Making the decision to be a stay-at-home parent is a different experience for everyone. Some parents may be beyond thrilled to leave the corporate world in favor of spending all day with their little ones; others may have a harder time adjusting to life without a job or find themselves in need of a bit of supplemental income.
Thankfully, it’s never been easier to find a balance between being a fully present parent and being in the workforce, even to a small degree. With remote work slowly feeling like the new normal and new opportunities for work opening up seemingly every day, there’s no shortage of side hustles for stay-at-home parents to bring in a bit of extra money every month. And it’s not just financially beneficial – experts say doing a little side work as a parent can help people feel more fulfilled and well-rounded.
“While picking up a side hustle as a stay-at-home parent requires a person to set clear boundaries and manage their time wisely, doing so can help them feel more in charge and creatively inspired,” says Loic Claveau, CMO at Prom. “These are two feelings that are important to help maintain mental health and a sense of creative fulfillment.”
No matter what your professional background is, what your interests are or how much extra cash you’re looking to bring in, you’re sure to find a side hustle that’s up your alley. Here are just a few of the many opportunities for extra work you can look into when you’re ready:
Monetize Your Parental Caretaking Gift
As a parent yourself, you probably talk to your friends and neighbors all the time about how difficult it can be to find various services for your child. From daycare to tutoring to party planning, there are most likely an abundance of things a parent could use a little extra support with. So why not become the solution yourself?
Become a daycare provider or tutor
If you have friends or neighbors who go into the office, offer to watch their kids for a few hours during the day or have them over for a couple hours in the evening so they can decompress. If babysitting seems like more energy than you have right now, perhaps offering hour-long tutoring sessions from your home is more up your alley.
Plan parties and celebrations for families
And don’t forget the fun parts of parenting as well – as enjoyable as it can be to plan a party for a little one, it can also require a lot of time and energy that many parents just don’t have. If you have a knack for planning adorable kid’s parties, offer those services to your community!
“The benefit of starting a side hustle that helps other peoples’ kids is that your own kids have the opportunity to be included as well.” says Lina Miranda, VP Marketing from AdQuick. “Play dates with kids you’re babysitting, joint tutoring sessions with your students…the possibilities are limitless. Plus, you’ll probably get some great referrals out of it, which limits the amount of self-promotion you’ll need to do.”
Share Your Skills and Talents Online
As a busy (and exhausted) parent, sometimes even the thought of expending your precious energy watching another child, leaving your house or doing more physical labor can seem overwhelming.
“Back in our parents’ day, remote work was often nothing more than a pipe dream,” says Umer Usman, Head of Growth at AvantStay. “Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to make money doing something you already have the passion or expertise for. Plus, it’ll teach your kids the value of sharing and learning throughout their lives.”
Thankfully, there are thousands of opportunities to make some extra money without even leaving your baby’s side.
Teach an online course
If you don’t have the ability (or desire) to teach something in-person out of your own home, why not look into opportunities to teach courses online? Nowadays, people will buy a course on just about anything, from knitting to creating a website to building muscle to balancing their emotional health. If you have expertise and experience teaching a certain skill, or if you’re simply gifted enough in something that you feel comfortable sharing with the world, create a website or find an online platform that will help you create and sell quick online courses.
Start a YouTube channel or podcast
If you’re missing the creative outlets you used to enjoy in the days before you became a parent, look no further than the apps you already have on your phone. While starting a YouTube channel or a podcast takes a considerable amount of effort, the fulfillment you can achieve from doing so is absolutely priceless. Plus, it comes with the added benefit of potentially creating a community of listeners and subscribers who can help you feel less isolated as a stay-at-home parent.
If you had a hobby or creative talent that you let fall to the wayside when you gave birth to your little one, there’s no time like the present to pick it back up. Maybe you used to love writing poems, playing fashion designer or dreaming up fun stories for a potential book. Why not take this time at home and make those creative pursuits your job?
“Whether you’re a parent or not, finding a creative outlet and making a point to integrate it into your weekly routine is so critical to maintaining a sense of purpose and self-confidence,” says Brittany Harrer-Dolin, Co-Founder from Pocketbook Agency. “If you’re able to turn that into a source of income, that’s two birds with one stone.”
Whether you’re a writer, artist or aspiring entrepreneur, turning your creativity into a side hustle is the perfect way to stay balanced and fulfilled.
Look into freelance writing
Blogs, corporate websites, magazines, social media platforms….no matter what kind of writing you’re good at, there’s a platform online that needs what you have to offer. And with remote freelance work quickly becoming the wave of the future, there are more places than ever to find gigs and opportunities to write for a living. Just be sure to ask for what you’re worth and do your due diligence in ensuring the opportunities are legitimate.
Start your own business
This one is lofty, but think about how exciting that sounds! As a mom, you already know how to run a tight ship and manage multiple things at once. If you’ve always dreamed of being your own boss and feel motivated to make it happen, the world is your oyster. Whether you’re looking to start an Etsy shop to sell your crafts, create an app or start your own creative agency, everything you need is at your fingertips.
Getting back into the workforce as a full-time parent is a tall order. It requires a lot of thought about how much time you’re willing to devote to things outside of your kids, what skills you want to share with the world and how much extra money you’re hoping to make. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you’ll find enjoyment in – if there’s anything you learn being a parent, it’s that the happy moments in life are what truly matter at the end of the day.