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Becoming a stay-at-home parent needs dedication, as it is a full-time job. Sadly, becoming a stay-at-home is an occupation that does not come with a paying salary. As a result, some families find it difficult to rely on a single income to make ends meet or build savings.

Nevertheless, there are various ways for stay-at-home dads and moms to make a bit of additional cash to increase their family’s budget. Best of all, it is all done without even stepping out of the house or sacrificing precious moments with their kids.

In fact, here are five money-making ideas that stay-at-home dads and moms can pursue. All done while your children are at school studying, asleep, or even while they are up and alert, demanding your attention. Important to note, however, in the beginning, the earnings from these suggestions are modest, and not all opportunities will be right for you. However, over the course of a year, you could earn hundreds, perhaps even thousands of dollars.

  1. Accept Virtual Errands.

If you have a reliable computer, with a stable Internet connection, have a knack scouring the Net, impeccable communication skills, then you can try becoming a virtual personal assistant. There are plenty of firms who look to hires virtual assistants. Firms, like Fancy Hands, aims to help its users undertake tasks by providing virtual assistant to their clients to perform duties such as making and taking calls to and from service providers, schedule appointments, and locating the best prices for services and products. Virtual assistants get paid per task, usually ranging between $3 and $7.

  1. Teach Students Online.

Is your specialty is in line with teaching? Can you devote a couple of hours a week while the kids are taking a nap? Then why not teach struggling students online. You can always find students who are looking to raise their grades. You can check sites, such as Craigslist.org, to gauge hourly rates in your area. Alternatively, you can join in with an online tutoring firm, such as Tutor.com. As an online teacher, you need to be available to teach for at least five hours a week. Moreover, you should have a college degree to teach certain subjects for Tutor.com

  1. Be a Mom (or Dad) Blogger.

If you are not using your free time on important things like changing diapers, doing the laundry, or shuttling kids around, then consider starting a blog. Blogs nowadays are now considered a viable source of income. Moreover, just because you are a parent, it does not automatically mean all you write is about parenting issues. There is an overabundance of parenting blogs nowadays. If you choose to start a blog, please consider focusing on another topic which you are passionate. The more entertaining, informative, and unique you are, the more likely you will gain followers. The bigger your community of online fans is, the greater the chance for you making money.

(Learn how stay-at-home moms earn money online thru blogging)

  1. Get Freelance Editorial Work.

So maybe you are the type who do not want the commitment of a blog but still likes to write or express your creativity through words. You are in luck, because plenty of media Web sites, both corporate and non-profit, are looking for freelance writers to create, edit, or produce content. Some pay by the word, some by the hour and some pay per project. You can register for free with Textbroker.com and submit a writing sample. Once done, you will earn a rating based on the quality of your content. Then, you can pick projects you want, based on your quality rating. You can earn 0.7 cents to 5 cents per word, or even more. Additionally, FreelanceWriting.com provides a broad list of freelance writing or Michigan website design opportunities gathered from several top sites.

  1. Profit from Your Photos.

Are you skilled with a camera? If you are, you can turn your photos into cash. Accomplish it by selling your photos to stock image websites, such as Shutterstock.com. If your submitted photos are accepted, Shutterstock adds them to their portfolio. If their subscribers download your photos, you can earn anywhere between 25 cents to $120 per image download. There are other websites which accept photos from contributors. It includes DepositPhotos, Dreamstime, iStock, and Sqeeqee.

All mentioned above are viable money-earning options. Having a prominent online presence helps promote your skills, and improving your chances at achieving better results. To better ensure your success, you can rely on the assistance coming from professionals capable of providing you and your online business an edge among the rest.