5 Online Jobs for Stay at Home Moms
Many mums who may give up their jobs to have children or are on maternity leave often struggle with the shortfall in income. However, there are possibilities to earn money online working from home and at hours that suit you. In this article we will look at the various opportunities that exist online and how much you can earn from them.
1. Work for the Local Council
Local authorities across Australia often have work that can be done from home on a casual basis.
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Councils will send or email the work directly to you and you return it when it is complete.
Payment is usually per task rather than per hour and is not generally high, but mums can work at any time of the day as it suits them.
Work may not be constant and is not always in high demand.
The rate of pay is not high but is a similar rate to a standard council office worker.
2. Sell your Stuff Online
Online auctions are big business with a global audience. Stay at home mums can utilize their time at home and make money from selling things which they no longer want or need.
Accounts on these auction sites are easy to set up and use.
Stay at home mums have the advantage of being around during the day so are easily able to send anything they do sell at the Post Office.
The amount of money that can be made depends on what you sell and how much of it you can.
Stay at home mums with a particular skill could sell their products via these sites making even more money. For example, skilled painters could sell their paintings via the site. More business minded mums can also buy items in bulk from other parts of the world and sell them online in Australia where they attract a higher price. This means each sale will earn you a profit. For this bulk buying to be successful, however, you need to ensure the item is in high demand and will sell at a higher price than you bought it for.
3. Complete Online Surveys
There are numerous online companies that are willing to pay Australians for completing surveys over the Internet.
Payment is usually only a few dollars per survey but it is possible to earn up to 50 AUD a month if you take surveys on a daily basis.
Many may find this time consuming and repetitive, but if you have spare time on your hands, the work is not at all taxing.
4. Customer Care
Some companies in Australia outsource their customer care or technical help staff to at home workers.
You will need your own computer and access to the Internet but the company will train you and send you all the necessary equipment to do the job.
Work like this is usually completed in shifts so is less flexible than other options.
The pay is equal to - if not more than - the minimum wage.
5. Write a Blog
More and more people are writing an online blog and it is even possible to get paid to do this. Some companies will pay you if you allow their advertisements to be shown on their site.
You can earn more money if people click the links through your blog and some companies even offer a percentage of any sale or booking that is made through this link.
Whilst payment for this rarely amounts to anything over 20 AUD a month, it remains a particularly good way to earn money as it does not require you to do any extra work.
Beware the Scam!
As you have seen, there are online jobs available for stay at home mums, but you should always be wary of online scams. Some websites claim to have an endless supply of high paid work from home online jobs which you can access for a fee. In virtually all cases this will be a scam and there is no work to do in the first place. The website will simply take your money and you will never hear from them again. Never make a payment in return for a promise of work. You would not do this in the real world, so do not do it online either.