5 BIG WAYS SINGLE MOMS MAKE EXTRA MONEY
Being a single mom is hard! Being a working single mom is even HARDER! If you’re looking for good ways single moms make extra money, look no further than this blog post!
I personally know how hard it is to be a working single mom, because I was one for many, many years. Holding down a job when you are acting as both mom and dad is damn-near impossible. I knew that there must be some secret ways single moms make extra money, but unfortunately never figured out those secrets until the last few years (after I wasn’t single anymore, but it’s all good because now I can teach YOU!)
When your kids get sick, YOU are the one who has to take off work and be home with them. But as a single lady, YOU are also the one paying the bills, and taking time off isn’t always an option. It’s so hard, and that’s exactly why today we are going to discuss a few awesome ways single moms make extra money -some from home and some not.
It’s so hard to balance the duties of being a mommy with also having to bring home the bacon, and that’s why I am SO SO SOOOOOOOO passionate about working from home! In this day in age, you CAN build your own online business and you CAN work from home!
I know that life can be a struggle, and I know working from home seems like a daydream that could never be reality, but it’s so totally within your reach! All it takes is a little creativity, some hard work, and some good social networking skills.
You may have already heard of some of these particular ways single moms make extra money, but I guarantee that I’m going to put my own spin on things that you’ve never heard. And, beyond this, I do have some additional training for you coming soon on these ideas.
If you think people don’t really use virtual assistants, you are wrong! And I know for a FACT, because I use one! Good virtual assistants are hard to find and it is actually one of the absolute best ways single moms make extra money from home.
Here’s how it works. Busy people like me, especially people in the blogging world, and people who own online businesses, need help. We need help writing blog posts, managing our social media, doing research for us, answering emails…all of these things.
When you own your own business, especially a blog, there are not enough hours in the day to complete every task on your list. I know this first hand. And that’s where you come in. Virtual assistants are very much in demand. Why not start your own virtual assistant business?
If you know social media, if you are able to write half way decently, and if you are a dependable and trustworthy person, you’re already ahead of many of the people who aspire to be virtual assistants.
Since this article is is about SEVERAL ways single moms make extra money, and not ONLY about how to be a virtual assistant, I’m not going to get super in depth about the details. But, I’m so excited about helping you become a virtual assistant – because I think it’s THE BEST side hustle for a single mom – that I’m working on my own training program to teach you exactly how to do it, every step of the way. So stay tuned, mama!
OK, OK, stop freaking out and telling yourself this one isn’t for you. Graphic design is so much easier than you think. It is one of the simplest ways single moms make extra money using their computer.
Graphic design is just a fancy way to say, “making pretty and cute pictures on your computer.” If you can use photoshop, pixlr, picmonkey, or even a graphic editor app on your phone, then you can make and sell graphic design images that you create.
You can get royalty-free, creative commons photos online from many different sources that you can use in your graphic designs. You can make images that are words only, because word art and quote art is so popular right now.
You can also design images that can be personalized by a customer. Two of the best places to sell this type of graphic art are Etsy and Zazzle. I’m actually a Zazzle “zpro” designer and have been selling my graphic designs as one of my side huustles for years.
It is a fantastic and one of the most creative ways single moms make extra money, if they’re the artsy type. It is also completely free to open an account at either place. I highly recommend this side hustle for moms who want to work from home.
CHILD CARE PROVIDER
I KNOW that you’ve heard this one before, but wait! Don’t say no just yet. This is one of the highest paying ways single moms make extra money….actually, not just EXTRA money, but a full on GOOD paycheck!
When my kids were younger and I was staying home full time, every friend, neighbor, and working mom-to-be that I knew asked me to be their daycare provider. It seems that in-home daycare from a trusted friend or neighbor is far preferable over taking your new baby to a daycare center.
Working moms consider an in-home daycare provider to be the next best thing to being home with their children themselves. If you know a lot of women with little ones, or if you have a large social circle, you will want to think about this work from home opportunity.
As a single mom, being an in-home daycare provider offers you a lot of flexibility to be home with your own kids, as well. If your own kids get sick, no problem – you can keep them at home with you. School is out for the summer? Then the more the merrier with your own kiddos and your daycare kiddos!
If you are a caring person who has a lot of patience, organizational skills (you need them in an in-home daycare), and a love for children, this is the perfect work from home career for you.
As an example, let’s say you care for four children in your home. $225 is the going rate per child in my area for an in-home daycare provider. $225 x four children, at 52 weeks a year equals a salary of almost $47,000 a year!
Keep in mind, that you also get some tax right-offs as a daycare provider. You also won’t need to pay for any childcare for your own children, because they will be able to be right there at home with you. If you’re a single mom looking to make extra income, definitely consider becoming a full time, in-home daycare provider. It pays well enough that you can sustain a very nice lifestyle, even as the sole bread winner.
Becoming a house keeper is yet another one of the popular ways single moms make extra money, because it comes with a very flexible schedule, and you can do it during the hours that your kids are in school.
Cleaning houses is a job that will ALWAYS be in demand, because families are just so busy these days, and typically both spouses work outside the home.
$150 per week is the going rate in my region for weekly housekeepers. You can realistically clean 1-2 houses per day. Let’s just say you’re able to clean two houses a day, five days per week. That’s 10 houses, and a weekly income of $2,000. At that rate, your yearly income would be $104,000!
Can you believe that? You just went from wondering how you’re going to pay your bills, to making a 6-figure salary! Unbelievable!
Be cautioned, though, that when people pay this big money for a house keeper, they want it done well, and thoroughly. Read and learn everything you can about the process of cleaning a home quickly and efficiently. Watch YouTube videos about best housekeeping practices, and learn all you can learn so that you’re the best in the biz.
You will also need references that you can give to prospective new customers. Everything you can do to portray a professional image will take you very far in the housekeeping field. That includes creating a simple website, ordering some inexpensive business cards to pass out, and maybe adding a magnet advertisement to your vehicle with your company name on it.
USE YOUR OWN CREATIVE SKILLS
Are you the best scrapbooker in town? Put together a nice little pamphlet and pass them out in church to all the moms. Advertise in the penny newspaper that you will do scrapbooks of their kids in one week, or for gifts. Ask baby boutiques and wedding shops if you can leave a few business cards near the cash register.
Do you have a knack for singing all the Disney Princess songs? Start your own kids birthday party business where you dress up in costume, and sing to the little ones. Bring treats and balloons for extra cheers.
Are you a great cook who knows the perfect balance of protein, carbs, and healthy nutrients? Start your own meal delivery service cooking a week’s meals for busy working families. I’ve done this one myself. I got my first jobs on Craigslist, and word of mouth spread from there. All the busy moms will be hooked on your healthy grub!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I just want you to know, that you may be a single mom, and things may be hard right now, but there absolutely IS opportunity for you in the work at home niche! There are so many things you can do to earn money on your own schedule.
It is hard to hold down a job with an employer when you are a single mom, but take it from me, these ways single moms make extra money can be true game changers in your life! You can even earn a six-figure salary, on your own terms!
I’m going to be putting out some more training on these topics in the near future, so stay tuned!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about these work from home jobs, or any others that you may have already tried. Let me know your thoughts, and please feel free to drop me an email!