Being a single mom is definitely a tough job. You’re on your own to care for your kids, and that includes bringing in the bacon to cover any and all expenses in the household. But single moms are also strong, hard-working, and willing to do what it takes to make sure their kids are well cared for.
The good news is that there are plenty of side hustles for single moms to seek out that make it possible to earn a decent living while providing the flexibility that single moms appreciate.
Without further ado, here are some great-paying side jobs (or even full-time earners) that just about anyone can do.
1) Child Care
What’s great about offering child care services is that you never have to leave your home and your children can be with you at all times. You’re already caring for your kids, so why not give them some built-in playmates that you’ll get paid for watching over at the same time?
If you think you can handle a few more kids throughout the day, offering child care services might be a great way to make some extra money. In fact, you could make a decent full-time living at it. You can charge anywhere between $25 to $50 per day per child or more, depending on how many hours each child is spending in your home. If you have four kids at home every day, that’s as much as $1,000 per week.
Of course, you’ll need to get licensed and maybe even take a babysitting course or two, but the startup requirements are pretty minimal and easy to attain.
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2) Freelance Writing
This one’s my personal favorite since it’s exactly what I do for a living that allows me to stay home with my kids while earning thousands of dollars every month. If you’ve got a way with words, freelance writing can be a great way to make a living while offering the ultimate in flexibility so you can be around whenever your kids need you. Even if your writing could use a little improvement, there are plenty of quick courses you can take to give your writing skills a boost.
You can get paid anywhere between $10 to $200+ per article, depending on its length and research requirements. To get started, you may want to create a blog of your own and post a few articles in different niches. The portfolio that you build for your blog also serves as a showcase to demonstrate the quality of writing that you can provide. It can be a great way to pull in new clients. Speaking of blogging …
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Rather than writing for other clients and getting paid on a per article basis, you can start your own blog and monetize it over time. Thousands of bloggers are making a full-time living just by posting articles in various niches on a regular basis. The key to successful blogging is posting original content that people find useful to read and learn something from. It’s also important to post on a regular basis in order to keep your content fresh.
You can put up a blog for free, or you can purchase a domain name and start your own website. You can make money with your blog in several ways once you’ve got enough content established. Google ads, affiliate links, or even selling your own e-books or courses are just a few ways your blog can make you money. Just keep in mind that making money from a blog takes time, and most bloggers don’t see a dime until a few months after putting up their blog.
But once you start making money, the profits earned can increase and there really is no limit to how much you can earn. Some bloggers make a few hundred bucks a month, while others earn $100,000+ per year or more.
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Do you love to bake? You’d be surprised at how much your services are sought after. Plenty of moms have started by baking a birthday cake here and there for their friends and family, only to have requests come piling in to have baked goods created for other people.
Word of mouth is always a great way to get referrals. But you can also join online mom groups to advertise your services. The more gigs you get, the more requests will come pouring in. Depending on the work involved, you can earn as much as $50 to $500 or more for each baking gig.
5) Children’s Party Planning
If you love planning your own kids’ parties, why not help other busy parents plan their kids’ parties too? A lot of time and effort goes into planning events like these and many busy parents would love to hand over this task to a professional. Like cake baking, referrals are probably the best way to get started, so try to organize at least one successful party in your community. Even volunteering to plan (or assist with the planning of) an event can lead to referrals.
Depending on the size of the party and how detailed it may be, you can charge anywhere between $200 to $2,000+.
As a mom, you’re probably used to helping your kids with their homework. Well, there are plenty of full-time working parents who just don’t have the time nor the patience to sit down with their kids every night to do the same. That’s where you come in. If you’re particularly skilled in a specific subject or have some sort of educational background, you may just have a lucrative opportunity on your hands. Tutors charge around $50 an hour for their time, so there’s little reason why you can’t too.
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All moms are professional housecleaners, aren’t they? With kids running around all day, you’re probably used to constantly cleaning up your home. But what if you could get paid for cleaning someone else’s house? This is an especially great gig if you like to work on your own without a boss breathing down your neck.
You can set your own schedule and hours and advertise your services on sites like Care.com. Housecleaners make around $25 or more per hour or charge a flat rate of about $100 to clean an entire house.
8) Dog Walking/Sitting
If you’ve got a dog of your own, you’re probably out for walks at least a couple of times a day. If so, why not add a couple more dogs into the mix? Even if you don’t have a dog, that doesn’t disqualify you from becoming a dog walker. A love of dogs and an appreciation for the outdoors will make you a perfect fit for this job.
Depending on where you live, you can make as much as $15 to $25 for every half hour per dog. If you take a handful of dogs out a few times a day, you could be making some serious money!
You might even want to consider expanding your services by opening up your home to dog sitting. There are plenty of dog owners who put their furry friends in “doggy daycare” while they’re at work, and you can capitalize on this market. Dog sitters charge anywhere from $25 to $50 per day per pooch.
9) Social Media Manager
If you’ve got a penchant for Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you can make your knowledge and experience with these social media channels work for you. Every business is advertising on social media, and they often hire people specifically to manage their social media campaigns. From posting updates to responding to customers’ inquiries, to dealing with ads, social media managers handle a lot for their clients, and they charge a lot of money for such efforts.
Every client will have different demands and requirements, so the pay will vary based on that. Having said that, you can charge anywhere from $400 to $1,500+ per month for each client. Start with small businesses in your area and go from there. You can make a very handsome living as a social media manager.
10) Virtual Assistant
Rather than having to work in an actual office and be away from the kids, you can perform the same duties from the comfort of your own home. Virtual assistants perform traditional secretarial and office duties, except all the work is done remotely. You can expect to make about $15 to $30 per hour in this line of work.
Final Thoughts on Side Hustles for Single Moms
As if being a single mom isn’t hard enough, having to juggle work and childcare can make things even tougher. Luckily, we live in a time when working remotely or having a flexible gig is becoming just as popular as working a traditional brick-and-mortar job. Any of these side hustles for single moms can be a great way to bring in some extra cash, or could even turn into a bonafide full-time gig that can help you earn a great living while still having the flexibility to be there for your kids.