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Making money as a stay at home parent


Carly Welburn, Mortgage Choice in Berwick.

New parents often face the decision of whether they should leave full-time work to become a stay at home parent. There are many things you need to weigh up, the biggest being how you will replace that full-time income and whether you can live without it. I understand this all too well.

Three years ago, when my first child was born, I made the decision to become a stay-at-home parent. However, I still wanted to make money and these are some great tips that I implemented.

Selling unwanted goods

Grab a box and go room to room collecting items you no longer need. Use your phone (or camera) to take detailed photos and list your items on eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree. Be honest about the condition, realistic about the price and be prepared to haggle!

Online surveys

There are a number of survey companies that will pay you for your opinion about goods and services. The hourly rate works out to be quite low but these surveys can be completed from anywhere with an internet connection. Try www.valuedopinions.com.au and www.yourvoice.com.au

Domestic services

There are lots of busy people looking for help with their domestic tasks. Ironing, cooking and washing are all things that can be done by a stay at home parent for a decent hourly rate. Tap into your social network for customers or list your services on www.airtasker.com.au 

Catalogue distribution

Catalogue distribution has the added advantage of being a great source of exercise. As long as your children are young enough to be pushed in a pram, this could work well for you. Check out ww.deliverfordollars.com.au and www.airtasker.com.au for available rounds.

Mystery shopping

If you’re out and about shopping anyway, you may as well be paid for it! Mystery shopping companies will pay you to go to specific stores, purchase specific products and report on your experience. You can choose which assignments you would like, based on your availability. Try www.mysteryshopping.com.au or www.mysteryshopper.com.au

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