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Well, being a Stay At Home Mom is a Happy choice many of us moms have made. But there are times, we feel the want to Earn a Few Extra Bucks from home or a little Pocket Money you could spend on your Make-Up or a new outfit. Haven’t you thought so? “How to make money as a Stay At Home Mom in the UAE?” This is a question I have been asked about ever since I started sharing my experiences on our “Earn Money From Home “series. Some of the methods have been tried by myself and others are the ones I came to know through a few of my friends.
Sometimes, you may also be in need of money or you want to work, but it could be having a small kid that you do not want to send off to a Day Care that is stopping you from work. I myself have been trying to find some Freelance works in my Niche and part time jobs too. Well, being a blogger is a great way to earn money from home. But it takes a lot of hard work, time and practice. I am not saying I earn the money I used to earn at my Full Time work. But, after almost 2 years of blogging, things have started to change and yes I have been making some money from the comfort of my home. (Although I am planning to return to work to soon. That is a different story for later 🙂 Well, I would still maintain my blog too.)
Part Time or Flexible Working Hour jobs
Another reason many of us moms are not in a position to work is due to the lack of Flexibility in work timings that suit our work need. MumsAtWork.ae is a very good initiative that started recently in UAE, where in they help Mums find a huge resource of jobs where they can have the flexibility of working hours. Though the part time working jobs seem to be less in number, there are still quite a few that you could find through websites like Indeed, Dubizzle etc. I have seen many jobs like TeleMarketing, Tele Surveys etc. posted in these job boards when you search for part time jobs. But since I haven’t personally tried them I couldn’t really write an authentic report on them.
Home Based Businesses
If you have a hobby that you enjoy doing, you could work on improving your skills and use them to convert your Hobby into a Business.
Online Survey Apps and Websites
Though this has been common in many countries, I see this trend rising in the UAE now. There are some Apps that you can download on your phone and you get to complete some surveys and some tasks. While some of them pay you, some just adds to your points and some tasks provide you with free products. Task Spotting is an App that have been gaining a lot of popularity these days. I myself have used and it seems to be a good one. I haven’t earned anything from them yet, but they do send you Free products to try. They also have this feature, if you Turn on the location feature on your phone, they give you tasks in the nearest locations ( for example while you are shopping in a mall) and you could buy a few products to try or review depending on the Task assigned to you.
This is a relatively new concept to me. I am so grateful to my friend who let me know about this concept lately. I tried it a few times and this has a huge potential to be a huge hit, especially among those who love to do shopping.
There are some consultancies that offer a third party solution to the Retail Businesses. These companies hire “Mystery Shoppers” and assign them tasks to visit stores, restaurants etc to evaluate their service and the Mystery Shoppers need to anonymously note down the valid points (sometimes take photographs etc.) and answer the Survey questionnaire provided by the company to evaluate their customer service. You will need to sign up as a Mystery Shopper on their portal and you can apply for the tasks that are suitable to you from their list. They pay you for the visit plus the shopping or expense in the shop (as per the rules given by them for each task). Isn’t it great to get paid for shopping?
Note: Not all the mystery shopping websites you see online maybe genuine. No body asks you to pay them anything for registration. If they ask you to pay them, then they may not be genuine. For the first month its always safe to take up just one task and see how its working. So you get an idea how it works and once you get paid at the end of the month you can make sure it’s a genuine company and you may work as mystery shoppers for them.
This takes time. If you have a social media account on Instagram/Twitter etc. with a large number of genuine followers (well it takes time to develop into a genuine followers base), brands in your niche start approaching you for marketing their products through your account. Sometimes you are given freebies to try and talk about it to your followers and for those with large number of followers they get paid for doing it. I have seen there are many Instagram Celebrities in UAE and brands see it as a great way of marketing their products through Influencers.
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To put it in simple words, if you used a product and genuinely likes it, you recommend it to your friends through email, Facebook or Whatsapp or any way of communicating online. You share a customized link to that product, which takes you to online shopping sites like Amazon, Souq.com etc. If your friend buys the product within their “Cookie Period” (that is within one month, two month etc depending on the online shopping site’s terms) You get a commission for the purchase. It is as simple as that. Most of the websites pay you for any product they buy from their website. All you have to do is direct your friends or followers to their website.
I had earlier written a post on how I have been making money through Affiliate Marketing. You may check out this post. Many of the Affiliate Marketing Programs however require you to have a blog/website to get you accepted into their programs.
Now that said, any amount of Money you manage to save from your usual budget is Money Earned. We have a few tips here.
Participate in Give Aways Online
Many of the brands, bloggers and influencers run a large number of Give Aways online in the UAE. All you may need to do would be like their post, or comment on their post or help them spread the word. And if you turn out to be lucky you get to be the winner. If you love spending time online, there is a very good chance to win many Freebies that may range from beauty hampers to International Family Trips and many more. So why not give it a chance?
Did I Miss something? Do let me know? I would love to add them to the list 🙂
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