Those of you who read 7 Side Hustles for Single Moms: Digital Edition know of my appreciation for single mothers, having been reared by one myself. There are a lot of opportunities online, but with this “Analog Edition” we want to focus on things single moms you can do in your home or in the homes of others.
1. Pet Sitting/Dog Walking
If you have a love of dogs, then there are opportunities to watch dogs for people who are going on vacation or walk dogs for people who just do not have the time or they are no longer physically able. People are making around $25 to $50 a night for dog sitting and around $15 to $25 for a walk. There are sites like rover.com that will allow you to offer your services in your area.
2. Child Care/Nanny
Child care is a major expense for young couples, and it is nearly crippling for a single mother. However, if you have a passion for children, then you can really help out others and yourself by offering childcare. This side hustle will be more a labor of love than a get-rich side hustle. Many have used child care as a way to supplement, not replace, income. The service could provide is much needed. Some have chosen to provide child care out of their homes and have been able to watch their own children at the same time.
A similar service is being a nanny to someone else’s children. This is done in the family’ home, not yours.
While a nanny will often help children with their homework assignments, when the students get older, the need to pass high school classes and college entrance exams becomes critical. Parents have been known to pay $50 to $100 an hour to give their children extra help to pass classes or tests, like the SAT or the ACT.
With more and more people opting to go to college, trying to get in has become very competitive. So, it is important to have good grades and great test scores. If you have a degree or have experience in a field like math, science or English, then there could be some nice opportunities that await you.
4. Teach an Instrument
If you possess a skill that others desire, then there is a chance you can make money teaching it, especially if that skill is playing an instrument. My sister-in-law, while not a single mother, has been able to earn some cash on the side teaching others how to play piano. You can make $35 to $50 (an even more) for a 30-minute lesson. If you are planning to teach younger children, then please be patient with them. I am a magician and have taught children how to perform magic. What I discovered is they are still learning hand-eye coordination, and it is sometimes difficult for them to get their fingers, handles and muscles doing what needs to be done.
While you might charge $35 for 30 minutes to teach a single person, perhaps you will drop your price down slightly and teach group lessons. Imagine if you had four students paying $25 for a 30-minute lesson? That is $100 for 30 minutes instead of $35. You can even go 45 minutes, saving some time at the end for questions.
5. Direct Sales
A lot of women are making money selling Scentsy, Thirty-One Bags, Pampered Chef, nutritional supplements, weight-loss solutions, and other products via direct sales. Many of these are multi-level marketing opportunities, so be sure to do your due diligence and find the right opportunity for you. I have always been impressed with the people who have made good incomes through direct sales and multi-level-marketing programs. It is likely you have seen a number of your friends posting on Facebook about winning trips because of their sales.
If this is something you like, then by all means pursue this side hustle. However, heed this first-hand advice: You will not make full-time money by devoting part-time effort. Many organizations hype the possibilities of what can be made with little effort, but if you want to succeed in anything, then it requires your best.
6. Cleaning Houses
If you have school-age children, then cleaning houses might be a good option for you. While they are in school, you can be cleaning homes. Many charge per room, and others charge per square foot. Some people just have a knack for being able to tidy a home. They make it look so effortless. My mother-in-law had a cleaning business based in a small town, and her business did so well she hired two others to help her.
Another related business, though you will have to evaluate how well it will be if you are a single mom, is cleaning businesses. This can be a little more lucrative, but it will require you to go in after the business closes. So, most of this work is done at night. If you are home alone with your children, then this probably will not work. However, if you are living with your parents or another responsible adult, then you can leave to go clean while your children remain in the care of someone else.
About five or six years ago, cupcake bakeries became very popular. While people have found it difficult to maintain a storefront with all the overhead, many others have found a nice side hustle baking at home. My wife just reached a milestone birthday, and we opted for cupcakes over a traditional cake. We did this for a couple reasons: It is a whole lot cleaner, and it allows for a great variety. I did not want to figure out how I was going to pack up the rest of a gigantic sheet cake, so I got cupcakes, and they were a breeze to pack up at the end of the night.
Women have made nice incomes on the side baking cupcakes, wedding cakes and cookies for holidays and special occasions. Some are doing so well through word-of-mouth advertising, they are not even investing in a website … just setting up a Facebook page. One will post something like: Hey, I have two dozen extra cookies, who wants them? And, she sells them.
One woman started baking cheesecakes and selling them to a local coffee shop. She and her husband ended up buying the coffee shop, offering more of their treats, then expanded their menu into breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Then, they expanded into a full restaurant and bar.
If you have a knack for baking or cooking, then there is a good chance a nice little side hustle awaits.
Have you found any viable side hustles for single moms yet?
We have now shared 14 ideas for you to earn some extra cash with this Analog Edition and our Digital Edition. We hope you have found something that will work for you. The scope of a post like this is to share ways you can begin making money with minimal upfront costs. However, we cannot offer legal advice about what you need to do to start a business in your area to be in compliance with all local, county, state and federal laws. We recommend you find a good attorney, accountant and insurance agent to help guide you through the legal ramifications.
We wish you the best, and let us know how things work out for you.