There is no question about it, being a stay-at-home mum is a full-time job. From cleaning and cooking to childcare and shopping, stay-at-home mums rarely have a moment to themselves. Many mums do find the time, however, to earn extra money in a variety of easy ways.
Working from home
For those who enjoy research and can write well, money can be made doing freelance and contract writing projects. A variety of online content providers and freelance writing sites offer assignments and opportunities for mums to make some extra money working at their computer just a few hours a day.
For those who are better at working with their hands, an online shop can be set up to sell handmade arts and crafts. Many existing online venues have a market for homemade goods and are a great place to sell crocheted, knitted, quilted, and woven creations.
Selling old items for extra cash online
One of the best and easiest ways to earn extra money is by selling old items. In addition to the cash that is generated when you sell your stuff, getting rid of unused and unwanted items also helps to reduce the clutter in the house and makes maintaining a storage unit unnecessary.
Reaching the widest audience possible is usually the best way to get items sold quickly, and the internet is the best place to do this. Adverts for items can be placed on centralised sites, or an individual site can be set up. Most newspapers offer online classifieds and many local websites also offer classified advertising. Some local websites and newspapers will place adverts for free. Anybody can quickly start selling items online to earn extra money; taking a picture and providing an accurate description of the item and its condition are the only real requirements. Single items can be sold individually, and similar or connected items can be sold as a lot.
For the most part, selling online offers a high return on a minimal investment. Items can be offered for bidding at an auction site, or a set price can be asked. Buyers can either bid until the sale closes or can purchase an item or items outright. Advertisement is cheap and far-reaching, and the money from the sale can be accessed quickly via sites like PayPal.
It may be best to sell large amounts of old and used items through an organised sale, such as a car boot sale. Car boot sales are very popular and offer buyers an opportunity to see and touch items before purchasing. Often organised by local charities or churches, car boot sales allow a large number people to offer a varied selection of items at once.
Other handy options include church fetes and other events designed to bring people together to invest a little bit of time and money in their local area. Stalls can be set up to carry stock and display items as prominently as possible and a well-placed raffle or tombola table can really make a difference to the number of people that come and check out your items.
So as you can see there are lots of quite easy ways to earn extra money!