The stereotype…Single moms are young, low-income earners that have to live in their parents’ basement to survive. For the most part, this couldn’t be further from the truth. From my experience, single moms are strong, relentless, hard-charging, and thirsty to create an amazing future for themselves and for their children, and they’ll stop at nothing to achieve their dreams. That’s why I made this list of 50+ high paying side hustles for single moms. They’re all asking about it, and they’re ready to do the work to make it happen.
50+ High Paying Side Hustles for Single Moms
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Dang, you single moms are amazing. You do it all…and then some, and now you’re reading this article about how you can do more! I love it!
My hope is that from this list you’ll find the exact side hustle that’s right for you, make a load of cash, and completely change the trajectory of your (and your kid’s) future!
Side Hustles for Single Moms – No Baby Sitter Needed
Want ‘side hustles for single moms’ that don’t require you to leave the house? BOOM, here you go. These hustles are flexible, you can do them at home, and they’ll still earn you some fabulous coin.
1) Pet Sitting
This is a gem if you have a pet already. What’s two when you already have one? Pet sitters earn between $25-$50 a day, which over the course of a week or two can really add up!
Getting Started: Simple Side Hustle Ideas – Pet Sitting
2) Baby Sitting
When you’ve got kids, you’re more apt to stay at home whenever you can. If money is tight though, maybe you could agree to watch some other kids in the evenings (at your house). According to SitterCity.com, the average baby-sitter earns $12.50 an hour.
Getting Started: The Ultimate Guide to Babysitting
3) Virtual Assistant
There are tons of blogs out there that are making $1,000, $5,000, even $10,000+ a month and they need your help to grow even bigger.
- Respond to advertiser emails
- Track income and expenses
- Set up PR meetings and interviews
- Market their product
Become a VA and earn an average of $16 an hour. Prove your worth and you could earn far more than that.
4) Graphic Design
With so many people making money online today, there is a huge need for solid graphic design. If you have a background in design and want to earn thousands of dollars more each year, throw your hat in the ring at the following sites:
Getting Started: 8 Ways to Make Extra Money From Your Graphic Design Skills
5) Marketing Specialist
If you know how to market a product or service, you definitely don’t have to leave home to do it anymore! Instead of earning money with the traditional route at the corporate headquarters, start looking for companies that encourage you to work at home on your own time. Simply Google, “Work from home Marketing” and you’ll see a whole new world of options in front of you.
Not enough direction for you? Then try this route.
Take note of your favorite blogs and websites that you read in your downtime, find their contact emails, and simply reach out to them! Let them know you’re experienced in marketing and brand management, that you love what they’re doing, and that you’d like to be involved! You never know where it could lead.
Getting Started: Work from Home Marketing Jobs on Indeed
My personal favorite (then again…why wouldn’t it be when it earns me tens of thousands of dollars each year?? ;)).
If you want to start your own business, but don’t want to shell out a bunch of money to get it started, then blogging might be the perfect solution for you! At a cost of just $2 a month, it’s pretty much a no-brainer to at least give it a shot! BUT, understand that it could take some time to get started – many bloggers don’t earn their first dollar until 6 months in.
Interested, but not sure what to write about? Take a look at these top money-making blog topics.
Getting Started: How to Start a WordPress Blog on iPage for $24
7) Freelance Writing
I’m continually amazed by how many great mom writers there are! So many of them are even way more talented than me (which…I guess isn’t really all that hard)!
Somehow, they just naturally:
- capture your attention in a single sentence,
- gain the loyalty of readers in a heartbeat,
- and they seem to just write impactful articles so effortlessly!
If I’m describing you to a T right now, then this is one of the “side hustles for single moms” that you should really pay attention to! Earn an average of $20-$30 an hour, or if you’re really good and have a long history of writing, you could earn $100 or more!
Getting Started: How to Make Extra Money as a Freelance Writer
8.) Furniture Refurbishing
From my perspective, women are naturally better artists than men (sorry guys), and this often carries over into furniture refurbishing as well. The concept is simple – get furniture for cheap (or free) from garage sales and estate sales, paint it or re-stain it, and then sell it for way more! Want more info? Check out the link below.
Getting Started: Side Hustle Spotlight – Flipping Furniture With a Young Pro
9) Car Flipping
Guys are typically interested in flipping cars, but women can certainly do it too (and honestly…they can probably do it better…just like everything else). Buy a dirty, somewhat run-down car with a sound motor for cheap, clean it up to look pretty, and sell it for way more! The concept is so simple, seriously anyone could do it. On my last flip, I earned almost $700 in just 2 weeks!!
Getting Started: Make Money By Flipping Cars?
10) Rent Out Your House
If you’re a single mom with a child I understand your hesitancy on this one, but there are quite a few single moms out there that swear by this side hustle! Basically, you’re doing nothing extra, but you’re earning hundreds of dollars more a month, so there’s a huge upside for sure. Just be super cautious with your advertising and your selection.
Getting Started: 7 Tips for Renting Out a Room in Your House
11) Community Manager
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. – there are so many social media sites these days that it’s hard for any business owner to keep up! A community manager would take care of all these social accounts and anything else that would drive more traffic to the company page.
Getting Started: 10 Tips for Aspiring Community Managers
12) Create an Online Course
Some people say online courses are dying, but that’s just because they’re now flooded with sub-par content from people that are just trying to make a quick buck. Create an over-the-top course that people are salivating for, and you’ll likely to succeed. Heck, some people are earning $30k a month with their online courses!
Getting Started: How to Create Online Courses – These Make $1 Million a Year
13) Create Lesson Plans
If there’s one thing that teachers hate, it’s lesson planning. For many, they’d rather pay for someone else’s lesson plans since they’re probably better, more fun, and most importantly…saves them a crap-ton of time! If you’re one of the odd ducks that likes to lesson plan and have a few fantastic ones created, why not try to sell them? Heck, some teachers are earning $45k+ a MONTH doing this!!
Getting Started: Get Paid to Write Lesson Plans
14) Be a Small Business Accountant
Were you an accountant in a former life? Perfect! You can still put in a few hours here and there while your kiddo is sleeping, and if you work for a small business, they often don’t care when you balance the books and record all the expenses – just as long as it gets done! And the pay is an average of $20+ an hour!
Getting Started: Where to Find Work From Home Accounting Jobs
15) Fix Computers
Are you a computer geek? Then this one’s for you. Let your family, friends, and all your networks know that you’re willing to help them out with their tech troubles for just $15 an hour. Advertising your service can be tough, but it’s possible and you’ll have fun bringing those computers back to life!
Getting Started: How to Start a Home Based Computer Repair Business
16) Buy and Sell Products (Used or New)
Ever hear of Ryan Grant? My guess is no, but he’s earning millions by doing just this:
- Buying clearanced products from Walmart, and
- Selling them for more on Amazon
It’s not rocket science, people. Find a deal somewhere and sell it online for more. Simple as that.
17) Make Crafts for Etsy
– “Awww, that’s so cute! Where can I get one??”
– “You made that? How did you even think of that?”
If you’re used to hearing admiration like this, you should probably start your own Etsy site. Earnings vary, but many people find themselves earning over a thousand bucks a month!!
Getting Started: How to Make Money Selling Crafts on Etsy
18) Rent Out Your Truck
Have you ever owned a truck? Do you remember what happened when you did??
“Hey….you have a truck. Do you mind if I borrow it for a few hours? I just need to pick up a stove and drive it across town…”
This happens ALL THE TIME. So you know what? Rent it out! If you really want more cash, turn it into a more formal business. Make a Facebook page, build up a Twitter account, make a simple app. This could really turn into something BIG!
Getting Started: Make Money With Your Car – Rent it Out On Turo
19) General Transcribing
What is transcribing? It’s simply typing out what you hear in an audio clip and getting paid for it. Simple, right??
General transcribing is typically to put conversations, business meetings, and press release calls to paper. Typical earnings? $20 an hour or more. If you’re a speedy typer, then this side hustle could be right up your alley!
20) Teach English Online
Interested in teaching English as a second language online? If you’ve taught English in a classroom setting before, you’re a shoe-in. For the rest of you, you may need ESL (English as a Second Language) certification. Earnings are between $10 and $22 an hour.
Getting Started: Get Paid to Teach English Online With These 12 Companies
21) Set Up Blogs For Friends
Have you built your own blog before? Then you’re qualified for this cash cow idea (what I believe is one of the best side hustles for single moms).
Most people aren’t intimidated by the act of putting words on a page, but they are intimidated by setting up a pretty blog with graphics, a clean look, and an optimal reader experience. Help people get started and you could earn $25 an hour!
Getting Started: Contact me at derek (at) lifeandmyfinances [dot] com. I have a business proposal for you… 🙂
22) Repair iPhone Screens
iPhones still break all the time (mostly the glass from dropping it), and the cost of a new iPhone drives thousands of people to repair shops to try to get their iPhones fixed instead of paying $800 for a brand new one. What’s the going rate for screen repair? $189.99…and you could fix one phone an hour. There’s definitely margin to be made here!
Getting Started: How to Start a Successful Phone Repair Business
23) Create Art Pieces and Sell Them
Are you an artist? Ever think about selling your pieces for money? Each night after your kiddos go to sleep, you could be painting, sketching, or drafting something up for your next potential buyer. Sounds exciting, right?? It’s absolutely possible, and it could earn you more than $200 per piece.
Getting Started: How I Made $50,000 Selling Art on Facebook
24) Search Engine Evaluator
Alright, alright, so you’re not an artist and you totally skipped the last side hustle idea. That’s fine, because this one takes absolutely no skill whatsoever! All you have to do is type in some search words and describe the results that come up. Simple simple, and you could earn $12 an hour while sipping coffee on your sofa!
Getting Started: How to Get Paid $12/hr as a Search Engine Evaluator
25) Data Entry
While I agree that it’s not the most exciting thing on this list of 50+ side hustles for single moms (and it probably pays the least), data entry is still needed in our world today, and it’s something that almost anyone can do from home!
Getting Started: Where to Find Legit Data Entry Jobs From Home
26) Rent Out Your Driveway
Do you live near a stadium with constant traffic and parking issues? You could be sitting on a gold mine. Sell parking spaces in your front yard a few nights out of the week at $10 a pop. With just 10 cars a night, this could easily earn you up to $1,000 a month!
Not comfortable standing outside waving people in your yard with your kids inside by themselves? Understandable. Hire someone else to do it and split the profits 50/50. This way you earn $500 a month by doing absolutely nothing.
Getting Started: Buy a poster and write, “$10 Parking” on it… 😉
(This may need city approval…be sure to look into that too)
27) Resume Writing
Have a great career history? Have you worked in Human Resources for a while? Then you’re probably a natural fit to help people put their resumes together. The pay? You could make over $50k a year doing this! BOOM!
Getting Started: How to Make Money From Home with Resume Writing
28.) Baking Business
Love to bake? Can you hand-craft those cakes that actually look like something? It might be time to take your skills to the market (and hopefully, to the bank!). On average, at-home bakers earn $10-$15 an hour doing what they love.
Getting Started: How to Start a Home Based Baking Business
29) Tax Preparation
Do you currently do your own taxes? Interested in doing a handful of others as well? Tax preparers earn an average of $21 an hour, which could really add up within the February, March, and April months!
Getting Started: How to Earn Money by Preparing Other People’s Tax Returns
30) Surrogate Mother
I cringed a little bit when I considered adding this to the list of “high paying side hustles for single moms”. It’s not something everyone can do and there’s probably only a handful of people that are interested, BUT it is a money-maker and for the most part you’ll be able to stay at home to tend to your kiddos without interruption (while helping out a couple in need)! The pay is typically between $20,000 and $30,000, plus additional funds for maternity clothes, medical bills, etc. If your body reacts well to pregnancy, then this might be a pretty cool option.
Getting Started: How I Made $60,000 as a Surrogate Mother
If you know how to code, you’re sitting on a side hustle gold mine. Programmers can easily make $30+ an hour. Sometimes upwards of $50 an hour if you’ve got a few years of experience. And, best of all, you never have to leave your home to earn the money!
Getting Started: How to Monetize Your Programming Skills as a Beginner
Side Hustles for Single Moms – Baby Sitter May Be Necessary
These side hustles will require you to get out of the house once in a while, but the good news is that you can make bank with all of these suggestions…which will make the babysitter fee totally worth it!
Already have a decent camera? Do you have a knack for capturing the perfect moments? Photographers earn $30+ an hour. I just say “+” because there really doesn’t seem to be a ceiling to amazing photography. If you’re known as the best, you can make an obscene amount of money as a photographer.
33) Wedding Planner
If you love weddings and are super organized, then this is probably a natural fit for you. Help a bunch of lovable couples make their special day one that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
Getting Started: How to Become a Professional Wedding Planner
34) Event Planner
Not really into weddings? Maybe you had a bad experience, or maybe you just don’t want to deal with all the bridezillas. Whatever the case, maybe event planning is more up your alley.
Plan and book the venue, food, music, transportation, and then be there to monitor the party to ensure everything is going smoothly. Event planners actually earn a bit more than wedding planners and rake in an average of $23.50 an hour.
Getting Started: How to Become a Certified Event Planner
Are you well educated? Is it easy for you to teach others? Perhaps one of the best “side hustles for single moms” is tutoring! They earn an average of $15-$20 an hour and it’s quite rewarding when your student begins to succeed in the classroom. Check out the link below to get started.
Getting Started: Tutor Certification and Tutor Careers: How to Become a Tutor
P.S. I tried tutoring twice. One student got a D in the course and the other flunked out…while I got an A-. Tutoring isn’t for everyone!! 😉
Are you a fantastic cook? Could you cook for a large volume of people? Then this might be your ticket to a high paying side hustle. Again, you’ll likely need to get a sitter, but at $20-$40 an hour, it might just be worth it!
Getting Started: How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business
37) House Flipping
My wife has flipped a house, my sister and her hubby flip houses all the time…. Really, it seems like almost anyone can do this. Sure, you might not have all the skills necessary to bring an entire house back to life, but if you understand the values of homes and get the appropriate repair estimates, you should be able to calculate your potential profits before you even make an offer to buy a place!
Oh, and if I were you, I would do this with cash. You’ll get a better deal on the front end and you’ll earn more in total because you won’t lose any money in interest during the process!
Getting Started: Flipping Houses for Profit – Tips For How to Flip a House
38.) House Cleaning
Vacuum, dust, clean floors – it’s not rocket science, and you probably know how to do it all already. Reach out on Facebook and through your local networks and I bet people would be highly willing to pay out $20 an hour to a single mom in need. I would.
Getting Started: How I Started a Small Cleaning Business
39) Music Lessons
Do you play an instrument that other people have an interest in learning (ie. NOT an oboe….or the triangle…)? Then maybe you could make a few bucks teaching students all about it! Quick advice – you’ll earn more money and save more time by teaching at home (if possible), and it’s best to schedule a bunch of lessons back-to-back. Earnings? Typically $20-$30 an hour.
Getting Started: 8 Tips on Setting Up a Music Business
40) Direct Sales/Multi-level Marketing
You’ve heard the big names:
- Pampered Chef
- Mary Kay
- Beach Body
These companies pay you for selling their product, but they start paying you big money if you can build up a team of people that sell the product. Some people call it a pyramid scheme and ignore the business entirely, but many of the multi-level marketing companies are legit (including the ones listed above). When you start out, you’ll probably earn pennies an hour, but the growth potential is there to earn much more – especially if you’re excited about the product.
Getting Started: 7 Tips For Network Marketing Success
41) Drive For Uber
It’s pretty seamless to drive for Uber. You sign up through their link, upload your driver’s licence, and you’re basically ready to go. The pay isn’t amazing obviously, but if you want to make some money without going through the hassle of setting up your own business, then this is probably one of the best “side hustles for single moms” out there.
For tons more side hustle ideas like this one, here’s another great resource!
Getting Started: Make More Money with Uber – You’ve Now Got Two Options!
Interested in becoming a cosmetologist? What I suggest – don’t work for someone else, because if you do you’ll only earn $10-$15 an hour. Instead, transform your basement into a hair salon. It might cost you a few hundred bucks to get it started, but your earnings will double per hour ($15 a haircut, booked every half-hour), plus you’ll have no travel time!
Getting Started: How to Plan For Home & Mobile Salon Success
43) Hair Styling for Weddings
Supposedly, hairdressers make just $11.66 an hour on average, but what if you were skilled and you only styled hair for groups of people (ie. wedding parties or a group of friends before prom). You could make more than double that I’m sure. If you’re good, then be selective and earn the most you possibly can as often as you can.
Getting Started: How to Become a Hair Stylist
44) Personal Trainer
Do you enjoy staying in shape? Getting toned? And encouraging others to do the same?! Sounds like personal training might be the perfect side hustle for you! Earn an average of $12-$25 a hour, and if you like it enough, you could easily make it your full-time gig!
Getting Started: How to Become a Personal Trainer
45) Stage Houses
This is a thing??? You might be thinking (or more likely yelling at your computer…you crazy nut job).
Houses typically don’t sell when the rooms are messy, look cramped, are dimly lit, or if the function of each room is difficult to figure out. That’s why people hire a house stager – so they can sell their homes faster and make more money on their massive asset. Some stagers make $300 an hour. Others obviously earn less. What you charge will depend on your experience and your region.
Getting Started: Home Staging is Not a Minimum Wage Job
46) Interior Design
Staging is a short term fix to sell a house. Interior design is a long term solution to help others live their lives to the fullest in the space that they already own. It can be very rewarding and quite lucrative. The average interior designer earns $28 an hour.
Getting Started: Become an Interior Designer
47) Deliver Pizzas
Alright, I know. I just took all the glamour out of these “high paying side hustles for single moms” with this option… But it IS a real option that almost any mom can do. All you need is a car and a smartphone (or an uncanny knowledge of the streets in your area…or an archaic GPS I guess…). The average pay is about $11 an hour, but if you’re good and committed to earning more you can make up to $20 an hour.
Getting Started: Seriously? Just go apply to the seven pizza places in your one mile radius. One of them is bound to hire you.
48) Dog Grooming
Do you love dogs? Are you a skilled hair trimmer? If so, this might be worth digging into (pun intended – hey, I’m getting better at my bad dad jokes!). Sure, the average dog groomer only earns $11 an hour, but just like the pizza delivery scenario above, if you prove yourself as one of the good ones and are efficient in your work, you could probably ramp this up to $20 an hour.
Getting Started: Learn How to Become a Pet Groomer
49) Mow Lawns
Frankly, very few people want to mow their yards, which means that MOST people are willing to pay someone else to do it for them. Earn up to $60 an hour by cutting the grass, trimming weeds, and chopping back those bushes. Get a bunch of gigs in a close proximity and you could really earn a great income!!
Getting Started: Make a Good Income by Mowing Lawns
50) Disc Jockey
If you’re high energy and know a ton about music, then the DJ side hustle is probably the best option you’ve seen all day. The average hourly wage is $18.22 an hour, and you’ll probably have a blast doing it! Learn how to get started below.
Getting Started: How to Become a DJ: A Beginner’s Guide
51) Are You in the Medical Field? Put in Some Extra Time.
If you’re a nurse, you have a tremendous opportunity to make extra money beyond your regular day shifts. Ignore all the options above and read the link below. It’ll lead you to an extra $30+ an hour.
Getting Started: 8 Ways Nurses Can Make Extra Cash
52) Drop-Shipping with Shopify and Spocket
I’ve spent quite a bit of time going back and forth with a sales rep for Spocket, an app for Shopify (a simple ecommerce plug-and-play platform). The whole concept is pretty simple (and actually, kind of exciting!).
- You set up products on your Shopify page with Spocket (and maybe even some of your own product if you want), and
- When people order the Spocket product, it simply drop-ships straight from the manufacturer to the customer.
- You don’t have to do anything other than lead customers to your store!
Some people are horrible marketers and earn no money. Others figure out how to drive traffic and convert all those eyeballs into sales, and they make solid money (the sky is the limit!). Your earnings are really up to you, but the concept is super cool and could turn into one of the best side hustles for single moms!
53) Renting out Baby Supplies
Do you live in an area where there’s constant visitors? Maybe you live in a touristy place, or a bigger city that’s constantly visited for concerts, shows, and other big events. One booming business right now is renting out baby equipment.
- High chairs
- Baby monitors
- Car seats
You could sign up with BabyQuip and get an email address, a page on their popular website, and a leg-up on other do-it-yourselfers that have no existing network.
While this is a hot business right now, you might be thinking about all the costs involved in putting your inventory together. Don’t worry, it’s really not all that costly – mainly because you can buy as you go! Thanks to Amazon and other amazing stores that can get you product in a matter of days, you can actually wait to order product until after it’s ordered from you!
Sound like a cool idea? We’re honestly considering it. Some have reported earning $5,000+ per month with this business! Crazy, right? All you have to do is have some product, deliver it when needed, and pick it up again!
High-Paying Side Hustles for Single Moms – No More Excuses
BOOM! That’s 50+ high paying side hustles for single moms. With this list, I’m excited that you’ll be able to turn the corner in your life.
- No more fear of having more month than money
- No more worrying about your car breaking down every. single. day!
With this list, you can separate yourself from your fears and say sayanara to your money worries of the past. You’re off on a better track now, and I can’t wait to hear about your future successes!
All the options above are fantastic (I should know, I came up with them myself ;)), but you know what? They all could be so much better. If you decide that you want to earn more than $20-$30 an hour, you absolutely can. No matter what business you decide to do, each and every one of them can be expanded with more people and via a repeatable system.
Want to learn more? Check out The E-Myth Revisited, by Michael Gerber. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and it could be the key to your unbelievable success story.
Are you ready? Which of the side hustles for single moms will you choose??
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.