Parents who want to make extra money have several opportunities available to them, thanks to the gig economy. Whether you want to earn money to cover school tuition, buy clothes for kids who grow non-stop, pad college savings funds, or have some extra cash on hand as needs arise, you can put your skills or hobbies to work for your family.
1. Start an Etsy Shop
If you make things by hand or love finding vintage items, consider opening an Etsy shop. According to The Balance, some of the most successful Etsy businesses sell clothing, jewelry, digital prints, craft supplies and wedding items. There are an estimated 27 million buyers on Etsy, so it’s an ideal platform for busy parents who want to reach potential customers easily.
To get started on Etsy as successfully as possible, you should pick a shop name and set specific, attainable goals. Have a larger goal in mind, but set benchmarks along the way to mark your progress and tackle your to-do list. When listing your items, it’s essential to take the product photos, write engaging product descriptions, and use keywords to help customers find your items easily. Thinking like a customer is your best bet.
Starting an Etsy shop can get overwhelming if you sell products faster than you expect. Thus, you may need to purchase more supplies and create more space for your inventory sooner than you anticipated. A booming business is a good thing, but you need to make sure you have the capital you need to have products available to keep customers happy.
2. Create a Blog
Not everyone becomes rich by blogging, but you can create a blog and write consistently to earn some extra cash by putting your expertise and writing skills to work. According to Money Under 30, the key is to find a niche where you can establish yourself as an expert and then write every day to build your audience.
For example, maybe you have carpentry skills and can capitalize on today’s DIY trends and share your projects with tips and how-to’s. Or, maybe you are a busy parent who has mastered the art of creating make-ahead meals and can share your recipes and cooking tips in your blog.
To make an extra income with your blog, monetize it. Use affiliate links to products and items you love, sell ad space to businesses you trust and recommend, or monetize your products. With a little luck, you’ll build an audience and begin making money while writing at night or during naptime when your kids don’t need your full attention.
3. Online Tutoring
Tutoring online does not always require teaching certification and experience. Some tutoring positions require any four-year degree and subject matter knowledge, but others don’t require a college degree at all. In fact, several companies need people to teach English as a second language (ESL) to kids overseas. Companies such as VIPKid, QKIDS, Berlitz and Cambly seek English tutors on a regular basis. Just be sure to check out their requirements to see whether you fit the bill before applying. Some companies enable you to set your own hours and are flexible with scheduling, which is an ideal opportunity for busy parents.
The possibilities for earning extra income as busy parents are nearly endless when you put your skills or hobbies to work for your family. No matter which side gig you choose, just remember to set yourself up for success by getting seven to nine hours of sleep, practicing mindfulness, eating well, and staying fit.
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