5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

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5 tried+tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

If you want to make money from home as a UK stay at home mum then read on, in this blog post I will I share five of the best tried and tested ways I have made money online. 

I have managed to turn my online money making ventures into a full-time living and they are the perfect jobs for mums if you need something flexible that works around you being a stay at home mum too.

Find so many more ways to make money from home on my blog where I share everything I try from online writing jobs to ecommerce and from matched betting to website testing and so much more!

Below are five of the best work from home jobs for mums and side hustles that I enjoy the most and have made me the most money.

First, a little background to why I needed to find a work at home job once I had kids.

Deciding to make money from home as a stay at home mum UK

As soon as I had my first daughter I knew I didn’t really want to return to my manager role after maternity.  I’d been with the company for nine years and had assumed I’d be there forever.  Having my first child totally changed my opinion though.  After one year’s maternity I didn’t want to return to full time work in a demanding role that often required last minute overtime.  I wouldn’t be able to commit to the role as I had pre-children.

I also wasn’t ready to put my daughter in full time childcare from 8am to 6pm, only seeing her for one hour or so per evening before it was her bedtime.  The thought really upset me.  It was time to find a new job or way of working from home where I could be there for my daughter in the day times and see her do new things and reach milestones for myself.

Originally I trained to be a childminder which seemed the perfect job whilst my daughter was little.  I completed the training, but our current home didn’t have enough space.  We were in the process of selling our existing home, but it took a lot longer than anticipated – around eight months!  We ended up buying a home that needed totally redoing so this took all our time and four years on we’re still not finished!

We then fell pregnant with our second child so I decided not to pursue the childminding.  We just had too much to do in our new home and a new baby on the way.  I also wasn’t as passionate about it anymore as I’d already started my Lylia Rose business.  I do always wonder what would have happened if we had managed to sell quicker and moved into a house that needed no or little work.  Perhaps I’d be a full time childminder today!

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I started making handmade cards and selling them on Etsy when my daughter was born and I was stuck at home needing a hobby.  That was the beginning of Lylia Rose.  Since then it changed to me selling items on Facebook, then making jewellery, then buying jewellery to sell, adding scarves to the collection and changing to a scarf only shop, setting up a blog for the business, changing the blog to a lifestyle blog and to where we are today - a UK money and lifestyle blog all about how to make money online, self employment, healthy living and family lifestyle!

Phew!  It's been a journey!  To read more about all this give The Story of Lylia Rose a read.

After my first maternity leave I did get a part time evening job.  I've worked three part time jobs since having kids, up until May 2017 when I made the decision to go full time with my blogging and home earnings.  I’d earned more than my part time wage for six months straight by this point, so I knew it was the right decision.  Luckily I have managed to make a consistent full time wage being self-employed from home ever since and will share some of the ways I've done this below.

In this article I will share five tried and tested ways to make money as a stay at home mum in the UK.  Who knows, it could even become a full time occupation for you!

Stay at home jobs for mums UK

Stay at home jobs for mums UK

1. Blogging

If you love to write then blogging is the perfect stay at home career.  It can fit in around parent duties and is also location independent.  You just need a laptop and internet connection.

Don’t expect to start a blog and earn money instantly though.  I started mine in spring 2013 and didn’t start to make any money from it until spring 2016.

To be fair, it wasn’t my original intention to make money from it, but if I’d realised the potential sooner I am sure I could have made money after a year or two instead.

It takes time to build up content, stats, readership and an authoritative website.  Don’t let that put you off though.  If you are serious about blogging and perhaps one day making an income from it, then you simply need to get started!

Since starting this blog I have started another two and managed to make money from them within one year!

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2. Matched betting

Matched betting is a great way to make money online fast!

When I decided to go full-time with my blog, I was worried about income and looked into other ways to make money online.  I discovered matched betting and I'm so glad I signed up to Profit Accumulator who made the whole process really simple!

I knew, and still know, nothing about betting or sports... but that doesn't matter.

Matched betting is a way of placing a bet on all outcomes of a sports match and then making a profit from a free bet offer by using a mathematical equation that guarantees a profit.

It sounds complicated, but you don't need to understand it as Profit Accumulator have software, instructions and calculators that work everything out for you.  So you simply follow the instructions and place the bets.  They even tell you how much profit you'll make before you place the bets.

If you need money quickly and you have some spare time then matched betting could be the perfect solution.  I shared my own journey in lots of matched betting blog posts which you can find below.

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A list of all my matched betting blog posts

My matched betting journey

I’ve made £300 tax free cash from home in 2 weeks and you can too!

£753.62 matched betting profit month one (and silly mistakes)

Matched betting profit 2 months: £1341.81

Matched betting profit after 3 months: £1706.81

I've made over £2000 in four months matched betting

I made over £3000 matched betting in 2017

Matched betting milestones: 18 months and £5000

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3. Website testing

I’m so pleased I discovered website testing as it’s a quick and easy way to top up my other home earnings.  It also adds some variety to my day.

Tests can take as little as 5 minutes to complete and the longest has taken me about 20 minutes.

Each test is for a different website or app and they simply want your opinion on a new feature or for you to show how you'd find your way around the site.  They're really straightforward and easy to complete.

Just make sure you read the instructions carefully as the tests can get rejected.  I’ve only had one test rejected as I accidentally used my iPhone instead of an Android.  Oops!

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4. Selling online

Selling items online is a great side hustle or could even be a full-time job.  You can become an e-commerce retailer by buying stock and selling it on your own website or through readymade marketplaces like eBay or Amazon.

If you’re crafty then try Etsy or Folksy to sell your unique makes.

If you’ve a keen eye for a bargain in stores then reselling on eBay or Amazon for a profit could be for you.

These are great business ideas to make extra income at home that fit around your lifestyle.

For some tax-free cash and to try out the selling platforms you can sell your old unwanted belongings on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.  It's a great way to declutter your home and make cash from unused items in your house or outgrown toys and clothes.  We give some items to charity, but I also sell a lot of the kids outgrown things online.  It's amazing how much some people will pay for secondhand toys!  If you need extra cash then have a declutter and start selling today.  

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5. Mystery tasks

There are lots of ‘mystery shopping’ type apps out there.  Some aren’t really shopping at all, but simply short surveys or photos you can take at home.

Many are secret short audits you carry out in store.  My favourite apps are Streetbees, Roamler, BeMyEye and Task360.

You can often make a few pounds each time you visit the supermarket to do your shopping, if there’s a task whilst you’re there!

Get started here:

Find a Roamler invite code here

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Get a £1 BeMyEye bonus for your first mission in store!


That is just five of the ways that I have managed to make money from home, even when I was a stay at home mum with two young children.  In total I have found 56 ways to earn money from home and I share them all on my blog!  You'll find all the ways in my online income reports and also in my make money from home section.

There are so many ways to make money from home nowadays.  It really does give us mums the flexibility to make a part time or even a full time wage around parenting duties.

There’s no need to return to a full time job and to use full time childcare if that’s not right for you.  Simply start exploring some at home options and get the ball rolling to a happier career today!


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5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum