How to make money as a stay at home mum or dad in 2020 Published: 13/09/2019 | by Star Trader

How to make money as a stay at home mum or dad in 2020

If you’re a stay at home mum or dad who’s looking for easy ways to make money from home, here are some of our top ideas.

Facing the dilemma of whether or not to return to work after becoming a parent is hard. If saying goodbye to the precious one-on-one time you and your baby once shared isn’t bad enough, the lack of affordable childcare is enough to leave you in a spin. Rejoining the workforce on a full-time basis might not be an option for you, but the choice to become a stay-at-home mum or dad with no steady income can be daunting. Don’t panic, though. There are many ways you can support your family and make money as a stay at home mum or dad, so you can pay the bills and look after your little ones at the same time.




Get paid to do surveys

Completing online surveys is a fun way to make money. You don’t need any special skills or qualifications, you just need your opinions and a bit of time. Most surveys should only take around 10-15 minutes to complete and you can go at your own pace. Each time you answer a survey, you’ll be rewarded. Most survey sites will give you points, which you can then exchange for cash, vouchers or prize draws. Plus, you might even get a signup bonus when you register. It really is as easy as that.

What are the best online survey sites? 

How to earn money from home from surveys:

  1. Sign up to take part in as many surveys as possible. That way, your inbox will always be full and you won’t be waiting around for too long. You’ll always have the option to unsubscribe if you’re overwhelmed. 

  2. Be mindful of scammers and fake websites. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you’re faced with a promise of a thousand pounds or a new car, go elsewhere.

  3. If you’re asked to pay when signing up, don’t. All the survey sites listed in this blog are completely trustworthy and free to use. 

  4. Create a new email address, so your regular inbox doesn’t get spammed with survey-related emails.

  5. Remember that honesty is the best policy. Occasionally, you can be caught out for giving contradictory answers.


How can a stay at home dad & mum make money?


start your own blog


Start your own blog

Another fun pastime. Think of it as an online diary. It’s free to start a blog on websites like Wordpress, unless you want to pay for your own domain. What you write about is completely up to you. As a mother or father, you can share your experiences by starting your own parenting blog, or you could write about a hobby or interest of yours. It may take a while to build up your following, but it’s possible if you keep at it.

How to make money from blogging in the UK:

  1. Advertise through Google AdSense: Simply place a banner on your blog and earn money every time someone clicks on or sees your ad. If you’re worried about your blog being taken over by irrelevant ads, don’t be. Google will only ever show ads that are related to your content. 

  2. Use affiliate links in your blog posts: You’ll earn commission every time someone buys something after clicking on the link on your blog. 

  3. Create sponsored posts: Write about something in exchange for a fee or review a product or service you’ve received.

  4. Sell sponsorship space: Create your own monthly newsletter to send out to your followers and use it to your advantage. Give advertisers the opportunity to feature by giving them a space for a charge.

How do I start my own blog?

  1. Pick a catchy blog name. 

  2. Check if your blog name is available to buy as a domain.

  3. Get your blog online.

  4. Choose a template for your blog and get creative.

  5. Write a paragraph to introduce yourself and add it to your ‘about’ page. 

  6. Write and publish your first post.

  7. Set yourself a goal to write two blogs a week.

  8. Remember to share on your socials!


sell things on ebay


Sell things on eBay

If you have unwanted or outgrown things lying around in your home, don’t just throw them away. Selling on eBay is easy and can make you a lot of money. Plus, it’s a great way to declutter your home. If you’re struggling to find items to sell, you may be more interested in reselling. Car boot sales, charity shops, and auctions are good places to start looking for items to resell on eBay. 

You can create up to 1000 free listings on eBay a month. Once you’ve reached this limit, you’ll be charged 35p for every new listing. When you sell an item, 10% of the final value, including postage, will go to eBay. Not bad!

Best selling items on eBay: 

  • Home decor (lighting, tables, sofas, etc.)

  • Books

  • Shoes

  • Clothing

  • Accessories (jewellery and watches)

  • Collectibles (comics, figures, etc.)

  • Fitness gear

  • Home tech (TVs, hoovers, speakers, etc.)

How to sell on eBay:

  1. Be descriptive: When creating a listing, make sure you describe every detail. Don’t just advertise something as a ‘sofa’. Use the words ‘brown leather sofa’ instead.

  2. Scan barcodes: Get an idea of what your stuff is worth by scanning the barcodes on books, DVDs, CDs, etc. This will give you some direction on how much you can sell your items for. 

  3. Spy on others: Keep an eye on successful sellers for tips. If you see a product that’s the same as the one you’re trying to sell, you have the option to click ‘sell one like this’, which creates your listing for you. Just remember to add your own photos and create a unique description. 

  4. Use the lingo: BN is brand new. BNWT is brand new with tags. BNIB is brand new in box. BIN is buy it now. VGC is very good condition. NWOT is new without tags. NWOB is new without box. HTF is hard to find. NR is no reserve. VTG is vintage. 

  5. Take great pics: Think about the lighting and angles. A good picture will make all the difference. 


Become a child minder


Become a childminder

Another way to make money is by becoming a registered childminder. It’s a job with many perks, one of them being that you can work from the comfort of your own home. It can be tiring, but it’s definitely rewarding and never boring. Plus, it’ll give your little one some company in the daytime (and hopefully tire them out for the nighttime). As a childminder, you’ll be responsible for running your own self-employed business, working on either a full-time or part-time basis throughout the year. 

You don’t need any formal qualifications to be one, but you do need to register to become a childminder. Only after you’ve completed mandatory training can you register, though. This includes safeguarding, first aid, and food hygiene. A DBS check will also be carried out for you and anyone aged 16 and older in your household.

How much do childminders earn?

Your wage as a registered childminder will depend on whether you’re working part-time or full-time. The UK average for a part-time childminder is £113 a week and £159 within London. If you’re planning to work on a full-time basis, the average pay is £221 a week and £303 in London.

How to become a childminder: 

  1. Find out when there’s a childminding pre-registration meeting taking place near you by getting in touch with the Families Information Services at your local council.

  2. Apply for DBS checks for yourself and anyone else who qualifies for one in your household. 

  3. Visit your GP and ask for a medical declaration to be supplied by your GP. 

  4. Complete an introductory training course and pediatric first-aid course. 

  5. Hand your application to Ofsted.

  6. Be prepared for an Ofsted home inspection and interview.

  7. Receive your Ofsted Registration Certificate. 


Become a mystery shopper


Become a mystery shopper

Anyone can become a mystery shopper. And there are plenty of mystery shopper jobs. It only takes a few minutes to sign up for free and you can choose your own working hours. You’ll get paid for going undercover, visiting businesses to check whether certain standards are being met. One day you might be judging a supermarket on its cleanliness, the next day you could be testing out a restaurant’s customer service to find out if it’s up to scratch. You could even grab a few freebies along the way.

Before going undercover though, you’ll be given a set of instructions, including: 

  • Guidelines on which items to buy

  • A list of questions to ask in-store

  • Details of which photographs you’ll need to take

  • Things to look out for, such as cleanliness, lighting, etc.

  • How and when you should write up your report

After taking on your role as a mystery shopper, you’ll need to write a report on your findings to give feedback on what you thought. To do this, you’ll need to have a couple of hours spare.

How much do mystery shoppers get paid? 

The pay can vary. Some jobs may pay you £5, others might give you a generous £15. From time to time, travel expenses are covered too. If you’re new to the game, then expect to earn less than someone with past experience. Don’t fret though, keep at it and you’ll build a positive reputation for yourself in no time. Occasionally though, you may not receive cash as your payment. Instead, you might be given a budget to spend in-store, or will be gifted with a free item.  

Tips on how to be a mystery shopper successfully:

  1. Work whenever you can: Take advantage of the jobs when they become available. The more work you do, the more chance you have of earning as much money as possible.

  2. Memory practice: When out and about, you won’t be able to take any notes. Working on your memory is a good way to remember anything important when it comes to writing up your report.

  3. Sign up to different sites: There are many to choose from, so sign up to as many as you can. That way, you won’t have any trouble finding available jobs near you.

  4. Keep your receipts safe: Some companies may ask for your receipts, so make sure you keep hold of them.


become a star trader


Become a Star Trader

One of the simplest ways to make money. If you enjoy speaking to new people and have a knack for selling, then you’d be perfect for the job. It’s free to sign up and, as a new trader, you could earn up to £100 a month. The more you trade, the more money you’ll get.

Sounds good, but how does it work?

  1. You create your account to become a Star Trader.

  2. You order your first free O2 sims.

  3. You hand your sims out to anyone who wants one.

  4. Your customers top up your sims with at least £10.

  5. We reward you by paying you £5 commission for every activated sim.

Not only is it super easy to make money, it’s also on your terms. You choose when you work. If you’re struggling for time one day, make up for it the next day by handing out twice as many sims.  

When we say anyone can activate your sim, we mean it. If you hear someone on the train talking about being on the lookout for a new phone deal, shake their hand and introduce yourself (and your sims).  

How much will I earn with Star Trader?

This will change as you make your way through the trader tiers. As a new trader, you’ll start off on the Bronze tier and, the more you trade, the higher you’ll climb.


Order 20 sims a month

You could earn £100


Order 125 sims a month

You could earn £625 


Order 500 sims a month

You could earn £2500


Order 550 sims a month

You could earn £2750

Find out more about Star Trader or sign up for your own account to get trading!


tips for working from home


Working from home tips

Making money from your home is easy, but it can be hard to concentrate, particularly when you have children to look after too. To help, we’ve put together some tips on how to be productive when you work from home. 

  1. Work in your own quiet space

  2. Have a good breakfast

  3. Turn your TV off

  4. Set your schedule

  5. Have your earphones to hand

  6. Take breaks every now and then

  7. Set your own office hours

  8. Don’t stay in your pyjamas! 

If you’re a stay at home mum or dad looking for flexible work, or want to ditch your job to become one, then there are plenty of ways to make money from home. If you’re feeling inspired by our ideas, then we say go for it. Take our tips on board and you’ll be more than ready to support your family and enjoy quality time with your little one at home. 

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