It’s no secret that being a single mom involves a lot of hard, thankless work. Of course, moms also need hard, thankless work that pays.
According to a recent survey, up to 50% of women said their biggest fear about getting a divorce was living on one income. And that fear only increases when you’re the custodial parent of your child.
Children will spend 277 days out of the year with their custodial parent and 88 days with their non-custodial parent, which can make living on one income particularly stressful. But the good news is that there are a few ways you can supplement your income.
Here are some of the top side hustles for divorced women and single moms.
Do the grocery shopping for others
When you’re a busy mom, you know what it’s like to always be on the go. If someone else could do your shopping for you, odds are you would happily pay them. That means people would also happily pay you to do the same.
You can become a professional grocery shopper with Shipt, Instacart, and many other grocery delivery services. You can make up to $25 an hour depending on your location. You can also work as little or as much as you need.
Get crafty and sell your products
There are up to 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and many entrepreneurs have started off by selling their goods on websites like Etsy. If you’re good with crafts such as candle making, knitting, woodwork, or another creative craft, it might be worth considering selling the items you make.
For those who are better at assembling gifts than making them, you can also sell gift baskets and gift boxes for birthdays and holidays.
Sell your organizational or cleaning services
If you consider yourself to be the queen of organization, it may be worth considering selling your organizational services. Parents and other busy folks may have closets or kitchens that need some serious help and you could be the fairy godmother that helps them declutter.
Professional cleaning is another flexible service you could offer. Depending on the size of the home, you can make approximately $15 an hour.
Other side hustles
When you’re a divorced woman or a single mom, it’s important to find a side hustle that allows you to be flexible and work when you need to. Other side hustles aside from the ones above that can help you to supplement your income include:
- Small business bookkeeper
- Ride sharing driver
- Pet sitter
- Tax preparer
- Freelance photographer
- Freelance writer/editor
These are just a few different side hustles for single moms you can pick up. The important thing to remember is that you should choose work that already fits your unique skill sets. Take the time to consider your interests and to evaluate your skills before choosing a side hustle that fits your income goals and your lifestyle.