10 Easy Ways for a Homemaker to Make Extra Income


It has been super-busy at our home, so I haven't been posting as often,
but I wanted y'all to know that I did manage time to gather a few ideas
for those of you that might be looking for ideas 
to make some extra cash if you stay at home.

Maybe you need to get out of debt,
or maybe you just want to have some fun money?

I have been a stay-at-home, work-from-home mom for 20+ years. 
My husband and I have seen some financially lean and some financially prosperous years. 
The early years, when we both worked outside the house, 
I could pretty much buy what I liked. I just used a credit card.
Not a good idea, by the way.

Then, we decided I should stay home to raise the babies and our salary was drastically lowered. 
After a few years, chasing debt, not the children, kept us busy.

During this time of getting free, I helped my husband by working from our home
using a combination of the 10 tips I am sharing with you. 

Thankfully, we found Dave Ramsey and Financial Peace University!
We learned that it was a good idea to diversify and have
multiple streams of income.
In 5 years, we went from being $33K in debt to $0K in debt.
We budgeted and I helped pay bills, with my alternative incomes, 
while my hubby invested in other areas.

Nowadays, I am a free-lancing home staging consultant, professional organizer, and redesigner,
but, I still use each of these 10 means of making extra money (not always all at the same time), 
we now we live debt-free and save the extra $.

(I primarily use #s 1-4.)

#1  eBay::
Go through your clothing, toys, linens, electronics, home decor. 
Anything sells on eBay if it’s priced right! Now it’s easier than ever to list, get paid, and ship! 
When I first started selling a decade ago, I had to: know html code, take pictures, 
have the roll developed, scan the pictures, do back flips. 
Now, the time I spend per average handling each item, 
from closet to shipping counter, is about 10 minutes.

#2  etsy::

Etsy’s selling rules are these: if it is handmade, vintage, or something to make a craft with, 
you can sell it on etsy. My shoppe consists of vintage and antique finds 
that I purchase for resale at thrift stores, estate/yard sales, and flea markets.

#3  Amazon::

Anything sells on Amazon, too. 
I primarily sell books. Enter the ISBN # in the search, find the average fetching price 
for the condition of the book, enter a few descriptive words, and viola! I’m done! 
Amazon is by far the easiest place to sell, as they have a database for every item’s product code 
that instantly describes every item that you have ever thought about listing.

Stuff that is too large to sell on eBay (anything bigger than say, a laundry basket), 
I sell through Craigslist. Items like: shutters, furniture, lamps, tables, artwork, and our last car! 
There are rules of safety that you should follow, found HERE, but I haven’t had any issues yet. 

#4 Bartering::
Trade your time, talent or treasure with someone else’s. 
I realize that this doesn’t sound like a way to raise cash, but through the years, I’ve also learned that 
NO $ out of pocket, is as good as $ coming into the pocket, 
especially if the trade is something both parties need. Here are some actual barters I’ve done: 
A week’s worth of dinners for a sofa slipcover. 
A bathroom mirror for a highchair. 
A carpet cleaner in exhange for babysitting. 
A friend gave me a whole set of ironstone dishes. 
(In exchange, I ran a day’s errands for her since their household had only one car 
and her hubby had it that day.)

#5 Yard Sale::
This is a no-brainer. Or is it? 
I love Yard Sale Queen.com for all the practical and money-making tips provided.

#6  FaceBook:: 
Yes! I have sold things through FaceBook! 
Take a picture of said item, upload it, add a small description, the price. 
The best part is, if you have an issue with selling on Craigslist and strangers coming to your home, 
through FaceBook, you'll usually know the buyer. 
(Just don’t post an “ad” for that special “heirloom” that your Mother-in-law gave you last Christmas. 
She will find out. Don’t ask me how I know.)

#7 Flea Market:: 
Calling, reserving a booth, pricing, gathering everything, loading it into your vehicle 
isn’t as easy as a yard sale, but the boost in the number of potential buyers is worth it. 
The Flea Market Directory lists most flea markets by state, city, and contact information. 

#8  Child Care or Babysitting:: 
My next door neighbor sat on babies for years. 
While her children were young, she kept a few children the same ages. 
Then, when her children started school, she only kept a few children after school. 
 I homeschooled, so I watched infants that slept a lot. 
When they became mobile, my time with them was up. 
I also babysat for couples that occasionally needed a date night.

#9  Consignment Shops:: 
Selling housewares or clothing this way is my least favorite, as it cuts into my profit, 
but if you don’t have the time for any of the above 9 ideas, consigning is perfect for you. 
How to Consign.com is a helpful resource if you need to turn your cluttered closets into cash. 

#10  Tutoring::

Are you a pianist? Do you know a second language? Are you a math whiz?
Let people know you're available to help them 
learn what they don't know through FaceBook, Craigslist, emails, flyers.
My husband taught piano lessons for years right in our front music room.
That was easy.


This list is by no means exhaustive, but as I wrote it, I couldn’t help but think of Proverbs 31, 
where we homemakers are instructed to: research and find ways to make a profit. 
Verse 16 says, “she considers a field, and buys it. With her earnings she plants a garden.” 
 Also, “…she always works hard. She knows when to buy or sell,” verses 17-18.

Are there a few things you could do or sell to help your husband and household today?

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  1. Thank you for these ideas! I've heard amazing things about Financial Peace University. Thankfully, my husband and I decided when we met we would pay off our credit cards each month or we wouldn't buy. I can't tell you how helpful that was, even when it meant switching from Organic Whole Foods to Trader Joes!


  2. Great post and great list. I have been desiring to do ebay since you did a little series on it about a year ago. Why I just can't get over that hump, I honestly don't know.

    I have and do tutor. My biggest problem with tutoring is that around here parents either want me to do it for free or really cheap rates and they really just want me to do their kids work for them instead of actually teach that kid to fish.

    It frustrates me.
    Our former lawyer balked at 25.00 an hour to tutor his woefully, woefully behind son, but didn't blink about the fact that he charges us ten times that amount an hour for anything.

    Hence, FORMER lawyer. LOL

  3. Oh, Leslie, you are SO inspiring. That was a great list and soooo sweet and kind of you to write it for us. Thanks for sharing. Susan

  4. Thanks for the inspiration, Leslie. I'm officially quitting my job in July to stay home, something I would never be able to do without the Lords' provision and Dave Ramsey's plan.

  5. Great post! I often use eBay and Craigslist but had not thought of the others. Thank you!

  6. Oh my goodness Leslie! Would you believe that I was just sorting my kids' clothing and contemplating finally selling them on ebay?? Perfect timing my friend! These are all such great tips and we so appreciate you sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  7. We do some of these and I already work as a tutor. I hadn't thought of selling books on amazon though. I'm gonna give it a go! Thanks!

  8. Thanks for all of these tips, Leslie! I have a question about Ebay. Do you package all of your items for shipping yourself or do you have it done at the UPS/FedEx store and include what they charge in the shipping rate? If you package the items yourself, do you have a good resource for packaging materials - bubble wrap, padded envelopes, etc?

  9. Great tips. I know I could make money if I wasn't so lazy. When I declutter I want it OUT of the house, and I don't care if I make money or not. I really need to stop and take a little more time with things and maybe make some money. On the upside, sometimes I am able to donate it to our church fundraiser to make money for the youth to go to church camp, so it's not a total loss, lol!

  10. stopped by your place to say ''hello'' after a much longer period.

  11. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I do some of these already - especially craigslist- but never thought about it as a money maker.

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  13. Well these are doable, given enough time and the right strategy to hit it big. One should try at least 2 or 3 ways from your tips because I believe this is truly profitable. Great tips by the way!

  14. Thanks for the list! Etsy helps (especially around Christmas). I have never done ebay of amazon. I have a ton of my college books that I need to part with. Maybe I will give this a try in the next few weeks! <3

  15. Thank you so much for this information. I too am a mother of three and have had to cut back my work hours to part time in order to raise our children. I have been praying for ways to help my husband with our bills...I can see the strain on his face sometimes. I am going to try to do some of these ideas to help out. Thank you again for being a vessel God can use to help others.

  16. Fantastic ideas!!! I love all of them! Thanks so much!!!

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