One of the biggest shocks when you first have a child, can be your drop in disposable income. Having to rely on your other half to give you "pocket money" so to speak, can be quite demoralising. So here are some ideas of how you can generate some extra cash for yourself, whilst being a Stay At Home Mum.
Market Research companies love Mothers! This is a really easy option to earn some pocket money, as you don't have to leave the house if you don't want to. Just sign yourself up to a Market Research company and start doing online surveys for them. The more surveys you do, the more points you acquire, and then those points transfer into gift cards once you have reached certain limits. The gift card values can range from $20.00 - $100.00, depending on the number of points you have.
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You can also do "at home" product testing for the companies, where they will send you items such as food or cleaning products. Then you road test them in your own home, and answer questions in regards to how much you liked them (or not).
Another option is that you can do taste tests externally. This will require you to leave the house and attend a venue as directed by the company. They are generally held on weekends or in the evening, so hopefully your partner, or another carer can look after your kids. An example of what you may do is taste test a new burger for a chain of fast food restaurants. Compensation is usually in the form of a gift card (eg. $50.00 gift card for a 30 minute taste test).
Some of the best Market Research companies in Sydney are:
This is a realtively new concept in Australia, where you sell your own food! So if you are a brilliant baker or a culinary genius you can register and then time poor people will start purchasing your delicious food.
Letter Box Drops
Companies are always on the lookout for walkers to fill letter boxes with leaflets, the local newspaper or catalogues. This is a great way to get outdoors and keep fit. You can even take the baby along in the pram (and use the bottom of the pram to carry all of your leaflets). You will however normally need a car to go and collect the leaflets from the distributor.
Obviously as a Mum your babysitting experience is fairly decent, so why not advertise your services to other parents who may be in need of some time out. You can either register with an online company so that they can advertise your services, or just post an ad yourself on a local community bill board for free.
Stack shelves at the local supermarket
All the big retail chains need to restock their shelves in the evening. So once the kids are in bed (and obviously you have a responsible adult in the house) you can pop up to your local supermarket and work a few hours in the evening. Coles and Woolworths are always in need of mature employees, especially in peak seasons like Christmas.
Start your own blog
Starting your own blog is very easy. And obviously there are loads out there. But you do need to realise that earning income from your blog takes time (unless you have some magic way of generating 10,000 readers over night). You can get paid by selling advertising space on your blog as well as by doing sponsored posts for companies. This Choice article is quite helpful on how to get started.
Drive for Uber
If your kids are at school during the day, and you have a decent car (and a driver's license), you can sign up with Uber and start your very own taxi service. Uber drivers work their own hours, and only accept fares they want.
If you're a shopaholic then why not get paid to do it? When you sign up to be a mystery shopper you are told what store you need to visit and what you need to ask once inside. Basically your job is to test the level of customer service and satisfaction that you receive.
Do you have a passion for writing? Are you able to express yourself clearly and write articles that would be of interest to fellow Mums? Then come and write for the Sydney Mums Group. Click here for more information.
The above ideas won't make you rich ovenight, but they will help to generate a little bit of money for you. Life with kids is very expensive, and sometimes it's nice to be able to treat yourself without worrying about using money from the household budget.