As a mom, I know what it’s like to not want to leave your kids to go to work. Surely, if anyone is raising them, it should be you, not someone who you pay to do it? I mean, it’s senseless isn’t it, you’re going out to work to earn money, most of which you have to pay out in childcare fees. When you add it all up, you realize that actually, it makes little sense to leave the kids to go out and work. As after childcare costs, you’ll have very little left over.
That being said, kids are expensive, and you need a good income coming in if you want to live comfortably. As a parent, it can feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to increasing your household income. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, as there are plenty of options for earning a little extra money without having to leave the kids.
To give you some ideas and inspiration, I’ve put together this handy guide. Have a read and see whether any of the below ideas could work for you.
Sell your old stuff
To make the odd bit of extra money now and then, a great option is selling your old stuff. Whether you’ve got old baby bits and bobs, old books and CDs, or old clothes you no longer want, selling them can bring in a good bit of extra cash. There are various ways you can sell your old and unwanted stuff, from boot sales to selling online; you’ve got lots of options. As well as sites like eBay, where you list and sell your own stuff, there are also sites that you sell your items to, they pay you, and then sell your stuff on. You can find out more about this from Buyback Express – an online selling site. Selling your stuff can be a great way to give your income the boost that it needs.
Start a blog
Are you a keen writer? Do you love the idea of sharing tips and advice posts as well as product reviews? Yes – then starting a blog could be a great option. The thing about starting a blog, like mine, is that it comes with lots of opportunities. Not only can you get paid to review products for companies, but you can also get paid for freelance content creation. As well as for reviewing products on your blog. It will take a while to build your site up so that you’re earning enough, but it’s a great long-term solution.
Be a childminder
A great way to work around your little ones is by becoming a childminder. You can set up a childcare service in your home and take care of other people’s children while they are at work. Of course, to do this you’ll need to undertake a couple of courses, but it’s a great option. You’ll be able to make a good income and won’t have to leave your little ones to go out to work.
Join an MLM scheme
Have you always wanted to start your own business? Well, how about joining an MLM – multi-level marketing, scheme? While a lot of people aren’t sure about these types of businesses, they can be a great way to earn a good income around your children. Plus, there’s plenty of advancement opportunities, support, and types to choose from – what more could you want? The only downside, of course, is that most MLM companies come with a signup fee. This means that you’d need to pay that before you could join. However, this tends to simply be used to cover the cost of your startup products and information.
Work from home for an employer
If you want a role that comes with a guaranteed income, consider working part-time from home for an employer. Believe it or not, there are plenty of companies that offer the option of flexible home-working. Meaning that if you found a company that does, you could work comfortably from home around your little ones. These types of roles can be in a range of industries, so whatever your skills or experience, there’s sure to be a suitable one. If you’re unsure of what type of roles are available, take the time to research it and see what’s out there.
Work on a freelance basis
Do you have a set of skills that you developed at your previous roles? Perhaps you’re a dab hand at writing; maybe you’re a fantastic accountant? Whatever your skills, you can use them to work on a freelance basis. If you can’t find an advertised work from home role, as mentioned above, consider going freelance. This is where you work from home providing a service to various clients. This could be anything from aiding them with their correspondence to working as a virtual assistant. The great thing about freelancing is that you can work around whatever commitments you have and work at times that suit you.
Sell homemade/homegrown produce
Do you have a green thumb? Do you have an aptitude for baking? Perhaps you make the most amazing chutneys and jams? Whether you grow lots of produce in your garden and always have spare or love baking cakes, consider selling your produce. You could start small with a stall outside your home, and then as business picks up, you could consider expanding. Obviously, this would take time, but it could be a great way to earn around your children.
So there you have it, lots of ideas and inspiration for boosting your income without having to leave your kids while you go out to work. While a lot of these ideas will take time to build up, they can be a great way to earn a little extra money. It just depends on whether they’re well suited to you and your family’s lifestyle and needs. Take the time to think carefully about what would be the best option for you, and then give it a try.