Hey there Sea Changers, as you may or may not be aware, this site is all about assisting those wishing to fund their sea change via the establishment of an online business. I have until now always discussed the old sea change as a process of giving up the old 9 to 5 and heading into a change of lifestyle – whether it be semi retirement, change of location or even just taking a break from whatever it is that you have been doing.

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I have since identified another – the stay at home mom. Hence, I wanted to rectify my oversight by highlighting my 7 best ways to make money as a stay at home mom.

Now, please keep in mind here that I am talking about making money via online means and not stepping out and getting back into the workforce. So, with that in mind, let's check out my 7 methods below…

  1. Affiliate marketing
  2. Dropshipping
  3. Selling your own products
  4. Multi Level Marketing
  5. Online Surveys/Mystery Shopping
  6. Freelancing
  7. Virtual Assistant

1. Affiliate marketing

Now the first few here are based on blogging. I probably could have used that in the heading but I really wanted to focus more on the ways that income could be earned. I will however refer back to the topic of blogging or post writing as we run through it. So, in the meantime, let's start with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is the process in which you, as a marketer, refer customers to websites where they can purchase products based on your recommendations. The website that takes the sale then pays you a commission for the referral sale. These referrals can be done in a number of ways including:

  • Website links
  • YouTube
  • Podcasts
  • Social media campaigns

Sounds simple hey? And in general terms it actually is, but in actual operation, there is obviously a little more to it. The easiest way to outline the process is to break it down into four simple steps.

  1. Choose a niche – write about something that inspires you – you can find affiliate programs for just about anything you can think of.
  2. Build a Website – so that you can write great, problem solving materials and include your affiliate links.
  3. Attract visitors – make your website visible on the internet where those with problems to solve come and read your content.
  4. Earn revenue – visitors click on your links, make the purchase from the vendor and you get the commissions.

Affiliate marketing is a long term game and will not make money immediately. However, if you are looking for something that can sustain an income over a few years resulting in maybe never having to return to the workforce again, then it is well worth some more investigation.

Advantages

  • Subjects (niche) can be anything meaning you can write about your passion, interests or something that you are knowledgeable about.
  • Passive income can be generated for ongoing income.
  • Business can be set up without needing to leave the house.
  • Work can be done at any time that suits.

Disadvantages

  • Income is not immediate and can take months.
  • There are some initial costs for setup (not much, but some).
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2. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is another option that may appeal to stay at home mums, especially if they have the time to watch sales trends etc. This process is similar to affiliate marketing in that you may need to build a website and write posts to attract visitors. You can however skip the website and just run via marketplace sites but again, it helps if you choose a subject that interests you and you are passionate about .

In terms of operations, all is the same as above with the main differences being in relation to how the products are sold. With affiliate marketing, you are paid a commission on whatever price the vendor sets but do not manage any customer service, sales processes or post sales requirements. With dropshipping, you promote the product for whatever price you see fit as well as manage the sales processes and customer service. It works (in simple terms) as follows:

  • Strike a relationship with a wholesaler.
  • Promote the product for whatever price you see fit – often via a marketplace site such as Shopify, Amazon or Ebay.
  • Manage the sales processes and customer service.
  • Send the final order and payment to the wholesaler for packaging and shipping.

The money that you make is effectively the difference between whatever you managed to sell the product for and the wholesale price that you owe the vendor.

Advantages

  • As with affiliate marketing, subjects (niche) can be anything meaning you can write about your passion, interests or something that you are knowledgeable about.
  • Business can be set up without needing to leave the house.
  • Work can be done at any time that suits.
  • You own the customer list – which is another means of building an effective email list.
  • You control the cost of the product and hence the profit margins.
  • You can control when you put things on ‘sale’, group them in packages or increase the price for high demand items.

Disadvantages

  • Income is generally not immediate.
  • There is a bit more work to do in relation to customer and sales management
  • More of the work will need to be undertaken within normal workday hours (yep, when the little ones are awake).

3. Selling your own products

The next option is one for the crafty or thrifty where money can be made via the sale of your own products. There are a few methods to doing this so I have highlighted them below:

  • Sell products you make – this is as it sounds. Products are manufactured at home (paintings, sewing and needle craft, kids toys, furniture, home wares, camping gear – basically anything that you are good at making) and then sold either via your own personal website, marketplace stores such as eBay, Amazon, Shopify etc. or even via social media.
  • White-label – White-labelling is where you purchase ‘generic' products in bulk from a supplier, ad your own label/brand and then on sell under your own brand. Again, there can be sold via a website, marketplace platforms or social media. You could even sell at weekend markets etc. if you wanted to remove the online aspects of it all.
  • Flip products – This is a common approach to online sales and one that may not need as much setup as some of the options above. This process is simple:
  1. Trawl eBay etc. and find products that are cheap and popular (such as when fidget spinners first hit the market etc.).
  2. Buy all that you can for the cheap price.
  3. Resell them at a mark up for a profit.

Advantages

  • Income is more immediate than the first two options above.
  • Business can be set up without needing to leave the house.
  • Work can be done at any time that suits.

Disadvantages

  • There are higher initial costs for setup in terms of product purchase.
  • Inventory is kept in house meaning you need storage space.
  • You will need to handle all shipping both inwards and outwards.
  • There is a bit more work to do in relation to customer and sales management.
  • Some of the work will need to be undertaken within normal workday hours.
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4. Multi Level Marketing

Multi-level marketing (MLM) programs are the mainstay of the ‘party plan’ world of products such as Tupperware, Mary Kay and Amway etc. and, for a long time were the domain of housewives everywhere. Now, I don't mean that to be condescending it is just that at the time, it was one of the few businesses that stay at home moms could actually do from home when juggling the little ones etc.

In this day and age, MLM businesses can be operated via the traditional person to person selling methods or as an online venture (basically mirroring the affiliate marketing processes outlined above) and works as follows:

  1. You attract potential customers either in person or online.
  2. They are offered an incentive to sign up as a member of the program (there are different names for this but they all mean the same thing).
  3. That new member is then placed ‘underneath’ you in a hierarchical arrangement.
  4. You then gain extra commissions for everything they sell as well.

Let's be honest, MLM is not an easy market to make money in, however many stay at home mums are successful here as they have access to large networks of friends, family and acquaintances that they can sell to (mothers groups alone can be a very fruitful market). They do require constant recruitment but with programs spanning a huge range of niches, there is some money to be made from home here.

Advantages

  • Some income can be made fairly quickly (not huge, but some).
  • Business can be set up without needing to leave the house.
  • Work can be done at any time that suits.
  • Selling can be done organically via personal networks.
  • Camaraderie can be built via the building of a mutual business with your network.

Disadvantages

  • Earning a decent income can take a fair amount of time.
  • There can be higher initial and ongoing costs for setup in terms of product purchase.
  • There is a lot more work involved in order to build and nurture a downline.
  • Less than 1% make the upper rank echelons.
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5. Online Surveys/Mystery Shopping

If you are looking to earn a little income at times when you are free, then maybe you could try some of the online survey sites. These sites allow you to earn money online via such actions as:

  • Completing online surveys
  • Trialling products and services
  • Watching videos
  • Discovering stuff – websites etc.
  • Performing online searches
  • Downloading aps
  • Subscribing to trials (Netflix etc.)
  • Mystery Shopping

Most of these sites will make you some money with time and patience however in most cases, you will need to do a lot of work in order to receive any income – i.e. you will earn around $20 for every 5 or 6 hours spent on the sites. Common sites are Swagbuck and Clixsense but there are a number of them out there that can be found with a simple search for “online survey sites” as below:

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Note: results are geographically based.

Advantages

  • Some income can be made fairly quickly.
  • Survey requirements can be undertaken without needing to leave the house.
  • Work can be done at any time that suits.
  • No initial costs or outlays required (in fact avoid ones that ask for a membership fee)

Disadvantages

  • Earning a decent income can take a LOT of time.
  • Some sites only pay out in gift cards etc and not cash.

6. Freelancing

Freelancing is an especially popular option for those who have left the workforce to concentrate on their family but would still like to utilise their skills in some manner and earn some extra cash as well. There are countless opportunities for freelancers online including:

  • Blogging (as in writing blog posts for others)
  • Instructional design
  • Technical writing
  • Academic writing
  • Advertising copy
  • Company documents (business plans etc.)
  • Editing
  • Speech writing
  • Book writing
  • Illustrating
  • Language translation
  • Graphic design
  • Branding
  • PR
  • Marketing
  • Photography

In fact, if it is something that can be written or done on a laptop, there is usually someone looking for someone else to create it for them. As with most things we have listed here, there are a number of sites that you can look at including:

  • Upworks – probably the biggest and most widely used freelance writing platform there is.
  • Fiverr – works in a similar vein to Upworks however freelancers offer ‘gigs’ at $5 per pop (hence the name)
  • Craigslist – search freelance writers – in most cases you need to search a particular city however if you look around there are sites that do this work for you and list jobs from multiple areas/countries.
  • Seek.com – or any other job search site
  • Bloggingpro.com – similar to Upworks
  • Mediabistro – TV, PR/marketing, magazine and book publishing and social media
  • flexjobs – concentrates more on remote working, part-time contracts and freelance work.

Advantages

  • Some income can be made fairly quickly.
  • No setup – just join and work.
  • Work can be done at any time that suits.
  • No initial costs or outlays required.
  • Good work can turn into constant job availability.

Disadvantages

  • There are usually strict deadlines in place (which can be a stress when life with kids gets in the way).
  • There is a lot of competition for some roles and it can take time to build a reputation.
  • Jobs can be low paying until that reputation is built.
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7. Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant (VA) work is similar to Freelancing work above (and can include all of the tasks listed) however an online VA is generally required in more of an administration type role for one, or more employers. This can be on a permanent or casual basis and generally includes day to day tasks such as:

  • Answering emails
  • Booking meetings and travel
  • Proof reading
  • Appointment management
  • Document creation
  • Financial management/bookkeeping
  • Anything and everything else required in these types of roles.

I will obviously list the advantages below however I do know a few stay at home mums who have set this up as a way to make a little money until they returned to the workforce and ended up with so much permanent work that they never actually went back. Again, a simple search for “virtual assistant work” returned the following results (geographically based):

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Advantages

  • Some income can be made fairly quickly.
  • No setup – just join and work.
  • Work can be done at any time that suits (but see disadvantages below).
  • No initial costs or outlays required (unless you don't have a laptop or office equipment).
  • Chances of permanent work is common.

Disadvantages

  • Some more work may be required in the general daytime (or overnight if ‘boss' is not in your time zone).
  • There are usually strict deadlines in place.
  • There is a lot of competition for some roles and it can take time to build a reputation.
  • Jobs can be low paying until that trust is built.

Conclusion

So there you have it… 7 best ways to make money as a stay at home mom. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and the options you choose really come down to whether you are after some quick cash, a ‘job' or to build a solid long term online business. I hope this has been helpful and as usual, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, need some advice or have any experiences to share.

Do you want further assistance with any of the above or need help to build your own online business?

Are you looking for a comprehensive training platform that can give you step by step training, 24/7 support, tools to ethically develop and host your very own website, ongoing assistance with SEO, post ideas, social media and access to some of the best affiliate marketing minds on the planet, then click on the following link to read more about Wealthy Affiliate.

Until next time

Have fun

Paul

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Introducing Wealthy Affiliate, My #1 Recommendation for Setting Up Your Own Online Business

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When I started, I knew I wanted to work online, but had absolutely no idea where to begin! You see I had watched friends of mine run a sales party to sell essential oils and someone asked if they could just sell them online?

Then, as I sat on the bus heading into my office job, I started to wonder if I could do just that, sell essential oils online.

Anything to stop having to catch this bus to and from work every day right!

The trouble was, as I mentioned above, I had no idea how to even start.

So of course I started to look around online and found all these courses! They all promised me riches then took my money but left me with no riches!

Then I stumbled across the program that didn’t promise me riches, but told me it could help me get started even with no experience!

So I did that, joined Wealthy Affiliate that was it, and the rest as they say, is history!

But it doesn’t come without work!

That is the key here! I began on their starter membership and did the training! I then joined as a member and did some more training!

Each night after work, I would do a little more, then a little more.

And to cut a long story short, after 10 months I realized I didn’t really like writing about essential oils, so I sold the site for about $2000. But I had learned so much that I started another – about fishing and camping!

Then, after 18 months (by which time it had earned me close to $10k), I was offered $17k for the site, so I sold it too.

Now, through my travel blog, I’ve been able to fund my passion for travel and explore different places around the world.

In the past few months, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to some amazing destinations, including Bali, Los Angeles, Dallas, Vancouver and Las Vegas.

The success of my travel blog has allowed me to fully fund my travels and explore new destinations with my family.

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Try the Wealthy Affiliate as a Starter Member and Build your First Hub!

As you start your journey, Wealthy Affiliate is there for you with the most comprehensive training package I have ever seen – And as I have mentioned, I have used a few in my professional career trust me.

To get you started, Wealthy Affiliate has recently introduced the Hub.

The Hub

The hub is an AI based niche and website creation tool that will get you up and running with the foundation of your OWN business in just a few minutes. This includes:

  • Your website – hosted and inclusive of a WordPress editor
  • Your brand
  • Your ‘done-for-you’ research
  • Your blueprint
  • A task list that is going to help you drive the creation and growth of your business moving forward.
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The hub makes the website creation process simple which allows you to get started on the training with a solid base and understanding of the processes.

All you need to do is choose your subject – which is known as your ‘niche’ – and follow the steps on the screen.

Oh, and as you run through the training below you may realize that what you created above is not exactly what you want. That’s ok, you can just create a new hub!

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Then as you continue your journey, the Wealthy Affiliate Hub is there for you with the most comprehensive training package I have ever seen – And I have used a few in my professional career trust me.

Above we discussed the use of the Hub to set up a website. Once you have done this, you will be able to access the “Step-by-Step Core Training”.

This is available to all members including starter members and will give you everything you need to know to continue to create your online business.

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Member Training

There are also Live weekly classes taught by REAL industry experts on a range of topics like artificial intelligence (AI), SEO, YouTube, WordPress, PPC marketing and more.

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Great, What Else Does Wealthy Affiliate Have To Help You?

So, let’s keep this short, Wealthy Affiliate is a one-stop-shop platform that provides:

  • The Hub – this is the starting point and uses AI processes to assist you in determining your niche and creating your brand.
  • Complete training programs to assist with the development of your own affiliate marketing website in your own niche.
  • Website creation and publishing tools including access to WordPress editors and themes.
  • AI Content article design and content creation
  • Domain name purchasing (you get a free domain when you upgrade to the Premium membership).
  • Website hosting, security and backup.
  • Online help and chat forums.
  • Weekly live training events.
  • 24/7 support.
  • Keyword access tools.
  • SEO assistance.

The platform has been active for over 15 years with the original developers and owners, Kyle and Carson, still extremely active in its day to day operations – especially as they rollout their AI capabilities.

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You Can Try it Yourself For Free

Now of course I can tell you all about how Wealthy Affiliate works (because it does) until I am blue in the face. But every other program out there – including the shams and scams – will tell you the same thing!

So how about you just try it for free yourself. The Wealthy Affiliate Starter membership is free to join and gives you access to everything you need to get started – all without the need to spend a cent!

With the starter membership, you get:

  • 1 Limited Business Hub
  • 1,500 AI Word Credits
  • Try the AI Author Platform (BETA)
  • 1 Practice Website
  • Jaaxy Starter
  • Limited Help & Support
  • Core Niche Training (8 Classes)

And of course I will be there to help you every step of the way as well!

Look, in the interest of transparency, whilst Wealthy Affiliate does offer a free starter membership, this is designed to give you a look around, have a practice and see if it is worthwhile for you – which is a really great option.

However, as with all new businesses, you will need to make some investment so if you are serious about making money online , you will need to upgrade to a premium membership as this will give you access to all the tools you need in the one spot to succeed!

Afterall, every business needs tools to grow!

So How Much Does This Really Cost?

Wealthy Affiliate does not use upsells once you join – but as I mentioned in the video, to succeed here you will need to invest in a membership. There are a couple of options that provide access to all the tools, training and assistance that you could need – and a free domain as well.

Wealthy Affiliate offers a trio of membership tiers, as detailed on their pricing page.

You can opt for the Starter membership at no cost, the Premium membership for $49 per month or the Premium Plus+ membership for $99 per month. That’s the full extent of it – and you can absolutely build your website without having to spend another cent.

You won’t encounter any unexpected additional charges or covert fees and as a Premium member, you’re equipped with all the essentials to initiate, develop and expand a thriving online enterprise.

Those who opt for the Premium membership are provided with

  • Hosting for their websites
  • A complimentary domain name
  • Access to hundreds of hours of current expert tutorials
  • Various marketing and research tools
  • Personal guidance from seasoned professionals in the field
  • And much much more

And for those of you who want to make a serious investment into your future, there are some yearly options as well below to give you peace of mind that you have a whole year ahead of you to get stuff done!

And Don’t Forget the Personal Coaching

Once you join, not only do you get plenty of assistance from me, but you also have access to expert coaching, support and mentorship from real industry experts.

I mean, you can have access to all of the top-tier affiliate marketing training in the world, but inevitably, questions arise, particularly during the initial stages.

With an exceptionally dynamic and engaged community that boasts over 2.7 million members, Wealthy Affiliate offers an environment where you, as a member, can fully immerse and leverage this network.

You’re never alone; you have the collective wisdom of an entire community at your fingertips, ready to assist at any moment.

Plus, there’s always-on, rapid-response website support to handle any technical queries you may encounter.

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Wealthy Affiliate Works: Real Results From Real People

As I have mentioned a number of times, Wealthy Affiliate has helped me make real money online though its training and tools.

I have made money each month as well as a sale for $17,000.

But again, those promoting other programs will tell you the same thing!

So let’s get away from me and see what others are saying:

To start with, Wealthy Affiliate has a 4.9 out of 5 Star TrustPilot rating, which is a remarkable accomplishment in any industry, let alone the online business industry.

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And here are some of those reviews:

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And this is what people are saying within Wealthy Affiliate as well:

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So, Let’s Make a Decision!

Let’s be frank, you have read this far so why not go all in, click on the button below to get started on the way to your very online business.

And once you are in and have had a play around with the hub, look for the little envelope on the top right and there will be a message from me. It is of course automated so respond to let me know you are there and we can start this journey together.

(oh, and the profile is mine so you can find me that way as well)

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See you there

Paul

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