Not many women get paid maternity leaves or have government assistance after having a baby. The rules pertaining to maternity leaves are different in different countries and also depend upon the employer. As a result, many families struggle to make ends meet when the female bread-earner quits her job to look after the kids. If you are looking for work from home options on your maternity leave, here are some choices.
1. Create a website or a blog
If you do not already have one, you should make one right away. A blog or website can help you tie up with affiliate marketers so you earn through commissions on every sale you make for them. For example, you sign up with a person who sells e-books. Each time your readers download or read his books, you get 50% in commissions. Here are the steps to become an affiliate marketer. Your site can also help you make money with Adsense or Pay Per Click or Pay Per View marketing. Note that these are not the easiest ways to start making money from home right away; you need to be patient. Also, you’d need to make some basic investment to make money in this manner. If you do not have time to update the blog/website, you may want to outsource this work to someone. After all, great content is paramount to selling stuff online. Also, you’d need a bit of technical know-how about this.
2. Sell stuff on eBay
This is a great way to get money while on maternity leave. The key is to find items on eBay for less and then immediately resell them. To find great bargains, you can buy at midnight or up to 3 am when most people are asleep. Then sell the same items for slightly higher price by putting great pictures and using the right keywords and descriptions to sell those items and creating auctions at the correct time when people buy. Here are detailed ways to sell stuff on eBay.
3. Start a blog with a purpose or mission
Hundreds of mothers are known to make money online with a blog or through writing. A blog having a purpose or mission can help you earn money through affiliate programs, ads and paid reviews. Many sites allow you to create blogs for free including wordpress, Blogger.com etc. In case you do not have the know-how for creating a blog, you can use a forum or at least a landing page to reach target audience.
4. Get paid to write reviews
Sponsored Reviews include websites that accept reviews and pay you significant amount of money per accepted review. This is a good and easy way to make maternity leave money. Here are some tips to help you get started.
5. Sell eBooks
eBooks or Kindle publishing are great ways to make money from home. Users can easily download your books so the more copies you sell, the more passive income you get. Try writing informative and detailed books on parenting, natural living, baby care, recipe books etc. These topics are always in vogue and sell like hot cakes. If you are good at it, you can also go in for fictional books in romance, suspense or thriller categories.
6. Teach or create online courses
This might not be an option for busy moms who have newborn babies but it is one of the ideas to consider ‘how to make money from home’. You will need a computer with Internet or at least a SmartPhone with Skype or video calling. Teaching is a satisfying job and you can earn and also live your passion. You need to be committed though in order to be successful. Additionally, you can create online courses using free sites like Coursecraft etc.
7. Freelance writing
Freelance writing is a great way to get money while on maternity leave. You can become a guide on About.com or other content networks that allow people to write for them. Of course, you will need to be a great writer and also dedicate time to writing for which you earn revenue shares from these sites. You can also register yourself as a writer on Upwork where people post jobs to find writers such as yourself. Many need content on a regular basis and you can earn thousands of dollars per month online. You’d need to establish yourself as a reliable writer first before you start making money.
8. Sell your products
Many mums are making decent amount of money by turning their hobbies into money making businesses. If you have the time and the creativity, you can make and sell jewelry, soaps, t-shirts, beauty products, food items etc. If is definitely possible to make money on Etsy and/or eBay with your hobbies; you just need to find the right marketplace first.
9. Create music or videos
If you are gifted in this area, you can write and sell your music. Many platforms allow you to sell music and videos etc. Google Play, iTunes and Spotify are just a few examples.
10. Try photography
Earn money on maternity leave by taking great photos and selling them on Fotolia, ShutterStock and so on.
11. Buy and sell website
Many places allow you to sell your website and some have actually sold for 6 figures! Naturally, you need to have a well established website first before you can sell it. Likewise, you can also sell a domain name that you own.
12. Sell or recycle clutter
There are people willing to buy your clutter. Why not recycle unused gadgets, clothes, computers, books, antiques, gaming consoles etc and create space at home while earning money in the process?
13. Create apps
Naturally, you need the technical know-how and must love programming and coding. Apps are all the rage and you can earn tons of money provided Internet users love your apps.
14. Rent out stuff
Right from renting unused items to a room in your home, there is a lot of money to be made in this manner.
15. Make money on Social media
Social media is an attractive tool for business to advertise on. You can get paid to tweet for someone of make posts on Facebook or Instagram for their business. You can also get paid for liking posts on Facebook.
16. Try your hand at day trading
Throw your hat into the ring and try day trading. It is easily the best way to make money from home. Naturally, you need to have some money to invest and you will also need to learn the ins and outs of day trading. Also, if the market crashes due to political or other events, you might end up losing a bit.So there is a risk involved. However, it is easily the best way to plan your retirement.
17. Take the risk with online gambling
This is a risky way to make money while on unpaid maternity leave. Bingo, poker, sports betting, card games etc are some games one can make money on. Naturally, you should be very careful when using these techniques.
18. Fill surveys
Not the most interesting way but this can help you make money from home. You need to have a computer with access to the Internet and of course an opinion. Naturally, you’d have to fill in tons of surveys before you actually make money.
19. Translate or transcribe
You need to have ears or knowledge of another language for these jobs. Businessmen and academic institutes are also in need for transcribers for audio to text transcriptions.
20. Phone apps
Many SmartPhone apps can help you make money from home. You just need to watch videos or do certain tasks like download stuff or shop or simply walk around town taking pictures. I have listed some more interesting ways in which apps can help you make money.
Try these 20 easy ways to make money on maternity leave and change your life for the better!