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Monetizable Side Hustles for SAHMS

Being a SAHm (stay at home Mom) is a hard job. Some of us are SAHMS by choice, some it just makes sense financially for a parent to stay at home, whatever the reasoning for being a SAHM, you are doing real work, its a hard job with long hours. If you are looking to have a small side hustle you can do from home and looking to make a little cash on the side, look no further! I have compiled a small list of my favorite side hustles that I do myself. I don’t make a livable or reliable income from these, but it is fun to have something outside of being a Mom.

Selling Clothes

When I was in college I discovered selling clothes online, but we lived in an apartment without a washer and dryer. Whenever I sold something I had to block off time to get to the laundromat, remove the cat hair, find supplies to ship it and make a trip to the post office. Now that I live in my own house with a washer, dryer, and usually plenty of boxes doing this is much easier… except now I have to remove cat AND dog hair.

So here are my favorite sites for selling clothes, there are many others not listed here for a complete list of sites visit https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/money/g26415683/how-to-sell-clothes-online-sites/

  • ThredUp

What if I told you that you could make some cash for cleaning out your closet?.. sounds too good to be true right? Turns out its not!

You can order what is called a “clean out bag”, the company will send you a large postage paid bag that you fill up with salable clothes, then bring it to your local Post office h or schedule a pick up. Some clothing they will buy from you upfront, and for clothing that they deem salable, Thred Up will take care of all the listing logistics for you. You can choose to have unwanted items shipped back or they will be recycled responsibly.

If you have clothes that are not salable but would like to donate, you can order a “Donation Bag” which is similar to the Clean out Bag and they will donate $5 to a charity of your choosing in your name. You will also get a tax receipt for the donation.

Be careful, it turns out purging is addicting! Currently ThredUp accepts women and children’s clothing.

Read more about ThredUp clean out kits here https://www.thredup.com/cleanout

  • Tradesy

Tradesy is my FAVORITE sight to sell my clothes. You can take pictures of the item you want to sell right from your phone, and the app guides you every step of the way. You set your prices within their guidelines based on retail price and how fast you want to sell the item, then you can choose from several options of how to ship your item. They offer a free shipping kit, pre-paid shipping label to use your own packaging, or you can use your own shipping methods and materials.

I have shipped every of these ways and would recommend using the kit or label. The kit comes with everything you need to ship, and you only have to leave your house to go to the post office! Should you decide to use your own materials it is important to calculate shipping costs correctly so you at least break even.

Pro tip: if you have any old PINK or Victoria’s Secret Laying around, this is the place to sell it!!

Learn more about selling on Tradesy here https://www.tradesy.com/sell-landing/

Meadow and I on the way to ship our Clean Out Bag and Tradesy sale

Sell things and books around your house

  • Mercari

I first heard about Mercari from my husband, he told me “you can sell anything on this app” I didn’t beleive him until one late night Hulu binge I heard the ad, then decided to download the app and give it a shot. It turns out that he was right, you can really sell anything on this app like t shirts, coffee mugs, books, and essentially anything lying around the house you aren’t using. All you have to do is take a picture with your phone, set your price, and wait for a buyer. It’s so simple!

Learn more about selling on Mercari here https://www.mercari.com/sellnow/

  • Facebook yard sale

Ahhh good old facebook. Not only can you keep up woth friends and family all over the world with this wonderful website, but you can also sell anything from childrens clothes to cars..just like our beloved craiglist which used to be the hotspot for this. You can read more about selling on Facebook yard sale here

Start a photography business

Photography is truly an art of it’s own, and with a camera and some props, you can start your own business. To build your portfolio you can start out by using your own kids, friends, and family. Of course as you get going you will incur expenses like new lenses, lighting equipment, photo editing software, travel, printing, etc. so it does require some diligence, time, and travel. But if you have a passion and find something you love to photograph, run with it and don’t loo back!

Start a blog

Yes, I am telling you start a blog in article on my blog. I don’t make money, but I am new and eventually I will as I grow, gain affiliates, do ads, etc. Blogging made this list because if you work hard at it, you can make money. There are several blogs that make a livable income like:

And that is just to name a few!

The key is to pick a passion, find a niche, and takeoff with it. You can blog about anything from recipes to childbirth and hell, even cars! The key is to find your passion and then find your niche within that passion. Maybe you will make a few bucks, maybe you won’t but the key is to just have fun! (and be hopeful about cashflow)

In conclusion…

These are side hustles that are easy for a stay at home mom to do, but do not garuntee an income. Sometimes we all need something to do outside of parenting for a few minutes and these are things that can easily be done on the side using very few tool and time. (you can even do some of these between nursing sessions!) Remember if you work or stay home, you are still a good mom!

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