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4 Profitable Income Ideas for the Stay-at-Home Mama

Raise your hand if you’re a stay-at-home mom AND a mama blogger?

There’s many of us right? It seems that one of the best ways to connect with others and to share your experiences is to start your own mom blog. I mean that’s one of the reasons why I started Twins Mommy – I wanted to share some of my twin stories with other moms.

4 Profitable Income Ideas for the Stay-at-Home Mama

So, there you are, blogging away when something clicks.

You want to actually make money with your blog. I mean you see other mom’s posting income reports and you’re like – yeah, I want to do that.

But then the next question becomes,

How do I monetize my blog?

Hold up! Let’s back track. What if you’re a SAHM without a blog? If you’re reading this and don’t have a blog, but want to start one, I have an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog using SiteGround!

Before we begin, if you want to know the absolutely quickest way to make money then grab my guide on the #1 way to make money as a stay-at-home mama.

Okay, so there’s a lot of ways to make money with your blog but I’m going to share with you the only BEST ways to make an income on the side as a stay-at-home mom.

Ready?

1. Offer a Service

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An easy way to start generating income with your blog is to offer a service. It can really be anything – graphic design, virtual assisting or coaching.

Having a service-based business is the perfect fit for stay-at-home moms.

Why?

  • You set your own schedule – this means you can work around your child’s nap schedule
  • You’re in control – you set your rate, you decide how many hours you work in a day and you call the shots on whether or not you take a client
  • It gives you flexibility – many projects you have with clients are pretty flexible or have a long deadline

If you’re stuck on what kind of service to offer, check out my post on 22 different freelance services for stay-at-home moms.

So, how do you start?

After you decide what you want to offer, the next thing you want to do is put up a services page on your blog. This is a page that details what you offer.

Kelly from Take Action WAHM has many services she offers like blog coaching, WordPress installation, and eBook covers. On her service page she lists what she does for each of those services:

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Once you have a service page what you can do next is create blog posts that highlight your services. So, if one of your services is eBook covers, then maybe creating a blog post on why eBooks are the best lead magnet for your blog and then linking to your services page in the post can generate some income.

Finally, you want to create a graphic for your services so you can share it on social media.

2. Dabble in Affiliate Marketing

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Okay, a lot of bloggers are trying out affiliate marketing, because it does work. It’s an easy way to start making any money from your blog.

But if you are only doing affiliate marketing, you’re going to have a hard time making a living. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are bloggers that are totally making a viable income from purely doing affiliate marketing.

What you – stay-at-home mama – can do is dabble in affiliate marketing. Get your “feet” wet and see how the whole process goes.

If you’re unsure what affiliate marketing is, it’s when you promote other people’s products or services and earn a commission from it.

A lot of bloggers become an affiliate for their hosting company or for tools they use like Tailwind. For example, here’s SiteGround’s affiliate commissions:

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So how do you start?

Once you figure out what you want to become an affiliate for (most likely it’s a tool, theme, plugin or course you’ve had first-hand experience with), you’re going to want to make a tutorial post.

Why a tutorial post and not some other type post?

Because when you show step-by-step instructions on HOW to use your affiliate product, people will be more likely to buy what you are promoting.

It sort of helps drop the veil of uncertainty for many bloggers.

For example, Melyssa Griffin did a tutorial post on how to create a free library recourse on your WordPress blog.

And what she did that was smart, because she made a video tutorial. Since this was a plugin she was referring to her readers, actually showing how to use it is way more beneficial than just writing the steps out (and it was probably easier too!)

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Once you make a tutorial based post, you can promote it on social media. From there you want to place your special referral link in all relevant posts on your blog.

If you have been doing some affiliate marketing and want to increase your commissions, here’s a post on how to triple your affiliate earnings.

3. Create a Digital Product

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Now this is a turning point for many mama bloggers. You’re actually going from mom to mompreneur here. It’s a big move mama, but one that I know many of you are want to do.

I made the switched from offering a service to offering a product over on my freelance writing site a little over a half a year ago and it was the best decision I ever made!

Creating a product – eBook, course, video series, planners – is awesome because once you make it, you can sell it over and over again. It also has the potential for passive income.

I’m always shocked when I learn I made sales when I was sleeping!

It’s the best feeling.

But, wait a minute – not sure you have the time or know-how to create a digital product?

Some easy products you can create are:

  • an eBook
  • printables
  • stock photos

One that’s a bit bigger is creating an online course. My Ready Set Blog for Traffic is my first course for Twins Mommy. I used Teachable to host my course and created video lessons.

I needed a microphone and a video editing software to create the lessons.

Once you create your product, set up a PayPal page on your blog (or use Teachable to host your sales page and payment plan), and a thank you email, you’re good to go.

4. Open Up an Etsy Shop

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Are you a crafty person? Maybe you know how to knit, sew or create custom decor pieces. Why not turn that hobby into an actual business?

You can do that by opening up an Etsy shop. I know many stay-at-home moms doing this and making a decent income too!

And you don’t even need to sell physical products. You can create subway art, printables, banners or media kits if you want.

Pretty cool huh?

Start Making A Side Income Today

Using your blog to make money is a goal for many mamas. It can be a challenge to turn your blog into a business, but these four income ideas can help get you easily started.

And don’t forget to grab the free guide on the quickest way to make money as a stay-at-home mom.

Over to you – are you side hustling it? If so, how you are earning an income from your blog?

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38 Comments

This post is remarkably thorough. Such an empowering piece to equip moms. I’ve recently begun work as an online affiliate marketer from home and the income potential is staggering. It all depends on the commission rate of the products and/or services promoted. I’m thrilled to be home with my babes, while contributing to our household income and I love equipping other moms to do the same. #LifeWithoutRegretReply to Sara
Hi Sara! You’re right about the commission rate on affiliate products. That’s why I don’t promote every product out there with an affiliate program. If the commission rate is right AND I love the product then I will promote it. Thanks for stopping by!Reply to Elna
There is always ways to make extra income if you take the time to look around. Great post!Reply to Marc
Hi Elna, These tips are very helpful. I’m currently looking for opportunities online as I’m going to be SAHM after I give birth. I’m looking into monetizing my blog and trying affiliate marketing. I hope it wil work for me. Btw, I regularly follow your blogs. You’re an inspiration.Reply to Leah
I hope to start a blog one day I know it is harder than it seems. I have applied for many jobs at home and it seems to get me down when you are getting nowhere. I love your ideas they keep me hopeful!Reply to ashley
Hi Ashley! Keep going and keep taking action! Starting a blog isn’t as hard or as expensive as many people think! You get a self-hosted blog with a URL for under $100 a year! I also have a step-by-step tutorial you should check out! https://twinsmommy.com/start-a-blog-for-beginner/ As for working from home, I honestly feel starting a service-based business like freelance writing is the best way to get money quickly. Of course, affiliate marketing is another way, but it takes more time to get that level of income that you would receive from a service. I also have a lot of info on freelance writing over on my blog ElnaCain.com!Reply to Elna
I am a stay at home mom I’ve found your post very informative.Thanks for sharing this great tips at least this an eye opener to Stay-at-Home Moms that are so many jobs that can do at home while looking after their children.Reply to Lucy
Hi Lucy! You’re welcome 🙂 I hope you found a great biz to try out at home.Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, Thanks for your post. I’ve been trying desperately to think of a product I could offer but it always seems like one million other moms have already beaten me to it. I also feel like I’m limited as well because I really would like this future product to relate to my already existing blog (Italian lifestyle-food-mommy blog). Would be a shame to start something entirely different (like teaching aerobics/dance/piano)…or can it be done?Reply to Italian
Hi! I know what you mean. I feel the same way. I want to create a course or some product for Twins Mommy but feel everything has been done before. So, I’m just sitting on it for now. I would still go forward with your idea for your food-mommy blog. If you have an audience then you should have no problem!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna! I am reading another one of your blog posts. I am thinking about freelancing because having side money seems nice. But it doesn’t seem very fun when writing becomes solely about making money. I like to write (mostly fiction) because it’s fun. It’s a stress relief for me. But if I approach the ideas you’ve listed with making money as my end goal, it loses its appeal. Your post offers some interesting ideas but blogging is about all I good for – but I don’t think the things I blog about would grow a following big enough to make money. I don’t have a head for business, lol. How do you keep writing fun while making money?Reply to Lacey
Hey Lacey, That’s a great question. I get paid to write on topics that I LOVE to write about. Things like lead generation, blogging tips, email marketing and more. I also have two pleasure blogs (TwinsMommy and Elna Cain) where I help moms and freelance writers. I create content that I want to write about. All of that helps me combat sort of the daily grind of writing content for my clients, because yes, it can get a little boring or un-creative at times. But, I don’t say no to $300 for a 1,000 word post!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna! I LOVED reading this post. It was very inspiration, especially to a rookie 😉 Thank you so much for taking time to be so helpful to others and very informative. From one momma to another, I know how busy the day can get! Your post is fabulous! Maybe one day soon, I too will be freelancing it up! Thanks again girl! Have a great day and God bless!Reply to Sha
Hey Sha! Thanks so much. I love connecting with other mama bloggers. So happy you found some good ideas to make some extra cash! I LOVE freelance writing and blogging so it’s fun to get paid to write things like email marketing, blogging tips, lead generation and Pinterest! 🙂Reply to Elna
Thank you for sharing Elna. You’ve definitely helped my with growing my online biz and blog.Reply to Tori
Hey Tori! Thanks so much! Glad you liked my post.Reply to Elna
I agree! In this modern and innovative world, we have to be resourceful in looking for great ideas for home-based work.Reply to Jackie
Thanks Jackie, Yes, blogging has been great to helping moms stay home and help them get money! Yay!Reply to Elna
This is such a great post! Even works if you’re not a stay at home mom. I been wanting to try to create a digital product but have been kind of hesitant. Might help me make some extra cash though so I can invest back into my business. I’ll have to think about it.Reply to Vanessa
Hey Vanessa, I know you what you mean. I’m thinking about making another course (well a new course for this blog) but I just don’t have the time. But it’s not a huge priority at the moment.Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, Nowadays there are many mamas who are working from home and handling an online business. They should have a perfect schedule to follow. We all know that it’s hard to handle the business and the family together. The points you have mentioned are really helpful. I am sure many women will learn from it. An informative post indeed. Hope you are having a great time. ~RaviReply to Ravi
Hey Ravi, Thanks so much. Being a mom and a blogger and solopreneur is tough for sure! But I wouldn’t change it for the world 🙂Reply to Elna
These are great suggestions Elna. You sure came up with some great ideas for mamas who want to run their own business. I’m working on a couple of these myself. It’ taking me a little longer now that my schedule has changed but I’m making progress. 🙂 You know I’m passing this along! I hope you had a great weekend. Have a great new week. CoriReply to Corina
Hey Corina, Thanks so much for sharing my post over on FB. I really appreciate it 🙂 You’re doing amazing girl! Love both of your blogs and love how you are updating the look too. That’s great to hear you are doing some of these strategies. Which one is the most successful for you? Thanks for stopping by!Reply to Elna
Very helpful advice. I bookmarked it for future reference.Reply to Irina
Hey Irina! Thanks a bunch. Glad you liked it.Reply to Elna
Awesome tips! I’ve been going back and forth with a service concept to offer but I think I’ve finally narrowed it down. Next step get my butt into action. I’m not a stay at home mom, I work full time and have 3 kids (ages 2,4 and 10) so its just never enough time in the day.Reply to Kara
Hey Kara, Thanks so much. So happy to hear you have narrowed down your plan to offer a service! Way to go!Reply to Elna