Several moms have told me that they just want to earn a little bit of money each month to help support their family or for some fun money. I think that is wonderful until they tell me what they want to pursue.
They usually want to pursue online survey taking or menial tasks that take hours of their time with very little reward. I just think that all moms deserve a better opportunity.
The Three Big Questions to Ask Yourself
Take a look at the opportunity you were thinking of pursuing and ask yourself these three questions.
- Does it interest you?
- How much would you be making per hour?
- What would you have to sacrifice to do this job?
If it doesn’t interest you and you will be making less than $12 an hour, then my advice is to walk away.
As moms, our time is so precious and yet so limited already. I’m always asked what I do all day and just laugh at the ignorance of the question.
Don’t waste your limited time trying to make money through menial internet tasks. Most moms I talk with would be happy with an extra $100 a week or about $400 a month.
You would have to click a lot of links, open a lot of emails, watch a lot of videos, or take a lot of surveys to make that money. These websites are designed to prey on moms and others who want to earn a little extra income from home.
Start With Creative Saving Solutions
I encourage all moms to make some budget changes before they take on menial tasks. Sometimes the right saving method will take you an hour a week, yet save you $60 a month. That would earn you more per hour than answering surveys!
Here are a few ideas:
- Forgo eating out once a week (about $25-50 saved per week and $100-200 per month)
- Borrow and use cloth diapers rather than disposable (about $15 per week saved or $60 per month)
- Dress yourself and kids in hand me downs or second-hand clothes (about $50-100 saved each month)
- Make your own yogurt with a simple recipe (about $20 saved per month of your family is really into yogurt
- Either cut cable or put your Hulu or Netflix on pause for a month ( cutting cable saves $50-100 per month. We have Hulu and try to pause or subscription every other month for an easy way to save $7.99 every other month)
- Practice a no-spend month for groceries and eat as much as you can from your pantry and freezer (saves about $350-450 a year)
- Cut back on children’s extracurricular activities (saves about $35-100 per month)
- Research switching Internet, phone, and insurance companies for better rates. You can even just call your current companies and ask if there are any promotions ( possible $25 saved per month)
- Practice meatless Monday (save about $40 per month)
- Buy and freeze clearance meats (save $25 per week, $100 per month)
And there are many, many more ways you can save at home. These are all ideas I try to do regularly to save money. I regularly buy meat 50-75% off and either turn it into a freezer meal that day or throw it straight in the freezer. This simple step saves us so much money and even allows me to feed my family organic meat more often. I will often buy yogurt and salad at a steep discount and consume them within 2 days.
Earn Money with These 7 Easy Jobs
Not only can you save money creatively, but you can make money creatively. These ideas can earn you some extra money without getting stuck in front of a computer screen all day.
- Babysit: If you already stay at home with your kids, sometimes it is not a big deal just throwing another little one into the mix.
- Pick up kids after school: Again, if you already have to do this, why not offer your services for another family or two.
- Meal prep: I love making freezer meals, and they are so simple to replicate. There are many families who would pay you to stock their freezer.
- Physical trainer: Already in great shape or did you lose a lot of weight? Send a shout out on Facebook offering in-home hour training sessions or meal plans at affordable prices.
- Sell used items on eBay, Craigslist and consignment: Later I’ll show you how to turn this into a regular position, but for now, just sell what’s around your house for a discount.
- Are you good at organizing or cleaning? Offer your services!
- Have a professional carpet cleaner and you rock at doing it? Offer your services!
I use to make $12 an hour writing articles. The problem was that I would have to write three 400-word articles to make the money. I felt like I was always rushing, and since the quality of the articles were so poor, I wasn’t growing in my skills. Plus, which magazine editor wants to hire you for your experience working in article mills?
The $12 an hour was just not worth it. I was doing soul-sucking work and not reaping the rewards. Did I really want to give up an hour with my precious babies to write crappy articles? I had to ask myself the same question when I was trying to make money with surveys or Swagbucks.
I urge you to look for ways to save money from your budget before you waste your time with lifeless Internet work. I also encourage you to find something you love to do and try to make $20+ per hour. I now only take jobs that I know will earn me $100-150 per hour. I am now doing more fulfilling work that I love, and I don’t have to spend as much time working to earn a good side income.