Create a Home Office
The flexibility of side gigs can allow one to pursue freelance work from home. This may help parents devote more time to their children, but that can also lead to productivity being impacted by home distractions. A home office is a great way to counter this and create a sense of structure. When designing an office, make sure that the area chosen is spacious enough for a desk and equipment like a computer and that it is well-lit. No matter how much time you commit to freelance work, you may find yourself sitting for extended periods. Your comfort will aid your focus, so make investing in an ergonomic office chair a priority to give you proper support.
Thanks to websites such as Etsy and Ebay, it's never been easier to sell your own creations. If you have artistic interests such as painting, knitting or jewelry making, you may find that creating your own online store brings in extra cash. There's a huge market online for handmade creations with plenty of niches that are either untapped or experiencing growing demand. Make extensive use of social media, such as Facebook and Pinterest to promote your store and engage with customers. Crafting is a side gig ideal for single parents, as not only is it flexible, but you may even be able to involve your children in the creative process.
Teaching a subject like English or math, or even an instrument, is a well-established freelance option. It's a great avenue if you have a particular expertise as certain subjects are more rewarding than others. Some websites dedicated to connecting tutors with students expect at least a college degree, but requirements will vary. Tutoring is a great option for parents as many have experience helping out with homework. It can be done either exclusively online, or in-home. Rate of pay depends on a number of factors, including age and subject, and is usually hourly. As most sessions last about an hour, it's a great way to earn extra income on your own terms.
Whether you are a passionate writer or not, blogging can potentially be a highly stimulating source of extra income. There's a wide variety of subjects that you could explore. One might blog to impart personal experiences as a single parent, discuss your relationship with side gigs, or take advantage of things you are passionate about. You could create your own dedicated blog, or guest post to both raise your profile and ensure an income. Pay will vary depending on experience, but the great thing about being a freelancer blogger is that your subjects can be as diverse as you like.
As a blogger, you won't be locked into a contract. Instead, you will be able to adjust your volume to suit your needs as a parent. If you do decide on a dedicated blog, you will need to make extensive use of social media to promote it. Networking with other blogs and freelancers will also be a must.
Being strapped for cash brings a lot of stresses. It places strain on our shoulders and leaves us worrying about the future. We want to give our children the best possible life, and money is all too often a prerequisite to that. A side gig can be the perfect solution. It can allow us to spend time with our children, earning money in the comfort of our own homes. With time, that side gig may even become our primary source of income.
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