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Legitimate Stay at Home Jobs

I am a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful children who keep me very busy. I love technology, gardening, cooking, and personal finance.

Watch The Video Below To See Legitimate Ways To Make Money From Home.

What Are Stay At Home Jobs?

Stay at home jobs are any work that you do from your home for money.

There are a variety of jobs that you can do from home that will earn either side-income or a full-time paycheck depending on what you choose to do on how much time you want to put into your job.

Many Work At Home Jobs Are On The Internet

The Advantages And Disadvantages of Stay At Home Jobs

The obvious advantage to a stay at home job is that you work from home. There is no commute, no uniform, usually no set hours and you can usually tailor a job to your skills.

If you need to purchase equipment for your stay at home job, it can be a tax write-off.

The disadvantages are not as easy to see until you are working at a stay at home job. You live at work.

People assume you are free all the time since you are at home. Finding a good stay at home job can be difficult.

Following is a list of reputable stay at home jobs that you can find.

You can even do surveys on your smartphone!


Survey sites are a great, easy way to make money. You can work as many or as little hours as you like. You can work around your families schedule.

If you decide to go on vacation, that is not a problem, you just won't get paid during that time.

I have been taking surveys for money for 6 years now. It is fun work!

You give your opinion and in turn, the survey company either gives you money through paypal or a check or they give you points which you can redeem for money or gift cards.

Some of my favorite survey companies are Pinecone Research and American Consumer Opinion Panel. Pinecone pays $3 for each survey. The surveys normally take 10-15 minutes.

I have always been paid the next morning with money going to my pay pal account.

Pinecone Research only opens up for New Members a couple times a year, so put your name in as soon as you can to get on the waiting list. They are definitely worth it!

American Consumer Opinion Panel is another great survey company. They pay in point which you can redeem for money (pay pal or check) or gift cards.

I got surveys from them a few times a week, so it is pretty steady work.

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The trick to making money from surveys is to sign up to several reputable ones and keep doing the surveys they send you.

The longer you have been with them and shown that you can do quality work, the more high value surveys you will receive. Also, never, ever pay to join a survey site. There are tons of great ones that are free to join.

Make Money From Home

Focus Groups

When a company is doing research on a product, they will normally find a group of people that they can test the product on in return for cash.

Focus groups pay very well, normally around $100 per hour.

Some focus groups are held online, some by phone and others are held in-person. Once, I did a focus group about gas stations online for 45 minutes and they paid me $75. I just had to be at my computer at a certain time and log into their chatroom with the other focus group members.

I did the whole thing from my computer at home. Focus groups are at a scheduled time, so you will have to schedule them into your day.

Focus groups are harder to find than surverys. If you have a clinical research lab nearby, go to their website and sign up for the focus groups. They will contact you to see if you are interested when a focus group does come up.

You can also find focus groups on Craigslist and you can find them through surveys. Most of the focus groups that I have been invited to have found me through surveys. The surveys ask pre-qualifier questions and if I answer them correctly, I get an invite!

Baby Sitting

Baby sitting can bring in good money. You could open a small day-care in your house, watch a few children a few days a week or just watch kids before and after school.

If you have children, your kids may have fun with the kids you are watching.

Couples with children need a date-night every once in a while and a babysitter for those occasions usually gets paid pretty well!

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If you are a computer guru with a passion, try blogging. Some people have been so successful with blogging that they have made it their full-time job.

There are two big blogging platforms: Word Press and Blogger. I like Blogger since it was so simple to use. I have several blogs through Blogger, but my main one is called "The Frugal Review".

Once you have set up your blog, place ads from EBay and Amazon on your site to monetize your blog. The more views you get, the more money you will make.

To make money from a blog, you will need to put a lot of work in in the beginning. Slowly, you will start to see an increase in revenue if you continuously write good quality articles. You could write anywhere from a few blog articles a day to a few a week and that would be enough to keep maximizing profits.

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Selling Photos

If you are a photographer, you could sell your photos at places like ShutterStock or Istockphoto. These are two of the more well known sites.

How it works is you set up an account with them for free and then you upload photos to the site.

They will either pay you per photo or you will get paid each time someone downloads your photo.

This is a great way to make money while you are sleeping. The photos can be up on those sites for years and you could be making money off of them for that long!

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Selling Items on Craigslist, Ebay and Etsy

If you have items around your house that you do not use any longer, sell them on Craigslist or eBay. These sites are online garage sales.

If you want your product to be seen across the country or world, use EBay to sell it, but remember, there are shipping fees.

I like to sell things on Craigslist since I don't have to deal with shipping and handling. Craigslist is a local on lin garage sale. The buyer will come to pick up the item you are selling.

Do watch out for weirdo's out there though. Try to meet in a public place to exchange the item for money. A friend of mine would meet buyers at McDonald's to make the exchange.

If you are creative, you could sell your crafts on Etsy. Etsy is a site that brings Crafters together with buyers.

I have a few creative friends who sell their items on Etsy and they have had great success with it. One makes hair bows for kids and the other knits fingerless mittens.

Write A Book

Writing a book takes time, but is doable.

I wrote two book called "Money Saving Tips From A Stay At Home Mom" and "Asthma, Allergies and Acid Reflux".

I wrote them out as Word Documents and converted them to PDF files.

I found a free site called where you can upload your book and they will sell it through their site, Nook and

It is completely free, but if your book sells, they take a percentage of the money that you make.

You can sell paperback, hard cover and e-books through their site. It 's very simple to self-publish through

If you have a website or a blog, you could advertise your book through your site.

Paypal has a "Buy Now" button that you can use to sell your book through your website.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Melanie Casey


Carlettiaarmstron on October 22, 2017:

It's so hard finding the right place to start to recieve income. I NEED HELP!

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on July 31, 2015:

One of the great things about writing books and selling photos is that you will be able to earn residual income for the rest of your life, In most cases, off of your books and photos!

Arun Dev from United Countries of the World on July 12, 2015:

Writing books and selling photos seems good ways to make money!

Jacobb9205 on February 19, 2015:

No problem, caseymel!

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on February 19, 2015:

Thanks Jacobb9205!

Jacobb9205 on February 16, 2015:

Great ways to earn online, thank you!

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on November 18, 2013:

Thanks for commenting JPSO138 …… and good luck!

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 17, 2013:

Very informative and useful. I am into blogging but never gave much time to it. But will certainly give it more time later on. I have not been on any surveys but from the looks of it, I will also check it out and see what happens next.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on November 06, 2013:

Thanks quildon and good luck!!!

Angela Joseph from Florida on November 06, 2013:

This is a great and informative article, caseymel. I'm not a stay-at-home mom, but I'm planning to retire soon and I'm looking for ways to make some money. I'll certainly use some of your ideas.

HeatherH104 from USA on June 23, 2013:

This is a wonderful, well written hub. I actually took notes. As a stay at home mom I'm looking for ways to make money so I can continue to be home even when the kids go to school.

Thank you for the great info.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on April 18, 2013:

If you are thinking of joining a survey site, Pinecone Research is open for applicants again. I have a link to it on my website at .

Sallie Beatrice Middlebrook PhD from Texas, USA on April 18, 2013:

Great hub, good advice for those looking for work they can do from home. You've done a thorough job, and now I might even consider doing some surveys. Sounds like fun with a chance to profit.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on April 17, 2013:

Thanks Lizam1! That is great advice! It does take a lot of hard work to get to the point where you will earn a full-time or even part-time income. For me, I had been a stay-at-home Mom for a few months before I started looking into it. The money does help each month, but it does take a while before you start earning good money. Start small and don't give up!

Lizam1 on April 17, 2013:

Hello caseymel, nice summary of stay at home job opportunities. Honestly though making a full time income takes a lot of determination and if one is seeking a primary source of income my advice is don't give up the day job UNTIL you have created regular income from blogging, respon to surveys etc..

Deb Welch on April 09, 2013:

Useful and good advice for working from home. Very helpful. Blogging gets my attention. Thanks.

Single Shot on April 09, 2013:

thank you for this information

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on April 08, 2013:

Thanks Careermommy! That is so kind of you!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 08, 2013:

caseymel, this is a great article with very useful tips. I know a lot of stay at home moms that would appreciate this, so I'm going to pin this. Thank you for sharing.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on April 08, 2013:

Thanks Joseph, Hezekiah, wetnosedogs and Paul! Legitimate online work does take time and patience, but once you find something you enjoy doing, keep working at it and you will start earning money from it!

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on April 08, 2013:


This is a great hub with great tips for stay-at-home jobs. This is becoming more and more appealing to me because I will be retiring from full time teaching in one more year. I didn't realize one could make that much money doing surveys and focus groups. Voted up as useful and sharing with followers.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on April 08, 2013:

Thanks for this great hub. Always looking for different ways to make money online.

Hezekiah from Japan on April 08, 2013:

Good hub, a lot of these at home jobs do require a lot of work and concentration but money can be made if you are willing.

Joseph Muendo from Nairobi, Kenya on April 08, 2013:

Great info Caseymel. Will implement your recommendations. Thanks a bunch. votes up and sharing asap.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on April 08, 2013:

Thanks joym7 and dwachira and good luck with your online ventures!

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on April 08, 2013:

Hi caseymel,

Focus groups and selling photos sound like a worthy try although i find Focus groups more localized and specific to products. I will check on the sites you have mentioned about selling photos and see what i can start with. Great article, voted up, useful and shared.

Joy from United States on April 05, 2013:

Great article... will try to follow few ideas to make some extra bucks.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on March 01, 2013:

Thanks for reading my article! I find that when you are trying to make money from home, it is a good idea to find multiple streams of income (ex: surveys, reading emails, blogging, writing articles, couponing). Well, the last one saves money, but you don't have to pay taxes on money you save!

Wendy L Young from Tennessee on February 28, 2013:

Great tips, thank you! I've been working at home for over 3 years now and am always looking to branch out.

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on January 30, 2013:

There are a lot of scam advertisements for stay at home jobs. You can check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website to find out more about a company. Also, never pay money to get information about a job. If they ask for money, it is usually a scam.

ftclick on January 30, 2013:

The legitimate title just threw me in the direction of people working or (being outsourced) by a email spam firm in Nigeria

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on January 30, 2013:

Thanks for all the responses to my Hub. I am going to try to answer all the questions from everyone here. I am not the lady in the video. I found this video on YouTube and found her stay at home jobs to be similar to mine with great advice, so I chose that video to add to my Hub. I can also refer back to the video for inspiration!

I don't make much from my blog yet (a few dollars a month), but I haven't been on top of it like I should be. I began my blog a few years ago and I might write a tip or two a month, not enough to bring in many visitors, but I have recently decided to take more interest in my blog, The Frugal Review. I have started writing a blog article each day (I can usually write one in 10-15 minutes). They don't take as long as a full-blown article. I have noticed that I am getting more visitors and my earnings are rising each day.

I have thought about using WordPress as a platform for my blog, but I found it a little more difficult. I am sure if I put a little time into it, it probably wouldn't be very difficult, but with Blogger, I was able to set up a blog and start writing within minutes, so that is why I chose Blogger.

Some other great survey sites that I enjoy working with and that pay well are Surveyhead, Ipsos I-Say, quick rewards and Swagbucks. Surveyhead pays really well, but I have a hard time being approved for some of the higher paying surveys. Swagbucks is great because you can get paid to do surveys, do tasks, shop or use their search engine. The points add up quickly and you can get paid in gift cards, paypal, etc.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any luck with any other stay at home jobs! (-:

Ms. Immortal from NJ on January 30, 2013:

Thanks for your information on working at home, great stuff. Do you have more survey companies you can refer me to?

Boulism from Short Beach, CT on January 30, 2013:

Interesting article. I've been looking into making a little extra cash and I may try the focus group angle. Thanks!

Rodney Fagan from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on January 29, 2013:

Thanks for a great hub, will have look at them during the next few weeks. I live in South Africa, this excludes me from a lot of surveys, especially when branding is involved!

However, I am in the process of creating a photographic service, especially for bloggers and the likes, who do not wish to use ex stock photos from the existing "stock photo" sites.

This will be on my hubpages as soon as it is ready. (mid March).

Good luck with your future ventures.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2013:

Caseymel--is that you in the video? I couldn't tell for sure.

I had taught some English courses at the local community college and just asked if they had online when I was working full-time somewhere else. They gave me a class online to teach every other semester. Since I lost my full-time job, I now have 2 online classes per semester, so I'm trying to work on freelance writing, too. There are other online courses, if you have nothing local, such as Phoenix University and There are probably more, too. First, I would check with local colleges if you have the qualifications. With universal, you can teach anything you might be qualified for. I've thought about checking it out, but I want to focus more on freelance writing.

Thanks for offering me to ask you questions! So do you make good income on your blogger blog? So many people say that wordpress is the way to go. Thanks so much!

Melanie Casey (author) from Indiana on January 29, 2013:

Thanks! I love MyPoints, but I have never tried Carol Wright Surveys. I will have to check them out! How do you get into teaching online? I would love to try that! If you have any questions about blogging or book publishing, let me know! (-:

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2013:

This is so awesome! Sounds like you're doing really well. I really need to get into the blogging and book publishing, two things I've been considering. Thanks for listing the survey ideas. I've tried some, but many require signing up for offers or take way too much time. I will try some of yours. I also like MyPoints and Carol Wright Surveys. Both of those add up pretty quickly, and I can redeem for gift cards.

I wish I were more focused. I have no excuse, as I teach online from home and have no kids! You are inspiring. I need to work on really making a living at this. Sharing this hub. Loved it! Will come back to it as a reference.

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