1. BECOME A TINKERGARTEN LEADER
From $300 per class
Tinkergarten is a perfect job for a stay-at-home parent because it is enriching for your child and your pocketbook. Basically, this paid position consists of leading a Montessori-style outdoor class that your own child enjoys in the company of peers. To get started as a Tinkergarten leader, invite parents in the community to enroll their children in your class (scheduled at a time, day and location of your choosing). Once you get your students to show up, all you have to do is lead them around on their nature adventure and employ the teaching materials that Tinkergarten provides you with—so no extra time spent making lesson plans. You don’t need a special license before you can start work, there is no upfront fee and you can begin earning money as soon as you organize your first excursion. Tinkergarten leaders can make $300 to $800 per eight-week class, and many leaders run multiple classes per session.
2. Airbnb Your Own Place
Average rate of $160 per night
Let’s say you’re the one taking a long weekend trip to visit the in-laws. Why not make a pretty penny by renting your space via Airbnb while you’re away? Check out local listings to get a better sense of what you can charge, but the average home rents for about $160 a night, according to the site. Just be sure you’re clear on the short-term rental laws in your location and remember that hosting does mean you’ll have to get your pad in tip-top shape. (No juice stains on the furniture, you hear?)
3. WRITE ONLINE DATING PROFILES
From $70 per profile
Who likes long walks on the beach, doing the Sunday crossword and earning extra Benjamins for her witty, charming voice? You, of course! It’s a little offbeat, sure, but online profile writing is definitely not boring. Go through a legit agency for a steady supply of freelance profile writing work and impressive pay (fees range from $70 to $120 per profile), but the folks at e-Cyrano want you to know that only the skilled succeed, so don’t think you can write any hokey schmoop just to make a buck. Still, if you speak, and write, the language of love, this might be the job for you.
4. CREATE AND SELL AN ONLINE COURSE
From $50 per course
This moneymaking opportunity is quite similar to consulting in that you identify a marketable skill (macramé? Photoshop?) and profit from sharing your expertise—for the masses and via your home computer. The work involved is frontloaded and initially unpaid. You can create and certify your online course using a popular platform with a built-in customer base, like Thinkific or Teachable, but it will take time and effort (on your own schedule) to make sure your subject matter is marketable and the course itself is engaging and fresh. Once that’s out of the way, you can start making money immediately by selling your course for no less than $50. Any ongoing effort you put into marketing and promoting will make a huge difference in just how much money you bring in, as evidenced by the enormous range in average earnings (from $1,000 to $5,000 a month, according to users).
5. BECOME AN SAT TUTOR
From $40 per hour
Yes, it’s been a while since you set foot in a classroom...but if you scored high on the SATs (or aced the ACTs) back in the day, pick up a study book for old times’ sake and see if you’ve still got it. Chances are, you do! (Once a good test taker, always a good test taker.) Parents will pay a pretty penny to secure their kid’s college admission, and in light of certain scandals, good old-fashioned tutoring should give everyone the feels. If your kids are older and you have the freedom to put in a couple hours at someone else’s home, you can apply for a position with a tutoring agency. But this work can be done remotely too. (On weekends during your toddler’s midday nap, perhaps?)
The best-paying jobs bring in as much as $40 to $60 per hour, but no need to go posting your phone number on lampposts around town. ZipRecruiter has plenty of opportunities for local agency-based jobs as well as remote work. And if you are interested in working from home exclusively, check out iTutor, a company dedicated to remote tutoring on a flexible part-time schedule.
From $25 per day
It’s no secret that people will pay for the peace of mind that comes with knowing their home isn’t vacant and begging for a break-in while they are away. But you don’t need to sit around twiddling your thumbs and waiting for your next-door neighbor to book a trip to Maui. Yup, you guessed it—there’s a platform (or several) that will deliver house-sitting gigs directly to your desktop. For a small membership fee, you can join the network of TrustedHousesitters and start searching for paid jobs near and far (yes, you can even get a free vacation out of it). Just keep in mind the jobs available on TrustedHousesitters are geared specifically toward pet lovers, so you have to be comfortable with the fact that your baby won’t be the only one crawling around while you’re on the job. How much can you make? Owners will pay anywhere from $25 to $45 per day to have someone hang out in their home, but that’s just an average—some people pay more.