Tuesday, April 17, 2012

5 Ways To Make Money With Your Computer As A Stay At Home Mom

In my experience, most of us stay at home moms want to make a little income from home. Sometimes it out of pure necessity: we need that money! Other times, it's just nice to have something that's not "kid related" that's your own thing. Let's face it: after a while, peek a boo isn't so stimulating. The good thing is, there are lots of neat opportunities for stay at home moms. I've been a stay at home mom for over 5 years, and I've always scoured the Internet for non-phone jobs that I could do with my computer, that were extremely flexible. It's a tall order, as many work at home jobs are customer service call center types. Luckily, I've found a few that work for stay at home moms of young kids:

1. uTest 
uTest is a software testing company. The good news is, even if you've never tested software a day in your life, you can get in with this company. I started in October and I've been able to make the best money I've ever made online before. There is a bit of a learning curve, but luckily, there are plenty of resources both on their website, and on the internet in general that can get you started. Basically, I find problems in websites (like a link that you click on goes to a 404 error page), or in smartphone apps (like when the app closes unexpectedly, or if you tap on one thing and it takes you to a totally different thing than you expected). This is not an hourly job: you get paid by the bug, so your success or failure depends on your skills and how much you work.

2. eBay
Yes, it's been around forever. And yet, it took me years to get up the nerve to sell some stuff on eBay. If you're the type of person who knows the value of things, you can make some money using this site. Here are a few tips:

  • Know how much something will sell for. Use the completed listings feature on eBay, and you'll see what sells, what doesn't, and how much it sells for.
  • Don't buy junk. It doesn't sell.
  • Describe the product very accurately. 
  • Take good pictures and include them in the listing.
  • If you screw up and the buyer is unhappy, do everything in your power to make it right, up to and including a full refund and let them keep the item.
3. Leapforce, Lionbridge, or Appen Butler Hill
My husband is able to stay at home as well, thanks to this opportunity. There's a lot of stuff that I can't disclose on here about what this job entails, but basically you're helping make certain search engines better. The hours are flexible, and in some cases, unlimited. Check into this one. Sorry, NDA means I can't tell you how much it pays.

4. Blogging
I have two blogs, and I occasionally will include affiliate links in them. If you have a passion for writing, and you can figure out natural ways to include recommendations for various products, you can use affiliate links. I always use Amazon for my affiliate links: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/
Here are my personal rules:

  • Don't link to products you don't truly recommend
  • Make it obvious that you'll get a commission off any purchases the reader makes by clicking that link
  • Don't cover up your blog with affiliate links. It's annoying.
You can also put google adsense on your blog. I'll warn you that for both of these, I've not made much money at all. I generally blog because it's a nice release for me. I've read in several places that if you want to get really good traffic coming to your site, you need to do the following:

  • Blog every day. Every day. Some even recommend multiple times a day.
  • Use keywords to your advantage. Label each post with 3 to 5 good keywords that sum up the key topics in your post. Try to use phrases in your blog post that people would search for in a search engine. For example, in this post I've used the phrases "work from home" and "stay at home" and "make money". But don't be that blogger that overloads her blogs with keywords. It's just not pleasant for the reader.
  • Write about what you know or what you're passionate about. You're going to lose interest if you blog based on what gets you the most hits one day. (Use google analytics as a handy tool which will show you what keywords people entered to find your blog.)
5. Scriptlance
Now, I do not have personal experience with this company, but I do know people in real life who have used this site and made money with it. If you know how to program computers, then this might be a neat way to make some money. I do know it is legitimate, and that you can make decent money if you have the skills required.

So there you go: 5 ways to make money as a stay at home mom. If you've found legitimate opportunities to make money from home, please share them in the comments section!

2 comments:

  1. Hi
    This is kind of interesting. I came to this blogspot because I am starting on the journey of trying to make money from home using blogging. I've started a website mainly about potty training plus more and
    I came to this site for the potty training and yet got to read about trying blogging. Weird! I know you said you haven't made too much, but I am praying that, but for the grace of God, this blogging thing works. I want to home school our girls. We need the income but I need the extra time to stay at home. Funny how things "happen" I came for the potty training (which I am also doing right now) and got info on the blogging.
    Thanks - I'd love you to check out my website....I know this isn't usually accepted but thought it was neat.
    Thanks again
    Sarah

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  2. Hi You have wonderful idea about potty training I like it.potty training

    Thanks

    Angelina

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