Life as a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) has plenty of ups and downs. Most days are super busy and the thought of making money as a stay at home mom as well as running the household can be extremely daunting. (But have hope – it can be done)
Being a Stay At Home Mom is nothing like I ever imagined it to be
When I was trying to conceive and throughout my pregnancy I always dreamt of the days where I was home with my new baby all day.
I’d dream my house would be spotless, my washing and ironing up to date, and a yummy dinner on the table each night plus cupcakes and whatever else I’d baked that day! Oh how much further from the truth could my imagination have been!! (I’m sure I must have thought that the baby would just sit in the bouncer all day or something!)
But the reality of being a Stay At Home Mom obviously turned out much differently to how I pictured. The reality is babies don’t just sit and sleep in the bouncer all day, they are hungry (on and off all day long), they are tired (but will only go to sleep if you’re holding them), they vomit or mess their nappies and clothes (you can bath them a couple of times a day!)
Reality is the baby takes up your whole day!
You’re extremely lucky to get a load of washing done (even luckier if you get the time to hang it on the line to dry) let alone cook dinner and bake cupcakes etc for hubby’s lunch tomorrow!
Obviously the events of the day for a Stay At Home Mom change as the child gets older. As they grow they want your attention in a different way. They want to be entertained all day! They want to play or go to the park or do art and crafts. (Oh but they are still hungry all day!) And you can spend your time setting up an activity for your little one and they literally can sit and do that activity with you for 5 mins and then they are over it and are ready to move on to the next fun thing!
Is it nap time yet?
Every Stay At Home Mom I know would hang out for nap time during the toddler years. It was the time you set aside each day to do your chores without interruption. Of course reality is you were so tired and desperate to finally have peace when your toddler was napping that you usually would end up plonking yourself in front of the daytime soaps on TV to have some mind numbing zone out time and the washing would have to wait for another time! (Or you would try and catch up on a nap yourself – don’t even get me started about the middle of the night routine of a baby!!)
But as a Stay At Home Mom – you just wouldn’t have it any other way
The thought of sending your child to childcare is scary. How can you leave them with strangers? What if you miss out on their important milestones? Who would cuddle and comfort them the way only you can? But unless hubby makes a really good income, you soon start to miss that income you use to bring in before your baby arrived and brought with it a long list of new expenses!
And so the desire to earn some money grows
For some moms the expenses far outweigh hubby’s income and so have no choice but to return to the workforce. (And that’s ok – no judgement here people!) For others the main expenses are covered but are so use to the finer things in life that the need to earn some money becomes a desperate desire. (Mother’s groups can be very competitive and expensive if you decide to ‘try’ and keep up!)
Searching was NO help!
Don’t waste your time (and money) like I did when this desperate desire sets in – searching the net for the perfect way you can earn money online as a SAHM. (Read more here about the time and money I wasted!)
But… Making money as a Stay at home mom can be done. And I’ve living proof of that!
(I’m not making enough to retire anytime soon, but I’m doing ok at making a part time income.)
My youngest is now nearly 3 and the oldest nearly 8 (going on 18!) Life is busy – with all the running around on top of all the other daily chores. The school run, (morning and afternoon), the trips to soccer training and dance practice. And then both children also do swimming lessons (of course on different days of the week). Honestly – I wouldn’t have time to work a 9 to 5 job if I had to!
The need to contribute financially is real!
I did feel the need to start to earn money for myself again. I felt I wanted to contribute financially as well as domestically! (My husband never put the pressure on me to start to earn money – I guess if anything I put the pressure on myself as I wanted to take some of the financial burden off of him)
Completing Online Surveys = Frustrating Times
I spent a lot of time (in between entertaining my youngest or while she was napping) signing up to online survey sites and completing surveys. Although a lot of time I either didn’t satisfy the requirements to complete certain surveys or in order to make money completing surveys I’d have to take up offers (which would mostly cost me more money than what the initial survey was paying!) Aaargh! It was frustrating – I often felt I was going backwards – all while my desire to earn extra money for our family grew stronger!
Making money as a stay at home mom can actually be achieved!
By the time I finally came across an actual real way making money as a stay at home mom could be achieved my youngest was old enough to entertain herself for short periods of time. This meant I could seize some time to spend at my computer each day while she was playing with her dolls. And when she was done with her dolls I’d have the play dough set up for her and again she was old enough to sit and play with the play dough while I was sitting working at the computer. (She was always in my eyesight – never fear!)
No un-interrupted time for us moms!
Of course the time I spend working on my computer is never un-interrupted time! As a stay at home mom you don’t get long periods of interrupted time – ever! That’s why it’s handy that as a mom you’ve already learnt to multitask!
And the days where my child is sick or just doesn’t give me the time I need to spend on the computer I usually get a couple of hours at the computer after both children are in bed. (Again my children are now going on 3 and 8 – so once they are in bed they are usually there for the night and I’m no longer up and down all night – every night like I was when they were younger)
You must put in the time to make money as a stay at home mom!
Whilst making money as a stay at home mom isn’t nearly as easy as what most of the scam get rich quick sites claim (you know the ones with the pictures of beautiful beaches, fast cars and mansions) – but it definitely can be done. But you should know – it does take your time. Time to spend learning from the educational tools and time to spend on creating your very own profitable website.
My personal experience of making money as a stay at home mom
If you’d like to know more about the real way I’ve found making money as a stay at home mom can be achieved click here to read my personal experience at Wealthy Affiliate.
And as always if you have any questions or comments on how I’ve managed at making money as a stay at home mom whilst juggling the family household please ask/comment below and I’ll be happy to answer the best way I can!