(Closed) SAHMs: Do you have any income? If so, what do you do?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
37 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

@midlifewoops:  have you thought about doing any sales jobs?

For example selling Gold Canyon Candles, Scentsy, Mary Kay, etc? I’ve been thinking of doing something similar but I’ve heard good things about all companies. 

Post # 4
4269 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am not currently providing any income, but I have some suggestions.

You can babysit or run a daycare center out of your home.

You can craft and sell your products.

There are several work at home opportunities such as editing, medical billing, telemarketing, collections, sales….

Part-time work if husband can watch the kid during your work hours.

If child is old enough, you can maybe work at the school they go to as a TA or an office assistant.

Post # 5
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am not a Stay-At-Home Mom, but many of my friends are. One friend watches like 4 other kids everyday, at her home. She provides them with activities and meals. They are her sons age, so he gets to socialize all day. So she makes quite a bit from that! Another friend sells Mary Kay products. And another friend knits things and sells them on Etsy. If I was a Stay-At-Home Mom I would love to refurnish old  furniture and sell on etsy! 

Post # 6
2491 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

After designing the invites/stationary for our own wedding, I’ve found a passion for graphic design. I’m thinking of opening an Etsy shop, but right now I just design (printable items) for friends, and other brides I’ve met on forums. I’m no professional by any means, but I’m thinking about going back to school to pursue it…

Post # 8
1103 posts
Bumble bee

Not a SAHM/SAHW but sort of am, I’m in school while SO works so I’m going to respond. 🙂

I sell Scentsy and Velata (from the same company).  I make around $100 a month with barely doing much at all, like not having the parties and stuff, just random orders with a party every few month. I want to be able to get it up to a lot more though, I met another consultant who consistantly gets over $10,000 a month. lol

Post # 9
1795 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am a Stay-At-Home Mom and I have made income several ways.  I work with two websites and do surveys and offers to make money (inbox dollars and fusion cash) I’ve made over $500 on each, so I know it’s not a gimmick.  I’ve also made crafts (sewing, scrapbooking, and other things) to sell.  You can sell on etsy, ebay, or at craft shows (some shows will even have free booths!). I also do some freelance writing.


If you are interested in either website, here are links, you get $5 to join and I think you need to earn 20 or 25 to get a check.

Inbox dollars- http://www.inboxdollars.com/?r=ref12385193

Fusion cash- http://fca.sh/17axn (abbreviated version)


Other suggestions to earn money from home:

Medical billing (you’d need a certificate though I think)

Customer service rep

Phone sex (you can earn $1 a minute at the right places)


Babysitting other children

Blogging and putting advertisements on your page

Selling makeup, candles, jewelry, etc.


Post # 10
9947 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I was a Stay-At-Home Mom for awhile when the kiddies were little… like others have suggested here, I sold stuff thru the “home party” aspect (altho now a lot of home party companies FINALLY allow their reps to sell direct vs always having to log a party).  It was a good way for me to make a bit of money.  And wasn’t a huge hassle.  I’d book 2 or 3 parties a week (nights & weekends) or “cheat” and take direct sales orders (from folks who had had parties in the past) and put a bunch of sales together thru as a party when I did my weekly sales report.  And any party perks from that “invisible party” would go to me… so I’d obtain more product for myself, or to showcase, or to sell to someone else (better profit margin).

Over the years I sold Tupperware, Avon and Candles.  By far Tupperware (in the 1980s) and Avon were the easiest… they literally sold themselves !!

When the kids got bigger they’d even help me bundle up the orders… Tupperware & Avon back then both just sent the Rep one huge box with everything from that Week’s Order in it.  I then had to sort it out, package it per order, and drop it off at the home of the gal who had the party (she’d distribute it to her Party Guests)

Nowadays, many of these companies skip all that step… and ship directly to the Customer.  So less hassle for the reps for sure.

I know several gals now who are in “direct sales” (the new term) and they love what they do… and the fact that they decide how much they want to work… as always the trick is finding a hot product that can sell itself.  Jewellery seems to be big now, as well as Cooking.  And there are a multitude of companies in each.  And as always, Avon is still a big draw too.  If I went back to this line of work… think I’d sell Avon again.

Hope this helps,


Post # 11
1351 posts
Bumble bee

My friend teaches English over Skype. The pay is (I think) $10 something per 50 minute session, so it’s not a huge amount, but it’s pretty easy and she seems to really enjoy it!

Post # 13
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not a Stay-At-Home Mom but I found this website from another bee. Its called cash crate and you take surveys. It’s pretty easy. what i like about it is that you don’t give out your bank info. They send you a check in the mail.


Here is my link if you would like to sign up…




Post # 14
1222 posts
Bumble bee

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@ButterflyDoll:   I’ve thought about doing the survey deals. Just wondering about how much you make for every survey or offer you complete?

Post # 15
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@ForeverBirds:  Sometimes its like 50 cents, others are $1.00. I do them while im watching tv for an hour or two a night. The past two nights I made $9.00. It’s not that much but I figure if I make about $20 a week, thats about $80 extra a month. They are pretty mindless…some you have to really read the questions and think more about your answer. The cash crate website I do won’t send you a check until you reach up to $20. I think another site i saw won’t pay you till you reach $30 so I like cash crate better.

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