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I have been a SAHM (Stay-At-Home Mom) for almost 5 years now and I love it!
Being a SAHM gives you all the freedom, especially when you already have school-aged kids. I would love to go back to work in the future but as of right now, Cassie’s school schedule is hindering me from landing even a part-time job. She’s has odd school hours and I want to be able to drop her off and pick her up.
During this free time that I have, I make money. Do you want to learn how? Keep reading.
One question that goes in every SAHM’s mind – how do I make money while waiting for my kids to get out of school?
I’ve seen and experienced a ton of websites out there that promises to be your source of income and ended up being a scam or just emailed you a bunch of junk mails. No fun and no money. I researched and found legitimate ways to get extra money without spending a dime or collecting junk emails.
- Sell Your Unwanted Clothes
This is by far the most common way to make extra money out there. I’ve seen and sold a lot of clothes in my years and I’ve only stuck to one, ThredUp.
I have sold a ton of my clothes and Cassie’s on this site and have never been disappointed. Unlike other online consignment sites, they are not very strict on just branded clothes. As long as it’s in wearable condition. This makes it easier for Moms like me, who don’t buy a lot of name brands, to sell our unwanted clothes.
Selling clothes to ThredUp is super easy. All you need to is order a Clean Out Kit and depends on how busy they are, they usually send out your bag within a week or a specific date. Best part? You can order multiple bags! There are 3 options for your clean out bag:
- FREE Donation Bag – They send you a big and you fill it with your unused clothes, donate it to charity and receive a tax receipt.
- FREE Standard Bag – They pay you for your accepted items.
- $16.00 Expedited Bag – This option is for fast processing of your bag. They will process your bag within one week of arrival and deduct $16.00 from your earnings.
Once you have your kit, just fill it with your unwanted clothes and seal it using their built in seal on the bag. You can check their accepted quality and appearance list, to make sure that your clothing passes their quality check.
Now that you have everything ready to go, all you need to do is ship the bag to them and they will take care of the rest. I usually just schedule a pickup through my local USPS. ThredUp will then email you if you’re bag is on the way to their HQ. They will send out another email once they received it and how long it takes for them to process your bag, usually about a week or two, sometimes earlier. When everything is processed on their end, you will get a final email of how much you’ve earned and whether you want to receive the payout through PayPal or check
If you’re one who wants to price your items, especially branded ones, you can sell your unused clothes on Poshmark. You can upload your listings using your desktop or you can download their app on iOS or Android.
Although creating a list on Poshmark is a bit of work, you do get more money since you are the one pricing your items. When you are ready to sell, all you need to do is take a photo of your clothing and upload it on the app. You can include all the details necessary for your item to sell (color, brand, quantity, etc.!). You can also see how much you will be earning on the details page. Poshmark takes a selling fee based on your earnings.
- Sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat fee of $2.95.
- Sales of $15 or more, they get 20% and you keep the 80%.
If someone purchases your listing, Poshmark will send you a pre-paid and pre-addressed USPS Priority Mail label. All you have to do is find a box that fits your item and ship it. Your payment will be available for you to withdraw within 3 days of delivery. You can choose to direct deposit it or request a check. You can track all of these on your Poshmark account.
2. Sell Your Passion
If you have a passion for art or photography, there are websites out there that would buy your work.
Etsy has been one of the biggest online shop for handmade products there is. You can sell anything from crafts, DIY’s, flatlays, themes and everything you can create. All you need to do is create an account and build your shop.
This is just like Etsy but more on the digital side. If you have a passion for graphic design or you create fonts, Creative Market is your site.
You can easily open a shop and add your listing right away. You earn 70% of your sale, you can set your own prices and they don’t lock you in for exclusivity. They have a network of over 2 millions members, so your chances of getting a sale is very big.
If you are great in taking photos and not making money out of it, you should start now. There are sites out there that will buy your photos. Some do royalty free while some don’t. You just need to do a thorough research before uploading your photos.
Sites where you can sell your images:
Love to write? Be a blogger!
This sounds like a lot of work but trust me, it’s totally worth it. I have been blogging for almost 5 years now and I wish I started sooner. If you love to write and share your ideas to the world, then be a blogger or a writer.
Starting a blog sometimes is overwhelming but as long as you have the resources to start one, it will help you make the transition easier. Unlike all of the ways above, money doesn’t come quick when you’re a blogger. You have to really put your heart to it and enjoy what you’re doing. Write about what you love and what you think readers out there will enjoy. If you are a parent, blog about parenting topics. If you’re into health and fitness, write about healthy food options. There are so many topics and niches that you can write about. The options are endless.
If you’re not sure, there a lot of courses out there that you can take to help you in your blogging journey. Writing doesn’t have to be intimidating. Once you get the hang of it, you can see that it will start to pay off. You can also start getting yourself a Social Studies tuition.
Some of these money making ways might not work for others but that doesn’t mean it won’t for you. As long as they don’t sound “scammy” or too good to be true, then you should definitely give it a try.
There are so many ways out there to make money when you’re a SAHM, if you know some, share them below.