Business Ideas: 12 Side Hustles for Moms
Anyone who’s a mom knows that taking care of a child is a full-time job on its own. But for mothers looking for a little extra income, there are lots of options for side hustles for moms that can make you some extra cash while you take care of your kids. If you’re ready to start a new business venture, these side hustle ideas take into consideration mothers who are both full-time and part-time caretakers.
We’ll also examine some of the financial sides of getting into a side hustle. This includes taxes and also how you establish yourself as a company both now and down the line. Hopefully, you’ll find yourself inspired by these side hustle ideas for moms. And even if your perfect side hustle isn’t on the list, we’re confident it’ll kickstart some great ideas.
1. Digital Advertising and Analytics
There’s a significant need in the market for experts in digital marketing and analytics. This includes platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google. Knowing how to effectively create and target customers is a big asset for a company, so you can bring that expertise and charge hourly for it.
To get started, look into platform certifications that will teach you the ropes. Not only will they help you learn, having a certification can also help you market yourself. This is a great home-based side hustle that will likely allow you to set your own hours, and you can determine how many clients you work with.
2. Online Teaching
As many educational institutions move online, consider teaching. Lots of subjects are available to teach, and you can instruct from the comfort of your own home. Even if you don’t have an area of expertise in a specific subject matter, you can always consider teaching English. Many foreign countries have set up online English-learning schools, which provide both lesson plans and training for teachers.
3. Surveys and Focus Groups
If you’re hoping to do something from home in the drips of spare time that you have, consider taking consumer research surveys. Many companies need market research in order to better tailor their goods and services to potential customers, which you can participate in for compensation.
If you’re able to get out of the house more regularly, you might want to also look into focus groups, which are another type of market research. These are generally done in person under the observation of the companies being evaluated, and can also pay in cash or gift cards for participation.
4. Affiliate Commerce and Advertisements
If you have a blog or social media following, you might want to try to monetize your platforms by adding affiliate commerce. There are affiliate marketing programs with large retailers such as Amazon that’ll enable you to get a cut of any sales driven from a link in your blog or social media. The affiliate partner or programs you choose should reflect the type of products you talk about on your platforms.
Similarly, if you have a blog or website, consider placing ads on the site to monetize against clicks. Google, for instance, has an existing ad network that enables you to place code on your site that shows ads and you don’t have to worry about selling advertisements. You’ll likely need a decent following to benefit from affiliate marketing or ads, so check out these tips on how to optimize your blog.
5. Dog Sitting and Walking
You might be able to turn a love of dogs into a business. Many people need dog walkers or sitters during the day, which could be a great side hustle for moms if your schedule is flexible. You can even take your kids with you on your strolls. Advertise locally, or consider using a platform that matches walkers with clients in need.
6. Child Care
Similarly, you might be able to offer child care during the day for parents who work outside the home full-time. You’re already taking care of your own children, so if you feel like you have the bandwidth, this could be a simple enough option. Even just offering a few hours—say, between the end of the school day and when parents get home from work—can make a difference for working parents—and for your bottom line, too.
There will always be a need for tutors—especially those who are good with children. If you specialize in a subject or have a knack for education, tutoring could be lucrative (and even fun). This is a great option for former teachers, too, which can help you market yourself as an educator. Additionally, tutoring can happen at your home, which could make your day easier in terms of logistics.
8. Shopping and Delivery
Many working parents don’t have a lot of time to shop on their own—especially for things like groceries. If you have the time and the ability, consider shopping and delivering for clients who need the service. There are some apps that hire shoppers and match them with orders to fulfill, or you can spread the word in your neighborhood.
Being a mom often means your instinct to organize kicks in. You might not be Marie Kondo, but if you have a good handle on how to help people get some order in their lives, then creating an organizing service can be a great side-hustle. Market yourself with photos of your hyper-organized home, and make sure to add customer testimonials as you accrue them.
You don’t have to work for a company full-time to offer your skills and expertise. Consider becoming a freelancer in the industry in which you have experience. Even small projects, such as one-off requests from clients on platforms to hire freelancers, can earn you money–as well as enable you to keep your skills fresh. There are lots of services that are needed on a freelance basis, including writing, editing, social media, graphic design, interior design, and more.
11. Proofreading, Copyediting, and Fact-Checking
If language is your thing, consider proofreading, copyediting, or fact-checking. There are classes to teach you how to do this as a pro, and even certify you. Lots of publications and companies search for experts in these areas; the best part is that proofreaders often aren’t on staff, which means there’s a demand for these services.
12. Doula or Lactation Consultant Services
Becoming a doula can be a very rewarding experience for both you and the families you help. Doulas often work on flexible schedules (though do take into consideration that you’ll be on call for births). Becoming a doula will require certification, but you can take them on your own time.
Similarly, explore getting certified as a lactation consultant. You can often make your own schedule, and provide services as you’re available. It’s a bit of effort upfront, but can be both lucrative and rewarding.
Financial Expectations and Considerations
The income you’ll make when you take on a side hustle will, of course, vary based on the side hustle that you choose. Here are a few things to consider when you’re calculating the extra income that you will generate:
- Platform fees: If you’re working in the gig economy, you may be doing so through an app. Many of these apps take small fees or cuts of the profit you make—that’s how they make their money. So, understand that you won’t always net the full price of your services. That said, you may initially use these apps when you’re first building your client base but can often cut out the middleman once you have established customers.
- Setting prices: If you’re providing freelance services yourself, that means you’ll be setting your own prices. You’ll want to do some research to make sure you’re both competitive in the market as well as not selling yourself short.
- Work consistency: Some kinds of work are only seasonal or on-demand, and others might take a long time to build up a client base. Keep both of these in mind as you predict your income, being realistic about the demand for your services and any time it might take to find customers.
You will also want to understand how taxes work on side hustle income.
Even though you won’t be pulling in the same kind of money as with a full-time salary, your income will still be taxable. Most of the money you’ll earn may be pre-tax, which means you’ll have to pay taxes on it at the end of the year, instead of taxes being taken out in advance, which might be what you’re used to. And, importantly. freelance income, which is generated as 1099 employment, is generally taxed at a higher percentage.
Don’t forget to set up a business bank account—which is easy and free—to deposit your side hustle income. Then, be sure to “harvest” estimated taxes. That’s simply a way to say that you put money aside for the taxes you anticipate paying at the end of the fiscal year.
The best thing to do is to consult your accountant so they can tell you how much to expect to put aside. It’ll also be helpful for them to know you’ll be expecting side hustle income.
Setting up a Business Entity
You’ll likely begin your side hustle journey as a solopreneur, meaning that you’re taking care of every piece of your business on your own. If your business grows, however, and you find that you’re building a more sizable enterprise, you might want to look into setting up a business entity.
This establishes you as a business and not just an individual, and can help you with things including taxes and protecting your personal assets separately from your business assets. It will also enable you to get access to a business credit card if you find you’re accruing regular expenses related to your side hustle.
The Bottom Line
Remember, it might take a little while for you to find the right side hustle for your skills, interests, and schedule. It might require some trial and error to figure out what excites you, but also what’s compatible with your time and energy. (After all, that’s a precious commodity as a mother.)
No side hustle will be absolutely perfect—just like no full-time job will be—but you can find a great fit for you. Hopefully, these side hustle ideas for moms will provide a good jumping-off point to help you find the perfect fit for your time and skill set. And, don’t forget that what’s good for one mom won’t necessarily be the thing that thrills you, so, above all, follow your heart.