With our busy lives as baseball moms, some of us have to work and juggle all of the kids’ stuff as well. And then there are those of us who don’t work, but are looking for money-making ideas for stay at home moms. Our routines don’t always allow us to have a set work schedule so we need to find creative ways to make extra money or part time work.
There are a lot of moms who make money by babysitting other kids, taking and picking up from school, helping the elderly, etc. These are all great ways to earn extra cash. The problem is that you are always on someone else’s schedule.
I’ve been self-employed for many years, but I recently decided to transition to some new opportunities. There are so many ways to make money online that I decided to investigate creating a website. I didn’t know anything about building one, so I had to find a place to learn. There are a ton of scams online and I was very leery of jumping into something that costs money.
While searching around the web, I stumbled onto a site called Wealthy Affiliate. I had no idea what it was, but I was very skeptical. When I noticed that it’s free to sign up it piqued my interest. When I started browsing around the site, I kept noticing the term “affiliate marketing”. I had no idea what that is, but I wanted to know more.
What I discovered is that affiliate marketing is a way to make money with your website by signing up with companies and putting their links in your website. When visitors click on those links and they buy something, you will receive a commission for the sale. I also found that there are hundreds of companies including Amazon, Ebay, Target, and many others who have affiliate marketing programs you can sign up for.
Since I’m in the lighting business, I decided to start with a site for information on LED lighting. It’s something that I know a lot about and I’m interested in, so it was the logical choice for my first website endeavor. I had no idea how to get started so I put my faith in their training program. This video link takes you to their website and there is a nice overview of how the site works and a sample of what their training videos look like. I really liked that there is step-by-step training that helps you set up your website, and that you don’t need to have any experience.
After going through the training programs I had a fully functional website. After setting up the site, the next step is to sign up for some affiliate marketing programs. Since Amazon is the largest online seller, it is the most popular for affiliate marketers. They have millions of customers every day. The nice thing about most affiliate marketing sites is that once the visitor clicks into their site, anything they buy through your link will earn you a commission. So if you have a link for a $10 hair product on your page and the visitor just happens to click through it and ends up buying a big-screen television, you get the commission. The only downside to Amazon’s program is that they only pay around 4% commission and they only have a 24-hour cookie for the purchase. If you are going to use Amazon, you’ll have to depend on getting a lot of traffic to their site.
In addition to being able to schedule working on a website around your busy life, it’s also great that you can pick any topic to create it around. Are you interested in cooking? Start a cooking website. Video gaming? Review video games. Love gardening? Create a gardening site and market everything to do with gardening and landscaping. There are so many products that are available to link with. Even if you just enjoy blogging, you can set up ads on your website and make money through those.
There are a few other ways to make money online if you don’t want to start a website. You can be a transcriber or do data entry for companies. For more information on other ways to make money with your computer click here.
There are times when I can’t sleep and I get up late at night to work on my websites. This flexibility allows me to be there for the important things in life, which is spending time with my kids. After all, the time is flying by.