Ever since quitting my full-time job last winter and embracing the Stay-At-Home Girlfriend lifestyle, I get all kinds of questions from friends and family who want to know just what it is I do all day. I could go on and on about my day-to-day writing and future goals, but really what these people are asking is “How do you make money?” Great question, because you can’t make money just by sitting around the house all day – which is why I have a list to share with you of ways to make money by being a Stay-At-Home Girlfriend (or mom, dad, boyfriend, or just a stay-at-home person). These aren’t just passive “get-rich-quick” tips, and you don’t make money by being lazy, but there are plenty of ways to earn money outside of a typical 9-5.
This one is by far my favorite “job” as a Stay-At-Home Girlfriend. Spending time with adorable puppies has great benefits for mental health, not to mention benefits to your physical health from walking the dogs. Plus did I mention you get PAID to spend time with the animals?! There are a few ways to get started with dog walking – you can network with friends and family, or people in your neighborhood. You can put up flyers at local coffee shops, or chat with the staff at your local animal shelter – give them your contact info and let them know you’re available to any new dog owners who adopt at their shelter. There are also dog-walking and pet sitting apps that make it super easy to connect with pet owners in your area, such as Rover.com, DogVacay (who recently announced they will be merging with Rover), Wag! and many more.
I personally got my start through using the dog-walking app, Rover. I love Rover because you can set your own schedule, set your own rates and you get to decide how far you are willing to travel. From the owner’s perspective, Rover is great because you can send cards that detail what time you arrived, a handy map that shows where you went on your walk, and pictures of their furry loved one. Rover isn’t limited to just dog walking – you can also offer drop in visits, daycare, and boarding for when owners are away on trips. If you’re interested in being a dog walker through Rover, you can sign up through my link here.
2. User Interface Testing.
This is a great option to make money without having to leave your home. Basically, businesses will pay a user testing company to have real people visit their website and provide feedback on how they interact with the site. You will need a microphone and a computer for this, because the businesses want to hear and see your live feedback of the website. Don’t worry – they don’t want to see you, they just want to see your computer screen to understand how you’re interacting with the site.
You’ll need to apply to a user testing site and be accepted in order to complete tests, but the application tests are fairly simple and straightforward. Depending on which site you use, you can be paid out anywhere between $3-$20 dollars per test. I recently was invited to participate in a study of a mobile game to provide feedback, and was compensated $90 for my time. Not too shabby for playing a game. Some popular user interface testing sites include UserTesting.com and TryMyUI.com
3. Writing/Guest Posting on Blogs
Another great option to make money from the comfort of your own home! Do you have a hobby or something you have a level of expertise in? Then guest-posting might be a great way for you to earn money from home! There are blogs for literally everything. EVERYTHING Pick something you could write for hours on, find a blog in that category, and pitch an article to them! Depending on the content and your level of expertise, you can make pretty good money doing this. The more you do this, the more you get your name out there and you could be contacted by other bloggers in the future to do guest posts. The pay can vary, but you can use websites such as UpWork.com to find jobs to get started with your writing.
Much like user interface testing, you can get paid for your opinion. There are so many survey sites out there, and some pay better than others. My personal favorite, which I have been using since college, is SwagBucks. Sometimes, you have to take a qualification test for the surveys, and you literally get paid in pennies on most sites, but for a pretty passive task that you can do while you watch TV, it’s worth it. Swagbucks pays you in points which you can redeem for entries into sweepstakes or gift cards. Other paid survey sites include Toluna, My Survey, and Vindale Research.
Okay, I know this article is titled how to EARN money, but saving money on grocery items allows you to spend your hard earned money elsewhere. My mom has always been a big couponer, and even started the website HowtoShopforFree.net to share her love of deals with others. Before I started seriously couponing myself, my boyfriend and I spent about $250-$350 per month on groceries. Now we spend about $80/month.
The couponing game has changed, people. It’s no longer just moms and old ladies clipping coupons from the Sunday paper to save 25 cents on a box of cereal. Couponing has finally entered the 21st century -you can print coupons right from your computer, and there are even apps that give you rebates on things you already bought. I highly recommend downloading ibotta – you just select which items you bought, take a picture of your receipt, and boom – money in your account. You can cash out the money when you reach the $20 threshold or you can redeem it for giftcards. Honestly, I fund my Sephora addiction by getting giftcards through ibotta. If you download the app through my link here, you’ll get a $10 bonus once you redeem your first rebate.