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How to Side Hustle as a Mom
If you’re a stay-at-home mom, especially if you have young kids, it’s hard to do anything besides being a mom.
You can’t and don’t want to spend any precious extra time you have at some horrible job that takes up hours away from either sleep or your responsibilities to your kids. Luckily, the internet has plenty of opportunities available for moms who are trying to earn some extra scratch.
Now, you can look after your kids while doing the side hustle.
What is a Side Hustle?
A side hustle is a small job, gig, or opportunity you can do quickly and for some extra cash.
As the name implies, you’re hustling to get the job done, which is quite fitting for a mom who is always rushing around and getting things done for her family. You can turn any interests or passions into a quick job, and this can help you build up experience and skills, which can come in handy down the line.
Working at Home Has Never Been So Fun
The idea of a single mom working from home has gotten a bad rap the past couple years. Scams, pyramid schemes, pestering your high school friends on Facebook to buy some makeup, wraps, or diet supplements … you’ve probably seen other moms doing this and have been annoyed. Luckily, there are more lucrative ways to get side jobs done, and here’s how.
Some local job boards can provide you with small, odd jobs that are fun, quick to do, and can give you some extra spending money. Many of them you can even work from home. From your computer, you can watch your kids while you build up some cash.
You can be a writer, be an artist, do a little programming, and the list goes on. With local job boards, you have less competition than you would with a universal board, so that’s a plus.
Provide a Service to Your Community
The great thing about the internet is that you can make a business without needing to spend money or owning a brick-and-mortar a shop. Think about your talents and spread the word through local classifieds and Facebook groups. Odds are, you can provide a service that is quick to do, and can reel in cash. Here are a few examples:
Pet Sitting: When people leave town, they need someone to watch their pets. There are plenty of pet hotels out there for fur parents to drop their pets off at, but many would rather have their pets at home, as a change of environment can be stressful for the animal.
One easy pet to take care of is a cat. Cats take care of themselves, and only need some food, water, a clean litterbox, and some play time. And due to their territorial nature, kitty parents don’t like giving them a new place. Focusing on a specific animal can bring in more results.
Art: The whole starving artist trope doesn’t have to be a thing. With so many online commissions, art enthusiasts may prefer someone local, who can give them actual prints and easier communication. Plus, everyone loves to support the local artist. It doesn’t have to be paintings, either. Cake art, costume design, the list goes on.
Tours: Are you charismatic? Why not try to host some local tours recommending your favorite restaurants, entertainment joints, and weird sights? Even if your town is small, there’s someone who would like to know more about it, and there are always obscure places to check out.
Think about your skills. You probably have skills your community could use.
Tips for Staying on Your Game
Even if you have a skill, it’s not easy staying committed. Here are a few tips to keep yourself going.
Always Make Time: Even if you’re stay-at-home, you probably have a busy schedule. From watching the kids to keeping the house clean, you need to plan everything and make sure you have a few hours to commit to your hustle.
But Keep Enough Time to Have Fun: Make sure you have time to unwind and enjoy the day, whether this means working out, watching some TV, etc. You don’t need to be a workaholic to get results, as too much can make you fatigued and wanting to quit.
Spread the Word: Hit up local forums. Odds are, Facebook is ripe with them, such as for sale groups for your county. You can use Craigslist and other sites as well. Any place you can advertise your services, you should.
But Don’t be Too Pushy: No one likes getting a message that is just promoting your job. This is especially true if you never talk to that person. They’ll think, “Oh, you only want to talk to me when you need something,” and ignore you. Think about how you talk to the most, and try promoting there for a start. And your friends should spread the word.
Have a Support System: If your spouse, your children, your family, or your friends don’t support you, you’re not going anywhere. Reach out, tell them about your business, and see if they like it. If not, find people who do. Having second opinions is valuable in the side hustle community, as people can find flaws you’ve overlooked, or just give you advice.
A side hustle can be a fun way to make money, and it may lead the way to a serious business. Stay committed, be determined, but most of all, make sure you have fun.
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Thank you so much Susan for this great post!! Susan Ranford is an expert on job market trends, hiring, and business management. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator for New York Jobs. In her blogging and writing, she seeks to shed light on issues related to employment, business, and finance to help others understand different industries and find the right job fit for them.Gravatar: https://en.gravatar.com/susanranford
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