Being a mom is a tough job. I mean come on, you’re a teacher, a referee, a chef, a chauffeur, a coach, a professional question answerer (that’s most definitely a thing, right?)… and still the list goes on. Despite all of this – the multiple identities, the long hours, the constantly increasing workload – it’s a job that doesn’t pay well.
Of course motherhood is rewarding in itself, and we don’t need financial motivation or compensation to want to do this job, but we do need some sort of income in order to carry out the job as best we can – hey, kids aren’t cheap.
They eat (a lot); they grow out of (or wreck) their clothes every few months; they play sports, practice music, read books – all things that we want them to do, but also all things that drain our pockets.
Luckily for you, yes you – whether you are a stay at home mom or you have a full- or part-time job on top the 24-hour job awaiting you at home – the internet has graced us with a booming “work-from-home” industry that is, let’s not jinx it, but perfect for you moms looking to earn a little extra grocery money (and sometimes shopping money – hey, mom’s need to treat themselves too).
Of course, you may be skeptical – it sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? – or you may be front and center ready to dive right in. Either way, you should definitely stick around and learn about what we believe are the top 5 easy side hustles for busy moms.
You heard right – the top 5 – jobs that you can do from the ~messy, loud, crowded, love filled~ comfort of your home in order to earn those few extra dollars that your family needs.
Start A Mom Blog
Aspiring writers are always told to “write what you know about”.
So do that.
You spend all day every day being a mom, don’t you? Sure you may not be an expert (I don’t think a single mom in the world is)– but you’ve experienced it, you are experiencing it, and that’s enough.
Mom blogs are about helping other moms: help them through something they haven’t experienced yet, help them laugh at your own mommy-misfortunes when they’ve had a rough day, helping them save a few dollars with the new shopping hack you figured out… you get the point.
Blogging is a community and mom-bloggers are there to support one another when it comes to their blogs successes and their families. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of a community like that? Especially if it could help you earn that desperately needed income while staying home with your littles.
Now, we aren’t going to tell you that paying for a catchy domain name and posting a few “how-to’s” is going to enable you to quit your current job. It takes a little (a lot) more than that.
If, however, sharing your experiences and advice with others is something you are passionate about and are willing to put the time and effort into, it can be a great way to earn a few extra dollars and, potentially, even replace your current income.
If you feel you can be engaging, entertaining, and informative while adding your own little twist to things – a blog will be right up your alley.
Turn Your Hobby Into Your Business
Have you ever heart of Etsy?
Of course you have – everyone has (haven’t they?).
Etsy is one of the most popular online marketplaces right now – a hub where you can find anything and everything handmade, vintage, and just down right unique. There’s furniture, clothing, jewelry, DIY-for-life – you name it and Etsy should have it.
This is why, if you are already spending your free time letting those creative juices flow – maybe you enjoy arts and crafts, quilting, painting (well this list could go on forever, so we’ll cut it short here) etc. – you should consider starting your own e-commerce business.
It may sound intimidating, but opening up a shop on Etsy, or similar e-commerce sites, is really quite easy. If you have products already piling up (be it home décor pieces, antique collectibles, or even baby hats that you spent the winter knitting), it’s as easy as creating the “store” (registering on the site as a seller) and posting the products for sale. If you don’t already have products, you can start making bulk batches and post already finished products or you could take orders based on samples that you post.
Handmade, artisanal products have never been more in style – if you post them, someone will buy them.
Find Freelance Work
Finding freelance work is easier than a lot of people may expect it to be.
Whatever your skillset consists of – photography, graphic design, writing, webpage coding, etc. – there are a variety of channels available to help you find work using those skills.
For one, you can join an online marketplace and work for yourself. There are many websites out there where you can sign up (often for free), create a seller profile that details your abilities and showcases your work, and create projects that others registered with the site as buyers can order. The more projects you do, the more reviews you get – the more (positive) reviews you get, the more orders you will get. You just have to start small.
On the other hand, you could offer your services to companies in the industry you are interested in. Many companies hire a variety of projects out to freelance workers rather than hiring employees – all it takes is a portfolio and an email. If a company is happy with your work, often they will continue to provide you with projects, if they have any (and if you want them – the perks of self employment ~).
Become An Independent Consultant
No matter what your interests are – be it cooking, make-up, fashion, essential oils, or even cleaning… – there is sure to be a direct sales company out there that tickles your fancy.
What is a direct sales company, you ask?
Direct sales companies are companies that rely on selling their products face-to-face, typically through consultants, rather than in retail stores. Sales are made through in-home shopping “parties”, catalogue orders, and even presentations.
Becoming a consultant is a relatively simple process, typically requiring a start up fee for which you receive your welcome package. From there you can usually jump straight into selling products – at the office, your neighbours BBQ, or even through your social media networks.
This is a great opportunity if you find a direct sale company offering products that you are truly passionate about and excited to share with others. Consumers can sense when someone offering them a product is genuine – when this person truly believes that the product will help this person, that it is worth their money, and that they will fall in love with the product just as they did, they will find success.
Turn Your “Trash” Into Treasure
What if we told you that you could simultaneously de-clutter your home and make a few dollars at the same time?
Minimalism is trending hard right now, and while we aren’t suggesting you sell all of your belongings and move into a self-sustaining eco house in the woods, we do think that most of you probably have more than a few items lying around the house that you could easily live without.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to earn some extra spending money without committing to something continuous, selling your gently used household items, clothes, furniture, etc. can be a great way to do so.
Have a yard sale, post some Kijiji ads, or set up an eBay page and watch your pockets fill up – whoever coined the term “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” had to have proof behind the saying, right?
You Won’t Know If You Don’t Try
We are all too hard on ourselves – I know for a fact a lot of you moms out there reading this are thinking that, for some reason or another, you wouldn’t be able to handle these side hustles (or that someone else does it better, or that you aren’t talented enough, or that your too busy, etc., etc., etc.).
We are telling you no – these are opportunities that anyone (with a little time, effort, and passion) can turn into success stories.
You just have to try.
And your family (and your wallet) might just thank you for it.