As a busy mom, you probably feel like you are being pulled in numerous directions all day long. While you enjoy caring for your family and being there for your kids, you also need to bring in an income to help keep the household financial ship afloat.
Fortunately, there are a number of side hustles that a devoted mom like yourself can take on that will not only bring in some much-needed extra money, but are also family friendly and can often involve your kids and/or family. For instance, check out these following family-approved side gigs:
Provide Child Care
When it comes to the skills related to child care, you have them in spades. So why not take your love of kids and start your own child-related business? You can either sign up with a website such as Care.com, which can help you find jobs, or you can offer your services to neighborhood families that you already know. You could provide after-school care to kids until their folks can pick them up after work, help with transportation to and from lessons and sporting activities, or start an in-home daycare and watch a few little ones during the day. As a major bonus, you can watch and care for your own kids at the same time.
Become an Independent Business Owner
Another family-friendly side hustle for moms is to start your own business under the umbrella of an existing company. A classic and reputable example is Amway; this consumer goods company offers people the chance to become independent business owners and earn extra income, all on their own flexible schedule. As an independent business owner, you can work while your kids are in school and/or napping, or you can get up a bit early or burn the midnight oil, leaving you plenty of time to volunteer in your son’s class and take your daughter to her acting class.
If you have a crafty side, you might be able to take your hobby and transform it into cash through a selling site such as Etsy. If your friends are always oohing and aahing over the hand-sewn sundresses your daughter wears or they are impressed with your ability to make jewelry from polymer clay, you might want to look at Etsy or Amazon Handmade and see if you would be a good fit. Like the Amway job, this type of work can be done around your family’s schedule and when it’s time to make a craft store run, you can take your kiddos with you. If your children are older, they may enjoy helping you stage photo shoots of your completed items and/or they can assist in carefully wrapping and boxing up the clothing or jewelry to be shipped.
Become a Flipper
Nowadays, the word “flipper” is probably most often associated with homes, due to the popularity of many house flipping shows on TV. If you have a knack for home remodeling and interior design and don’t mind a large project that may take months of work before a payout, by all means you can look into being a home flipper. However, you can also flip on a much smaller scale by buying vintage furniture, artwork, jewelry and other items at estate sales, and then fixing them up and reselling them at a profit. You can sell things on local buy and sell sites such as Facebook Marketplace and Craig’s List, or you could launch your own shop on Ebay and sell your items there. Your kids can accompany you to the garage sales and help you select items to fix up and resell, and you can do the bulk of the refurbishing work when they are in school.
Figuring out what you want to do for your side hustle is often the most challenging part. Once you decide what you want to do, it often goes pretty smoothly from there; but remember, if you find that you are not loving your side job, you can always try something else. By focusing on work that you can do with or around your kids’ schedules, you should find that earning extra money is both fun and fulfilling.