Jobs that allowed you to work from home and/or on your own schedule used to be few and far between, but not anymore! There are tons of part-time opportunities to make money, whether you’re a stay-at-home parent (a full-time job and beyond in itself, obviously), or already in the traditional workforce and need some extra cash.
Your time is valuable, and it’s important to make every hour count, especially we’re talking about dollars per hour. The good news is there are lots of options; the bad news is there are SO many, how do you know which ones are best? I’ve sorted through all kinds of money-making opportunities to bring you options that make top dollar with the most flexibility, and here are my picks.
- Become a Virtual Assistant
Average salaries have a wide range depending on your skills, experience, and niche that you want to work in. With virtual assisting, you can either freelance and market yourself, or you can join a company that hires out virtual assistants. The best part of this job is the flexibility. You work totally from home and determine how many hours you want to work, and when! Amy Lyn Andrews has a helpful guide to getting started.
- Be a paraeducator or teacher’s assistant at your child’s school.
This is an awesome option for moms of school-aged children in particular! You drop off your kids at school anyway, so why not work while they’re in class? I’m a little biased here because I have experience in this area: I was once a paraeducator for an ILC (special education) class at a middle school, and I can honestly say it was one of my FAVORITE jobs to date. The pay is approximately $13 an hour (this will vary by state) and when your kids are done with school, you’re done with work. Pretty sweet deal!
- Offer In-Home Daycare
My sister-in-law, Sarah, does this so that she can stay at home with her kids AND get paid at the same time. It’s really a win-win if you love kids and feel passionately about being at home full-time with your children. Sarah has been doing this for seven years, and while it’s the right choice for her family, it’s also important to consider potential challenges when it comes to working with another parent’s expectations and discipline system, so make sure the family is a good fit before you agree to take on caring for another person’s child. Also, be sure to look into state-specific requirements for daycare licensing and regulations, as those will vary.
- Tutor or Teach Lessons
If you have a college degree in an academic subject like history, English, or math, then you have a $40 per-hour gig calling your name! But the possibilities don’t end there. If you’re bilingual, why not offer private language lessons? If you play an instrument, you can offer individual lessons or even small group beginner lessons in your home. Are you a DIY guru? Consider hosting garage workshops teaching others how to restore old furniture. You may not feel like you have a “special” skill, but I can almost guarantee there is something YOU know how to do that others will pay you to teach them! You set the schedule, market your services to your community, get a couple of personal references, and you can develop a reputation for your expertise—along with a stream of income—within a few months.
- Make money from your craftiness
Guys, creativity and craftiness are LEGIT talents. Don’t limit your crafty wizardry to personal projects! I know because I lack such abilities and would gladly pay someone to put together a beautiful scrapbook or crochet a blanket. (I’ve learned the hard way that by the time I figure out how to do something like that, the amount I spend on ruined materials is more than paying a pro. Sometimes you just have to realize your shortcomings and move on, ya know?) Etsy and craft fairs are just a couple of places you can sell handmade products. Everyone loves locally made products, so take every opportunity to showcase your work around town, and your creations will soon create a buzz.
- Join an MLM… with caution
I hesitated to include this one, but I gotta say, I’m friends with some pretty sharp ladies who are successful and HAPPY with their MLM company! To be successful with an MLM, you need to be absolutely OBSESSED with the product. When they say “the product sells itself” it’s because you are truly sharing something you love. But you also have to be SMART about this and not give in to the company’s pressure to buy tons of inventory. Don’t do it, guys! NEVER go into debt for inventory (or anything else). A big inventory purchase is not an “investment.” Let the company store their own inventory until your profits are high enough to invest a little back into the biz.
The most successful stories I know of are MASTERFUL at social media marketing and networking, and they are neither shy about how much they love the product nor are they pushy and desperate. If you’re going to do this, promise me that you’ll know EVERY detail of your agreement with the company, that you will thoroughly research the company and their standing with the BBB (some are awesome; some are scams), and that you won’t make desperate pleas to family and friends to buy so that you can maintain a minimum selling requirement. You’re going to have to HUSTLE and put yourself out there to sell. If that STILL sounds like fun, then an MLM might be right for you!
Making money on the side doesn’t have to consume all your time or cause you to sacrifice your family dynamic. It may require some creativity and hustle, but when you’re able to live out your priorities AND earn a paycheck, the effort will be worth it.
Are you earning money from a part-time or side job? Comment and share your ideas!