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December 2, 2019

Work From Home: 30 Profitable Side Hustles for Parents

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Are you looking for a way to earn extra money and still work from home? A lot of parents find themselves in this situation. Wes is one of them.

Here's his question:

I’ve been married for 5 years and have a 2 ½-year-old daughter. 

My wife and I have paid off $40,000 in debt but we still have $100,000 in student loans to go. 

I want to find a side hustle to help us accelerate our debt pay off, but with my responsibilities at home, I’m looking for a work-from-home opportunity that pays $30 or more per hour to be worth my time to spend away from my family. 

I’m willing to put in a little work upfront to learn some new skills and even open up a new business if needed. 

I wanted to know your opinion on where I should focus my efforts. Thank you for your time and keep up the good work!

-Wes from Virginia

I was in a very similar spot as you a few years ago. I wanted to find a fun and challenging side hustle that helped me meet my financial goals and one that I was able to do at home. 

I’m going to share 14 side hustle ideas for you to consider. Not all of them are going to be a fit for you, but hopefully, they will spark an idea or start leading you down a path that helps. 

1. Freelance Writer

One of my favorite and most lucrative side hustles is freelance writing. It’s amazing how much money you can make with a few extra hours of time and a passion for a topic. 

Companies often pay by the article or word count (ie. $0.10 per word for a 1,500-word article). You’ll want to start a blog so prospective clients can read your writing before working with you. 

Over time, freelance writing can be an excellent way to make money at home. I have a few friends (who are also parents) that make well over $100,000 writing from home.

2. Virtual Assistant

The internet has allowed people to make a comfortable living from home by helping others with their small businesses. 

If you’re good with …

  • Making pins on Pinterest
  • Managing Facebook Groups
  • Editing and proofreading articles
  • Scheduling meetings
  • Replying to emails

…  the role of Virtual Assistant (VA) may be right for you.

Depending on your skills, you can easily charge $30 per hour or more for VA work. 

After Kayla Sloan learned how to make $10,000 per month as a Virtual Assistant, she developed a helpful course so others could learn to become a $10k VA

3. Proofreader

There are a lot of businesses that hire out proofreading work for important documents, articles and proposals. Someone with an eagle eye for details and a love for the English language can make some decent side money with proofreading.

Proofread Anywhere is a well-respected resource that helps you improve your proofreading skills.

If you already have the skills and you're looking for proofreading jobs, check out sites like Upwork or Fiverr to get started.

4. Affiliate Marketer

Starting a blog was one of the best decisions I ever made. Establishing a presence online and sharing my thoughts and opinions has opened up so many doors for me. 

My favorite way that I’ve made money through my blog is with Affiliate Marketing. 

This is when you recommend products or services that you use, like or trust. If someone decides to purchase that product or service, you get a commission.

For example, I learned a lot from Michelle Schroeder Gardener’s course on how to Make Sense of Affiliate Marketing. If you decide to buy that course, I’ll receive a commission. I liked the product, used it, it helped me and I think it’ll help others. 

This year, I’ve made around $3,000 from affiliate marketing. Not bad for a side hustle.

5. YouTube Vlogger

Like blogging and podcasting, making money on YouTube takes a lot of time, patience and dedication. In the beginning, you probably won't make much money at all, but over time you can start earning $1,000 or more per month in advertising revenue. 

I’m really enjoying Joseph Hogue’s new book called “Crushing YouTube”. He’s making over $5,000 per month now and sharing advice on how he’s done it.  

6. Data Entry Worker

It may not be the most glamorous job, but remote data entry gigs are generally in high demand and highly competitive. Some pay hourly or a flat rate per project and most offer a flexible schedule. General requirements include a personal computer, reliable internet connection and ability to type 40-50 words per minute.

7. Pet Sitter

Love pets?

Well, you can get your slice of the $70 billion pet industry and hang with loveable animals through pet sitting. 

With services like Rover, you can even pet sit from the comfort of your own home.

man hugging golden retriever

8. Scooter Charger

You know those Bird and Lime scooters you see all over major cities in the US lately? Well, they need someone to charge them and they are paying people to do it. 

Evidently, you pick up the scooters around town, charge them at home overnight and return them to the main city center. By doing this, you’ll earn anywhere between $3-5 per scooter. If you have a large enough vehicle and get creative enough, this can be a $1,000 per month side hustle!

9. Etsy Seller

If you know how to develop artwork, crafts, jewelry, clothes, woodwork or a multitude of other products, try selling your wares on Etsy

Selling your own products is one of the best ways to make more money. And if you love creating, then this could be a fun side hustle to do from home.

10. Podcast Editor

There are over 750,000 podcasts out there now and a lot of them are made by first-time podcasters. If you have audio editing skills, you could make good money helping these folks out. 

And if you choose to edit podcasts in a genre that you love, you can learn, be entertained and paid all at the same time!

Podcast Editing in front of window

11. Podcast Producer

After three years of podcasting, I’m starting to make some decent money. 

Last year, I made around $10,000 from podcast advertising. 

But in year 1, I made $0 in podcast advertising. So if you’re looking for money tomorrow, I wouldn’t recommend this route. 

If you have some patience and a passion toward a topic (even if you don’t make a dime for a while), podcasting could be good for you. 

Here are some compelling reasons to start a podcast

12. Graphic Designer

Are you a skilled graphic designer? 

Entrepreneurs are paying good money for people to help them design their logos, graphics and websites. Get your payday by helping others with your design skills from the comfort of your own home. 

13. Baker

Take your passion for cooking and baking and make some money. One couple I know is cranking away on their debt by baking cookies and selling them locally. 

Just remember not to eat all of your profits! 

14. Retail Arbitrage Seller

Retail arbitrage can be extremely profitable. This is when you buy items from one location (like Walmart) and then sell them for a higher price elsewhere. 

Some people are making big money while others are losing money. Be careful, do your research, and ensure you are using this tactic in a smart way. 

15. Bookkeeper

Do you love numbers? There’s a good chance you do if you’re hanging around a personal finance site! Bookkeeping is an excellent work-from-home job. 

While this role can vary a bit based on who you work for, you will likely be assigned a variety of tasks. Some tasks may include tracking important financial documents, reconciling banking transactions, and running payroll for other employees. 

Remote bookkeepers report earning anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 a year.

16. Private Tutor

Knowledgeable about a particular topic? Tutoring might be a great fit for you. The hours are really flexible, and there’s nothing more fulfilling than watching a student have that lightbulb moment where everything clicks. 

During the pandemic, many tutors and families switched over to Zoom and other online platforms. This online trend may continue as it is certainly more convenient for families. Still, by being open to in-home and virtual tutoring options, your client pool is significantly larger. 

To get started, you might reach out to local public libraries and schools to inquire if there are any tutor registries you can join. You might also post your services on neighborhood Facebook groups, NextDoor, and more. Depending on the subject area and your location, you can expect to earn between $15 and $50 an hour.

17. Curriculum Creator

If curriculum design is your thing, you might consider selling printables on a platform like Teachers Pay Teachers. While this definitely doesn’t qualify as passive income to start, it can be pretty passive eventually. 

To get started, find a particular subject area that you are well versed in and niche down as much as possible. After you create your products, you will likely have to do some initial promotion. However, once your audience grows and so do your reviews, your products will do a lot of speaking for themselves.

18. Consultant

So many people leave the traditional work world only to discover just how invaluable they are to their employers. As a result, they take up consulting work on a part-time or as-needed basis. 

You don’t have to stick to previous employers either. There are plenty of consulting roles in virtually every career field. As long as you have expertise in a subject area and are capable of sharing it remotely, online consulting could be a great gig for you!

19. Child Care Provider

One of the biggest benefits to child care is that you have full control over your schedule. Some people prefer to offer child care during the day, while others might offer their services as a weeknight or weekend babysitter. 

Rates vary based on a number of factors, including where you live and how many kids you are watching. Additionally, if the child care you offer is along the lines of in-home daycare with a more formal curriculum, you can expect to earn more for that as well. Just make sure that you are aware of any licensing requirements in your area.

20. Ghostwriter

Do you have a way with words? Love to write? Then this gig is for you.

Yes, we’ve already covered freelancing writing, but this is different. Ghostwriting is a type of freelance writing work. As a ghostwriter, you write under someone else’s name. Perhaps it’s the occasional blog post, or maybe it’s an entire e-book. The scope of ghostwriting work can vary widely.

It is worth noting that you can often land rates that are more generous than freelance writing as a ghostwriter because you aren’t publicly credited for your work.

21. Transcriptionist

If you have an ear for detail and are quick at the keyboard, transcript work could be the gig for you. Most of the time, transcriptionists are typing written records of doctor’s notes or class lectures. Though some transcription work could also involve transcribing for podcasts and vlogs. 

This entry-level gig won’t make you rich overnight. However, efficient transcriptionists can land upwards of $25 an hour. As with all at-home work, make sure you vet the company you work for. Working directly with medical offices, for instance, might also pay a higher rate than using a third-party company online.

22. Repair Person

Are you a Mr. or Ms.-Fix-It? Excellent! Offer your repair services. Maybe it’s tuning up lawn mowers or repairing vacuum cleaners.

Any type of repair work can fetch a competitive rate. Doing repair work on the side can also cut back on startup costs when you use tools that you already have.

People who pursue this work on the side often use garage space or work from their basements or toolshed. You get the flexibility of working from home with the added benefit of minimal overhead costs.

23. SEO Specialist

Do you have a working understanding of search engine traffic? Even if you aren’t already well versed in search engine optimization, or SEO, you can learn fairly quickly. There is an abundance of free and low-cost information online. 

Once you’ve mastered the art of SEO, you can work as an SEO specialist. This work requires you to edit existing website copy to make it more Google-friendly. You may also be asked to create new content yourself or work with a freelance writer. SEO specialists report earning between $25-$75 an hour.

24. Grant Writer

Nonprofit organizations are funded primarily through grants. Grant writing can be a cumbersome process, especially since not every nonprofit has a writer on staff. As a result, many organizations, such as community centers and hospitals, outsource their work to grant writers.

While there can be a bit of a learning curve to grant writing, it's something that you can get more efficient with as your portfolio of work grows.

25. Social Media Manager

Are you always scrolling on your phone? If social media is part of your comfort zone, you can put those skills to work as a social media manager.

Brands are quickly realizing the value of having an online presence. That online presence used to mean creating a webpage. Now, though, there’s content and audience engagement on everything from Instagram and Pinterest to TikTok and Facebook. As a result, many brands hire social media managers to create and post content on their behalf.

26. Mock Juror

Thanks to TV shows like Bull, most of us are familiar with the concept of trial preparation. While real life likely doesn’t look anything like what we see on TV screens, lawyers do spend time preparing for court with mock jurors.

Different websites pair mock jurors with attorneys, allow you to give the attorneys feedback on their case. Rates for this can vary dramatically, so do your due diligence to make sure the effort is worth your time.

27. Real Estate Owner with Roofstock

In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about building wealth through real estate. If you aren’t ready to be a landlord, something like Roofstock might be a better choice for you. 

Roofstock is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to buy and sell rental properties. What makes this platform standout is the fact that these rentals already have tenants. That means that you can start earning an income as soon as you close on the house.

28. Real Estate Investor with Arrived

Arrived is another option for people looking to work from home and get involved in real estate. The goal of this platform is to give anyone the opportunity to invest in real estate. 

To make real estate more accessible, Arrived allows investors to buy shares of properties instead of purchasing the entire property outright. After making your investment, you earn a portion of the rental income and also benefit from property appreciation.

29. Online Boutique Seller

This work-from-home gig can be similar to Etsy. Some online boutique sellers actually do use Etsy, but platforms like Poshmark and even eBay are significantly more popular. Some online boutique owners might sell items they buy from wholesalers. Others might specialize in vintage finds that they thrift. 

To get a sense of whether or not this work is right for you, do your research. Spend time browsing online boutiques and then look into both the time and cost commitments of getting started. Many sellers take a toe dip by selling items they already own and then use that as another way to gauge whether they want to open a boutique or not.

30. Website Designer

If you have an eye for design, website design can be very lucrative. It’s a highly sought after skill with everyone from individuals to bigger brands needing a website. Many people double dip with website design and graphic design. Though it’s important to have some background in the technical skills needed for website design.

Closing Thoughts on Work From Home Jobs

Wes, I hope this list helps you come up with some ideas on how to accelerate your debt pay down!

Remember before starting any of these, I’d recommend starting with your current job and seeing if a raise or overtime is possible. Since you're already on the payroll there and you have a special skill set, that could be your easiest route to more money.


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