Best Home-based Jobs for Stay at Home Moms and/or Dads


Dear mommies and daddies, while you look for home-based jobs, we would like you to look at your kids for a minute.

Answer the following questions:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could earn some extra bucks while you took care of your kids?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could financially secure your kids before they even go to college?

We bring this up because, in reality, working at a home-based job is brutal, to say the least.

In that situation, the best motivator is your reason for working from home to stop you from sinking into depression or giving up.

Apart from the self-motivation, working from a home-based job is a very profitable profession.

You can earn some handsome money with all the time flexibility that you need.

This article will become your best guide in knowing the best home-based job ideas, their pros and cons, and how much you can earn from them.

Make sure to look at the bonus idea at the end to secure a steady and passive inflow of cash.

We suggest you evaluate yourself before reading on.

Take notice of your strengths and weaknesses and keep them in mind as you read along.

You can even ask your spouse, friends, colleagues, and neighbors about your strengths and weaknesses that they have noticed.

This information will help you decide on home-based jobs that suit you the most and where you have the most chance of success.

1. Child Care Provider


This is perhaps the easiest, most effortless, and fastest-earning home-based job on this list.

You already have a kid or two at your home whom you are taking care of.

Why not take care of your friend’s kids, too, and earn a few extra bucks while you are at it?

You’d be surprised to know how many people are willing to send their kids to in-home daycare providers as compared to commercial daycare centers.

You can start with your friend’s kids and get a hang of things.

If you want to expand your income, then consider taking care of the kids of your friend’s friends or other outside clients.

How much will you earn from this?

The average earning of a home-based childcare provider ranges from $4,000 to $10,000 per kid, depending on which state you are in.


  • You can start immediately just by contacting your inner circle and personal network.
  • You can make good money while helping your friends.
  • Your kid will have company and friends right at home.


  • You will be extremely busy, which is why you need to keep an eye on your kid and make sure you aren’t ignoring him.
  • You will be accountable and responsible for the safety and health of other kids.
  • It will limit your other daytime activities.

2. Pet Sitting


Taking care of other people’s pets is one of the best home-based jobs, as it requires less energy and effort than you would require for looking after a kid.

You can either open a doggy care center from your home or you can register on sites like Rover to get clients.

What you will be earning from this?

On average, a part-timer who takes 2-3 dogs for 2 weeks out for a month makes $1,000 per month. A full-time pet sitter that works 4 weeks a month and takes 2-3 dogs at a time can make $3,300 per month.


  • Easier way to make money than providing child care services
  • A much more steady income, especially if you already got pets.
  • Just like child care, you can start making immediately just by getting the word out in your personal network.


  • Your child may be allergic to some animal.
  • Your place absolutely has to be pet-friendly.

3.     Virtual Assistant


A virtual assistant is anyone willing to help a business owner manage and organize their work more properly and on time.

Virtual assistants can perform a wide range of responsibilities, from managing the business’s social media profiles, managing emails and blogs, writing content marketing, and managing finance.

Of course, you aren’t required to do it all.

You can pick a few services that you are good at and decide your rate on that.

What you will be earning from this?

A virtual assistant, on average, makes $15.80 on an hourly basis, going up to $100 per hour.


  • You get to set your working schedule.
  • You can pick from any of the wide range of services available according to your interests and skills.
  • VAs are in high demand, with plenty of jobs available in the marketplace.
  • Virtual assistants are paid hourly and at a flat rate, which gives the VAs a good income every time.
  • You can start making money as soon as you get your first client.
  • You get to learn business from a seasoned professional while getting paid for it.


  • Not all the services of a virtual assistant are paid equally. Some are even not paid that well.
  • You will need to become a nomad looking for clients.

4. Freelancer


When you decide to work as a freelancer, you open the door to endless opportunities.

Just like the virtual assistant, you can work straight from the comfort of your home.

However, unlike the virtual assistant, you have to narrow down your skills more and develop them.

To give you an example of the difficulties you’ll face, we have listed down the pros and cons of some of the highest-paying freelancing services, i.e., freelance writing, editing, proofreading, graphic designing, financial management, bookkeeping, and photographs.

What you will be earning from this?

The average freelancer makes $21 per hour, with some professions paying as high as $60 per hour for a web developer, $70 to $120 for a legal adviser, and $50 for a freelance writer.


  • A lot of work is available in the job market.
  • You get paid handsomely for doing what you love the most: writing.
  • You can set your working schedule as per your flexibility.


  • You have to understand the requirements of your clients very carefully and deliver accordingly.
  • While you can earn good money from freelance writing, it is nowhere near equal to what you can earn from blogging.
  • Very difficult for people to find clients, especially for those who don’t know where to start.

5. Entrepreneur


Breaking the stereotype, here are some of the best entrepreneurship ideas that will show you returns as soon as you start them. These are:

  1. Baking and selling your best recipes.
  2. Planning the parties of your friends and family as a profession and speeding it to get clients outside of your network.
  3. Starting a flower arranging business.
  4. Creating, designing and selling gift baskets for different occasions.
  5. Flea Market Flipping, i.e., selling things bought on flea market after doing a bit of renovation on them for higher price and profit.
  6. Start a laundry business in which you do laundry for other people.
  7. Designed and sold customized t-shirts according to the latest trends.

What you will be earning from this?

According to a study of 52% of small home-based businesses, 35 of them are earning revenue of $125,000 per year and more, while 93% of them do not require any employees for their business.


  • The best perk of starting a quick inventory turnover business is a good, steady income.
  • You can start getting revenue, covering your expenses, and making a profit quickly.
  • With the right skill set and business-savvy mind, anyone can do it.
  • It is extremely fun to do.


  • Knowledge of the actual, base, or book value of things you are thinking of buying is a must.
  • To run your own business from home, you would need to move around from place to place.
  • You would have to be aware of the changing trends and keep your business updated

6. Rent Out Your Car


This is something you can do alongside any other online thing you are doing.

If you are working online from your laptop, then you probably are not using your car.

Why not rent it out to people who need to use it?

There are different platforms available, like Getaround, where you can register yourself and your vehicle to let other people drive it as per their needs.

The best thing about platforms like these is that they screen the drivers beforehand and provide insurance, too.

What you will be earning from this?

On average, you can earn more than $800 per month by renting out your car.


  • A good source of passive income without any effort.
  • You get to turn your liability into a money-making asset.
  • You still get full control over when to rent it and when not to rent it.


  • Risk of wear and tear to your car.
  • Added miles and maintenance cost.

7. Teacher/Tutor


If you are good at explaining things and have been complimented on your teaching skills, then we highly recommend that you try being a teacher or tutor for home-based jobs.

There are endless opportunities when it comes to education.

You can teach a course online, sell a course on Udemy, become an educational material creator, teach music, be a fitness instructor, or become a life coach.

Whichever you find your interest leaning towards and your skills vouching for.

What you will be earning from this?

By teaching a course online, you can earn, on average, $13 to $20 per hour.  For being a life coach, you can make $25,000 to $40,000 with one year of experience, going up to $80,000 per 10-year experience. Although being a music teacher, you can make an average of $33.31 per hour.

I also recommend VIPKID for those of you interested in teaching students from China how to speak English.

8. Other Home-Based Services


Apart from the ones mentioned above, you can also provide other home-based services like being a sewer or a seamstress, being a beauty stylist, giving massage therapy, or being a direct sales associate to any brand.

What you will be earning from this?

On average, each of these services will make you money as:


  • Income potential is great
  • Works with your passion


  • You are responsible for everything
  • Overhead costs

9. Start a Blog


Blogging has increasingly become popular, and if you are a person who likes to express themselves and is good at writing, then this is the perfect home-based job for you.

According to a report, on average, bloggers earn $24,000 per year.

See our guide here to see how you can start a money-making blog as soon as today.


  • You can create a blog on any topic of interest to you.
  • You can work from anywhere at any time.
  • Great earning potentials


  • It will take 6 to 12 months before you can start seeing any return on your investments.
  • It will take a lot of effort and skills to develop a blog to its true potential

10. Start a YouTube Channel


If you are a creative person who likes to make videos on interesting, engaging, and relatable topics, then YouTube is the place for you.

You can make money on YouTube by doing many things, and yes, this includes playing Fortnite.

On average, you can earn between $5 to $30 on YouTube through CPM, especially if your views are coming from the UK, the USA, Australia, or Canada.


  • Like blogging, you can start a YouTube channel on any topic that interests you.
  • High-earning income potential
  • You get to set your schedule yourself.


  • You would need to dedicate yourself 100% to growing your channel to start making money.
  • Creating, editing, and uploading a video will take up much of your time

11. Airbnb Host (The Bonus)


If you have a house near the airport, beach, or any other tourist hot spot, we highly recommend registering it on Airbnb.

And if you have never heard of one, it is nothing more than a bread and breakfast platform for travelers all over the world.

On average, Airbnb hosts can make you $924 per month.

When you have registered, all you would need to do is maintain the house from time to time.

No other heavy work is required.


  • A great way to secure a passive income in a growing market
  • Frees up a lot of your time to do something else.
  • You get to start making money as soon as you get a guest.


  • You have to be very careful about the house you pick for your Airbnb hosting business.
  • You have to be extra careful since you are basically inviting strangers into your home.

Bottom Line

Working from home once used to be a dream, but not anymore.

There are more and more moms, dads, and real people making money from home.

I am one of those examples, and I must say, it is absolutely amazing.

If you want to get started on a job or even a career, I hope these ideas have sparked some curiosity in you.

The online space for work is not for everyone but can be for anyone.

Will you be the next mom or dad to land a home-based job?

I sure do hope so.

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