If you'd like to make some extra money, side hustles are the way to go!  With a work-from-home side job, I made $2,300 at home while my daughter napped.  I'll also share a big list of other flexible side hustle ideas to put the zip back in your bank account.

Side Hustle Ideas: How I Made $2,300 at Home While My Toddler Napped

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If you’d like to make some extra money, side hustles are the way to go!  With a work-from-home side job, I made $2,300 at home while my daughter napped.  I’ll also share a big list of other flexible side hustle ideas that will add money to your bank account.

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Side hustles for moms

I’ve been keeping an exciting secret for a few months…I have been working a flexible side job from home in my spare time!  Since I had my daughter two years ago, my thoughts have changed about income and working.

Why I wanted a side hustle:

1. I wanted to increase my income

I would love to be able to save more money for our retirement, and make regular contributions towards our daughter’s education fund.  Early retirement wasn’t ever a consideration until she was born, so it is a very new idea for me.  Suddenly it seemed like something I wanted to focus on and to see if it was possible for us.

2. I didn’t want more time away from my daughter

I didn’t want to take more time away from Squish.  Since I already work part-time outside of the home, I don’t want to increase that before she is in school.  Whatever side hustle I have, needs to fit into our life as it is right now.

Since we live in Canada, we are very lucky with paid maternity leave.  I took an entire year off of work after she was born – no flexible job, no side hustle, I just (“just” – ha!) took care of her.  Even though I have been back to work for a full year now, I haven’t fully gotten used to being away from her.  I really enjoy her as a little person and love getting to take care of her.  Don’t get me wrong, the days when I am the most exhausted are usually the ones after I have cared for her, not my work days!  But I feel so fortunate to get to spend half the week days with my kid.  I know it’s a privilege not everyone has and it’s not something I take for granted.

My new flexible side job

So I started brainstorming and researching side hustle ideas.  There were many businesses that I was not interested in; they just didn’t fit with my values.  A job where I could set my own hours for the most part was attractive to me.  It was important that it be a casual job – no rigid set hours for each week.

Other posts on side hustle ideas: 

I ended up stumbling upon an article about being a search engine evaluator.  I had never heard of this job, but I was open to looking into absolutely everything, to see if it fit my criteria above.  A search engine evaluator rates and improves search engine results for the top internet search engine companies.  Different tasks a search engine evaluator could participate in include web search, video evaluation, maps, local, automation projects, and others.

The requirements were that you are a person who is analytical, excellent at web-based research, and internet savvy.  The job listing also state that they look for someone with a broad range of interests who also has specific areas of expertise.  [Side note: This is a great job if you are a multipotentialite/scanner/renaissance person!]  Some companies require a university/college degree for this position, but not all do.  High speed internet is a must and some companies require a smart phone as well.


—–> If you want to jump ahead and apply to be a search engine evaluator, click here!


Companies that hire people to be search engine evaluators

There are several companies that offer search engine evaluator or rater jobs.  These include:

  • Appen (hires globally – acquired Leapforce)
  • Lionbridge (hires globally)
  • ZeroChaos (employs people in the United States only)
  • iSoftStone (hires globally)
  • Google (one of the few work-from-home positions offered by them)

Some companies require that you take and pass a qualification exam before you are offered a position.

Many of these companies also hire for the position of Social Media Evaluator.  This is similar to a search engine evaluator position, but works with the major social networks.

Related: 20 Legit stay-at-home mom jobs

Applying to be a search engine evaluator

This sounded like the perfect opportunity for me to try.  It fit in with my goal to make more money, while at the same time not taking me away from my daughter more than I already am for my part-time work.

I applied to one company and didn’t hear anything back for a few weeks.  I had actually forgotten about it by the time I heard back.  Since this was side hustle money, it was never the plan for it to replace my regular income.  I was invited to take the evaluation exam.  With respect to the qualifying exam, my best advice is to take it seriously!  Some people don’t find it too difficult but these people are in the minority.  The majority of people who are offered to take the exam do not pass it.  I dedicated a whole weekend to reading the provided material, and taking the exams (there are three parts to the exam).  Even though I did pass, I would not say I found it easy.  If you are interested in this position, study like you mean it.

After being offered a position, I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement.  I mention that here because I am not allowed to disclose any confidential information including specific tasks and pay rate.  I can relate some general information about the position.

There are positive and negative aspects to most jobs and a search engine evaluator position is no exception.  For me personally, the pros absolutely outweigh the cons, but I include both lists so you can make up your own mind.


If this interests you, click here to get more information and apply


Search engine evaluator job pros

  • Flexible schedule – You can make your own hours. Some evaluators work five hours a week, some work twenty five.  You aren’t required to log on at specific times.  This is why I can coincide this job with my toddler’s nap time.
  • Work from home – There is no commute to this job. Most jobs have the added time it takes to get to work, as well as transportation costs, which decrease the wage they are actually receiving per hour. With these positions, you can work in the comfort of your own home, trading rush hour traffic for working on your couch in your pajamas.
  • Interesting work – You are getting paid to research/learn about different things.
  • Pay – The wages for these positions vary, but are roughly $13-$15 per hour (USD).

Search engine evaluator job cons

  • No benefits – You are hired as an independent contractor. This means you don’t receive any benefits or perks from the company.  You are expected to provide your own computer, high speed internet connection, and sometimes a smart phone.
  • Frequency of pay – Most companies pay via direct deposit once a month. You have at submit your invoice to them each month so make sure you keep excellent records of time worked.  If you need to be paid more frequently than once a month this might not be the job for you.
  • Responsible for your own taxes – Since you are an independent contractor the company won’t take taxes off your pay automatically. You are responsible for paying all your own taxes which again means you need to be very organized.  A plus of being an independent contractor who works from home is that you should be able to write off some of your home office expenses.
  • Irregular work – A common issue with evaluators is that the workload is inconsistent from week to week. I found this to be the case myself.  Some weeks I was able to work as much as I wanted (within the self-imposed limits of naptime!), other weeks there were no tasks available.  If you need steady, regular income, this is likely not for you.

Since working as a search engine evaluator I love that I can completely work around my daughter’s schedule.  My main issue with this job would be that there are some weeks where there is very little work available.  This is a minor concern for me because I’m fortunate that this is a fun side hustle, and not my regular income.  I am very excited to have made $2,300 in side hustle income while I work from home – it’s pretty great!

Other flexible side hustle ideas

If being a search engine evaluator doesn’t feel like the job for you, here are a few more flexible jobs to look into:

Final thoughts on this side hustle

This flexible job is a great fit for me with my life right now as a mama to a toddler.  I love that I can work while she is napping.  I get to be home with her on those days yet I still get to make money – sometimes in my pajamas!  Having a search engine evaluator job as a side hustle has allowed me to make more income, without taking any time away from being my daughter’s primary caregiver.  I’m open to trying different flexible jobs in the future, including others from that list above, but for now this is working well.  A search engine evaluator job might be a great side hustle for you too if you want a flexible work-from-home job that doesn’t involve selling anything.


Click to apply to be a search engine evaluator here


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56 thoughts on “Side Hustle Ideas: How I Made $2,300 at Home While My Toddler Napped”

  1. Wow, I’ve never heard of this before. This could be an awesome source of income.

    1. I know! I hadn’t heard of it half a year ago but I had been searching for ways to make money at home and I came across it. It’s a pretty great option!

  2. This is awesome! I’m always looking for ideas on how to make extra money on the side! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome! I was so excited about it, I wanted to share it with other people. 🙂 I like that it can fit in with other things you might have going on, or even fits in with other jobs.

  3. This is so interesting. Never knew this job existed. Well done on finding this opportunity.

  4. I never knew this job existed! It sounds like a great fit for you! It is something I will keep in the back of my mind in case I am in a position to do something similar.

    1. I realized pretty early on that a conventional job probably wouldn’t work super well with me 🙂

  5. I liked all of the side hustle ideas. The search engine evaluator I had never heard of before but it seems like it would be a hard gig to get.

  6. Lexi

    I’m always looking for jobs I can do at home but worry they’re not real! I have never heard of this position before but it sounds amazing!

    1. Yes! This was my concern too! I thought I might as well apply and see how it goes. Mine is definitely real and I get paid easily and on time (another concern but they are great about it!).

  7. This sounds like the perfect side hustle for an introvert! Thanks for the in-depth coverage – I’ve heard of this before but you really fleshed out what it’s about.

  8. Thank you for this. I am checking out the links you shared.

  9. Denise from myowntotell.com

    These are great ideas I had never heard of search engine evaluator before. definetely something I am going to look into. thanks for sharing

    1. They’re not very well-known so I wanted to tell more people about them in case they are a good fit for someone else 🙂

  10. This is great! I applied with Appen awhile back and was approved but haven’t received any jobs yet. I like that you included some other sites to work with as well. I will give them a try. Thanks for the leads.

    1. Congrats on getting in! Did they send a contract already when you got approved? I’ve heard it can take some people some time before they get work.

  11. Interesting! I’ve never heard of this before! I’ll have to look into it. I just became a SAHM and am definitely looking for a side hustle!

    1. Congrats on the new change to becoming a SAHM! I’m not a full-time SAHM (about half time) but I do like being able to make some money on my SAHM days.

  12. Karen

    Interesting ideas. I haven’t heard of these jobs before. Always great to have another idea tucked away.

  13. I’ve never heard of a search engine evaluator! What a neat job.

  14. Wow, this is so exciting to know. Although heard about Appen quite times but was not so sure to apply there or not. Your detailed post regarding same makes me apply them.

  15. This is so interesting! I’ve never heard of this before! I may have to look into this sometime in the near future! Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Pretty interesting! And, first time I’m hearing of this job title. I will pass this article on to someone I know who will absolutely love this opportunity. Hopefully, they don’t screw up the exam! 😉


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  18. I’ve never heard of this before but it’s worth checking out. Thanks for sharing! #InspireMeLink

    1. Thanks Alice! 🙂 I really love the job. If you have any questions after you check it out, feel free to reach out!

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  30. I have heard some of these positions require you to allow them to have access to your email and personal information. Can you tell me if they company that you are doing this for requires that from you?

    1. Hi! I’m not sure exactly what you mean? They have my email for correspondence and for payment. I definitely do not give them any passwords or private information. Hope that helps!

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  37. This post is phenomenal and comes exactly at the right moment when many people are strugling financially. There are so many ways to make money in your spare time, but everything happens only after you know what works.

    1. Thank you Maria! Years ago I had no idea that this whole world of interesting side hustles existed. Now I’m fully in it! 🙂

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