For most moms, the kids are back at school, and they could not be happier. We love our kids but having them at home can certainly be a burden at times. Between keeping them on track with schoolwork and all of the normal workload, it has been tough. Now, with pandemic restrictions being lifted, it is time to get back to normal.
One part of getting back to normal is getting finances back on track. Many of us have had money issues and, with kids at home, there have been few ways to address them. Things have changed though, and you now have the time and opportunities to make some extra money.
If you find that you and your family could use some extra cash, here are some ways to get it.
1. Take Surveys for Money
Yes, you really can make money with surveys. The trick is choosing the right way to get into the game. This is where most people go off track, choosing the wrong websites to listen to.
To take surveys and make money, you need the right help. Avoid the scam websites and choose ones like this Mom website that have your best interest at heart.
Ideally, with surveys, you want to participate in local focus groups. These are often held during the day, while your kids are at school, making them the perfect choice for busy moms. With focus groups, you will sit in on a meeting, maybe have some snacks, give your opinion and then walk out with cash in hand. Pretty easy work, if you can find it.
If nothing local is available in your city, your next choice is to turn to online surveys. They do not pay as well, but you can still make several hundred dollars a month in your extra time. Just remember to cash out early and often.
2. Drive Around Your City
Another great part-time gig that allows you to make money on your terms is driving with the help of either Uber or Lyft. Both will get the job done, so go with whichever one has more name recognition in your city.
The best thing about these ride services is that you can turn them on whenever you like. Drop the kids off at school and then go on the clock driving. When it gets close to time to pick the kids up, clock yourself out. It is an incredibly easy way to make $25 an hour or more in your spare time. You just need a 4-door car in good condition.
You will make the most money shuttling people around, but if you are not a people person, food is your next best option. With services like Uber Eats and Door Dash, there are lots of opportunities.
3. Buy & Sell What You Know
As a mom, you have a lot of knowledge about baby gear. Why not use it to do a little hustling and make some extra money in your spare time. Here is all that you need to do.
Simply scan Facebook or Craigslist for baby gear once a day. When children grow out of baby clothes or stop using toys, parents are usually rather eager to get rid of it and get their home back. You can be there to scoop up all this gear for cheap or even free.
Once you have your slightly used baby gear, simply resell it. Ideally, choose a venue other than the one where you purchased an item. If you purchased something on Craigslist, sell it on Facebook. If you purchased baby gear on Facebook, sell it on eBay. The last thing that you want to do is be called out as a reseller. There is nothing wrong with it, but who needs the drama.
4. Walk Dogs in Your Down Time
You’re a busy mom, and there is a lot going on in your life, but you can still usually squeeze in a few minutes here and a few minutes there. Use this time to walk dogs and earn a few hundred extra dollars a week.
Services like Rover need your help to keep up with demand. Dog walking has always been a big business and, with people going back to work and on vacations again, demand is on the rise. Contact Rover and sign up as a dog walker. Then, all that you need to do is let them find you the work. Sure, they take a cut of the profit, but this is work that you would otherwise be unable to find.
As for the dog walking itself, it could not be much more mom-friendly. While on vacation, people will generally want their dog walked two to three times a day. Drop the kids off and walk a dog in the morning. Before you go back to get the kids, walk a dog in the afternoon. At night, when you have help from your partner, it is even easier, and you even have the option of bringing your kid with you to the dog walking appointment. What kid doesn’t like dogs?
Summing It All Up
If you are struggling to find a way to earn money as a single mom, hopefully this article has been helpful. If not, don’t give up hope, just start thinking outside the box. Think of something that you are good at and run with it, not being afraid to lean on your friend network for work referrals.
For those of you who want to keep it simple, turn towards traditional retail jobs for work. With the labor shortage that is currently going on, employers are more flexible than ever with schedules. In short, if there is a will to work, there is a job out there for you.