Single mothers have it tough. I know. I was raised by one. Back in the 1970s, side hustles for single moms wasn’t a thing. If they needed more money, they got another job, like mine did. She worked in bookkeeping at an air freight logistics company during the day and as a hostess/cashier for a restaurant on the weekends. If you are a single parent and would like to earn some extra money, here are seven ideas to get you moving toward a better financial future. We are sharing side hustles to earn money online. So, we are calling this the Digital Edition. We will share other ideas you can do in your home or in the homes of others. We are calling that our Analog Edition. Ready to change your future?
1. Affiliate Marketing/eCommerce
Affiliate marketing is a great entryway into earning money online. Many people have netted some decent extra cash by selling products made by others, or they have built good incomes and businesses by finding products people want. With affiliate marketing, you earn a commission on everything you sell. Amazon helps by letting you know what products are trending. Some look for similar products on Alibaba and drop ship them. Is there a product category you know about where you can find good deals and sell at a higher margin? We know one person from Iran who knew the value of Persian rugs. This led to some lucrative sales.
Sort of in the same vein is engaging in eCommerce where you sell what you make. Talented artisans are finding willing buyers on sites like Etsy. If you are creative and make jewelry, then this can be a good alternative to buying tables at arts and crafts fairs.
2. Graphic Design/Branding
With so many free tools available on the Internet, it is becoming easier for people to start their own home-based businesses. These new businesses need help with branding and graphic design to give them a consistent look across a variety of media, whether online or in print. If you are savvy with Photoshop, Illustrator, or free versions of those apps (like GIMP, Paint.net or Inkscape) and have a creative mind, then you can command fees of $300, $500, $1,000 or more to create logos for companies.
WordPress has made it easy to become a blogger. While we recommend you have your own domain and website, you can get in the game for free through WordPress. (Your domain name would be something like: mygreatblog.wordpress.com.) Web hosting services, like Bluehost, regularly offer introductory prices to new customers, and we have seen it as little as $3 a month when you sign up for three years. That is just $108 for three years of web hosting your blog. You will have plenty of time to earn your money back.
A blog is a great way to promote your affiliate marketing connections. We know a lady who is making a six-figure income with her blog, and she hired six virtual assistants to help her. Part of her strategy is to offer products from Amazon. She also publishes recipes, which include Amazon links to ingredients or kitchen accessories to make food preparation even easier. (Check out this free offer for bloggers.)
If people have told you that you have one of those voices, then perhaps podcasting will be a better fit. Think of a podcast like a talk show, except for the Internet. Some successful podcasters who have a track record of driving traffic to their guests’ websites or of generating sales of their guests products are starting to charge guests a fee to be on the show. So, you can make money through normal channels, like ads and affiliate marketing links and by charging a fee to be on the show. (Check out this free offer for podcasters.)
Vlogging is a video blog. Some successful vlogs feature product demos. This is now a group of people known as YouTube stars. These vloggers and videographers and creatives are attracting a lot of viewers, and they are receiving a cut of the advertising revenue Google collects for ads that play at the beginning and in the middle of their content. And, you can always direct viewers to your website, where you can offer the products for sale via affiliate links.
6. Virtual Assistant
If you are detailed and organized … and want others to be, too, then you might thrive as a virtual assistant. The “virtual” part comes into play because you can work from anywhere. We know of a woman in the Philippines who is working as a virtual assistant for entrepreneurs in the United States.
The tasks of a virtual assistant will vary, but here are some things it can include: Reading emails and notifying the one contracting with you about important events coming up, appointments to keep, requests to respond to, or documents to sign. You might serve as the gatekeeper between your “boss” and everyone seeking access. Our friend with the six-income blog uses virtual assistants to create social media graphics, post on social media, write blog posts (including recipes and products with appropriate affiliate links), maintain a website through a content management system like WordPress, upload photos to the web, and other web-related duties.
7. Technical SEO Specialist
OK, you knew it was coming. You are, after all, reading a blog on SEOAuditGuide.com. This side hustle has been near and dear to my heart because I actually launched a new career, not a side hustle, from it. I might add, Claudia Pennington’s online course is single mom approved. When I told my mother I was starting an SEO business, she was so excited. She worked as an executive assistant for a successful importer in Boston, and she recognized the potential immediately.
After completing Claudia’s course, you will be able to conduct SEO audits on websites. These audits will instruct business owners, company officials, organization leaders, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and more about how friendly their websites are when it comes to attracting people using search engines. The audits focus on organic search, meaning free traffic coming from search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
If you want to hire me to conduct an SEO audit for your website, I will charge you $75 an hour, and it will take me roughly 10 hours to complete. So, you will pay me $750 for an audit. You can complete Claudia’s course for less than that.
There are several options when it comes to side hustles for single moms.
OK, we are just scratching the surface when it comes to side hustles for single moms, but we wanted to share some of our favorites with you. These all have relatively low barriers to gain entry. We call this the digital edition because it involves online side hustles. We will have an “analog edition” coming soon, so please be sure to check back for it.