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6 Great Side Hustles for Single Parents or Stay at Home Parents

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6 Great Side Hustles for Single Parents or Stay at Home Parents

 If you are the primary caregiver for your child or you have chosen to stay at home to care for them, it might feel like you have no options when it comes to earning money. Believe it or not, this is not the case. There are a ton of great ways that you can earn money and still have plenty of time to spend with the kiddos. As a bonus, you’ll be able to set your own hours and work from anywhere making these very custom fit jobs.  

Here are some of our favorite side hustles for single and stay-at-home parents. 

  1.     Blogging

With a time commitment of about 10 to 20 hours a week, blogging is a great way to earn some passive income. The amount you can earn varies widely depending on what you choose to do with your blog. You can earn anywhere from $10 a month to over $100,000 a month blogging. 

With blogging as it is now, you can make money by catering to pretty much any sector or niche. From affiliate links and banner ads to sponsored posts and creating paid courses or whitepapers, there’s a ton of potential for earning income. 

Blogging can be slow to start but will build over time. We recommend taking a course to get the basics down so you can build a good foundation. 

Parent Blogging

  1.     Copy Editing 

A lot of people like to write but not a lot of people like to edit what they write. With the rise of self-publishing, writers need their work edited and they will pay you to do it. Copy editing time commitments can vary depending on the deadlines that authors are trying to meet and how in-depth they want their work edited. You can start with as few as 10 hours and go all the way to 40 if you want. The payments vary from project to project. Some pay a flat rate for editing the whole work and others pay by the hour. It’s good to gauge how much time you have each week and then pick your projects from there. 

There are a lot of websites that will connect you to authors that need their work edited and you will probably get to read some really great books and articles in the process. 

  1.     Social Media Management

If you love social media, social media management is a great side hustle for you. There are lots of ways you can be a social media manager from posting on Facebook on behalf of a business a few times a week to running ads and owning all the brand reputation management for a business.  

The time commitment is anywhere from 5 to 40 hours and you can usually make between $250 and $4000 a month depending on your clients and what type of work you are doing. We recommend choosing what type of industry and business you want to do social media for and going from there. Facebook and Pinterest are two of the best places to start. 

  1.     Fitness Instructor 

If you already love working out and going to workout classes, why not get paid for it? There are a lot of different ways you can get started as a fitness instructor but for many, you will need a certification.  

Classes are usually an hour each and then you’ll want to build in an hour of prep for new classes so you are looking at a two-hour commitment each week and then multiply that by how many classes you want to teach. You can earn between $150 to $800 a month teaching fitness classes!  

Some starting points are Zumba, Cross fit, Orange Theory, Pound, Spinning, Yoga, and more! Some certifications can get a little pricey and they usually come with a monthly membership fee but the commitment is low and you get a great workout! 

Local fitness centers and YMCA’s are a good starting point for new instructors since they are usually more open to them.


  1.     Pet sitting and walking 

There are a lot of two-income households and most of them have a pet. With both people gone, those dogs and cats can get lonely during the day. This is where you can come to the rescue. 

The time commitment is really what you make it and you should select your clients based on how much time you have each week. You can earn anywhere from $100 to $400 a month.  

Websites like Wag! and Rover make it easy to find people looking for pet sitters and dog walkers. You sign up and get added to their database. When someone needs a dog walker or a pet looked after, the job becomes available for you to apply for. You land the job, sometimes do a meet and greet and then do what they need you to do with the pet. 

It’s a great way to make some extra money, get your steps in, and meet some of your furry neighbors. 

  1.     Online Tutoring 

Tutoring is for a very specific type of person. The work usually starts really early in the morning so it’s a great job for (really) early birds or night owls. The time commitment is between 3 and 10 hours a week and you can earn between $100 and $2000 a month. 

The most common type of tutoring is online teaching English as a second language. The lessons are done via webcam and are usually less than 30 minutes. VIPKid is the best platform now and their website answers all the questions you have! 

Side hustles are a great tool for single and stay at home parents. They make it easy to earn passive income and give you something to do when the little ones are napping at school or otherwise occupied.

Be sure to check out our other posts for more ways to start your side hustle! 



Robert B Foster

Robert B. Foster is an award-winning international speaker, mental health advocate, and host of the hit podcast Shut Up and GRIND where he inspires guests to share their stories of trauma, survival and defying the odds.

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