If you’re a single mom and need extra money, there are lots of ways you can earn it, depending on your situation. If your child lives with you, they have to come first but you can find work that you can do from home in your own time.
The first step is to make a list of all your skills, hobbies and interests. Then make a list of jobs you could do in each category. Then decide what jobs may actually be practical for you to do while still caring for one or more children.
If you’re good at sewing, knitting or similar activities, you could sell what you make or make items to order. If you’re a good cleaner, you can become a part time cleaner. Set your hours so you can look after your child too. Maybe you get a babysitter while you work or maybe family can help you.
If you have freelance writing, proofreading, website design, graphic design or other online skills, you can market yourself through your own internet website. This gives you access to a bigger possible client base for your skills because, unlike a bricks and mortar business, you don’t have the large overheads.
You can be a phone operator and take calls from home for a call center. This is very common nowadays because technology helps get you set up properly. You could teach piano, guitar or some other instrument. You could bake cakes and other goodies and sell them at markets or for friends in need who don’t have the time.
Ensure you keep meticulous records for any ad hoc work you do or the tax man could force you to pay more tax than what you claimed. It’s important to remember that you can claim a portion of your home as an office and, therefore, as a work expense.
Deliver retail catalogues in your area. This isn’t a well paying job but if you need money, it’s easy to do. Of course you either need to take your child, trust them alone at home or get a sitter depending on your situation.
As a mother trying to get work, be wary of the scammers out there who will try to trick you in many different ways. Scams find you via emails, regular mail, dummy emails sent to you claiming they need money to be sent to a foreign and you get to keep a good amount BUT you have to pay money to deposit that money to be sent.
If you’re an expert in something, create a website and sell your knowledge, whether it’s via a forum, marketing site or any other method you wish to use. Your site will give you great credibility. Blog about your skills. Write ebooks and articles which people can buy from you.
As a single mother working on the side, your options are limited only by your imagination. Use Google to get more ideas if you don’t have something readily available and you’re sure to find something you can do.