Side Gigs For Stay-at-Home Parents: Work You Can Do With Kids In Tow
Yes, parenting is a job. It consumes hours, takes patience, requires planning and preparation, much like any job. But there are times when the kids are watching their favorite cartoons, doodling, playing out in the yard (do kids do that anymore?) or napping, and parents find themselves with a block of time on their hands.
Here are some ways to make your parenting downtime more productive, even lucrative. Because time spent parenting is invaluable but it never hurts to have a side gig that pays.
1. Work on Mechanical Turk
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform lets you complete small tasks online for a price. Michael Naab, author of a book on making money with Mechanical Turk, says you can expect to earn approximately $6 to $12 an hour doing Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) on the platform.
2. Become An Online Tutor
Online tutoring companies are plentiful, and the opportunities allow you a great deal of flexibility in terms of when and how many hours you choose to work.
3. Teach English Online
Word is that many national and international companies hire native English speakers to run English classes online. In most instances, you can earn up to $25 an hour and set your own schedule.
4. Babysit For Others’ Babies
Babysitting isn’t just something for teenagers looking to earn extra spending money to bring to the mall. You’re already watching your own kids so why not think about watching someone else’s children at the same time? Today there are plenty of online sites that can connect you with potential clients, such as Care.com and Sittercity.
5. Babysit For Fur Babies
Pet sitter. Dog walker. Pet petter. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend your free time with a four-legged friend who’s more than happy to be the object of your attention — and affection? Several apps are available that can connect you with pet parents looking to hire.
6. Sell Home-Baked Goods
Sweet! There’s a market for home-baked goods that people crave but don’t have the time or motivation to create. Sure, sweet-lovers can always grab a Twinkie when they need to scratch a sugar itch but nothing beats a made-from-scratch treat.
7. Rent Out Baby Gear
The adage “Why buy when you can rent” applies to many things, including baby gear. High chairs, playpens, car seats, and strollers are costly and they also take up a lot of space in your garage or basement when you’re no longer using them. Check out apps that let you rent out your baby gear to others and start earning a return on your investment.
8. Write A Parenting Blog
Your hard-earned knowledge of parenting can help you make some hard cash. Look into writing for a parenting blog or magazine and you could turn your insights, suggestions, and advice into a profitable side gig.