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Are you a stay-at-home parent who wants or needs to work while you continue to look after your children? It’s a dream for many parents, especially since the cost of childcare continues to rise exponentially.

Perhaps you’ve looked at several ideas for working at home. But you have to be careful. Mixed in among the legitimate work-from-home jobs, there are lots of scammers out there, too.

In the meantime, the bills are stacking up and your partner’s paychecks don’t cover everything your household requires.

Well, don’t give up just yet. There are some legitimate ways for stay-at-home parents to make a living.

You’ll still have to work hard. You most likely won’t find a quick and easy way to make money from home. But if you’re a stay-at-home parent who just wants to keep a roof over your family’s head and help put food on the table, here are some ideas for you to check out.

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Small Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Parents

1. Blogging

Blogging is a business a stay-at-home parent could start with little to no investment. It’s not a way to make quick or easy money, however. Nor is it a way to generate passive income, at least at first.

But if you have some ideas you would like to put out into the world, and you’re pretty good with stringing words together on a page, blogging could be for you.

For the most part, bloggers make money by selling ads on their blog sites. To be successful as a blogger, you’ll need to post regularly and make your blog interesting and compelling enough so that you build a following.

So here’s an idea within an idea: How about writing a blog for stay-at-home parents?

2. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing goes hand-in-glove with blogging, so be sure to add this idea to your list of work-from-home ideas for stay-at-home parents.

How affiliate marketing works is that you promote someone else’s service or product on your blog with a unique link. Then, when people click on that link and purchase that other person’s product or service, you earn a commission.

Affiliate marketing works best when the products and services you promote are compatible with your blog. For instance, continuing with our example above of creating a blog for stay-at-home parents, it might make sense to promote a product such as  www.locksmithservice4all.com.

3. Freelance Writing

Freelance writers don’t necessarily make huge bucks. However, if you enjoy writing and also have a good head for business, this can be a good work-from-home idea for a parent of young children.

You’ll have to work hard to develop your online reputation and build your clientele. You will also need to learn how to do your writing around your children’s school and nap schedules. (Let’s not forget that parenting itself is a full-time job!)

However, provide excellent customer service as well as top-notch writing, and you could be well on your way to a career that could help put the kids through college.

4. Virtual Assistant

If writing is not exactly your cup of tea, there is still another avenue for earning money while you parent your children at home. That is, you could work as a virtual assistant, which means that you would remotely perform administrative tasks for busy executives.

Can You Think of More Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Parents?

The business ideas for stay-at-home parents we’ve listed here are only the beginning. You could also teach online, take calls for a call center, transcribe records for various industries, do data entry, develop an online course, and more.

Whatever you do, take your business seriously, meet clients’ deadlines, and serve up excellent work product. Then, as your children grow, so will your home-based business.