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 went 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 in 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 form them.

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

We suggest you to evaluate yourself before reading on.

Take notice of your strengths and weakness 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 suits 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 jobs 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 day care 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 kids of your friend’s friends or other outside clients.

How much will you earn from this?

The average earning of a home-based child care 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 in 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 day time 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 then 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 form this?

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


  • Easier way to make money then 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 have 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 assistant 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 form this?

A virtual assistant on average make $15.80 on hourly bases going up to $100 per hour.


  • You get to set your working schedule.
  • You can pick from any of the wide range of service available according to your interest and skills.
  • VA’s are high in demand with plenty of jobs available in the market place.
  • Virtual assistant are paid hourly and on flat rate which give 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 form 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 form the comfort of your home.

However, unlike the virtual assistant you have to narrow done more on your skills and develop on it.

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, book keeping and photographing.

What you will be earning form this?

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


  • Lot of work 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 understate requirements of you clients very carefully and deliver accordingly.
  • While you can earn good money form freelance writing it nowhere near equals to what you can earn from blogging.
  • Very difficult for people to find clients especially to those who don’t know from 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. Design and sell t-shirt customized according to the latest trends.

What you will be earning form this?

According to a study of the 52% of small home-based business, 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 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 form 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 are probably 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 form this?

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


  • A good source of passive income without any efforts.
  • You get top turn your liability onto money-making asset
  • You still get full control on when to rent it and when to not rent it.


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

7. Teacher/Tutor


If you are good ion explaining things and have been complemented on your etching skills then we highly recommend you to 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 a 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 form this?

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 on average $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, being a direct sales associate to any brand.

What you will be earning form this?

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


  • 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 that 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 your interest.
  • You can work from anywhere at any time.
  • Great earning potentials


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

10. Start a YouTube Channel


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

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

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


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


  • You would need to dedicate yourself 100% towards 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 got a house near the airport, beach or any other tourist hot spot, we highly recommend registering it in Airbnb.

And if you have never heard of one, it is nothing more than a bread and breakfast platform for travelerss 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 in 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 has spared 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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