What are the best jobs for stay-at-home moms with no experience whatsoever? You’d be surprised at the number of jobs you could actually get! Start reading and get ready for your new side gig.
Being a stay-at-home mom is a fulfilling and busy job as it is, but at some point many of them want to find a side-hustle to have their own economy and pursue different interests. That being said, finding a job with no experience? Isn’t that a bit of a pipe dream?
While it may have been in the past, nowadays it’s actually far more viable than you think. There are dozens of jobs for stay-at-home moms without experience, and most of them can be done from their own houses and with minimal financial investment. By simply using their downtime to learn new skills and apply their existing skills in new ways, an entirely new career is possible.
1. Proofreader or Editor
Moms with an eye for detail and a good grasp of language, spelling, and grammar can get great work as a proofreader for all kinds of written content, from blogs to books. It’s possible to earn as much as $50,000 a year working as a proofreader when you get it right. Since you can also set your own schedules, it’s has become one of the best work at home jobs for moms, even with no experience.
Obviously, proofreading or editing clients will have deadlines and you’ll have to stick to those, but the beauty is that you could take on as much or as little work as you feel you could handle. It’s not going to suddenly turn into an unmanageable workload. You can be reading documents while you’re working out, and in virtually any moment of downtime that you happen to have.
2. Freelance Writing
As an extension of the proofreading/editing work, one of the best jobs for stay at home moms with no degree but with the knack for writing original content is freelance writing. Moms can find a very willing customer base by offering their writing services, and similar to proofreading and editing, freelance copywriters can get $55,000 a year on average, and more if you get to work with the very premium clients.
Freelance writing allows stay at home moms a typing job with maximum flexibility. After getting one or two clients and writing a successful blog copy, advertising copy, or even something like a Wikipedia page, a mom will have her choice of additional clients lining up to get the service for themselves. Writing can happen any time of day, too, and in any location. All you need is a laptop, your writing brief and your vivid imagination.
3. Spoken Language Tutor
Not all people would consider a teaching as an occupation you could do with no experience, but not all teaching jobs require a diploma or advanced degrees. For instance, a stay-at-home mom could earn from $18 to $45 per hour teaching English as a second language online.
There are many learners around the world who just want to connect with native speakers and practice their conversation abilities. Since this kind of tutoring isn’t so specialized, and that’s why it doesn’t require much or any prior experience, it’s actually an easy online job for stay at home moms who can make good money by helping others improve their English (or any other language you speak or know well).
4. Affiliate Marketing
If you’ve taken up blogging as a pastime, then you can make additional money from that blog via affiliate marketing. If your blog has become popular and garnered a significant following, you can help promote other people’s goods and services by linking them to your site via an established network.
Popular affiliate networks include Rakuten Linkshare, Amazon and Clickbank, among others. All you have to do once you’re connected with these is mention and link products and services from your blog. If your readers click and purchase the products, you will get a small cut. You needn’t do anything else, it’s as simple as that.
Affiliate marketing can bring in thousands of dollars if you get it right, but even if you only have a small following online you can earn hundreds of dollars each month and that all adds up through the year. This is a legit work that you can do from home with no experience, and once everything is set up all there’s left to do is wait for the income!
5. User Experience Tester
One very easy thing that moms with little or no experience can do to earn some extra cash is sign up for platforms like UserTesting, where they can become what is known as a User Experience Tester. All you would need is a laptop or tablet with a reliable Internet connection and working microphone, and for the skeptical ones let me tell you, this is a real online job that stay at home moms can benefit from.
Earnings as a User Experience Tester on the mentioned platform can be as high as $60 per test. On average, it’s about $10 earned through PayPal for each 20-minute test that you complete. All you have to do is visit a designated site and then complete a list of tasks and report what you’re doing and what you’re thinking about the experience as you go. It’s all part of optimizing various websites for users and one of the best online jobs from home for moms.
If you are a skilled typist, you can make around $15 an hour or more transcribing various content from audio to written text. The more advanced and lengthy the content, the more you can earn, sometimes as much as $25-30 an hour. There are several prominent platforms offering this kind of work, such as TranscribeMe, which requires all aspiring transcriptionists to pass a test and/or a training course before being confirmed.
Sign up and meet the requirements and you can start earning very quickly. This is a job where natural and acquired skills can and will trump experience. You can learn the ins and outs of transcribing on the job, and it’s a work-from-home job that even moms with babies or young children could tackle.
7. Virtual Customer Service Representative
Sign up as a virtual customer service representative offering various customer support services from home and you can earn as much as $41,000 a year. Many such opportunities arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some (like Apple, for instance) have been running this model for a long time.
What happens is that customer service calls are directed to your designated home phone and you help guide customers through a variety of troubleshooting and information-based services. Whichever company you work for will provide materials and training, and you can just take the work as it comes. Many big companies that you’ve probably heard of are recruiting for these jobs right now and more are likely to follow.
Further above we mentioned that you could use your language skills to work as a language tutor. Another way you can apply multilingual skills is by becoming a translator. If you know two languages well enough, then learning to translate requires no real practical experience. Prior knowledge is enough to get started.
As the march of globalization continues, the world’s companies are seeking to “localize” their products and services. This inevitably requires an army of translators in various languages to help with that process. Freelance translators can make as much as $62,000 a year working full-time; it’s actually one of the highest paying jobs for stay at home moms.
For smaller-scale at-home translation, you can charge per 1000 words translated. If you have a very rare or specialized language, you could earn more. For instance, a Spanish-English translator in the US is easier to find than, say, a Czech-English translator or Albanian translator. Stay-at-home moms could be turning those language skills into much-needed income.
9. Stock Image Photographer
Another consequence of the Internet age is the never-ending need for all manner of content. Much of that content is not written or programmed, but rather photographed. If you have a camera and a knack for taking nice shots of anything and everything, you could make great additional money selling your photos as stock photos.
If you sell your content via a big and established platform like Shutterstock, they will typically pay $1.88 for every image download. That rate increases to $2.48 once Shutterstock has made their initial $500 from each photo. Explore these platforms and see the kinds of images people are uploading. If you can mimic their style and content, you can make a very tidy passive income; one of the best career paths for stay at home moms.
10. T-Shirt Designer
Another great way to get your creative side working for you and generating passive income is through T-shirt design. Platforms like Teespring welcome creators to upload their designs and then share in the earnings as users on the site purchase the designs on custom T-shirts.
You create your designs, upload them to Teespring, promote them and get eyeballs on them, but you don’t need to do anything beyond that. It’s Teespring that handles the production and shipping side. On Teespring’s model, you get to keep generated profit. So if Teespring sells the T-shirt at a base price of $10, that’s their cut. If the additional cost with your design is $24, then you get $14. Simple!
11. Online Store
If you have products or services to sell from your home, then you can promote and sell them through an online store. There are many platforms these days for instant home-based selling, such as Shopify. You might be selling home crafts, a tasty snack that you prepare and package at home, or imported goods you buy…the list goes on. If you can supply a demand, then you can make money with no prior experience.
12. Car Renter
Using a platform like Turo, you can earn money from home simply by renting out your car. This is an easy passive income for those who don’t make use of the family’s second car. All you have to do is list the car, set your rate, and then await customer requests; an ideal job for stay at home moms that doesn’t require any work!
Users on the site will request to use your vehicle, and you can confirm or decline the request according to your own needs. You then agree on a spot to meet the user, where you hand over the car (after checking the user’s license, of course). Cars are priced at a daily rate, of which you can then earn about 60-90% depending on the exact terms and conditions of your arrangement. Your car also receives additional insurance cover from Turo, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Read all the terms and conditions before signing up, though, especially the parts about deductibles if anything happens to your car.
13. Rideshare Driver
Another way to use your car to earn if you have the time in the day is to drive for Uber or Lyft, or a similar ridesharing app. If you have kids of school age who will be out of the house for at least 6-7 hours a day, that is a great amount of time you could be available to rideshare for others and earn some additional cash.
14. Product Reviewer
There are some platforms out there that will pay money for your opinions and reviews on various things. You can check out some of these platforms, such as ReviewStream, and while it’s typically only a small amount of money, perhaps $5-10 for each bit of content you create, there is some additional money to be made from replies and comments that you get on your reviews, too. Therefore, the more you review, the more you can add in passive income. It’s one of the best jobs for stay at home moms, especially if you regularly use many products and can provide insights on them.
15. Music Tester
Finally, there are other sites that will also pay you for opinions, but instead of reviewing products, you’ll be reviewing music. One such platform is Slice the Pie. On this site, you may earn just 10-20 cents per review, but once again, you could complete a number of reviews quickly, and it’s a very simple, low-pressure way to earn some cash with no experience required. It can even be a really fun part-time job for moms at home if they’re into music.
As you can see, being a stay-at-home mom is not a resignation to a life with no professional career. You can have your cake and eat it, too, as long as you explore all the options and find something that works for you. Not all of the above jobs are suitable for every stay-at-home mom. Driving for Lyft, for instance, isn’t ideal if you’re looking after a newborn baby. It’s about finding what works best for you and your schedule.
Never give up the dream of a fulfilling career and/or the chance to help your family with some great additional income. Keep searching and you’ll find great stay at home jobs that require no experience at all!