6 Ways to Make Money from Home (without doing surveys)

I was a teacher for 8 years and I loved it. But I was burnt out. I was finding myself crying on the way to work, not having time to see my family, and just felt so lost in my purpose. I knew I wanted to stay home with my kids and would do what I needed to in order to stay home with my kids.

Once I made that decision, nothing could stop me from finding a ton of side hustles that actually paid off. I work daily at my money mindset and knew that even a few dollars here and there would pay off.

I got started being a work from home mom with direct sales and network marketing. I found a product I loved and it felt supernatural for me to share it with others. That allowed me to have the freedom to be home and now, I have multiple streams of income that help pay our mortgage each month and a ton of ideas on the backburner.

If you’re a mom looking to stay home with your kids, know that you CAN do it! Every little bit will add up and it is possible! Below are some of the ways that I make money and some that friends and readers have shared with me!

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Legit Ways to Make Money From Home

Ways to Make Money From Home

1. BestMark

Best Mark is a legit way to make money as a secret shopper. While the money may not add up quickly, you put in your zip code and when shops in your area come up you can complete them. In my area, I am always getting shops to go to the local Best Buy or the casino that is just a few miles away. For some of the shops, like the casino or a restaurant, they will reimburse you up to a certain amount on food and also pay you. You have to complete a phone survey once your shop is complete. If you are interested in this and sign up, I suggest grabbing opportunities as soon as you see them in your inbox! They are first-come, first-serve n go very fast!

2. User Testing

User Testing is a way to give feedback to websites about usability. You can log into your portal (which is the only way you know if they have any available reviews) and once you hear the ding, jump on it! This is another site that is first-come, first-serve but if you qualify for the review, you can earn $10 for each review. You are given instructions to go to the test website and audio record your thoughts based on the questions that they provide. I’ve made a few hundred dollars over the past few months just doing this once and a while! Sign up here!

3. VIP Kid

VIPKid is a virtual teaching community where you teach English via the internet to students in China. You do need a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible and their interview process is very extensive! I made it to the end of the process but ultimately, decided that the hours (either super early in the AM or after kids went to bed) didn’t currently fit into my schedule. You can earn a part-time income through easily if you’re willing to put in the work!


Appen is a virtual site where companies hire assistants to complete basic data entry jobs for them. You can apply for data entry, research, social media, and more! Pick things that you are skilled in and interest you and, if a job becomes available, they’ll email you to apply. I’ve applied for a few jobs that came in but never actually gotten picked so I can’t 100% tell you how much you’d make. You can check it out for yourself here!

5. Network or Multi-Level Marketing

As I said at the start of this post, I got into entrepreneurship via network marketing. I know what you’re thinking… “network marketing isn’t for me, I don’t want to sell to my friends, doesn’t everyone do that”. And I hear you.

But I want you to hear me out. Network Marketing is NOT for everyone. I’ll just put that out there. But I believe if you have a product you love, that you’d buy anyway, and you want to share that passion with others than I truly believe you can be successful in direct sales.

I’ve been about to make over $100,000 in the 5.5 years that I’ve worked as a health and fitness coach because I loved the products, saw my own results, and wanted to help other women feel amazing. If you think this option is for you, check out a product and ask the distributor if they have an option to get a discount and sell it. If you are curious about health and fitness, email me at coachingwithcara@gmail.com and we can chat more!

6. Create Your Own Products and Courses

While I loved what I did as a health and fitness coach, I knew that God had a bigger purpose for me to impact women on a larger scale. Because of that, I began to branch out and currently work more as a virtual life coach. For me, this has been the main way I bring in income, helped me reach more women on my own schedule, and lets me us the spiritual gifts I know God has gifted me.

The main ways you can make income this way is to start your own blog OR create a course on your own. I started my blog after a few years of thinking about it in just 3 weeks at 2 am while I was nursing my newborn! If I can do it, so can you! There are many ways to monetize a blog and I learned so many of them in this awesome course; Blog by Number. I HIGHLY suggest anyone serious about getting a blog up easily and quickly to take Suzi’s course. She makes it super simple from start to finish and really walks you through how to get it off the ground.

When I got started with my blog, the first thing I did was pick my domain and where I wanted to host it because, as you’ll find, the first few names you love might be taken. As soon as I thought of “A Purpose Driven Mom” I headed right to Siteground and grabbed it up for the year!

Once I got my blog off the ground, I started to create my own products. You actually don’t need a blog to make your own e-book or course, but I highly suggest having an email service provider and that be the first investment you make in your business! I LOVE Convertkit! It’s super easy to use (I am NOT very tech-savvy) and super affordable!

If you are ready to make your own e-book or e-course you can easily head to Canva or PicMonkey to get it off the ground! For hosting courses, I host all of mine on the Teachable platform.

It can be super overwhelming to get started on your own blog or products so, if you want to talk about if it’s an option for you, email me at coachingwithcara@gmail.com {Subject Line: Consultation} and we can set up a free 20-minute consultation to talk through your ideas! I also offer business coaching to any moms to want some step by step help and you can email me to talk about payment plan options!

There are a TON of ways for moms to make money from home that doesn’t involve doing surveys that pay pennies (though I have done those too!) and really can make a difference to either a business or someone else! And again, if you want help figuring out your next steps, let’s talk! Just email coachingwithcara@gmail.com and we can set up a consultation! I love to help moms figure out how they can make money from home, fit it into their busy schedule, and make a difference!

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