Supporting your family on a single income can feel like constantly treading water, just one unexpected expense away from not being able to feed and clothe your kids, pay your bills, and keep a roof over your head.
If you want to learn how to make money as a single mom on top of your regular income, keep reading for our list of the best side hustles for single moms.
Side hustles for single moms that involve selling stuff
There are an estimated 300,000 items in the average U.S. home, according to one Los Angeles Times article, and self-storage construction is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the real estate industry, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Chances are, you have stuff you don't want, need or use, and that stuff not only costs you money to store — it could make you money to sell it.
Here are some of the most lucrative things to sell:
- Jewelry. Old engagement rings, necklaces, earrings, estate and antique jewelry, you name it — if it is made of diamonds, gemstones, gold or platinum, send it to CashforGoldUSA, an A+ BBB rated gold buyer that pays a 10% bonus, and sends payment within 24 hours. Read more about top places to sell jewelry online.
- Coin collection, as well as silverware, or other scrap gold or silver. Pawn shops and jewelers are good places to start.
- Pokémon cards are super hot right now, as Millennials dust off their childhood collections, driving prices and interest through the roof. According to Newsweek, TCGplayer, one of the main Pokémon card online resellers, shipped more than 16.2 million single Pokémon cards in 2020, with the number of cards priced at more than $50 climbing a whopping 466%. Some rare cards even go for more than $2,000. Sell via:
- Troll and Toad
- Card Cavern
- Facebook Marketplace
- Furniture. Whether you have old items in your basement or attic or a few inherited items you don't really love or use, sell them via Facebook marketplace, a yard sale, Craigslist or, for marked items and notable brands, a site like 1stDibs or Chairish. Local consignment stores are also a good place to sell furniture.
- Clothes. Gently used clothes, accessories, handbags and shoes can be sold through top online sites like ThredUp, Mercari, and Poshmark.
- Household items. Kitchen goods, dishes, yard tools, gardening supplies, sports equipment, bikes and more can be unloaded for cash through Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or a yard sale.
Side hustles for single moms that involve renting stuff
Maybe you don’t like driving, but you have a car that you don’t drive a lot. ZipCar lets you rent out your car for other people to drive. In most cases, you can make a nice second income by renting out your car. It’s also possible to rent a car through ZipCar to work another side gig, like driving with Uber.
Much like ZipCar and GetAround, Turo lets you rent out your car to other people around you. Typically, if you live near an airport, you’ll have plenty of business people that need a car for the weekend. “Hosts” as Turo calls those who rent out their cars, have access to a mobile business app to manage their trips and pricing, etc.
Another great way to earn some cash by renting out your car! Don’t just let your parked car sit and collect dust, make money off it! Manage your calendar and rentals through the website or app.
If you have a spare room or guest house, rent it out! Thanks to expensive hotel rates, Airbnb has exploded. Put a mint on those pillows and enjoy some extra money for letting people sleep in your spare beds. Manage your entire hosting business through the app.
VRBO is another popular website for renting out your home or vacation home. The VRBO Owner app is specifically for hosts.
Side hustles for single moms that involve teaching online
Help English learners in China through video tutoring. Perks are flexible schedule, work from home, fun job (if you enjoy teaching!), weekly pay, and a high hourly rate. Qualifications are the standard USA / Canadian, Bachelor’s degree in any field or currently enrolled as an education major in a university, and any experience teaching or tutoring. You will teach your lessons through the web interface.
VIPKid is an online tutoring service, but it has a unique twist. They are providing international learning for children in China between the ages of 4 – 12. They offer 1-on-1 English lessons. If you have a love of teaching English, it’s a great way to earn a side-income. The VIPKid Teach app allows you to manage your lessons and sessions.
Teaching is a great way to earn money, and thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of ways that you can share your knowledge online. If you have some technical skills, you can use Udemy to share it with the world and earn extra cash. Whenever anyone purchases your course, you get paid!
Tutoring is an excellent way to help students and also earn some extra cash on the side. Wyzant lets you create a free profile and search for tutoring jobs in your area. They have traditional school subjects, but there are also more specialized jobs like web design tutoring. Tutors have access to the mobile app Tutor on Wyzant to manage their lessons and business.
Chegg works similar to the other tutoring sites, except these tutoring sessions are all online. You can help tutor students virtually. You log in when you have free time to tutor and Chegg pairs you with students looking for help in your subjects.
Learning a new language can be difficult. That’s where iTalki comes in. It’s a site that helps connect students to native speaking teachers. If you want to teach English, iTalki is one of the best places to get paid for your services. They will connect you to students across the globe and they manage all of the international payments for you. Teachers can manage their profile within the iTalki mobile apps.
Side hustles for single moms that involve odd jobs
This is a unique way of earning money. Gigwalk members can post a variety of different jobs. Everything from seeing if products are stocked, to collecting data. You can get gigs based on your zip code. Find gigs right on the app.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Craigslist. You may have even bought something off of it, but it’s also a great place to find some freelance work.
Looking for work in your own neighborhood? Have some handyman skills or are you willing to do some yard work? This is the perfect site for you. Workers can find gigs on the Tasker by TaskRabbit app.
Another place to find random freelance work. Anything from web design to washing dishes.
The description on their homepage says it all, “hire local, hand-picked home services.” So add your skills to their site, and just wait for the requests to come in!
This website lets you browse through thousands of hourly jobs. You can browse through a variety of different industries and see if anything part-time would work for your needs. You can use either the website or the Snagajob app to find work.
There are plenty of people looking for qualified candidates, but finding the perfect second job can be difficult, that’s where SimplyHired comes in. The Simply Hired app makes it easy to find work right from your phone.
If you don’t mind doing a little driving, becoming a field agent with Trendsource is a simple way to earn extra cash. All that you have to do is visit a project location and complete an evaluation as a mystery shopper. You’ll get paid twice a month.
Mystery shopping is not a new idea, but it’s an excellent way for you to go shopping and get paid to do it. Restaurants and shops will pay for “mystery customers” to come in, shop, and then tell them about their experience. 360 Intel used to be known as Goodwin Hospitality.
The freelance community has never been bigger. There are plenty of people out there that are looking for talented people to finish up some work for them. Fiverr has freelance jobs for just about any profession. Anything from musician to web analyst. You can manage your entire business right from within the app.
If you have some technical skills, like admin support or design, you can find some excellent freelance jobs. Download the Upwork for Freelancers app to find gigs.
This site specializes in freelance jobs in the media field. This includes marketing, sales, PR, television, and much more.
It’s another freelance site that specializes in design work.
Another freelance site that has jobs for videographers, photographers, and researchers.
Whether you want an easy gig you can do from home (like completing surveys) or you’re looking for a fun job outside of the home (like dog walking), you don’t need to spend hours combing through job boards. Steady app has helped more than 3 million people find quality gigs and jobs.
Side hustles for single moms that involve taking care of people and pets
If you enjoy spending time caring for people, you can turn it into money. Care.com has jobs for child care, day care, caregivers, pet sitters, and much more. Manage jobs through the Care.com Caregiver app.
Join Care.com free, or get a 20% discount on premium memberships with code JOINCARE20.
Rover lets you get paid to walk dogs or check on them in the middle of the day. It’s easy to get started with their site. Get paid to pet dogs, what could be better?? It’s easy to find and manage your gigs in the Rover app.
This is the nation’s “largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers,” which means there is probably a job opportunity somewhere near you. DogVacay has been purchased by Rover and is in the process of being integrated into the company.
Side hustles for single moms that involve typing
Data entry is a popular occupation for anyone that’s looking to make money online. TDEC is hiring data entry specialists at their various locations and dozens of states.
If you’re a fast typer, working at Scribie is an excellent option for you. All that you have to do is watch a video and transcribe the audio. You can get paid anywhere from $5 to $20 per an audio hour.
This is another data entry site that offers a variety of services to their clients. If you work with MegaTypers, you could be entering data or transcribing voice to text. The faster that you type, the more that you’ll earn. You can make anywhere from $0.45 per 1000 words to $1.5 per 100 words.
Bottom line: When it comes to single mom side hustles, you have choices
With a recession looming, ensuring your family’s financial wellbeing is more important than ever. The good news is that there are plenty of single mom side hustles to help you make extra money as a single mom, whether you want to unload your old jewelry or help kids learn a second language.
If you don’t have time for a single mom side hustle but want to make more money, check out my guide to asking for and getting a raise.You can also read our roundup of the best jobs for single moms and no-degree jobs.