult to manage when I had children, because I didn’t know how to sell the product with a newborn baby always with me. The idea of Avon slowly dwindled away. However, you can make some fantastic money with them and signing up is really cheap! I think I only signed up for $15! If you have a passion for the Avon products this would certainly be the type of business you should invest in!
Melalueca is a wellness company. They sell wellness products. They are multi-level marketing business. With them you can also make a lot of money. I had high hopes for this company. They made it sound so wonderful and I truly thought that I could do it. Let me explain Melaleuca to you. You have to pay a certain price to sign up. I think I paid somewhere around $60. Then each month you must purchase from their company (which ends up being around $50). In order to make money you need to get other people to do the same thing that you are doing and you get a percentage of each of their purchases. It sounded great to me! I did so well in my first month, but it got really old. I had to continuously harass my friends on Facebook to join up. I had to join groups on Facebook to spread the word. Most groups thought I was spam and I got kicked out of Facebook twice. I had to make two new Facebook’s, because they blocked me out. In order to get people to sign up you had to invite them to a hosting party (which they would never show up) and then get them to sign up (which they never would) I got 7 people in one month and I was so proud of myself, but then the next month 5 of those people dropped out! So I was left with only 2 people and I had to start all over again. In the end Derek and I came out perfectly even from how much we spent to how much I made. It ended up just being a lot of work, I wasn’t having a lot of fun, I was stressing out too much about it and people were really mean to me! I would work about 10 hours a day at it and it was just something that we decided was not for us anymore.
I love doing survey’s and I have been making some extra money doing these! I am involved in a couple different sites.
Swagbucks: By far the most rewarding site. They are my favorite and I would suggest every mom to do a swagbucks account!
They provide awesome opportunities to earn in different ways. You can watch videos, answer surveys, sign up for special offers and even when you shop at the most popular stores you receive what they call “swagbucks.” You can then turn in your swagbucks for awesome gift cards. I have made a good amount for Amazon and I just took my husband out on a date using the gift cards to Buffalo Wild Wings.
Also you should try their referral program. If you refer your friends to swagbucks you will receive 10% of all of their earnings! Awesome right!?
The gift cards come to your email in only a few days! It’s awesome.
Ipoll: I have answered surveys through Ipoll and I really like them. However, the downside with them is the waiting process. So once you answer a survey it must be approved before you will see those funds. So it could be saying “pending” for awhile. Then each reward that you can purchase with your earnings has a minimum amount. So I had to make $25 before I could get an Amazon gift card. So I had to wait 3 months until my pending earnings were available. Then after I bought my Amazon gift card it told me that I had to wait “4-6 weeks before it would be available.” I finally received it 5 weeks later through email. So you shouldn’t do this if you need the money right now.
Opinion Outpost: I like this survey site, but the problem is I didn’t qualify for a lot of survey’s. So I would spend 15 minutes on a survey and then it would tell me I didn’t qualify. So I would have wasted 15 minutes (sometimes longer). However, they are good at paying you quickly and you can receive gift cards on cash!
I started doing Website Testing in June 2015. I wanted to make more money and have some extra money to play with. I found an awesome website called “User Tester.” This has by far been the best way to earn extra cash and it is so much fun! You earn $10 with every website that you test and it will be delivered in your PayPal account 7 days later. Of course with everything though there is a catch! Although there are a lot of tests that pop up you won’t qualify for most of them. In fact you will qualify for very few of them! So ideally you would want to have it in the background of your computer all day and when you hear the “ding” you could quickly go to your computer and see if you qualify. However, it has to be DEAD quiet in the room in order for you to test (because you need to speak into a microphone) so if you have children awake then you will most likely not be able to do the test! I have a colicky baby so whenever he is awake then I can’t do any tests because he is typically crying. BUT if you only have one child and that child happens to be taking a nap…this is awesome!!! I have made over $100 doing this. I recently was promoted where I can do mobile and webcam testing as well. The promotion means I will make $15 per test that I am able to take.
So this one I don’t have much experience with. I decided to try my game at freelance writing. I love writing and then I have my Masters in Criminal Justice (most freelance sites require a Bachelor’s Degree). I figured I might be successful at writing. I did my research and found a freelancing website that pays for you to take jobs and write for clients. I thought that was such a great idea. So I applied for one of their positions (yes you have to apply). After about a month process I finally was “hired” and I began looking at some of the jobs that they had. It just didn’t seem right. I realized that most of their clients appeared to be college kids not wanting to write their papers and so they were paying professionals to do it for them. Most jobs did not pay very well and so I opted out of that experience.
However, there are some legit freelancing jobs out there! There are some companies that are really looking for people to do freelancing work for them.
This is my newest adventure. I have always kept a blog about my life and my family. I have been writing my whole life. I know how to write and I know how to write honestly. I decided to take the plunge and go for it. I did a lot of research and you can make a lot of money blogging. It is a lot of work and you have to make sure that you are ready to invest a lot of time and effort into your blog. I just read a 26 year old who just made $300,000 last year with her blog. And the woman I am following right now made $100,000 last year with her blog. I am having a lot of fun so far and learning tons! I haven’t made any money so far, because I have been doing it for about a week (hey I said it was my newest adventure). But I just got accepted into putting ads onto my site, so things are looking up! 🙂
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Hope this post has helped! If you guys have some other ideas as to how to make money at home please feel free to comment!