Real Money: How to Earn Cash as a Stay-at-Home Parent

May 12, 2014 5:48pm

Stay-at-home moms and dads around the country are finding clever ways to earn money.

Many of those “work from home” ads often sound too good to be true but while some of them may be scams, several parents told ABC News that they’ve found the real deal.

Michelle Morse is a stay-at-home mom of two in Los Angeles. Morse makes thousands of dollars for her family by watching television.

Morse has been a Viggle user for more than two years. Viggle rewards you when you check into any TV show you’re watching.

“You hit confirm and view ad, and that checks me into the show,” Morse said. “Then an ad comes on.  Bonus points for watching extra ads and answering show questions…that simple.”

And it’s open to anyone with a television and a smartphone phone.

“I can totally do it with my children,” Morse said. “It helps me contribute to my family. It helps me bring money in so we can do different things…things around the house or go out to dinner.”

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By using the app for just a few years, she has earned enough money to renovate her home.

Tina File, another stay-at-home mother of two, from San Diego, said she makes money in her dining room, answering customer questions on nanny, elder, and pet care placement at Care.com.

Working for about four hours a day means she can be at home when the kids get home.

“There was nobody going to be home after school when they came home. And that’s a big thing,” File said. “I write my own schedule. That’s insane.”

Top earners for Care.com make about $30,000 a year.

“Anybody can do this. It is the best job ever,” File said. “I’m getting paid to sit in my house…It’s all great.”

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Ryan Krane, a stay-at-home father of two from Los Angeles, turned his passion for fitness into a virtual coaching gig. He trains his clients over Skype. Krane said he found most of his virtual clients through advertising on Google and YouTube and now he’s cashing in. He sees his clients one to three days a week and charges $150 an hour.

“I’m training everybody right in my office,” Krane said.

For Kim Baise, a mother of three from Los Angeles, she found that a bit of water, flour and newspaper strips could equal big bucks. She creates paper mache mobiles and sells them on craft site Etsy.com, which takes a small cut of each sale.

Over the past few years on the site, she’s made tens of thousands of dollars off of her Etsy store.

“I can take my time and choose my hours,” Baise said. “Being home with the kids, it’s great. $100 a day — hey I’ll take it!”

Here’s a list of the work-at-home websites in this story:

Viggle.com
Etsy.com
RyanKrane.com
Care.com

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