30 Ways to make money as a SAHM!

1. Start a Blog

Start a money making blog by following my tutorial and start earning an income in no time!

2. Teach English online 

This is one of my favorites because it is also super fun! If you have a passion for teaching you can have a great career by teaching English online with VipKid!

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3. Direct sales

Direct Sales often get a bad rep, but not every direct sales company is a Pyramid Scheme! Check out my top 5 direct sales jobs for SAHM’s!

4. Etsy 

Do you consider yourself a crafty person? Are you always making handmade items for your friends and family? Why not set up your very own Etsy Shop and start selling to the whole world of customers!

5. Sell your skills

Do you have a certain skill set that you can sell? Are you a brilliant photographer or a great gardener? Why not sell some of your skills and earn some extra bucks from doing something you love.

6. Fiverr.

If you are social media savvy or a tech wiz, you can sell your services on Fiverr! I actually just recommended Fiverr to a friend who is a former HR consultant turned full-time mommy. She earns some extra cash by looking at job-seekers resumes and coaching job-seekers through the interview process! 

7. Become a part-time stylist 

Were you a hair stylist or a nail professional in another life? Or do you just LOVE to do your friend’s makeup? Why not start charging for these services. I actually go to a hair stylist who does hair from her own home. I love it because I can bring my daughter and it is such a relaxed atmosphere!

8. Become a virtual assistant. 

A virtual assistant is an administrative assistant who works remotely. There are plenty of bloggers or small business owners who are interested in hiring virtual assistants to manage their social media or emails and other smaller administrative tasks! This website will teach you everything you need to know about starting a career as a virtual assistant!

9. Sell your old clothes on Thred Up.

Are you closets full of clothes that no longer fit or you no longer wear? Why not turn that clutter into cash by selling your used clothing on Thredup! (Ps. ThredUp is PERFECT for all your maternity clothing!)

10. Sell your stuff on eBay. 

Have a bunch of old stuff lying around? Try selling it on eBay, it could be worth something! My husband sold off all of his old Pokemon cards and made over $500.

11. Drive with Lyft. 

Another great way to earn some extra cash is to drive with Lyft! You can choose your own hours and how many hours you work so you can drive whenever it fits into your schedule.

12.Become a Virtual bookkeeper 

Were you an accountant in a former life? Start your own virtual bookkeeping business and work from home on your own schedule! Find out how here. 

13. Bake Cakes

Are you an amazing baker? Why not sell those scrumptious cakes to friends who are in need of birthday cakes, wedding cakes, and more.

14. Freelance writing 

Are you a great writer? Find freelance writing jobs and you could earn up to $30 per hour! There are a ton of freelance writing gigs to be found on Fiverr or check out this article for more great places to find writing gigs.

15. Start a Dropshipping company through Shopify! 

Check out my Shopify course and I will show you how to earn an income without own webshop without ever having to touch a single product! Whether you take the course or not, Shopify is a great way to start earning some money!

16. Lose Weight 

Did you know that there are websites that allow you to place a bet to lose weight? By reaching your goal weight you can earn up to $1,000 with DietBet.

17. Rent Your Baby Stuff You can earn up to $600 a month by renting out your spare stroller, crib, car seat, or other baby stuff through GoBaby.

18. Become a Disney Agent

Are you OBSESSED with Disney? Become a Disney travel agent for a flexible work from home job!

19. Ebates

Get cash back just by shopping at your favorite stores through Ebates.

20. Invest in Real Estate 

Think real estate investing is only for those with a ton of extra cash? Think again. With Fundrise, you can invest in real estate with as little as $500! 

21. Rent your house

Going on a month-long holiday to Southern Europe? Or are you just going to your grandparent’s cabin in Iowa for the summer? You can rent out your house on Airbnb and make money while you travel.

22. Rent your Clothes.

Do you have some beautiful designer pieces stuffed in the back of your closet? Why not put them to good use by renting them out on Style Lend

23. Rent out your Car

Have an extra car in the driveway? With GetAround you can join 1,000’s of other car owners who rent out their cars and earn (up to) an extra $10,000 a year!

24. Peer2Peer lending

Peer2Peer lending is another great way to invest if you only have a small amount of money. With The Lending Club, you can loan out some of your $$$ to people who are looking to get loans for a car, a house, etc.

25. Rent out your RV

Have a giant RV sitting in your driveway? Earn up to $30,000 a year by renting it out with RVShare.

26. Nanny

Offer your nanny services and watch another child. Find jobs in your local area at Care.com.

27. Dogsit. You can earn up to $1000 per month by caring for dogs on Rover.com

28. Tutor

Tutoring is a great way to earn some extra income by using some skills that you have. I have a friend who owns her own tutoring company from her own garage!

29. Clean houses

You can always earn a little bit of extra cash by becoming a cleaner.

30. Swagbucks 

Earn money for browsing the web, online shopping, streaming videos and more with Swagbucks! 

31. Housesit

You can house sit for other people while they are away on vacation! Check out Care.com for some housesitting jobs!

32. Transcribe

Looking for something you can do while your little one is taking a nap? Try becoming a transcriptionist with Transcribeme.com and earn up to $25 per hour!

Fé’s First Bites | Step-by-step guide to Baby-Led Weaning

Hey, Everyone! You may have already read my post about Fé’s first bites discussing the difference between baby-led and traditional weaning. We have chosen to do a combination of both. I am feeding Fé some purees while also giving her the opportunity to try finger foods.

If you are just starting your baby weaning journey (like we are) here is my step-by-step guide to baby-led weaning!

Step 1: Is Your Child Ready?

Make sure your child is ready for weaning. The UK suggests that babies should be at least 6-months old before you begin weaning. According to the NHS, they will show signs that they are ready when they can:

  1. Sit. Babies should be able to stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady
  2. Coordination. Your little one should be able to coordinate their eyes, hands, and mouth so they will be able to bring foods to their mouths themselves
  3. Swallow Food. Babies Should no longer have their tongue thrust reflex that pushes food out of their mouth instead of swallowing.

Your baby will let you know when they are ready. There is no need to rush baby-led weaning. If your child is not ready, simply try it another time (in a few weeks or so). There is no need to worry that they are not getting enough nutrients. Mothers Milk or Baby Formula provides sufficient nutrition until they are one-year-old.

See This post about choosing which weaning method is right for you!

Step 2: Choose Your Time

Start with one meal a day to sit down with your child and start weaning. BLW encourages family/social eating so choose a time when you will be eating at well. I personally have chosen to share lunch with Fé.

As your baby progresses, you can add in more meals. Since Mothers Milk or Formula provides all of the necessary nutrients, there is no reason for them to need to eat three meals a day. Choose what works and is convenient for you. If you have a busy day ahead, choose to spend breakfast together. If that doesn’t work you may even choose a snack time. It doesn’t matter what time, as long as it is a chunk of time set aside specifically for weaning.

Step 3: Set up your baby’s eating area & Gather products

Check out this list of 50+ Products for Baby’s First Foods! 

For baby led weaning, babies should either sit in a high chair and eat off of the tray or sit on someone’s lap and eat off of the table. I suggest getting a high-quality high chair with a tray. The high-chair should have a belt and harness to keep baby safe and protected during eating sessions.

It will be messy. To account for messes use a bib. Waterproof bib’s with sleeves are great for messy eaters. You may also want to put something underneath the highchair like a painting sheet, newspapers, plastic, or this Plastic Floormat to keep your floors clean =)

Step 4: Choose Foods & Prepare their meal

See below for a HUGE list of baby’s first foods!

The easiest way to do baby-led weaning is to feed your child what you are eating (minus the added salt and sugar). For example, for lunch today, I had a slice of toast with avocado and an egg. I have Fé a bit of mashed up avocado and a few slices of bread with a thin layer of butter.

You may also choose to do a combination of both BLW and Traditional. Is this is the case you may want to start with spoon-feeding? If you are starting with pureed foods, prepare their meal.

Keep in mind that there ate foods that your baby cannot eat.

Foods to Avoid:

To Puree Foods:

  • Wash and chop veggies or fruit
  • Place in a saucepan and cover with water
  • Boil the food until it is soft
  • Strain and blend in a food processor or blender
  • For thinner puree add more of the cooking water

For finger foods, steam, boil, or roast vegetables until soft. (For roasting: roast in an oven at 180C/ 350F) Place food directly on their tray to avoid an even bigger mess!

Step 5: Start Feeding & Go Slow

Led your baby lead the way. If offering finger foods, they may play with it, mash it in their hands, throw it around, explore it, and then MAYBE taste it. At first, no food may actually ever enter the baby’s mouth! Eventually, however, your baby will start to eat =)

If spoon-feeding, wait until your baby’s mouth is open. Don’t force food into their mouths. Offer small bites and give your baby time to discover the taste and texture, and let your baby swallow.

Step 6: Offer Water

Offer water in a sippy cup for baby to drink. When they start eating solids they could become dehydrated and it is a good idea to introduce drinking water from a sippy cup =)

Don’t worry if they don’t eat much at first. They will eventually! Weaning is about exploring, discovering, learning, and most importantly, it’s about having FUN. Your child will get the hang of eating and by the time they are one, they will have no problem eating solids. Take the time to enjoy the experience and take lots of pictures!

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Tips for Introducing Solids

  1.  Forget Traditional “baby food” Babies can simply eat whatever is in your kitchen. Leftovers from last night are great =) Frozen fruit from your freezer is awesome. Be creative!
  2. Avoid the Plates and Bowls! Plates and bowls are a recipe for disaster, place foods directly on the tray!
  3. Time meals in between feeds. This way baby is neither full nor hungry. They will be more likely to actually eat during their meal!
  4. Offer only a few pieces at once. Too many pieces of food on the tray will overwhelm your baby and may turn them off from eating. Offer only a few pieces of food at once.
  5. Baby may gag but don’t panic! Gagging is a baby’s way of moving food from the back of their mouth to the front. There will be gagging but it is normal and nothing to worry about.
  6. Take lots of pictures. You will not want to forget how funny or cute your little one is when they try their first foods! Get out the camera (let’s be real, just grab your phone) and capture these precious moments!

Note: If your baby is choking perform infant CPR and call your emergency line IMMEDIATELY!

 

Choking baby

Picture was taken from mhealth.org

 Ready to start? Here is a HUGE list of baby’s first foods!

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Fruit (you can also puree any fruit!):

  • Banana Slices Peeled ripe bananas
  • Kiwi slices
  • Avocado Slices  Yes! Avocado is a Fruit! Use this Avocado Slicer to achieve perfectly sliced avocados
  • Soft Sliced Stone Fruit Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, or Plums
  • Strawberries or Blueberries
  • Melons Cut into sticks
  • Soft Baked Apples Or try making homemade applesauce
  • Orange Slices
  • Tropical fruit Pineapple, mangos, papaya, etc.

Vegetables:

  • Steamed, boiled or roasted Carrot sticks, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips, baby corn
  • Peppers Cook peppers slightly and cut them into strips
  • Broccoli of Cauliflower steamed or boiled
  • Green Beans or Asparagus Cooked or boiled
  • Cooked Spinach or Kale
  • Roasted Pumpkin or butternut squash
  • Cooked Peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Roasted Zucchini or Eggplant 
  • Raw Cucumbers
  • Sliced Tomatoes

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Starches:

  • Baby Rice Go for Organic!
  • Baby Cereal made with pasteurized whole milk, breastmilk, or formula
  • Oatmeal made with pasteurized whole milk, breastmilk, or formula
  • Porridge made with pasteurized whole milk, breastmilk, or formula
  • Quinoa
  • Bread with butter Offer whole grain bread with little preservatives or additives. Serve with a thin slice of butter
  • Organic Rice Cakes
  • Organic Teething Biscuits Try Happy Baby Organic Teething Wafers
  • Cooked Pasta Serve with or without sauce or cheese
  • Bagel
  • Whole Wheat Toaster Waffle

Protein:

  • Cooked Chicken Breast Cut up into pieces or shredded
  • Cooked Turkey Breast Cut up into pieces or shredded
  • Cooked Beef
  • Cooked Lamb
  • Cooked Pork
  • Cooked Fish Be Sure to remove all bones
  • Scrambled Egg Make sure egg is fully cooked
  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas Try Pureeing them to make hummus!
  • Beans 

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Dairy:

  • Full Fat Pasteurized Plain Yogurt
  • Full Fat Pasteurized Greek Yogurt
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Cheese Sticks

First Food Combos:

  • Pureed Pumpkin & Banana
  • Porridge & Banana
  • Fruit Smoothie Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, Full Fat Yogurt, Whole Milk. Blended until smooth
  • Blended Banana & Avocado
  • Pumpkin, Banana, Applesauce
  • Banana & Applesauce
  • Mango & Yogurt Blend full-fat yogurt with Mango
  • Tropical Fruit Blend Chop up pineapple, mango, and melon
  • Blueberries, Peaches, & Oatmeal Make 1/4 Cup Oatmeal and add blueberries and 1 ripe peach.
  • Fruit Puree & Full Fat Yogurt
  • Potato & Spinach Puree
  • Lentils & Butternut Squash Cooked lentils mixed with roasted or boiled butternut squash

More Mature Combos:

  • Pasta with Sauce Skip the added salt!
  • Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese
  • Toast with cheese
  • Rice with meat
  • Chicken and Steamed Veggies
  • Beans and Rice
  • Beans, Rice, and Tomato Cooked rice served with beans cooked with chopped tomatoes
  • Bagel with Cream Cheese
  • Toaster Waffle with Cream cheese and Jam
  • Beef & Green Beans
  • Lentils cooked with coconut milk
  • Chickpea & Coriander Stew Chickpeas cooked with 1 can chopped tomatoes, coriander, and onion
  • Cucumber Sandwiches Cucumber sandwich with cream cheese

These are just a few examples of all the meals you could serve your baby! The possibilities are endless! For more recipe idea check out the following books!

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