Pregnancy is an incredible and transformative journey, but it can also bring along financial challenges. Balancing medical expenses, baby preparations, and maintaining a comfortable lifestyle can be daunting. However, with a little creativity and effort, there are several ways to make money while pregnant that can ease the financial burden and even provide a sense of fulfillment. In this article, we will explore seven practical and viable ways to boost your income while expecting.
1. Freelancing or Remote Work
Thanks to the rise of the gig economy and remote work, there are countless opportunities for pregnant women to offer their skills online. From freelance writing and graphic design to virtual assistance and online tutoring, these flexible roles allow you to work from the comfort of your home, set your own hours, and generate extra income. Upwork and Fivrr are two of the most popular websites to find project-based work, while websites like VIPKID can get you started remotely teaching English online on your own hours. Do your research to find opportunities that will work with your energy level and schedule. Remember – you are pregnant. You need those naps!
2. Sell Handmade Crafts Online
If you possess creative talents, consider turning your hobbies into a profit-generating venture. Websites like Etsy and eBay offer a platform to sell handmade crafts, artwork, or personalized items. With the right marketing strategies and quality products, you can turn your creativity into a lucrative source of income.
Even non-crafters have been able to build a successful business on Etsy thanks to the rise of digital product sales. If you don't have a creative crafting skill in your veins, try making templates or ebooks that can help others run their businesses instead.
3. Start a Blog or YouTube Channel
If you have a passion for writing or video creation, starting a blog or YouTube channel can be a rewarding endeavor. You can stick with the pregnancy and mom-to-be theme and share your pregnancy journey and parenting tips. Or, like many of us, you can find any topic you are knowledgeable and passionate about. Sometimes, this is a great way for new moms to stay in touch with their hobbies and personal passions when life and babies pull us in other directions.
Blogs and YouTube channels are better for long-term monetization than for an overnight win. As your content gains traction, you can monetize through ads, sponsored content, or affiliate marketing, potentially generating steady income.
4. Offer Online Courses
Leverage your expertise in a particular field by creating and selling online courses.
Platforms like Udemy, Teachable, Thinkific or Skillshare allow you to host courses on various subjects. Whether it's cooking, fitness, or a specific skill you excel in, teaching others can be not only financially rewarding but also fulfilling.
5. Rent Out Spare Rooms or Parking Spaces
If you have extra space in your home, consider renting it out on platforms like Airbnb. Many people look for short-term accommodations, and this can be a great way to make some extra money during your pregnancy. However, this may not be for everybody if you are more sensitive about having strangers in your space. But, always think outside the box! You would be surprised how many people may need to rent garage space for a weekend (maybe to work on a car, or store a boat or extra motorcycle.)
Additionally, if you live in an area with high demand for parking spaces, renting out yours could also be a viable option. This can be a great option in big college towns and near sports venues, along with evenings in big cities.
6. Become a Social Media Influencer
If you are active on social media and have a considerable following, you can collaborate with brands and companies as an influencer. Many brands seek authentic and relatable influencers to promote their products or services. Just ensure that you choose collaborations that align with your values and interests. Of course, when you are pregnant, you hit a key target market that is highly valued and not just anybody can related to. When you are interested in social media, you should take advantage of the opportunities it affords.
7. Participate in Online Surveys and Market Research
While it may not make you rich, participating in online surveys and market research can provide some additional income without demanding too much effort. Many companies offer compensation for sharing your opinions and feedback on various products and services. This isn't one that I have tried myself, so while it's a great option, you will have to make sure you do your own research to find trustworthy companies.
Mom Has The Last Word
Pregnancy is a time of joy and anticipation, but it doesn't mean financial worries have to overshadow the experience. By exploring these seven practical ways to make money while pregnant, you can boost your income, ease financial stress, and even discover new passions. Remember, it's essential to balance work with proper rest and self-care during this special time. Embrace these opportunities and enjoy the journey of pregnancy while securing a brighter financial future for your family.