There’s no denying being a stay at home parent is a full-time job. Not full-time as in 40 hours a week, but a 24/7 commitment. It is incredibly rewarding, but unfortunately there is no financial compensation. You might be faced with needing a side hustle, but who wants an office job that will be miserable?
There are plenty of moneymaking alternatives for parents who do not want to return to the 9-5 life. Life doesn’t have to be a constant juggling act for work-life balance: you can try your hand at the following side hustles:
Be Your Own Boss
There are many professions that give you the opportunity to be your own boss and create your own hours. The following are example of careers where you have the chance to start your own business:
- Massage therapist
- Real estate agent
- Ride-share driver
- Pet sitting
- Personal trainer
- Contractor (for readers in the States, Contractor Training Center offers classes for licensing in the state of VA, CA, NY, etc.)
There is the added stress of being responsible for obtaining clientele and being in charge of finances, but some find this a small price to pay to have more time with their children.
It is possible to turn your hobby into a profitable side business! Sites like Etsy are online marketplaces especially created for handmade crafts. The following tips can help you get started on Etsy:
- Create a name and logo for your store
- Take high-quality pictures of your merchandise (you can paint incredible art, but it isn’t going to look good in poor lighting with a pile of dirty laundry in the background…)
- Have a game plan for shipping costs
If you have an eye for name brands and high-quality items you can start up a business selling finds from thrift stores. It is a bit time consuming to hunt for valuable treasures, but it is perfect if you already shop or thrift as a hobby. Also, there are a variety of sites for selling clothing and miscellaneous items you are no longer using.
Virtual Call Centers
Some companies have employees work from home rather than go to a physical call center. Stay alert; there is a plethora of convincing work-from-home scams. Make sure to do the following:
- Check if the business is legitimate via testimonies
- Apply through the official company website
- Stay away from listings with egregious typos, or that seem too good to be true
- Avoid offers that ask you to pay money upfront to start working
If you think you can tolerate more children than you already have, at home childcare can be a great business endeavor. The most difficult part of starting up is obtaining the proper licensing and meeting standards and regulations.
Beyond that, start up is relatively simple. Make sure that you are organized and have a way to deal with sick days, missed payments, and discipline. You can also be a nanny for babies and small children while your own kiddos are at school.
The Internet has opened the door to many possibilities to work at home, and there is a demand for online teachers to teach English to ESL (English as a Second Language) students. These positions usually require a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certification.
Freelance writing, editing, translating, and transcription jobs allow you to work from home. You also have the option to find your own clients, or to work for a company that can find you freelancing gigs.
There is nothing wrong with working full-time while having kids, there is nothing even wrong with feeling like being a stay at home parent would drive you insane. But for those who would love to be a stay at home parent, but just can’t afford it, there are plenty of viable options.