Needless to say, being a single mom is a big challenge. Deprived of any masculine help and support, these little heroines have to do everything by themselves. Childcare alone is very time consuming, let alone domestic work and other routines. Making money while being a stay-at-home mom appears to be absolutely impossible due to the notorious lack of time. But wait, who is going to make money then? Who will buy new clothes and food for you and your kid? Who’s going to pay your bills? As sad as it may sound, it’s all up to you. Luckily, there are a lot of efficient ways to earn extra cash even if you can’t get a full-time job.
- Direct Sales
This is probably the most popular career for single mothers. If you are an easy-going person who has a lot of acquaintances and the inspiration for having more, it is a perfect job for you. Just imagine: you are sitting in your living room with your girls, chewing the cookies, chat and discuss the rumors and sell some fancy cosmetics (jewelry/perfume/books/kitchen equipment, etc) in the meantime. You are not dependent on any schedules and time frames, you work when you feel like working, and your income depends on your selling skills and charm.
Handmade stuff is becoming more and more popular nowadays. There is a rising craze about custom jewelry, toys, cosmetics, food and clothes, so if you enjoy making things by yourself, it’s high time to turn this hobby into a sustainable income generator. It requires some initial investments because you are supposed to buy the materials, but they will be ergonomically justified before you know it. You can make custom earrings, necklaces and rings of polymer clay, make organics soaps with herbs and natural oils, bake cakes and cookies for birthdays and baby showers, etc. It is a good idea to launch your own website and sell your products online. If you are on your budget and can’t invest in a website, feel free to register your own Facebook fan page or some alternative online trading place to advertise and sell your stuff.
- Online Job
As the world changes, working styles transform as well. Thus, many companies prefer to outsource their workers. Such companies hire freelancers and this is a win-win situation: you are free to plan your working day, and the employer can save a lot of money. A single mom can engage herself in writing articles, answering surveys, or doing whatever she has a passion and a skill for. Basically, all you need to have in order to do this job is a good Internet connection, some free time, and a healthy amount of skepticism because the income depends directly on you: from pennies to thousands of dollars.
- Freelance Work
Mother is not a function – most single moms are also certified specialists in some area of knowledge. Fortunately, it is possible to apply this knowledge even if you can’t go to the office every day. There are tons of freelance websites that offer lots of opportunities to make money both on the ongoing basis and per project. Web designers and web developers, copywriters, translators, project managers and other professionals can find a job online, so feel free to browse the web and see what’s available in your niche.