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5 Real Ways to Add $500/month Steady Income

Whenever I talk to moms, they usually tell me that an extra $500/month steady income would completely change their financial situation forever. That really seems to be the sweet spot for a lot of people.

As a single mom, it's my job to provide for my family, but I'm not about to let a babysitter raise my kids. I've been making money from home for 17 years now and I'd love to show you my top 5 favorite ways to add $500/month steady income!

How about you? How would making an extra $500/month help your financial picture?

  • Would it mean less time away from your kids?
  • More time with family?
  • Would it mean you and your husband wouldn’t fight so much about money?
  • Maybe that’s how much it would take for you to take a desperately-needed vacation?

Regardless of what you need the money for, I’ve helped many women be able to add $500/month and much more to their income long term. My journey to start making money from home started 17 years ago! I definitely feel like I’ve seen it all in that time. As a single mom, I am able to support myself from home and not miss those important moments with my kids…and I don’t want you to either! That’s the whole reason I started this blog!!!

Here are my absolute favorite things I love to tell my friends about when they ask me how to make money from home.

5 Real Ways to Add $500/month Steady Income

1) Become a Virtual Assistant

With all the work that goes into blogging (for me to complete ONE post that you see as complete, it takes me about 3-7 hours from start to finish to promoting). Many bloggers get burned out easily or they are working so much, their families take second priority. They are looking for help. That help comes in the form of a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant (VA) is just that. You assist them virtually, online.

Perhaps they need help with keeping on top of social media. Maybe they need someone to take pictures for them of recipes or creating roundup posts where you simply find 20 of the best ____ and create an article out of it. Some bloggers need help sorting through hundreds and hundreds of emails they get PER DAY! You can be sure there are a lot of tasks that you can help with and earn money for your family, all from the comfort of your own home!

If that’s something that interests you, I wrote a brand new book, How to Make Real Money as a Virtual Assistant (which has hit Amazon’s #1 Best Sellers list!) that you can check out here. It’ll help you get started the right way into the world of becoming a virtual assistant.

One of the best things you can do right away is to start getting involved on Facebook and look for VA groups. In the VA groups, you can learn a LOT about how everything works and how to get bloggers to pay you. You can learn tasks to do so that you are knowledgeable.

Also, start learning social media ASAP. Take one platform at a time and learn all you can about it so that you are good at it. Most bloggers I talk to, the first thing they need help with is social media. Having these skills already is necessary since most bloggers won’t have time to train the basics. The more you know, the better.

2) Sell on eBay

Last year, I stopped selling on eBay. I couldn’t handle both full time eBay and full time blogging and I had to chose. But even on eBay, I was making more than a full time income selling children’s toys. It’s very easy to get started and the more items you have listed, the more of a steady income you can make. When I was selling, I had about 700-1,000 items listed within about 500-600 ads. It’s a lot, but selling duplicate toys is the easiest way to go because you don’t have to take a bunch of pictures for every single item all the time, just once for each ad.

There is a lot of help on how to start up a thriving eBay business here on the site in my eBay section. Pretty soon, I’ll be coming out with a whole program on how you can do it to that will really help! I can’t wait to introduce you to it!

3) Sign up for a direct sales or network marketing company

There are a ton of scams out there in this field, so you definitely want to be careful. In this post here, I talk about the 20 best (scam-free) companies to work for. You can find a representative in the post or you can ask a friend. More often than not, someone you know is already in a fantastic business and can help you get started. All you have to do is ask around!

One of the ways I like to find other women who work in a company is to post a status update on Facebook simply asking my friends. Many people will respond and you can go through and research to find the company that is a good fit for you.

If at all possible, find someone with the best sales record you can. They will be willing to help you and can take you farther in the business than say a friend just starting out. If it were me, I’d go with someone making $5k/month over a friend making $500/month any day, but most people don’t and that’s why they don’t get very far! Be very careful who you sign up under because in most companies, you can’t change that spot and you’re stuck FOR-EVER!

This has been my biggest mistake by far.

In one company I joined under someone I had a gut feeling couldn’t be trusted, and she ended up stealing thousands of dollars from me by some sneaky tactics. I don’t know how she sleeps at night, but it is ultimately between her and God and since I am saved and she most likely isn’t, I get the winning end of the stick. 🙂 The bottom line is, be extremely chosey who you join under.

4) Start a blog

This isn’t for everyone. It takes a LOT of hard work. I’ve worked this blog 80+ hours a week since I started it, but, blogging is THE most funnest job I’ve ever had and I’ve had some pretty impressive banking jobs in my time. It’s so rewarding truly making a difference in people lives, touching their lives and hearts all the way across the globe. If you are willing to put in the work, you can make a good living blogging. Way more than $500/month in the long run (think 6 figures a year), but it does take time to increase income in blogging and not everyone makes that much. It all depends on your blog, your ideas, and ultimately you.

If you think that blogging might be the path for you, here are a couple fantastic articles that can help:

• My step by step VIDEO tutorial for how to start up a blog, so that you are confident in knowing how to do the techy stuff to begin
• 47 Reasons to Start a Blog, to see if it’s right for you
• How to Start a Money Making Blog, a guide to help walk you through some of the big decisions when starting up a blog

In those articles, I give all the information you need to know in order to take that first step, including video’s to help you get started and on your way, but if you’re still a little nervous about starting a blog, I hear you! I wrote an entire (free) course, How to Easily Start a Blog with No Fear, that you can access by email here.

5) Write articles for websites

There are many sites out there that will pay you to write an article for them. Again, being a blogger is hard work. Sometimes a blogger will hire someone to write for them because they need a short break, sometimes it’ll be because they want to offer their readers a unique perspective on something they don’t know about. Sometimes, bloggers who post deals all the time need content to fill in the gaps between the deals. Whatever the reason is, there are many bloggers that are willing to pay you for your words and if you are trained in SEO, you will make the most amount of money.

But be careful….there are a LOT of scams out there wanting to teach you SEO or do it for you and it’s really not that hard at all. They make it more complicated than it has to be and charge thousands of dollars.

I hope this article helps you get started in the right direction. If you still can’t find something that works for you in this list, stay tuned, because I’m about to blow your mind with all the information that will be coming your way toward this Fall. 🙂

As a single mom, it's my job to provide for my family, but I'm not about to let a babysitter raise my kids. I've been making money from home for 17 years now and I'd love to show you my top 5 favorite ways to add $500/month steady income!

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  1. Hi. I am a jewelry artist. I am finally getting a traditional website up and running in a few weeks and really would like to start a blog. However, i don’t have time to dedicate to writing posts. If I hire someone to write blog posts for me, what is the going rate? Is it per post or do I pay them a monthly salary for writing a certain amount of posts?

    • Great question Bonnie. The posts cost depends on the quality and experience of the person making them. Most people hire per post. However, I would not suggest ever doing more than 10%-15% of the posts on your site to have been purchased because then your readers are not getting to know YOU and you can’t make a business unless you are personally willing to put yourself out there. No one, not even the best writer in the world, can capture who YOU ARE on paper consistently. Instead of hiring posts out, I’d encourage you to do those yourself and hire out for things like social media, having someone pin on your behalf, something like that. Your unique voice is THE most important thing on a blog.

      For writers, they are writing for many different blogs OR spacing out their content greatly for one blog. If you want a regular writer like that, I’d suggest contributors who have a website of their own. Then, they get credit for writing and your readers know it’s someone else, so it’s okay. Even then, you’re still going to want to write 60-75% of your own posts.

      The only exception is blogs who post about deals all the time. Anyone could really write the deal as it’s not a heartfelt article, so most of the time, it’s hired out.

  2. These are such a great examples. VA is truly a wonderful way to earn and you can easily pick your own clients you want to work with. I definitely recommend VA to anybody who is interested in making money online while having flexible schedule.

  3. Sarah, I became a SAHM last year when my son was born. It was a scary decision to live on one income, but the Lord has always provided even when it didn’t seem possible! I was able to make a little money with some temporary tutoring. But I wanted to start selling some clothes on Ebay. So I will definitely be checking out your tips. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  4. I know I could certainly use an extra $500 a month.

    Thanks for sharing these excellent tips, Sarah. It definitely takes a lot of perseverance and hard work, but working from home is possible.

    Thanks so much for the continued encouragement!

    • Making money from home and making $500/month extra can happen overnight! The area that is the fastest to earn money is in reselling. That’s where I started and made a lot of money doing so. 🙂

  5. Hi Sarah!

    Wow, what an inspirational blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to put thoughtful posts like this together.

    I’m definitely interested in talking to you about SEO in the future. Speaking of money..I’m in a pretty tight financial situation at the moment as we just purchased a new home, but is this something that we can set up months in advance? Or how does it typically work?

    If you have a moment, and if it’s easier than replying to this comment, feel free to shoot me an email at {deleted email address for privacy}. Thanks Sarah! Have a wonderful day!


  6. Love these ideas! Can you recommend any specific VA groups to ask about joining? I’m a single homeschooling mom, and am not in the best scenario financially with my ex. Need some fast connections to make real money from home and would love to hear more from you about being a VA, if you have any more advice. Love you and your blog!!

    • Great question Amber. I thought about including it in the post, but the groups don’t like their info. to be given out. You can search Facebook for keywords like sell your content, va for sale, virtual assistants, things like that and I’m sure some good groups will pop up for you. 🙂

  7. Hi Sarah-

    Thanks for this helpful post!

    Do you know of any ways to get connected with companies/bloggers that may need help with editing? I LOVE editing, but I’m just unsure how to find opportunities that would allow me to make some extra money doing it.

    Also, how do you find bloggers or websites that will hire individuals to write articles?


    • Great question Lindsey. If it were me, I would just start writing blogs that you love and follow and know their style of writing personally and asking them if they are hiring or know someone who is hiring at the moment, telling them you’re willing to edit a few articles for free, so they can fully try out your services. You can also find Facebook groups that are specific to VA’s (virtual assistants) and if you hang around the groups, you can see when bloggers are hiring or even gather information from other VA’s. I don’t know anyone hiring at the moment, so that would be my suggestion. 🙂 What I can say is that the trust level of VA’s is not at an all-time high. Many bloggers have had a lot of problems and so they refuse to hire outside of a friend’s testimony. Thus the importance of working a few for free to a few people to gain that trust and get referrals. Referrals as a VA is your #1 asset.

  8. Hi Sarah. Great article,!! Could you please let us know what survey companies need help? I desperately need to help my family with our budget. Money is too tight to try and start a blog right now. I thought the surveys would be the best route to take. Thank you for all of your help, it’s much appreciated. More than you can imagine. Take care and God bless

  9. Love the tips..very informative. I do have one question though. Most people who find out im a artist/blogger/designer have this one question. How long did it take you to get your first check? So that’s my question to you, because most people think you’re going to make money over night, but they don’t realize all the time and effort it takes to make that happen.

    • I’m not exactly sure without doing some research. It was a long time ago. The one thing I would say is that I know a lot better now, so I wouldn’t necessarily go by what I did, but more what I’ve learned to do. All of that is in my new book, releasing Dec 23, 2015, How to Turn Your Blog Into a Six-Figure Money Making Machine. It’s a complete road map in how to go from 0 to 6 figures within one year. You can pre-order it here on Amazon if it sounds like a good fit for you.

  10. I’ve been interested in blogging for a long time but I’m not sure what topics to blog about.. What types earn the most money?

  11. Hi,
    I am disable retired. But I have two daughters that I know could use extra money I read your article and I really would like to know more about how you file your earned money on your taxes?

  12. Hi Sarah, I find it very helpful and very nice, for you to share how you became happy with what you are doing, while making money. I am currently in the shoes you were in at first, And I would like to know how you go about asking bloggers to be a Virtual Assistant. Or how to be a VA in general?? Your input would be much appreciated. I hope to hear back from you. Thank you.

  13. I see so many “how to start” articles, but I often do not see the question I have addressed.

    I love the idea of blogging, but I am not one to be able to settle on a specific theme. I also love research. I have thought a way to not settle into a theme and still do the idea of blogging would be to put my research skills to other bloggers and writers. But, most request proof of prior jobs before hire (which I understand). When you are just starting and have no such proof, where do you turn to begin the cycle?

    • You might think about being a Virtual Assistant since you love to research and love different themes and topics. Try joining some blogging Facebook pages and just jump in and see where the needs are. Many, many bloggers look for researchers/writers. I currently write all my own stuff, but there are a lot out there. 🙂

  14. Hello Sarah,
    I felt a sense of sincerity,and refreshment when I came across your page on Pinterest. I have been a single stay at home mom for years now, with little work in between. I must say it’s been really tough trying to provide for three children on a meager income. I’ve had some difficulties with clearing up past poor decisions, that slowed my employment/career capabilities and goals even further. I’ve always been in search of finding avenues to tap into my many creative ideas and talents which keep me motivated and inspired in life, unfortunately for me it seems I find myself in the same rut, searching for a minimum wage job, where tireless efforts inside and outside the home, lead to an exhausting cycle of just getting by and not seeming to be able to achieve my true fulfillment and goals in life, to just be content and provide for my children would truly be a blessing, can I ever achieve financial freedom?!
    Aspiring to succeed for my seeds.

    • Absolutely Tawnie….the point is to not give up. You just have to find that ONE thing that you can totally rock. Once you do, it flies from there. Praying for you! <3

  15. Hi, I was just read your book,the one about your story and how you are a stay at him mom living on little. I was wondering if you had a list of the places you got free samples from, because I’ve signed up for lots of free samples, and actually haven’t received anything but emails… And as a mom of four, emails don’t exactly help me! I volunteer throughout the week for a faith-based nonprofit ministry, but I would like to supplement income at home. I’ve read your blog posts too, but I am just not confident that blogging is going to help me much. I do marketing for fundraisers, but like I said, I volunteer. I also read your blog about legit direct sales, but again, the ones I want to try, I am not confident it would work for me. Unless there are ways to send emails for money (lol) then I guess saving money by getting freebies is the way this busy mom will have to go. I enjoy all the advice I can get on natural living, not spending lots of money (because let’s face it, I don’t have it), and raising a big family on little space and money! I loved reading about the classes you took to help you and will be looking into what classes I can take here. I’m sorry if this isn’t the place to post this… I wasn’t quite sure. Anyways, I know I need help lol and I am not ashamed that I don’t have it all figured out! I look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you for sharing all that you do!

  16. As a Mother who’s extremely creative my mind is ALWAYS thinking of ways to make $..
    I started to see all these ladies who couldn’t leave there homes because of their size or they were to embarrassed about their weight I was reading so many posts on Facebook. I decided to create a Facebook group to resale plus size clothing & within 2yrs I’m at 22k members..
    I then needed more work cause I LOVE diy projects & as I drove around I saw SO many people leaving their furniture they no longer wanted on the side of the road so I stopped one day & looked at a bunkbed set that was in fantastic condition I searched the bed & saw it for sale $300 I posted mine for $250 and it sold that night! Then I took dressers & nightstands redo them & that’s my calling. I sell everything within a weekend & I make $100 to $700 in a week I go around every Sunday & all my pieces are unique & my creation that’s what I love most is that’s the only one & I created that. LOL
    There’s SO much opportunity we just have to grasp our calling & do what WE LOVE…


  17. Thank you for your ideas. I am trying to find ways to make extra money from home myself. I am having major surgery and I have been putting it off for a long time because of fear for not being able to provide for my family. However, the doctor said I have no choice and I can’t put it off any further. I will try following up on these ideas. Thank you so much for your help and generosity for sharing. God Bless you and your family.

  18. Dear Sarah,

    I’m a full time working mom with 2 toddlers. Currently my husband is not working so we rely solely on my income, which is not enough of course. We are drowning in debt. We try to sell our house, now we are living in the small studio in the company I work right now, but property business is not very good in my country. I want to make more money to pay up our debt. I’m not very good at blogging. I have access to internet though, so I can do some online jobs. Do you have any advice for me? Thank you so much.

  19. Hi I am a student and really want to make some money. Can you give some links to the writing articles for websites. That is the only option that will work for me but I don’t know where to look.

  20. Are there any online jobs that will help you get internet and a computer laptop so you can do the job that they need you to do? I have two special needs kids, ages 5 and 4, and starting up is the hard part.
    I am a huge introvert and don’t have a lot to say but I do like to read and always find myself correcting grammar and spelling. I am hearing impaired so a lot of the things I knew how to do are way more difficult now. I hope you can lead me in the right direction.
    Thanks in advance,

  21. Sarah, my name is Linda, and I am retired but need extra income, I am interested in the eBay selling. How do you find multiples of the same toys and how do you know what sells best?

    • You’ll want to do a lot of research. Find good deals, see how much it sells for and start selling. Lots and lots of research, but eventually, you get really good at it and know what makes good money and what doesn’t. In the future, I’m creating an eBook on how to sell on Ebay that will go into more detail, so look for that soon. 🙂

  22. I need to look into being a VA. I started my blog, but monetizing has proven to be more difficult than expected. Lol. Great post; thank you for these tips!

    • Yeah, being a VA while you’re establishing yourself in the blogging world is a great idea. It’s how I started and really helped me BE ABLE TO buy the things necessary to TAKE ME to that next blogging level. Definitely would encourage you to look into it.

  23. Finding this post was great timing for me. I have already been extremely tight on money, and something just came up which will take another $96 per week for the next six weeks. This will be a starting point toward my making some additional income in the next few months. I am curious, if someone needs to start making new money PRONTO, which of these would you recommend they try first?

  24. Ok so how do you make money by blogging…since you have to pay to start a blog…I don’t understand where the earning comes in.

  25. Hi! As I lay here in bed NOT sleeping, I found your Pinterest page! I’ve been very curious about blogging lately. All my friends and family tell me I need to write a book. My life has been VERY full of VERY LOW LOWS. I’m a survivor of child sexual assault for years. That makes me want to take all sad babies in this world! I have a 7 year old daughter, my son was born with massive defects that will affect him for life, broke free from an abusive relationship and then found real love. We live in “waiting for the shoe to drop” phase every single day. With Gods help I wake up loving my life and grateful for the opportunity to take care of this boy! We struggle for years with fertility but know there is a baby with our names on it! I want to reach people who are at rock bottom and let them feel I can identify with them. BUT it gets better. Would this even be something people would want to read about?

    • I think so Marie…everyone has a voice that is helpful to the masses…there’s always people out there who need encouraging words, someone who knows what they are going through.

  26. Such great ideas! I have been wanting to work from home for a while and this list is helpful! I have been thinking about starting a blog but just haven’t committed to it yet.
    Also, how do you suggest getting started as a VA? Is there a website I can apply to? Do I just post my services on social media?

  27. I would like to start a homebased business making and selling bath teas amd other bath related items. Where do I start? I really enjoy working with my hands and know this is what I should be doing as a business.

  28. I am trying to find a theme for my blog. I wondered if you could tell me which one you used. I like the way it looks.