5 Ways You Can Make Money as a Stay At Home Dad

My website analytics tell me that this is one of the most popular posts I’ve written to date. It’s pretty easy to understand why. The phenomenon of Stay at Home Dads is growing, but men still feel uncomfortable staying home without bringing in a paycheck. For many men, their identity is tied to their ability to have a meaningful career and contribute to the family’s bottom line. This is a good thing, and an attainable goal, especially if you are a writer.

You can work from home, write, watch your child, and bring in some extra income, all at the same time. With recent changes in telecommuting and internet-based employment it’s easier to work from home than ever before. It’s doable, even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer. Writing for money takes practice, as any career does, but with the diversity of venues looking for written content, the bar for entry into this field is lower than it’s ever been.

Five, count 'em, FIVE, ways to make money writing online.

Five, count ’em, FIVE, ways to make money writing online.

Make no mistake. Writing is work. I am no fan of cheesy, gimmicky, get-rich-quick garbage. It means putting in the hours during nap times and late nights, if not completely reorganizing your sleep schedule.  If you want to make money from your writing you can do it, but you will have to earn it.

Here are five ways I have personally made money while watching my kid fulltime:


1) Freelance Writing

There are a gazillion magazines and websites that are starving for content. Whether you specialize in well-researched nonfiction or gripping, inspiring, or spooky fiction, there are plenty of paying outlets for your work.

The trick: you have to perfect your pitch. Getting the planets to align so that an editor will take a chance on your work is the key here. Fortunately, the more often you are published the easier it becomes. Learn more here…


2) Get Giggy with It

A cursory search for “writing gigs” will yield a boatload of results. These include everything from greeting card writers to slogan strategizers. You will have to compete with eager bidders from India and other developing countries, but if you can deliver the goods, you’ll get the job.

The trick: jump in early and often. These jobs are highly competitive. You have to fight and slog and lower your rates to get in. Learn more here…


3) Blogging

This may seem self-explanatory, but there are plenty of ways to make money through blogging. One route is to build up the readership of your own blog with excellent content so that you can make money through advertising and/or affiliate links. The other is to write content for blogs that are already making money.

The trick: more than other forms, blogging requires that you master the conversational tone, provide content that people are actively searching for, and that you interact well with readers’ comments. Learn more here…


4) Copywriting / Marketing

Just because a business is good at building widgets doesn’t mean it knows how to talk about them in a winsome or compelling way. With a little practice, any writer worth his salt can spice up a sales letter and/or manage a social media page for a company.

The trick: you need to find a company willing to let you do this work from home, then stand out from the crowd of other people trying to do the same thing. Craigslist is a great place to start your search. Set up a landing page on your blog explaining your skills and experience.


5) Big Projects: Novels / Screenplays

I’ve put this last on the list because it’s usually the first thing people think of when you talk about writing from home. Unfortunately, with a few rare exceptions, it also tends to be among the least lucrative fields long-term.

The trick: choose your market. Everyone wants to land an agent who will set up that major book deal/meeting with a studio, for many this only happens after years of work and a stroke of luck. Why not start off with smaller independent projects to earn a name for yourself and get your foot in the door?


I have written full articles on each of these topics on each of these topics. You can check them out in the links above. Do you have experience making money as a writer? Let me know in the comments. Also, if you liked this post click the +FOLLOW button on the bottom right of your screen. Thanks!


Joshua Rigsby is a freelance writer, tea drinker, and full-time father based in Los Angeles, California.


  1. Thanks for posting this, Josh!
    I somehow reversed the order, lol. Oh well, back to “square one”:)

  2. Wait a minute!!!! I don’t enjoy the agony and the ecstasy of being a stay at home Dad:)
    Still, the info is applicable.

  3. Hopefully the tips still work. If not, let me know. I’ll commission you to write a follow up post Patrick. 😉

  4. I am a man of carefully chosen words ! And love the English Language very much ! How much can I make writing great stuff ??

    1. Joshua Rigsby (Post author)

      I think it’s important to think of a topic that interests you, that you know a lot about, or would enjoy researching. Start there. What kinds of publications or companies are looking for content on that topic? I’ve got a whole post about this over here: http://joshuarigsby.com/2013/08/29/how-to-make-money-through-freelance-writing-exploiting-your-niche/

  5. Anonymous

    Love in the happiness of the world !

    1. Joshua Rigsby (Post author)

      I’m all for love and happiness.


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