I recently wrote a post on 15 college student jobs and it has become my most popular post on FITnancials. Because of that, I’ve decided to expand and share side hustles that are popular among parents.
Having children alone is a full-time job (I was a nanny once and OMG I don’t know how you parents do it). Still, sometimes stay at home moms (or dads) like to mix into a side hustle or two either because they enjoy it or want extra money.
The awesome thing about side hustles is that they can turn into full-time jobs or inspire someone to start a business of their own in the field.
Below are 20 jobs that are perfect for stay at home moms or dads.
1. Write for websites
Writing for websites is a great way to make side income at home. You’ll definitely want to build your portfolio at first, but once you get a couple big name websites under your belt, you’ll see more and more offers and be able to charge a higher amount. To learn how to do write for websites, check out this post. I have many (online) friends that obtain a full-time income by writing for websites.
Pay: Varies from $50+ each article (someone with an impressive portfolio can charge $1000+ an article)
2. Pick up a seasonal job
Seasonal jobs can be anything from working in retail to working during the festival season. A seasonal job is perfect for someone who wants a short-term job and it gives you the chance to see if you enjoy working in the field or not. You’ll make some extra money during a particular season while also gaining skills and experience. You can find seasonal jobs on Indeed.com and on Craigslist’s job listings.
Pay: $9+ per hour
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3. Become a VA
A virtual assistant is exactly what it sounds like it is. You’re assisting someone from your computer, which allows you to work at home. The pay can range quite a bit depending on your experience and who you’re working for. The pay should never be under $15 an hour (in my opinion) and you’ll often see people paying only $7, which is not worth your time. Here’s a more in-depth article on becoming a virtual assistant.
Pay: $15 per hour
4. Give your opinion
Filling out surveys is one of the easiest ways to make money from your cell phone or computer. It can be done anywhere and anytime, which makes it a great side hustle if you need to pass time (on a train, bus, or waiting for a plane). All you have to do is give your opinion. A few awesome user-friendly survey companies are:
5. Offer childcare services
Offering childcare services on Craigslist or Care.com is a great way to make extra money. Since you already have kids, parents will be more inclined to go to you since you have real life experience with children. Your kids also get someone to socialize and play with during the day.
Pay: $10+ per hour
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6. Sell items on Craigslist
Selling items on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace will allow you to easily sell your items and get a good profit from them. Flipping items can also become lucrative if you make it a full-time gig and get products people want. Learn more about flipping items here.
7. Donate your plasma
Donating plasma is a quick way to make money once or twice a week and you get to help patients from all around the world. There are certain qualifications and requirements you have to meet in order to become a regular plasma donar. You can learn more about it here.
Pay: $50 per plasma transfer
8. Teach English
Teaching English from home can easily become a full-time gig. Countries all around the world, especially China, are constantly looking for native English speakers to teach English. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a bachelor’s degree. The pay is around You can learn more about it here.
Pay: $25 per hour
9. Rent out a room on Airbnb
Do you have an empty room in your house? Renting your room out on Airbnb allows you to make hundreds of dollars a month (possibly thousands depending on your location and quality of the house/room). You’d be hosting guests from all over the world which will let you learn about other cultures and ways of life without even leaving your home.
Pay: Varies depending on location and quality of room
Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelancers to display their skills and services. This website is a great place for graphic designers, writers, programmers, and other freelance jobs to post or find jobs. You can find jobs here from businesses all over the world that need part-time or full-time help.
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11. Sell your skills
Do you know how to play an instrument? Do you have a lot of experience styling hair or makeup? You can list your services on Craigslist and flyers across town with what services you’re offering, as well as your rates and openings.
12. Make cash back when you shop
Ibotta and Ebates are both useful apps for getting cash back on purchases either from online or in person. For Ibotta, all you have to do is choose a store and redeem whichever products you want to buy at the store. Then you’ll scan your receipt and the app does all of the work for you. For Ebates, you can save on thousands of items at hundreds of stores. You can save on flights, anything travel-related, Amazon, clothing stores, and more. Both apps are essential to saving money on purchases you’d make anyway.
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13. Walk dogs
Walking dogs is not only a great way to make money, but it’ll never feel like work (as long as the dog is well-behaved, that is). You can learn more about Rover here or just sign up here on Rover. I charged $15 per for 1 dog and $20 for 2 dogs for a 30-minute walk. The more reviews and experience you have, the more you can charge.
Pay: $15 per hour
14. Tech repairs
If you’re familiar with computers and tech repairs, offering this service can become an awesome part-time side hustle to bring you some extra cash. You can post your services on Facebook, Craigslist, freelancing websites, or go to businesses in person and tell them what you offer. Most businesses have a website and you could even offer a monthly service or membership to run their website and social media.
15. House cleaning
Task Rabbit and other apps and online websites let you showcase your services, rates, and experience to people looking for a house cleaning. This picks up around the summer time as most people are moving out and need someone to professionally clean their apartment or house. You can charge a minimum of $15, and go up from there. In our experience, companies have charged $60 per hour for 2 professional maids, so $15 would definitely be on the low end.
Pay: $15+ per hour
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16. Social Media Consultant
A social media consultant has the ability to bring many customers (which means money) to a business, which is why businesses are getting serious about social media and hiring social media consultants. The job of a social media consultant is to rank on Google, keep up with all social media platforms, attract new customers online, deliver traffic to the website, and a lot more. You can learn more about social media consulting here.
17. Hosting exchange students
Hosting an exchange student either gives you a one lump sum payment or you can to deduct around $50 in taxes per month on your taxes every year. Hosting a student from abroad is also a great way to learn another language and get a feel for another way of life from a culture across the world. You also get to share your life with the exchange student and show them your lifestyle.
Do you excel in a certain subject? Tutors are constantly needed both online and in person at libraries or colleges. You can offer your services at schools, libraries, or online through Skype. Science and math subjects are most needed for students since those subjects seem to be a struggle for students the most. The more experience and education you have on a subject, the more you can charge per hour.
Though blogging is not an easy or get rich quick job, it can become a great paying job if enough time and effort are put into it. I’ve been a full-time blogger since October and it has allowed me to keep a flexible schedule and travel freely whenever I wish. I’m also my own boss, which is one of the greatest things ever.
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20. Personal Trainer
Do you have a personal training certificate? Do you have education or training in nutrition? Both of these skills pay well per hour and have the ability to change lives. You’ll have to come up with your own programs, or you can sign a contract at a gym, or run your own business at a park or at home. If you’re trained in dietics and nutrition, offering an eating or meal plan service can help clients eat healthier foods and reach their goals.
Pay: $50 per hour
Side hustles are a great way to make extra money, but also improve your skills. Many of these can help you improve your confidence and even explore different areas of interests that you might’ve never thought about before.
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