It can be difficult to figure out how to earn extra money when you’re a mom taking care of small kids. A lack of time and flexibility are two of the main challenges moms face when it comes to finding part-time work, says Maggie O’Neill, founder of real estate consulting company City 2 Upstate and mother of two.
But there are a number of flexible side jobs that you can do into short windows of time while the kids are asleep or studying. Here are five side jobs for busy moms, compiled from grow.acorns.com.
1. Write for Blogs or Branding Campaigns
From blogging to copywriting for advertising and creative agencies, there are lots of ways to get paid to write. Despite the deadlines, the nice thing about writing gigs is there tends to be flexibility around when and where you can work.
2. Be a Virtual Assistant for a Start-up
Virtual assistants provide an array of services to businesses and individuals, from data entry, research, to travel booking. Depending on the job, virtual assistants can work remotely and just a few hours a week, so it’s a good option for anyone who looking for side hustles. If you’re adept at organization, logistics, and have some experience in business administration, virtual assisting may be for you.
3. Consult in Marketing, IT, or Business Development
Consulting is a varied field, with consultants covering everything from content creation, IT, to business development. If you have a particular expertise, consider applying to be listed in LinkedIn’s ProFinder, which matches client asks with relevant professionals.
4. Teach English online
Fluent in English and love teaching? Sites like VIPKid and GoGoKid pair English-speaking teachers with Chinese students for 25-minute slots. Both companies provide lesson plans and let teachers book slots at their convenience.
5. Fix Furniture, Make a Delivery, or Plant Flowers
If you’re the kind of mom who likes to pick up a simple gig when your schedule allows, consider opening fix furniter or delivery services, or selling your flowers.
“I think moms are incredibly well-equipped for a side hustle because they are so efficient,” says Katya Libin, co-founder of HeyMama and mother of one.