6 Side Hustles That are Perfect for Busy Parents

 

Taking care of kids is time-consuming. Many parents struggle with wanting to make some extra cash, but they may not have the time to get a second job. Often, stay-at-home moms would like to work, but paying for childcare may cost just as much as what the job pays.. Fortunately, you can have a side hustle that works with both parents’ schedules to earn extra cash.

Pet Sitting or Dog Walking

Go to Google Play or the Apple Store on your cell phone, or enter dog walkers into your computer search engine, and you’ll find several options to become a pet sitter or dog walker. These apps require you to set up a background check and list on the site to house animals or to walk them.

You can set filters so that you don’t end up with an aggressive breed or get a request from someone who lives far away. On some sites, you can also set your price for how much you want to charge.

Babysit or Offer Child Care

If you’re a parent, your day already includes watching your kids. Offer to watch another child in your home or during the evenings. Although you need a license to have a daycare in your home, you can babysit for other kids without having a license. Check out child care websites and social media, or use word of mouth to find other parents who are looking for part-time childcare or a babysitter for date night. If you list your availability on specific websites, you can set your parameters and fees to help make sure the effort is worth your time.

Room-Share or Vacation Rental

If you have a spare bedroom in your home, you could make some cash by renting it out on websites such as Airbnb. If you’re not comfortable having strangers in your home while you are there, consider renting out your home when you’re gone for the weekend or for longer stretches of time.

If you can rent the room when you’re gone, you don’t have to worry about sharing your house. You could also lock your bedroom if you’re not comfortable or don’t want to clean it for guests and open only the spare bedroom and living spaces.

Rent Out Your Car

Websites and apps such as Turo allow you to put your car up for rent. It’s similar to Airbnb but for cars. If you don’t use your car that often or can get by without it, sign up to rent it. You can set a calendar and block off days that you need it so that people can’t rent it on that day. Or, you can offer to drop it off at the airport for a surcharge, or the renter can pick it up at your home. If you own a car and need some extra money, this arrangement is much easier than driving for a ride-sharing service compared to using your car as income.

Direct-Sell Items on the Side Be your own boss and work selling some type of products. Working for a company such as Amway allows you to sell high-quality health, beauty, and home products to people you know. Take advantage of your social media network to benefit from a place to market or sell. Multi-level marketing opportunities are abundant and allow you to set your own hours and work the way you want to work without being micromanaged by a boss.

Find Online Work If you look for them, you can find plenty of opportunities to work from home or telecommute. If you have experience writing, you could blog or work as a freelance writer. For those who have a college degree, you could explore sites such as VIPKID and teach English through video chat. You can also find opportunities to take surveys for cash or gift cards, rate new or redesigned websites, or transcribe for closed captioning. Make sure, however, to investigate any opportunity. Be confident the company is legitimate before signing up to work.

You can earn extra money without having to obtain strict part-time employment that restricts your schedule. With the right side hustle, you can make extra money without compromising your already busy schedule.

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22 thoughts on “6 Side Hustles That are Perfect for Busy Parents

  1. These are all great ideas I would have never thought of. I really like the Pet Sitting or Dog Walking suggestion!

  2. What a great informative post and I know of a lot of people who are taking advantage of hiring people to walk their pets while they are working.

  3. Most of my mom friends who have a side hustle are either in direct sales or they drive for Uber (or Lyft). There are so many things to do to make some extra cash.

  4. Great to know! I stick to doing blog stuff since the thought of watching other people’s children is not appealing to me in the least. I wouldn’t mind pet sitting though!

  5. These are all wonderful ideas and creative ways to make some extra money. A lot of these I’ve never heard of before. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Pet sitting could be kind of fun provided it’s in their home. 🙂 Babysitting could be great for providing playmates to your own kids too.

  7. My side hustle is blogging, and I haven’t tried any of these others before. Another good one is selling things on Ebay or holding a garage sale, but those are short-term.

  8. Ohh, indeed great ideas! Well for me pet, specifically dog sitting sounds cool and interesting to me. Let’s see if I can add this as my part time during weekends I guess. It would be totally fun for me.

  9. A lot of my mom friends baby sit or open daycares in their home, but that was never my thing. However, pet sitting is an awesome idea I never thought about!

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