Earning an income online seems hard to achieve especially if combined with a pile of household chores. That being said, how do you really make your first $10,000 online while being able to spend time with your family?
SAHM or widely known as a stay-at-home mom, has become famous recently because of the increasing amount of women who stay at home due to call for family duties. Having to stay at home, women find their own way to make some income.
In fact, there are many women entrepreneurs who found their success with an online business. Thank goodness for technology! It’s now easier for SAHMs to make their first $10,000 using the internet.
How to be a SAHM on one main income?
One of the reasons why some mothers are able to stay at home is because their partner can supply the major needs of the family. It’s important to consider that your significant other can bring in the money that can pay all the bills.
There are varied reasons why moms are forced to stay at home. The main reason is maternity. We all know that at some point, women go through pregnancy and maternity, hence they stay at home for months or sometimes years.
The length of time being a SAHM highly depends on the income that the family earns. If your husband’s salary can pay all the bills while keeping everyone’s stomach full, that is a good sign.
In my case, I became a SAHM when I went through a medical situation where going back to my 9-5 job would be too risky for me. Read my post about my surgery here.
Our situation was somewhat critical because my husband’s income was not enough to make the ends meet during the emergency. I am thankful for the government programs and benefits that helped us get through the toughest of times financially.
We are in Canada, so I received a sickness benefit. My employer was also a government-owned, hence my drug bills were paid by the insurance company. On top of that, I received a lump sum of my retirement contribution for the past year.
How do stay at home moms make money?
This is a really good question. Although, I am positive that before you stumbled into my post, you already have read a bunch of articles online.
There are many options to be able to make your first $10,000 online. However, if you don’t focus on one thing, you can be overwhelmed with the ideas and back out.
You may be a crafty person. You got this idea to start making jewelry to sell. And then you saw another successful mom online selling baby bandanas. You thought you could also make and sell bibdanas (baby bandanas).
No, please focus on one thing and master it. By mastering, I mean to become an authority in that specific craft or niche.
Online hustle ideas to make your first $10,000 online
1. Sell Jewelry
If you notice, hundreds if not thousands of women have online shops at marketplaces selling jewelry. A good indication that you can really make money out of it.
I am a jewelry seller myself. Let me tell you that it can be really lucrative. There are learning curves, of course. All businesses go through bumps along the road. You just have to be resilient and use it towards your business’ advantage.
Starting an online jewelry shop does not need a large amount of investment. A few hundred dollars can make it on the initial stage. I started mine with $300 CAD as a capital.
My shop wasn’t profitable for the first few months. I was in fact losing money because I dipped my finger in the hot pot of paid advertising. But, I am thankful that I braved through learning paid ads the hard way. It was worth the knowledge and experience (and of course sales).
I would like to add that I built my shop right away on Shopify. And it was one of the best decisions I have made for my business.
Sewing is one of the common skills mothers learn after having a baby. I personally encountered many SAHM online who owned a sewing machine for the first time when they got pregnant or after having the baby.
It’s nice to be able to make cute things for your little one. Plus, you can make an income with your sewing skills, too. You don’t have to be a pro sewist to sell your handmade baby accessories such as bandanas.
A few easy to sew things for beginners:
Take note, sewing can be frustrating if you encounter a problem with your sewing machine. Don’t stress yourself too much until you have scoured Youtube for tutorials, and Facebook groups for direct help from sewist at different levels of mastery.
Heather, of HeatherHandmade.com, has listed 12 Facebook groups to help with your sewing questions.
3. Flipping items
If you are a consignment-lover like me, you may have gone into big consignment stores many times. These stores have thousands of great items that you can buy and sell online.
Brand name handbags are an example. Consignment stores often have new or like-new items at bargain prices. You can take advantage of this by buying the item and selling it at high prices, considering the perceived value and condition.
Online garage sales have also great listings for branded items that you can flip. If you keep doing this for a long period, you will exactly learn the ins and outs, and strategies to make it more profitable and can definitely make your first $10,000 online.
4. Become a brand rep
Brand reps make good money. How do I know it? Because I have brand reps in my business and I send them payouts twice a month. I have reps that made more than a thousand already in just a few months.
It will take some work though, and selling skills. Although almost every business needs “sale” skills, apparently. In addition, you don’t need to have a large following on social media to become a brand rep.
The brand reps that I am talking about is different from influencers. Influencers do need a certain amount of following to be considered by brands. However, brand reps do not.
Representatives AKA affiliates often use their personal circles such as friends and family to promote. It’s something that you need to consider as you can start right away without spending a dime.
5. Sell online services
Are you a persuasive person with some authority on a category? For example, you are passionate about positive living and can make people’s lives better with your advice. You can actually make it into a living.
Be a life coach; sell your services online. This type of income-generating hustle is rewarding, being able to help people live better.
The negative side of a life coach would only be that you are opening yourself. You can be vulnerable, however, that’s how life coaches make money. You can’t make people believe you if you keep hiding.
6. Start a blog
“Really, you can make money off a blog like yours?” – this is a common question. I will tell you with a confident “yes”. The next question would be, “how?”.
Blogs and other similar types of websites cannot just supplement your income but surpass your yearly corporate salary if done right. You can’t expect to start a blog out of nowhere and expect to make a living in a year.
Content websites AKA blogs need patience, hard work, and more hard work to succeed; you need to befriend SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
If you’ve never heard about SEO before, imagine it to be your manager walking around to see if who’s working hard while following the company’s best practices. Then rewards a “great employee” by boosting up their salary or promoting.
“But how do you really make money off a wall of texts?”
Advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, courses/digital products – these are the main source of income in a blog. Do not stress yourself yet on these income sources if you are a complete beginner in the blogging world.
Interested in starting a blog? Read income reports for inspiration and dig Youtube and articles for blogging strategies that make thousands in 2 years.
Now, if you want to fast-track your knowledge, learn from other’s successes and mistakes by purchasing a course. Yes, I know courses aren’t cheap. But if you are serious about making a fortune passively in the future, it’s worth the investment.
Make your first $10,000 online through blogging. More so, make more than $10,000 per month passively by treating your blog as a business.
7. Sell digital products
Do you have an eye at design? Selling digital products can be a way to make your first $10,000 online. No, your designs do not have to be super professional to generate sales.
Planners and worksheets are easy to design. These are useful for moms so you already have target customers in mind. Your mom-circles can be your first customers.
I started off by designing promotional images for my business. My old designs where horrible. When I look at my first few designs to my latest ones, the big improvement is not negligible.
If you would ask me how I came up with my designs in the Free Printable Page, it was from constant practice. I’ve been on Canva for 2 years now and I work on it almost every day, hence I improved a lot.
Making money online as a stay-at-home mom has become achievable with the help of technology.
It can be challenging to settle on a way to make your first $10,000 online, but believe me, it’s definitely doable. I’ve seen it many times.
The thought of making money from home seems like a dream, yet possible. In fact, your determination will push you to achieve that dream as long as you work on it.
Consider the options listed above, one step at a time. I made $43,000 in revenue last year. If I did it, you can too!