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20+ Creative Ways to Make Money in 2020

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Looking for some creative ways to make money in the New Year?

Making money from home can be a perfect solution for busy moms who want to earn an income without getting a regular job.

I’ve worked from home as a freelance writer since 2014 and it’s the smartest decision I’ve ever made. I can make money from my couch (literally) and have lots of time to spend with my kids.

Plus, working from home lets me be creative in ways that working a regular job never did.

For example, I can be creative with my time, since I set my own hours. And the work itself requires creativity since I constantly have to think up new ideas and angles for my clients.

I also get to be creative with how I spend and save money since working from home has allowed me to become financially secure.

If all of that sounds good to you, then it’s time you started a profitable side hustle of your own! And if you need a few ideas, check out this list of the best high-paying side hustles for creative types.

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20+ Creative Ways to Make Money for Stay at Home Moms

1. Sell on Etsy

Etsy is one of my daughter’s favorite places to shop online. She’s way into anime and Etsy is where she finds all kinds of handmade stuff for her various fandoms.

If you’re into making things by hand, setting up a shop on Etsy could be a perfect way to make extra cash. And if you don’t know where to start, Etsy offers a super-useful seller handbook to help you learn the ropes.

Open your Etsy store today!

2. Get paid to write

Of course, I couldn’t write a post about creative ways to make money without mentioning writing. As a full-time freelance writer, I know firsthand this is one of the best ways to make money online these days.

So what do you need to be a freelance writer?

When I started, all I had was a laptop and some basic writing skills. I more or less learned everything I needed to know along the way.

But that’s the hard way to do things. If you’re looking for an easier way to break into freelance writing, check out my FREE intro course to getting paid to write.

And here’s a post that explains how to become a paid blogger for brands!

3. Design logos

I love visiting blogs that have beautifully designed logos. Getting one of my own is on my blogging to-do list for 2020.

If you’ve got serious design skills, you could turn that into a money-making side gig (or even a full-time home business).

You could start a blog to market your design hustle and connect with would-be clients. If you don’t have the budget for that, you could create a free account on Fiverr to sell your freelance design services.

4. Sell printables

Not only is selling digital printables one of the most creative ways to make money, but it can also be extremely profitable. Sarah Titus, for example, makes an absolute killing selling these things in her Shopify store.

Creating your own mini-empire is a two-step process. First, you have to design your printables. Then you have to find a place to sell them.

Again, Shopify is one place you can sell printables. You can link your storefront to your blog if you’ve started one. Or you could sell your digital downloads on Etsy.

Here’s an awesome guide from Marketing Artfully on how to get started with selling digital printables.

5. Be a stock photographer

I love stock photos for creating Pinterest images because honestly, I suck at taking pictures.

A lot of the stock photo sites you can use as a blogger offer free pics but other sites pay photographers for their work. Creative Market is one; Shutterstock is another.

The cool thing about selling stock photos is that it can be a passive income stream. Meaning, you take your pictures and post them to the site you want to sell them on. People buy them and the money comes in.

It’s a flexible and creative way to make money that doesn’t have to tie up a lot of your time, which is huge.

6. Become a furniture flipper

Furniture flipping is kind of like house flipping. You find a piece of furniture that could you use a little TLC, buy it for cheap, then resell it for big bucks.

Not only is this a way to be creative since you’re basically taking something old and making it new again, but it doesn’t take a lot of money to get started. If you’re willing to spend some time scouring Facebook or Craigslist, you could come across furniture finds on the cheap or even free.

You may have to invest a little cash in materials, such as paint or sanding tools. But otherwise, this is a creative side gig that has serious profit potential.

7. Start a mom blog

Blogging just might be the perfect outlook if you’re looking for creative ways to make money.

You can choose which theme to use, what kind of photos you want, color schemes and of course, what kind of content you want to write. It’s your own creation from start to finish.

And in terms of making money, there are lots of ways to do it.

You can monetize with affiliate marketing, selling printables or other products, writing sponsored posts, offering freelance services or running ads. On this blog, for example, I have ads from Monumetric and affiliate links and up next for 2020 is a digital product.

The best part? Starting a blog is something almost anyone can do, even if you’re not super techie.

If you want to start a blog, check out this ultimate how-to guide. Or skip over that part and head straight to Siteground to get your new blog up and running in minutes!

8. Teach online at Outschool

Everybody and their cat is teaching English online these days. And that’s a great way to make extra money but there are so many other avenues open if you want to teach or tutor.

As homeschoolers, we do a lot of learning online. One of my favorite resources for online classes for kids is Outschool.

The best thing about this site is that you don’t need to be a certified teacher to create a course. Outschool also welcomes adults who have an interest or passion they want to share with young students.

You decide what you want to teach, when you want your class to meet and how much to charge. Parents register their kids and pay right through the site.

It’s super-flexible and one of the most creative ways to make money if you’re looking for a VIPKID alternative.

9. Set up a POD shop

POD just means print on demand. It’s a money-making outlet that could be great if you’re the creative type who’s into designing shirts, coffee mugs or just about anything else you can print something on.

Here’s the quick rundown of how it works: you create your designs, then outsource the print work to another company. People visit your POD shop, place their orders and pay. The company that does the printing puts your design on whatever it is the person ordered and ships it out.

You can use a tool like Canva to create your designs. And there are plenty of places you can set up shop to sell, including:

  • Shopify
  • Redbubble
  • Printful
  • Printify

Just keep in mind that those sites will take a cut of your earnings. So it pays to factor that into your pricing.

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10. Start a YouTube channel

If the marketing experts are right, video is the wave of the future. So why not make money off that trend with your own YouTube channel?

I’ll admit, I haven’t jumped on the YouTube bandwagon yet as a blogger. But it’s something I’m interested in doing down the line.

The great thing is that you don’t need a blog to make money with YouTube. But you do need a channel and a following, so the sooner you get started making videos the faster you can start making money!

YouTube has a great guide to starting and monetizing your channel if you’re like me and don’t have a clue how to do it.

11. Write and sell ebooks

If you don’t want to work as a freelance writer or blogger, you can make money from your writing skills another way.

You can write and sell ebooks online and potentially make a great passive income. If you’re wondering where to sell your ebooks, my pick is Amazon.

It’s easy to set up shop, list your ebooks for sale and get paid all in one place.

12. Get paid to read

I love to read and I can’t believe getting paid to do it is an actual thing. But it totally is.

There are a ton of websites that will pay you to read and review books. Plus, you get the book for free which is even better!

I like this as a creative way to make money because it combines two of my favorite things: reading and writing. Plus, some sites can pay a few hundred dollars for each review you write

13. Be a Pinterest manager

Pinterest is pretty much the bane of my existence and I would love to hand over pinning duties to someone else.

If you know how to make eye-catching pins or you’ve got the Pinterest algorithm down, then you could make money as a Pinterest manager.

The creative part comes in when you’re designing pins. And you also have to be creative when it comes to managing your clients’ accounts.

Here’s a helpful post that explains how to get started making money as a Pinterest manager.

14. Try being a virtual assistant

Before I became a freelance writer, I spent a year or so working as a virtual assistant. And it belongs on the list of creative ways to make money if you’re the expert multitasking type.

As a VA, I did all kinds of tasks online, from data entry to copywriting to creating PowerPoints. Being a VA is a flexible way to make money since you can set your own hours. And it’s creative because depending on your clients, no two workdays may be the same.

If you don’t know how to get started as a VA, I’ve got another ultimate guide that can help. And if you’re looking for something more in-depth, this course from Gina Horkey is one of the best around for breaking into the VA biz as a beginner.

15. Become a home baker

Every time I bake it comes out in one of two ways: nailed it or failed it. Sometimes I can bake to perfection and other times it’s just a hot mess.

If you’re blessed with the baker’s touch, you could sell your homemade goods to make a side income. For example, where I live we have a weekly farmer’s market and there are always vendors selling pies, cakes and other goodies.

If you’re going to try the home baking route, just check the laws in your state first. You might have to meet health code or business regulations before you can don your apron and get to work.

16. Make money sewing

So, sewing is not a life skill I possess. Don’t ask me why I never learned how to do this, I just didn’t. Total #momfail, right?

But if you’re blessed with amazing sewing skills, you could easily turn that into a money-making home business. You could stick with the basics and do things like alterations or sewing repairs. But there are some ways to turn up the creativity a notch.

For example, you could specialize in making hand-sewn children’s toys, pillows or blankets. Or you could get into embroidery work or set up a YouTube channel that features sewing tutorials.

Here’s a helpful post that dives into other ways to make profits from your sewing skills. 

17. Sell your knitting or crocheting

Okay, so I don’t know how to sew. And I don’t know how to knit or crochet either.

Seriously, what is wrong with me?

If I did know how to knit, then selling my handiwork is one of the creative ways to make money I’d look into. Because there are so many ways to make money with a knitting side hustle.

Plus, it seems like it’s really relaxing and what busy mom couldn’t use a little quiet time? Here’s some inspo for how to get your knitting or crocheting side hustle started.

18. Make custom jewelry

Growing up, my mom made and sold custom jewelry and I remember how creative and beautiful her designs were.

Jewelry-making is yet another skill I lack (sensing a theme here, right?) but it can be a profitable way to make money in your spare time.

Again, you can sell your custom pieces on Etsy. Or you could sell in person at craft fairs or farmer’s markets.

19. Start a subscription box business

Subscription boxes are something we’ve done in the past as part of our homeschool. It’s always fun opening the boxes to see what’s inside.

Surprisingly, it’s easier than you might think to start a subscription box service. And you can be creative with what you fill them with.

Our favorites are the science boxes and reading boxes but there are so many other options and themes you can try. If you want to learn how to start your own subscription box business, check out this guide from Cratejoy.

20. Get paid to write greeting cards

Have you ever wondered where the sentiments inside greeting cards come from?

Getting paid to write greeting cards is a real thing and a creative way to make money in your spare time. Depending on which company you’re writing for, you could get paid to write poetic greetings, romantic greetings or my personal favorite — snarky, sarcastic greetings.

If you’re wondering how to get started with being a pro greeting card writer, check out this list of companies that will pay you to write.

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21. Sell custom fonts

Playing around with different fonts is one of my favorite things ever when designing pins for Pinterest. And those fonts have to come from somewhere, right?

If you’re the creative type who’s into creating fonts or hand lettering, you could turn that into a profitable side business. Sites like Creative Market make it super easy to open up a shop and sell your custom creations.

You just have to sign up, decide what you want to sell and set your prices. It’s that easy to start making money selling everything from fonts to graphics to custom design templates.

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What are your favorite creative ways to make money?

Hopefully, your creative juices are flowing after working your way through this list and you’re ready to start banking extra cash in 2020.

Head to the comments and tell me your best ways to make money while flexing your creative muscles!

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Comments

    • That’s exactly how I feel, Jasmeet! There’s so much opportunity for people with writing, design and time management skills to make an income online.

  1. I love how many ideas you put in this article! I intend to become a virtual assistant this year to get some extra money, I think it’s the best side hustle 😍

    • Being a VA is great, though it wasn’t the best fit for me. Writing is my jam. But a virtual assistant biz has serious money-making potential now with so many people starting blogs and other businesses online.

    • Freelance writing is the best! I started with a laptop and internet service and no clue how to get paid for my writing, lol. But I’ve done pretty well with it since then. 🙂

  2. This is such a fresh list of side hustle ideas, Rebecca. Some of them I haven’t even heard of. Out of the list, my favourites are blogging (not making much money yet haha), teaching English online (made over $3,000 a month) and one day, I hope to try Print on Demand. What about you?

    • Thanks, Corinne! I’d love to make a real income blogging someday but in the meantime, freelancing serves me well. Print on demand would be great if I knew anything about design. My daughter is a pretty skilled artist at 12 already and I’ve been bugging her for a year to open an Etsy shop and sell her designs so maybe I’ll wear her down at some point, lol.

    • Stock photography is something I’d love to do but I can’t take a decent picture to save my life. But I love, love, love looking at them and I think for people who have the camera skills it’s an excellent money-maker!

  3. Great ideas! I’m not a “classically” trained mom either. I think our moms said screw it to the patriarchy and skipped teaching us those skills. Which as much as I respect…I kinda wish I knew how to sew! Thanks for putting this list together! Pinned for later!

    • Thanks, Ariana! There are a lot of mom things I never learned, mostly because I didn’t have a mom figure for most of my childhood. I wish I knew how to sew and knit and lots of other things but I guess it’s not too late to learn!

  4. Thank you Rebecca for sharing, this is the year I really want to make my blog/writing side hustle pay.

    This wedding won’t pay for itself and I need the focus.

    Some brilliant ideas here.

  5. Hey! I am a freelance writer and getting started is so simple. It does require skill, and I hate that freelance writing is often portrayed as something that’s easy to do. I appreciate you pointing out a class that can help people understand what goes into freelance writing.
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    • Getting started is easy if you know the basics of what to do. When I first started, there was a lot I didn’t know and I had to learn as I went. But freelance writing is one of the best creative ways to make money in 2020, in my opinion!

  6. What a great list, thanks so much for putting it together. I’ve been thinking of selling some of my photos as stock photos but wasn’t sure how to go about it!

    • There are so many sites that will pay for stock photos, or you could set up your own site and sell them that way. Check out Ivory Mix for inspiration!

  7. You have some great suggestions here. It’s incredible how many options are at our finger tips in today’s society. Often it’s not the options available to us that holds people back from reaching their goals. Instead, we allow our own self-criticism and personal limitations to prevent us from achieving greatness. I am sure that providing this starting point will provide many people with the push they need to get started on their own journeys.

  8. Such a comprehensive list! Gave me some new ideas to add to my list for sure. Never hurts to have a few streams of income and to be able to do them all from home rocks. Thanks!

  9. This list has some great suggestions. If I had the time, I’d try them all but this year, I’m focusing on making money through my blog. But an Etsy shop is really tempting too!

    • I’d love to make money from my blog too this year, or at least more than I am now. But blogging is just one of the creative ways to make money online–there are so many possibilities!

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