It seems like everyone has a side hustle these days. And why not? We all have skills and talents that go beyond the wonderful life of motherhood, so let’s make a little extra money while doing them. Here are some of the best side hustle gigs for mom. May you be ever so successful and make some great money for your next vacation!
Sell educational materials.
Have you worked as a teacher or as an educator in any capacity? Teachers Pay Teachers is a wonderful site that has content for teachers, by teachers. It’s easy to get started, and you can set up your price as you see fit. Many teachers will often offer “free downloads” as they’re getting started and building an audience. Here’s a hint: Create amazing designs. If you’re not a designer yourself, try to find someone who is. It will go a long way in helping sell your material.
Market yourself in online education.
Online classes are so popular right now, and you don’t have to be an esteemed professor to create one on your own. Udemy, Teachable and CourseCraft are a few on the market right now, but you can find many more if you start digging. Before you create a class on your own, be sure to do a little research to see what else is out there. It’ll help you position yourself in a unique way.
Drive and earn.
There’s a reason Uber and Lyft have boomed in the past few years. Not only is a convenient way to get around, but it’s also a convenient way to earn on your own time. It’s pretty easy to see if you qualify by going through their website. Make sure to ask around about the demand for in your area before you go through the whole process. In other words, if there are lots of people already driving in your area, it might not be as lucrative as you’d hoped.
Sell your craftiness on Etsy.
Etsy is one of those amazing, long-standing companies that support independent artists in a really great way. You can find specialty Etsy stores for just about anything, so why not try your own? You don’t have to be an incredible seamstress or anything. Just find a niche, and make it happen. You might even solicit a friend so you can hold each other accountable.
Sell your craftiness locally.
If online isn’t your thing, start looking at local shops in your area that commission independent artists. If you live in a small town, you might have to go to the next town over, but there are definitely specialty shops that like to support their locals. Find out what they need from you in order to consider featuring your work in their store.
Deliver for Amazon.
Amazon keeps growing bigger and bigger, and it’s not hard to see why. You can pretty much order anything you need and have it delivered directly to your doorstep within a couple of days (or hours). As long as they keep growing, they’re going to need more and more drivers, making the Amazon Flex job an easy way to pick up some extra money. (Postmates is also another good one to deliver for.)
Clean out your wardrobe.
You can take your items to a consignment store, but if you want the most bang for your buck, you might want to check out Poshmark. It’s been growing in popularity, and you can get great money for name-brand items. And vintage is huge!
Join a Facebook group for local parents to sell your baby goods.
Not only is this a good way to connect with local businesses and parents, but it’s also a great way to unload your baby items for some cash. Craigslist can be sketchy at times and Facebook Marketplace isn’t much better. But with a local Facebook or neighborhood group, you can connect with others in a better way, and see if you have any friends in common. You’ll also get a better price than going to a resale shop.
Every good side hustle is a balancing act.
Recruit a parent friend to start a kid business.
As parents, you know some of the best business options for your area. Maybe it’s a cake or cupcake business. Perhaps it’s party planning or face painting. Figure out what the needs are in your area and go for it. You won’t know until you try! Also, keep in mind that a close friend might not be the best person to work with. No matter what, set strong goals and demands and make sure everyone is in it equally.
Start a cleaning business.
This is another easy gig that can be flexible with your schedule. The trick here is to get just a few regular clients so you can create a schedule that works for you and generates regular income. Remember not to take on too much.
Walk, visit and take care of pets.
Rover is the most well known one, but there are other pet and dog-walking apps out there, too. You don’t necessarily have to be able to host the pet at your house. Rover also is great for dog walkers or people who can do drop-in visits. The commitment is low overall and you can slowly build your client list over time.
Put your house on Airbnb when you’re on vacation.
Most people with kids aren’t up for regularly renting out rooms in their house like some Airbnb hosts. However, if you’re planning a vacation, especially around a popular time, this is a great way to make some money while you’re away spending it! Airbnb has great insurance coverage and a weeklong stay while you’re somewhere else can easily net a couple thousand dollars.
Write personal essays.
Are you a writer or have you thought about writing? The personal essay is VERY popular for websites these days. Just do a general Google search like “How to submit your personal essay” or “Parent essay” and see what comes up. You might be surprised at home many options come up, especially around parenting. Don’t be intimidated if you don’t have a lot of writing samples. Knowing the site and coming up with a really compelling topic or article title can go a long way.
Manage a local company’s social media.
Everyone is doing social media these days. You have to or you’ll be left behind. However, a lot of local businesses still don’t understand the need or value for social media. Study up on social media and contact some of your favorite businesses with a proposal do some work for them. If you already like these companies, then you have some brand loyalty there. Then look at their current social media channels and come up with a plan on how you could help them and grow their business footprint online. It’s a fun gig! Starting local is a good way to break into this field.
This is an easy one to get started because you likely already have young kids. What’s one more, right? Actually, it’s important to remember not to take on too many kids or for too many hours or days. Try to control the situation to what works best for you so you enjoy it to the fullest.
Be a tutor.
This is another mom-friendly, kid-friendly gig because you can make it work for your schedule. Similarly, you can also give piano lessons, voice lessons, language classes or any other hobby you have that would be good for kids. Advertise in your local Facebook group, at the library or at local schools. The tip here is to find a niche that you are really good at because client referrals will go a long way with this side hustle.
Find tasks you can do.
TaskRabbit is a relatively new on-demand service that offers up handy people for a wide range of tasks. (You can sign up through TaskRabbit to offer cleaning if you’d prefer to go through a third-party app, too.) If you are a handy person at all, it’s worth checking out.
Every good side hustle is a balancing act. You can’t let it take over your life or it won’t be fun anymore. Yet, you have to treat it like a real gig in order to make it work. But if anyone can make it happen, it's moms—who are already the best multitaskers in the world.