Being a single mum is not easy at all. You have to work hard to be able to provide for your children but still, spare some time to bond with them. Most single mums prefer jobs that are not so demanding. The downside is that most such jobs do not pay very well and you may be forced to look for something else on the side to compliment your income. Here are a few side hustle ideas:
- Baby Sitting
Cliché as it sounds; you can earn a decent income babysitting. An easy way to do this is to have parents drop their children at your house instead of you going to their homes. As you watch over other people’s kids, you also attend to your own children in the process. This hustle has the potential to grow to a daycare where you can attend to several kids at a time. You obviously make more money this way.
- YouTube Channel Host
YouTube is one of the simplest ways to make money. You can create your own channel and have people subscribe to it. The more popular your channel becomes, the more advertisements can be run on your channel. Google pays a decent amount to have their advertisements on people channels. Also when you upload videos and it is watched by 1 million, Google pays you $ 1000 for every 1 million views on your videos. You can upload funny videos probably on your life as a single mum and tell your friends to tell others. As your views increase, you can just sit and wait for your pay cheque. Pretty simple!
3. Freelance Your Skills
Instead of putting in more hours at your day job or taking up a part-time job, you can freelance your skills online and earn an income from the comfort of your home.There are several popular websites where employers post freelance jobs from writing, graphic design and medical transcription to IT gigs and help needed with website building or business promotion. On Freelancer.com you can browse different categories and job listings before “bidding” on projects that you feel confident you can complete. Upwork is one of the most popular platforms, offers various opportunities within design, web development, recruitment, or writing. Sites such as Rat Race Rebellion have numerous listings of remote work from home jobs that pay about $15 per hour. These are very simple jobs such as online chat support, hotel booking assistant that you can do at home as you spend time with your kids.
- Mystery Shopper
Companies are constantly looking for reviews on their goods and services. To stay on par with your competition, it is good to know what they do differently and how to improve your services. Companies pay a good amount of money to have mystery shoppers test their services. Most of these are paid cash and the instructions are very easy.
- Voice Over Acting
This is a very interesting side hustle that can pay up to $1000 per hour. If you excel at emulating how people talk, you could try this. Basically, you have to learn how to act with just your voice. There are agencies that help beginners on creating standard voice demos as well as coaching on the same. Once you learn how to do voice overs, you can approach radio stations and production companies and see if you can do an ad.
The list of potential jobs is much longer, but now we want to focus on the important tips for single mums:
Be a role model
A child needs only a good role model in its life that could help to become a quality person as an adult. Buying toys, going to expensive places or many poorly spent time together are not a guarantee that your child will be a good person when he/she grows up. A single parent who has to cope with all the problems of life and with this being a parent more often the time spent with your child to take advantage of better than parents who have time to spare, but under common means, time spent viewing the screen without any special communication and entrusting.
Find the perfect rhythm of life that suits you and your child
Try to adjust your work schedule. You should spend more time with the child and be able to do the housework in the evening when the baby sleeps. Do not be afraid to ask the employer to cooperate, as long as the new arrangement does not impair the quality and quantity of your work.
Pre-plan your free time
If you want to go for a weekend in nature, plan details in advance. Also, if you want to devote some time to yourself, go to the hairdresser or to socialize. It is time to look for a babysitter if you do not have anyone who stepped in with child care.
All the above are examples of simple side hustles that single mums can engage in without putting in too much effort and time. If you are a single mum with a side hustle, we would like to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post.