The age-old stereotype of a single mother working two 9-5 type jobs to make ends meet has many single mothers wondering if there are alternative to this kind of lifestyle.
But technology is one hell of a tool, and thanks to the internet, it’s opened the doors to various different work at home opportunities and ways to make extra cash too.
If you’re finding yourself in a financial pinch, the internet can come to your rescue.
That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require a bit of digging through.
I’ve been there, searching the web endlessly for opportunities to make a little extra, and I’ve compiled a list of what I’ve found (and will keep adding as I find more) so that you can spend less time searching and more time getting some cash.
My little disclaimer: I’ll indicate the ones that I’ve used personally and how they’ve worked for me, but some I’ve only come across searching the web. I’ll do my very best to make sure all of these legit but I encourage you to do a little research yourself first.
These are also NOT meant to be a long-term financial plan. Just some extra side money. 🙂
Here are the ones I’ve personally used (P:s- if you want to skip my reviews feel free to scroll down to the list):
This post may contain affiliate links! That means I recommend things that I love and use myself and I’ll receive a percentage if you use the link to buy/use it! 🙂
Yup. You’ve probably heard it a million times, but it’s worth mentioning again if you have a car, try out Lyft or Uber. I’ve personally driven for Lyft and it’s helped me gain a few extra dollars for groceries and electricity when I needed it.
It’s pretty flexible, you just go online and wait for someone to request a ride from you. It’s also fairly easy, especially if you’re already familiar with the city. You follow navigation and pick up the person from point A and follow navigation and drop them off at point B.
I’ve been lucky to never have run into a creep or someone who has otherwise made me feel unsafe and for the most part, other female drivers have reported the same.
Another pro for Lyft is that you can now (for a small fee) deposit money immediately into your account after accruing $5 or more bucks, you no longer have to wait till the following Sunday to receive your money. Hooray!
Lyft has also stepped up its incentive game and now offers “accelerate rewards” for the number of drives you do. For example, giving 10 rides in 3 months can earn you gas reward points and access to discounts on roadside assistance and some other perks. The more drives you get, the more rewards you get access to like movie tickets and VIP roadside support.
You initially need money to make money; as in you need gas and need to make sure your car is clean. Lyft has stations where car washes are free but unless you live close, it’ll cost you more in gas to drive there.
You also need to make sure you have someone to care for your kiddo and account for any long drives. Some rides can really take you out some distances.
I personally avoided driving late nights and weekend nights to avoid the party crowd (and people throwing up in my car), but that’s also where you can make a good chunk of money.
If you need money quick, go out to your local bar scene or downtown on the weekend. People have also reported making a decent amount from ride referrals as well.
Lyft is less stringent about requirements for your car, accepting later models than Uber, but if you have a luxury car you can get more money with UberLUX.
I’ve used Dasher, but UberEats is a bit harder to sign up for since they already have a lot of drivers (who usually drive for regular Uber as well).
FYI: If you already drive for Uber, you’re automatically qualified for Ubereats.
Food Delivery Pros
You don’t need anyone in your car. This can be great if you don’t like the idea of having someone in the car with you or don’t want to have to change your radio station.
You also don’t have to worry about your car being spotless, which is easier especially if you have a toddler (keeping a car cheerio free is hard, okay?).
Food Delivery Cons
Sometimes, if you’re delivering to an apartment, it can be a pain wandering around with a bag of Jack In The Box looking for apartment number 2041 in a huge complex.
You also have to have attention to detail. There have been a few times where I assumed the order was complete and delivered it, only to find that the extra fries or cookies were missing from the order (and people love their cookies).
The app itself can also be a bit clumsy. I can’t speak for UberEats, but for Dasher, you can only log on if the area (where you GPS has you located) is in need of “dashers” (or shaded red), if not, you can’t work. You can schedule your time but it still doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the time slot you want.
Getting a hold of tech support can be a pain as well since it’s all messenger based. While support can call you, you can’t call them. This can be frustrating especially if you have someone staring at you waiting impatiently for the problem to be fixed.
Food Delivery Tips
Go during “peak times” such as lunch breaks, dinner and late nights (attack of the munchies) when people are more likely to order out. Not too many people are making requests for breakfast.
People are generally easy going and will tip you for simple things that packing extra napkins or taking the time to text and ask if they’d like Cherry Pepsi or normal Pepsi. Giving them a heads up if you’re running a few minutes behind usually prevents unhappy complaints too.
There are also other companies out there that work much like ride shares, where you simply pick up and deliver or are on demand. Companies like these offer flexibility and relatively easy labor.
Be very cautious though and read through the reviews to see if it’s worth it to work for them. The list of these is down below.
While obviously selling your own stuff is an option, many people have had success with reselling. Basically buying something super cheap, then reselling it for a profit somewhere else.
A good option would be to hit up garage sales and finding toys and clothes in good condition and then reselling in on Facebook or apps like LetItGo. You could also buy books (in good condition) and resell them on Amazon.
Fairly easy to do and you don’t necessarily need a car to do it like the ones above. You could also make a good sum of money if you’re crafty or handy with tools by sprucing up old tables and making decor out of old items.
Vintage is back in and people are paying good money for it.
Again, it costs money to make money, but the cost could be fairly low if you look in the right places.
Make sure you’re actually making a profit from your items. You don’t want to put in the time and effort into buying something for $5 and fixing it up only to resell it for $5.75.
Babysitting can be a great way to make some extra money. People will suggest using care.com or sittercity.com but I personally think word of mouth and Facebook Groups can be just as effective, if not more so.
Being available for last minute requests or for late night/overnight requests can really bring in some extra money for you.
A lot of families won’t mind if you bring your children (or if they bring their kids to your house which means you don’t have to leave) which can be extremely beneficial if childcare is an issue for you.
You never quite know how the child will behave and watching other peoples kids could be stressful. I wouldn’t suggest it if you don’t particularly like children (besides your own of course).
Don’t just throw toys in your living room and call it “a caring home”. Take the time to take nice photos and evaluate. If you were a stranger, would you entrust your kids to the same environment you’re offering others?
Having things like CPR certification and references can really put other parent’s mind at ease too and make them more willing to hire you.
The List of “Side Hustles”
- Postmates (general delivery)
- Dasher (food)
- UberEats (food)
- Instacart (groceries)
- Shipt (groceries)
- Bird Charger (collecting electric scooters and charging them)
- GoShare (if you have a truck or van, you can help people with moving or transporting large items)
offer CREATIVE WORK
FREELANCE (WRITING/GRAPHIC DESIGN/WEB DESIGN/ETC)
- Usermuse (software/program testing)
CASH BACK/SHOPPING PERKS/SECRET SHOPPER
- Ibotta (by far one of my favorite cashback apps, you get $5 for joining)
- Dosh (earn $5 for joining)
- Walmart Savings Catcher
- Shopkick(earn “kicks” that can be redeemed for gift cards, pretty fun actually)
- Fieldagent (mystery shopper)
(Pst: pro tip, you can double up on these apps and earn back more money. For example, upload one receipt on both Ibotta and Check51 or shopping online and earning with Ebates and Ibotta. Why not earn money for both?)
*I’ll be honest and say surveys are not my favorite way to earn extra income. They can be tedious and time-consuming but if you have time to kill it’s worth a try.
- Threadup (clothes)
- Poshmark (clothes)
- Facebook Marketplace
Be sure to bookmark or pin this blog post as I’ll be continuously updating it as I find more opportunities and learn more about the ones listed!