Are you a single mom wondering how to make some extra money? Check out these easy side hustles for single moms that you can do!
A lot of moms (not just single moms!) are looking for an easy side hustle because having extra cash is always helpful!
The benefits of having a side hustle:
- Flexibility to spend time with your kids
- Extra money to pay bills (and not worry about having enough money to pay them!)
- Having money to get rid of debt or build up savings accounts
- Plan for a big goal (like a fun vacation!)
So, you want to find a great side hustle?
What is a good second job for a single mom?
How can a single mom make extra money?
Best side hustles for single moms
Check out this list of the best side hustles for single moms. These would also be great ideas for stay at home moms looking for a side job as well!
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Side hustles you can do from home:
One of the best side hustles for single moms looking for extra cash and flexibility is to become a freelancer. Essentially, you work for yourself and offer your services to one or more clients at a time.
This might sound daunting, you can easily start very small and slowly widen your clientele.
You can post or advertise your services on websites like:
I started by posting my “resume” on Upwork looking for some kind of virtual job – not even sure what I wanted to do! – and ended up landing a great job as a Virtual Assistant which I still do today. Plus, I have done several side contract (short-term) jobs for extra cash through Upwork as well.
Or, instead, you can look for remote jobs on sites like:
If you want a little training on becoming a Virtual Assistant, Gina Horkey offers an excellent course called the Horkey Handbook, on growing a virtual assistant business.
Here are some ideas for the types of freelance jobs you can do from home:
- Social Media Manager
- Graphic Designer
- Logo Design
- Virtual Assistant
- Data Entry
- Customer Service
- Data Entry
If you are good with grammar, spelling, and attention to detail you can be a proofreader. With millions of online articles, this job will never go out of style.
If you want to take a course to get started, check out the Proofread Anywhere course.
Transcription is making audio and video files into word documents. There is high demand for transcription jobs, particulary in the medical field.
Transcribe Anywhere offers a free mini-course to see transcription might be right for you.
If you have a great eye for design, you can become a graphic designer and advertise your skills on sites like Upwork or Fiverr.
Child Care or Pet Sitting/Dog Walking
Moms everywhere are looking for part or full-time childcare! You can advertise on local Facebook groups or community centers or just by word of mouth.
This can also benefit your own kids as they could have someone to play with.
When I first became a single mom, I found a part-time babysitting job through a local Facebook group. The lady had one little boy and she loved that I brought my 2 little girls with me so he could socialize with them while I babysat him. It was a win-win situation!
You can watch kids or pets in your home or theirs.
Rover is a great place to start for pet-sitting.
Care.com or Sittercity are great for child care options.
If you are passionate about a particular subject (like math), you can offer your skills as a tutor. There is also a great need for teaching English as a second language.
Check out these popular sites for more information:
- VIPKID (teaching English)
- First Future (teaching English)
- Student Tutor
Do you play an instrument or have musical skills? You can be a music tutor (and even provide online lessons!)
Are you a great cook? You can start a small catering business or bake cakes or cookies for special events.
You can start a small photography business from your home if you have a little space for a studio.
You can also take pictures and sell them to stock photography websites like Shutterstock or Foap.
Social Media Manager
Social Media is everywhere! If you are a whiz at Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook, you can look into helping businesses promote their products or manage their online presence.
Side hustles outside your home:
Do you have great ideas for parties? You can plan all sorts of parties: birthday, graduation, retirement, etc.
House cleaners are in high demand where I live.
When I was a nanny, I met a lady who cleaned houses by herself and built a full-time business from it with referrals by word-of-mouth.
Some people might not mind if you need to bring your kids along. If they are old enough to help you out they can learn how to run a business and gain management skills!
Amazon Warehouses have “flex jobs”. Their warehouses are popping up everywhere so there is likely one near where you live.
As of the time of this posting, you only need to work 3 shifts a month to keep your job. Shifts are all hours of the day (depending on the needs of your local warehouse).
When shifts open up, you get notified and you can sign up for shifts as they open up and fit your schedule. This is a good fit for moms because of the flexibility and that you only need to work 3 shifts a month minimum.
These days you can have nearly anything delivered – food, stuff, people!
You can drive for companies like:
Some people make a living on selling (reselling) items, especially electronics.
Check out these sites:
- Decluttr (to sell cell phones, electronics, CDs, DVDs, games, and books)
- Swappa (to sell phones, laptops, etc)
- SecondSale (for books)
- Ebay (for just about anything!)
- Etsy (for vintage or handmade items)
Rent out your place or items
You can rent out your home through AirBnb, your car through Turo, or baby gear/supplies through BabyQuip (a setup fee is required).
Caring for the elderly
You can care for the elderly in their homes, drive them to appointments, or run errands for them.
Hair and makeup
Are you great at doing hair and applying makeup? You can style hair and do makeup for weddings, graduations, proms, and other fancy events.
You don’t have to be a full-time realtor – you can use this as a great side hustle.
A lady I know helps write resumes as a side hustle and makes a nice side income from it. If you have this talent, you can help people polish their resume and write good cover letters.
You can sign up to be a Tasker with Taskrabbit and find flexible local jobs doing things ranging from home repair to running errands.
If you are struggling with your finances, check out this post on financial survival tips for single moms.
If you are a single mom (or stay at home mom!) looking for an easy side hustle, check out these great ideas! What would you add to the list?