Being a stay at home mother is a job itself, but the kisses and hugs you receive from your toddlers won’t pay the bills. When you’re also a prepper momma who homeschools and homesteads, you may need extra cash but can’t commit to a traditional 9-5 job, because of your other important duties and responsibilities.
Working at home alongside other prepping mothers, sisters, or friends will likely make the experience far easier because you will not only have co-workers you love, but can help watch and/or teach each others children throughout the day.
Homesteading is no walk in the park, but it is truly the best lifestyle to live. Some families simply cannot do without at least some added income from the stay-at-home parent. There are several legitimate virtual opportunities that offer you a flexible schedule that can fit around your family’s survival homesteading needs.
There are endless opportunities to make money from home, but the difficult part is finding legitimate jobs and not a website just trying to scam you. Don’t ever give out your personal information or ever pay to apply for work online, these are normal scam tactics.
If you are a stay at home prepping mom looking for extra spending money or to earn a steady income in the comfort of your home so you can be with your kiddos, you came to the right place.
Let’s get started, shall we?
On Upwork, you are what they define as a “freelancer.” This means that you are self-employed and offer your services to clients. There are so many different job opportunities on this website and it’s free to join.
You never have to pay a dime to Upwork unless you decide to upgrade to a membership plan that is $10 a month and this gives you 10 more “connects” a month which is what you use to submit proposals to jobs that you are interested in. If you choose to stay with the Basic Membership (free) you will receive 60 free connects a month.
You do not need a minimum amount to cash out, you can withdraw your money at any time you want. If you want to have a “scheduled paycheck” which means you will immediately be paid without the hassle of withdrawing your money yourself, you can schedule your paycheck to come through weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc. if your current balance is $100 plus.
Again, you can withdraw whenever you want, even if you have only made $5 in paid income. You can also get paid by direct deposit to your checking account free of charge or elect to get paid via, PayPal for a $1 per transaction withdrawal fee.
You can make a steady income being a freelancer with Upwork and most jobs are flexible hours, so you get to choose your own hours. All jobs will either be “hourly” or “fixed price” which means you will either be paid by the hour (you get to choose your hourly rate) or you will be paid a fixed budget once your job is complete. All your projects will have a contract between you and your client, so you never have to worry about not getting paid.
Upwork Job Categories
- Design and Creative
- Customer Service
- Administrative Support
- Sales and Marketing
- Engineering and Architecture
- Web, Mobile and Software Development
- IT and Networking
- Data Science and Analytics
- Accounting and Consulting
If you’re interested in Upwork, apply here.
Are you a creative person that enjoys sewing, painting, and taking photographs? Do you love making jewelry, accessories, wall décor, decorative pillows, blankets, candles, wreaths, toys, books, or music? If you said “yes” to any of these, then it is time to turn your passion into a profit.
Etsy is like eBay except everything listed on Etsy is either homemade, vintage (at least 20 years old), or craft supplies. You can also sell items you harvest of make on your survival homestead, like jams, jellies, grapevine wreaths, acorns, dried produce and herbs, and seeds – just to name a few.
When you make your listings on Etsy, you will be charged a $0.20 fee and there is a 3.5 percent fee for each transaction. Once your listings are published, anyone from around the world can purchase your beautiful, unique item. Funds from your sales will be deposited directly to your bank account.
You can make a full-time income from Etsy and you will enjoy every minute of it because it won’t feel like an actual job. Let’s be honest, is there any better way to make money than by doing your hobby and being able to stay home with your little rascals?
Click here to open your Etsy shop.
Do you have your bachelor’s degree? If so, this may be the perfect job for you.
VIPKID is an online education firm that provides one-on-one English classes to children in China. You will be teaching children of the ages 4 – 12 and each session will last for 25 minutes. VIPKID recommends you to be available for at least 7 ½ hours a week. You will never need to prepare your own teaching materials because VIPKID provides this for you.
You will get paid between $14.00 – $22.00 an hour, depending on your experience and your performance on the mock job that you will need to complete during the interview process. Between the tenth and fifteenth of every month, you will receive your paycheck via direct deposit.
Device – Desktop, Laptop, MAC, Surface
Headset – Use a headset with a microphone, stable output and input.
Camera – HD External camera or HD integrated camera (Most laptops have it)
Operating System – Windows7, Windows8, Windows10, MAC OS 10.8x
Memory – At least 4GB RAM
CPU – Intel Core i3 above CPU
Network – Wired DSL Internet Connection – at least 20 Mbps
Minimum Browser Requirements
Chrome – Version 51 or above
Firefox – Version 47 or above
If you are ready to change lives by educating, apply here.
Are you familiar with the term “virtual assistant?” If not, virtual assistants work remotely from their home providing administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients. Virtual assistants are basically secretaries, but they get to complete their office duties from home on their laptop/computer, hence “virtual” assistant.
Fancy Hands hires virtual assistants that want the freedom of having a flexible schedule to work.
Below are examples of the tasks you would complete:
- Making phone calls on behalf of people.
- Canceling their cable (a lot harder than it sounds).
- Scheduling appointments (doctors, business, etc.).
- Tracking down the best price for something.
- Finding hotels that meet certain criteria.
- Data entry.
The pay range is anywhere between $3.00 – $7.00 per task and these tasks are super quick to complete. You’ll get paid every other Tuesday via Dwolla. Apply here.
This website is looking for freelancers who want to get paid while captioning modern movies, educational videos, TV shows, and more.
You would be getting paid per video minute between $0.40 – $0.75. So, if the video was 60 minutes and you only did one a day, you could make $45 daily just by transcribing videos.
This job position is flexible hours and you get paid weekly via PayPal.
Start your application process here.
As a prepper momma myself, I know how difficult it can be to raise your little tribe while attending to your homestead and not having extra cash for bills, other necessities, or to go have a fun family outing every once in awhile.
I have personally been a freelancer on Upwork since January of 2018 and the only regret I have, is not joining sooner. With the freedom of working virtually, I am able to homeschool my little rascals, take care of our homestead, and get on my laptop to work whenever is most convenient to my family and not worry about financially struggling. During the warm weather month’s my “office” is the shelterhouse on our survival retreat. I enjoy a great view while my children run free in the play area and go on great adventures of their very own.
Please throw out any tips or advice you have for prepper mamas that are looking to work from home, in the comments below. Also, feel free to share any experiences you have!