Side Gigs for Single Parents

Money is often in short supply for single parents. Trying to make ends meet and maintain a happy, healthy home on a single income is a challenge that keeps many single parents up at night. It’s hard for any parent to see the look of disappointment on a child’s face when he learns you can’t afford to send him to camp or buy him a new bicycle. Finding a viable side gig can be an absolute necessity for any single parent. There are many ways to augment your primary income in the comfort of your home without neglecting the kids. All it takes is a little creativity, persistence, and a willingness to try something new. Single dad Eric Kelly of explains how this is done without sacrificing valuable family time. 

Buy Stuff, Sell Stuff

Arbitrage provides many people with a lucrative side gig, one that can be done from the privacy of your home. Sell off your excess stuff or learn the trick of purchasing items at bargain prices and selling them for a profit on sites like or eBay. It’s an ideal side gig for a single parent who needs to be home in the evening and on weekends. You can even get your kids to pitch in and help process and ship orders you’ve sold online.

Profit through Creativity

If you enjoy doing crafts and making lovely items to give as gifts, you have a built-in source of side income. You can earn a nice supplementary income by making beautiful craft items for sale on sites like Etsy and Craigslist. It’s a brilliant way to combine an enthusiasm for sewing, crocheting, knitting, carving, graphic design, and just about any other type of homespun creativity you can think up. Print your own custom-made T-shirts, create your own jewelry, or make scented candles. Best of all, it’s an ideal work-at-home opportunity, something you can do while asking the kids how school’s going or even helping with homework.

Blogging & Content Creation

If you have a way with words or if your job requires writing ability, you’re in luck. There are more opportunities than ever to make money as a freelance writer online. You can earn extra income as a blogger, as a developer of online marketing content, or by contributing to a web-based publication. You can even make a decent side income helping college students write and edit research papers, essays, and homework assignments. If you have an interesting niche topic you can blog about and develop a steady following, you can turn it into cash by selling ads to businesses and create a source of passive income.

In-Home Childcare

There are countless people who have to show up for work every day and need an affordable, reliable daycare facility. According to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, the average cost of daycare in the United States is just under $1,000 a month. That’s a huge chunk for people who are trying to keep up with mortgage payments, the cost of feeding a family, utilities, and other recurring household expenses. Consider starting an in-home childcare facility. You’ll need to find out how many children you’re allowed by law to watch, how many hours you can operate, and whether you need to be licensed. It can be a lucrative side business because many parents prefer in-home care providers who offer a comfortable and safe haven for their kids every day. These can be hard to come by, and daycare is one of the largest expenses for families with young children.

In-Home Office Space

If you’re planning on starting an in-home side gig, you’ll need an office space where you can perform the work and any necessary administrative tasks that go with it. Make sure you have enough space for a computer, phone, and recordkeeping, and keep it separate from distractions like the TV and video-gaming systems. It should fit your lifestyle as well as your work habits, so don’t lock yourself away from the kids and any pressing parental responsibilities.

About the Author

Eric Kelly is a single dad who lives in Los Angeles with his three-year-old son, Gus. Eric is a graphic designer by trade and has always been an adventurer at heart. When Gus came along, he quickly discovered that single parenthood would be his biggest adventure yet. He created to share the tips, advice, and resources he continues to pick up along his parenting journey.


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