How Stay-at-Home Parents Can Make Extra Cash

If you are a stay at home parent in the United States today, the chances are that you need extra cash to get by or a new time job entirely. Millions of people have been unemployed by the epidemic and many won’t be getting their jobs back soon. 

For stay at home parents with children to mind, this poses a problem of cash flow that cannot be ignored. One solution is to get self-employed from within the home to earn extra money. Below, we explore a few business ideas that you can consider.

Resell sanitary products such as sanitizer and masks

The best entrepreneurs make hay out of unusual circumstances. The current scarcity situation caused by the pandemic is one such kind of unusual circumstances. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and face masks are some of the utilities that are becoming scarce in some neighborhoods. 

You can buy these materials and resell them for a slight profit. You can operate a dropshipping enterprise within your home, which involves buying and selling items without storing inventory from your own home.

Empire Promotional Products has a series of products you can resell with ease, including face masks, hand sanitizer, pens, mugs and other home items. Its online shop also carries millions of other items you can dropship from within your home at no extra cost.

Crafting and DYI-ing for marketplaces like Etsy and eBay

Not many people have special skillsets that are involved in crafting and the creation of materials and items. If you are one of the lucky few, make use of platforms like Etsy and eBay to create and sell your creations from home. 

Whether it’s artwork or stylish crocheted masks, these platforms are designed for creators like you, and they have a ready audience waiting to buy your work.

Rent out your driveway for parking space

One other simple way for stay at home parents to make an extra buck is to rent out their driveways for parking. This is an easy gig, especially since you may not be using the driveway as much yourselves. 

Use platforms like Just Park or Your Parking Space to find willing renters in your immediate neighborhood. Of course, this gig is restricted to people with homes and driveways. It may not work for you if you live in an apartment building in the middle of a busy city.

Become a delivery person 

Now more than ever, the delivery business is particularly lucrative service-based self-employment. As movement and travel are restricted because of the virus, there is a major need for delivery of shopping, groceries and other essentials. 

It is a cheap business to start; all you need to start are a cheap transport option (bike) and your cell. You can also work at your own chosen hours, allowing you to take turns parenting with your spouse or partner. 

Nevertheless, you need to ascertain first whether there is a need for delivery services in your immediate neighborhood that isn’t being covered. There are existing delivery companies in almost every city, but you can still carve out a niche delivery category of your own and start your own platform or network. 


If you have ever considered podcasting, now is the time to start. Podcasting is hot right now and very easy to get into. You don’t need a lot to start, and yet with luck and hard work, you can build a very profitable channel once you monetize. 

With a starting budget of less than $5000, mid-level podcasters can bring in more than $20,000 a year or more with hard work and preparation. Higher level podcasters can rake in millions of dollars. Podcasting is great because you do it on your terms and talk about what you want on your schedule. 

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