Is this the year you start earning extra money with a new side hustle?
Whether it’s your New Year’s resolution, a previously-failed goal, or an idea you’ve had in the back of your mind for ages, let me tell you: You can do this!
There has never been a better time for busy moms to start a side hustle and I’ve got five amazing ideas for you.
Bonus: all of these can be done from the comfort of your couch while your little ones are (hopefully) napping.
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Selling printables on Etsy is (no surprise) my favorite side hustle for moms! I’m a stay-at-home mom of four and a top 0.1% seller on Etsy. I was able to make over half a million dollars of revenue within the first six months of opening a new digital products shop.
Starting an Etsy shop with download-only products is inexpensive, completely flexible, and can give you a lovely creative outlet.
Opening an Etsy shop is simple, but there is also a lot to learn if you want to work smarter, not harder. Crafting SEO-friendly product descriptions and creating drool-worthy mockups are skills you’ll want to hone early on.
Not sure what to create? I’ve got a free list of digital product ideas for you HERE.
With the massive amount of online businesses out there, it’s no surprise that there is a huge market for virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants work from home for companies all over the world. Some have more generalized skills while others are experts in a specialized area. You probably already have some of the skills these entrepreneurs and businesses are looking for.
Some common virtual assistant tasks include:
Video or podcast editing
Social media post creation and scheduling
If you know someone with an online business, a great place to start might be offering to help them with a few tasks so that you can get a feel for the online business world.
Upwork can be a great place to find paid work.
If you enjoy writing, you can find freelance writing gigs on a huge number of topics, from digital marketing and dog training to dream interpretation and video game reviews.
There are seemingly endless amounts of content published online every day and someone has to write it all, right?
Think about the topics that you are already knowledgeable about. To start applying for gigs, you’ll want to create a portfolio of articles that showcase your work.
Write three articles that you can submit with your writing gig applications so that the person hiring can get a feel for your writing style.
ProBlogger.com is a great place to find paid writing work.
Did you find a typo in the menu of your local restaurant the last time you visited? Those eagle eyes of yours are valuable!
Proofreaders get hired to find mistakes in a variety of types of documents. Court reporters hire transcript proofreaders. Bloggers and authors hire proofreaders as well.
Proofreading can be done on a laptop or tablet from anywhere in the world. And often, once you get a solid client base, they’ll give you enough recurring work that you don’t need to constantly search for new work.
You can get started looking for proofreading work on places like Upwork. It can be extremely valuable to go through a proofreading course first though, as there are a lot of nuances to learn that can help you succeed.
Last on the list of great side hustles for moms is blogging. While there is no guarantee that your blog will make money, you are completely your own boss as a blogger, which means that you have the ultimate flexibility.
Bloggers can make money through a few different avenues:
Selling their own products, like courses or printables.
Advertising placed on their site from an ad network, like Mediavine.
Affiliate commissions from products that they recommend.
It can take a while to gain traction, but with consistency and strategic action, you can earn a good chunk of money over time.
It’s lovely to feel in alignment with the content that you create, but you also need to think about your audience. Only people related to you will want to see 30 pictures of you and your kids at the zoo. However, a lot of people may be interested in your guide to a fantastic day at the San Diego Zoo. See the difference?
The key with blogging, and actually with any of these side hustles, is to treat it like a business. Carve out time regularly to take action.
So which of these 5 side hustles for moms sounds like the most fun to you? I’m rather partial to selling digital products and I’d love to help you get started selling on Etsy if you’re interested.
2024 can be YOUR year! Choose a side hustle and get started making it happen.
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