The decision to put your career—and your paycheck—on pause in order to raise little humans is not an easy one to make. But you’ve thought long and hard about it, listed the pros and cons, and decided that this is the arrangement that works best for you and your family. Work part time from home to bring in extra income with little effort. Here are 5 side jobs for stay at home parents that can be done without having to put your kids in daycare.
Be a Storage Rental Host
This is a fantastic side job that requires hardly any extra time besides the initial set up. Look around your house and property to determine if there’s any wasted space that you’re not using. A garage, shed, barn, driveway, extra bedroom, or part of your land can be a money making opportunity. People are always on the look out for extra storage, office, or warehouse space and are willing to pay good money for it. Businesses like Hopperstock can help you with registering your space and securing a renter. Check out the registration page to find out how much money you can make each month by helping others with their storage problems.
Focus Group Surveys
You have opinions. Why not get paid for them? Company’s are constantly putting together focus groups to see how well an impending product or service will do for their target market. This information is so valuable to companies that they are willing to pay real money for honest feedback. There are several online websites where you can get in on this: Opinion Outpost is one, FindFocusGroups.com is another. Complete the surveys online or over the phone. This is a great side gig to make money from home that you can do while the kids are napping or playing in the yard.
Be a Freelance Writer, Web Designer, or Virtual Assistant
Do you have good grammar and a way with words? Skilled with WordPress and blogging? Have a knack with spreadsheets or data entry? In todays internet world, there are tons of freelance opportunities and 100% of it can be done right at your desk at home. Check out sites like UpWork, Freelance Writing Gigs, or Craigslist to see what jobs are available this week.
Be an Online Tutor
Your knowledge is valuable! If you have teaching credentials or an area of expertise, you can help kids who are struggling with the subject. Websites like tutor.com, tutorme.com, or udemy.com are always looking for tutors to help students with anything from math homework to guitar lessons to help with writing a killer college application essay. Conduct your lesson from home via web camera platforms like Skype or Facetime. Some websites have flexible tutoring hours–Meaning you work according to your schedule and log on when you are ready to meet with students.
Finding someone reliable and safe to watch kids is a godsend for working parents. Strike up a deal with your neighbors, put up a bulletin at church, or place an add on Craigslist. Be willing to answer questions and let parents into your home. Not only is this an opportunity to make extra money, but your kids will enjoy making new friends as well.
Staying home can be emotionally rewarding, but it can also be financially draining. The good news is just because you’ve opted out of the 9-to-5 grind, doesn’t mean you have to be out of the money making game.