When you’re a working mom but your job doesn’t pay the bills, you may be looking for a side hustle. You already have a lot on your plate, but there may be ways you can earn some extra money without putting in the full hours for an additional 9-5 job.
You may be thinking you don’t have time to take on another job, but there are some work options you can try that may not even require you to leave your home. Here are some of the best ideas for working moms to try when they want to increase how much money they bring home.
Buy and Sell
There are tons of opportunities for people to make money by buying something from one place and selling it somewhere else. It’s a trade as old as time, and being successful with it can be as simple as waiting for a sale to make a purchase and then putting your goods for sale somewhere there is a demand.
You may want to start with a product you use or you know very well, and that way you know what a good deal is and you know where you might find people who would be interested in buying It at full price. What a lot of working moms will do is look out for deals as they’re doing their regular shopping or running errands, and then flip those goods somewhere else to make a tidy profit.
Freelance Online Work
There’s a lot of work available online, if you’re willing to learn a new skill. From editors to copywriters to photographers to personal shoppers, people are trying new careers online and learning how to make a little extra income on the side. Some of these may not be incredibly lucrative, but they can bring in additional money so that you’re not always struggling for funds.
Try websites like Freelancer.com, Fiverr, and similar sites where there’s always work available. It may take you awhile to find your first job, but if you can build up a portfolio, you can start getting regular clients and regular work.
A lot of online work can be done while you’re working at the office or when you’re at home. Once this kind of business takes off, you may want to hire professional cleaning services or ask them for some easy cleaning tips for your home because your time will be so valuable and better spent making money online.
Start a YouTube Channel
Not everybody on YouTube will make it big, but you don’t have to make it big to earn money on the side. If you can get 1,000 views on one video, you can earn a little money. As you get more views, you’ll build a following, and your online success can start to snowball. It takes time to build up a following on YouTube, but if you’re producing quality content or doing something that other people aren’t and you have a real knack for it, you should find your audience in time.
This is the kind of online work that doesn’t take much if any collateral to start with. You can use your computer camera or phone camera to get started and build from there as you grow your subscriber base. What you’ll need more than anything, though, is a good idea and some talent.
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Is there some kind of craft that you’re good at? If you know how to make something or you can learn how to make a craft, then you can sell it. There’s a huge market for handmade crafts online, using internet stores like Etsy, eBay, and others. Many homemade crafts require very few resources but a lot of time. You may be able to make your crafts while you are at home, or on break periods at work, earning a little extra money on the side.
Do Chores for the Neighbors
Maybe you don’t want to get too far away from your children as you work, so you could find work in the neighborhood. Some of your neighbors may need yard work done, like clipping bushes or cutting grass. Maybe they need someone to organize their home for them, do some cleaning, or run some errands. Look for work in your area that you can pick up without having to spend a lot of time away from your children. In some cases, you may even be able to take your children with you. Especially look for older people who might need some things done, because they may not be able to do as much as they used to and might benefit from some extra help with chores around the home.
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Do you know how to cook food? If so, then you could bake foodstuffs and sell it. You can put some of your baked goods up for sale in local markets and groceries, with their permission, or you can set up a table with items to sell outside your home or in a public place. You could also sell your food online, with mail order services that make it easy for people to buy the meals they want without ever leaving their home.
Teach a Skill
Is there something you know how to do that you could teach to others? Maybe you know how to draw, play an instrument, ride a bike, swim, or something else that people might pay to learn. Whatever you can teach, you could potentially earn money from, either with in-person classes or in online classes.
There will always be a need for teachers, and if you have the time to put together a course, you can teach small or large classes for some extra income.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, and maybe you have thought of something we didn’t list here. Or maybe you like one of the ideas we covered in this article. Whatever it may be, we hope it helps you to earn the extra money you need for you and your children.