Extra Income for Stay at Home Dads
Dads at Home
The cost of nursery care is becoming unrealistic for the low earner - even the average family - and if Mum's job pays better, then why dad couldn't be stay at home parent? Mothers have been successfully making money at home for years whilst looking after the children and now an increasing number of fathers are searching for the same opportunities. You will be surprised at how many options there are and through some online research, you are bound to find something that appeals to you.
What are the Mothers Doing?
Childminding is a wonderful choice for mothers already staying at home to look after their own children. This type of work isn't for everyone but is certainly worth looking into. Naturally, the earning potential is high - as is obvious from the cost of nursery care. Seek information online or through your local job centre on how to go about starting out down this road if it is of interest to you.
Mothers also have the potential to make a good earning via the internet. Online blogs, reviews, article writing, paid surveys - it all comes down to how much time you have to spare and how much effort you are willing to put in.
Non-Internet Options: Crafts & Repairs
Not everyone enjoys glaring at a computer screen all day but there are some great non-internet options available. If the child minding route seems a little too daunting, how are your craft skills? This will suit lots of stay at home dads who are good with their hands. Making wooden or pottery items is popular right now, as is furniture restoration. If it appeals to you, there is a fair amount of money to be made in the reparation of furniture. These days, people can ill afford to be buying new furniture regularly and someone local who can repair or even transform their old furniture into something different may just prove a popular service in your area.
Dog Walking / Pet Sitting
Something else becoming popular at the moment is dog walking and pet sitting, although this may not be suitable if you have very young children at home. Dog walking is ideal if your children are a little older and you can either take them with you (great exercise) or do it while they are in school. Many dog owners simply don't have the time to give their pets the exercise they need and are more than happy to pay someone else to do this for them.
Pet sitting is a little trickier and you should seek out some in depth information on this. It can be ideal if someone is going away for a few days and unable to take their pet with them, however your wife or partner may not want your home bombarded with pets of various shapes and sizes - so again, not something that is suitable for everyone.
Online Options: Article Writing & Survey Sites
There are some great article writing and survey sites around at the moment to help bring in some extra cash. Online surveys will not generate a massive amount of money, but they are quick and simple and combined with some article writing your cash will mount up in no time. Do a thorough online search for the best sites.
Online Businesses & Blogs
It may sound daunting with little or no experience, but starting your own online business isn't as difficult as you might think. Due to the fact that just about everyone in the modern world now uses a computer for one reason or another, if you do not posses many computer skills it shouldn't be too difficult to find a friend to assist you in some of the more technical aspects of setting up a web based business. There are also some great websites that can give you invaluable assistance and teach you everything you need to know.
Options for an online business are unlimited and completely your choice. However, by choosing something that is of great interest to you, your chances of success will be much higher. Many people get bored with this kind of work in the beginning if it is slow in taking off, so perseverance is required.
You may also be able to take your offline work (i.e. furniture restoration, crafts, etc.) online, in order to make it more of a success. After all, there is no greater advertising than the internet and blogs are wonderful for directing people to your product or service.
Product Testing & Article Reviews
Have an in depth search online for sites that specialise in product testing. These may not always pay in cash, but some do and those that don't often let you keep the product you are testing.
With regard to review writing, this can be interesting and fun, especially for those who love airing their opinions. You can review many products on best value, most popular, best place to buy, etc. Money is made from this by including a link within your text that will lead to the product in question. When someone buys from the site (even if it is not the product that you reviewed) you are credited for leading them there. Review the right product and the money could soon be rolling in - even when you are asleep!