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The Juicy side hustle guide for a Single Mom

  • Helloooooo super single mama who’s looking for a side hustle. I’m so proud of you for being here today trying to find a way to make extra money to support yourself and your children so you don’t have to depend on anyone.

My story:

  • I remember when I first thought of my job to be enough and give enough income for me and my kids. I was wrong!
  • This is when I started searching and looking for other things to support me and my little family and make life even easier.

Note: even if you think that you have enough income, having a side hustle is good when you save what you gain for emergencies and unexpected situations.

            “Good things happen to those who hustle.” – Anais Nin

What is a side hustle?

A side hustle is a job following your passion but not a hobby, and it’s not a side-job. It gives an income that varies depending on the type, time, trend …etc.

If you are thinking of finding a good job then this flexible jobs guide is for you

How do you do a successful side hustle?

From the definition above, you see that side hustles aren’t actual jobs, and for that, you should follow some rules to have a successful side hustle:

Don’t destroy your full-time job: a side hustle is to support your main income, so if you don’t have a full-time job then that’s not for you. However, if your side hustle needs consistency and it will lower your efficiency in your full-time job, then no.

Don’t be in debt: I understand some side hustles need at least a small amount of income “ even starting a blog needs a kick start money”. However, if you think that you need to be in debt to start an expensive side hustle, then this is a bad idea.

Save money if you can: Unnecessarily spending’s are to be crossed from your list. For example, you want to start a blog, you don’t need a pro version page builder, you don’t need paid version theme, or most expensive mail provider.

If you can save then do it.

Make a schedule and follow it strictly: People with an organized mindset and the successful ones. Make a schedule that takes you with baby steps from point a to point b. one day to write, one day to record, one day to post, one day to edit, one day to research ….etc.

Join both passion and revenue generator: It’s great to use your passion in your side hustle, but if it doesn’t generate revenue. After all, you want to make money not show people your hobbies and we want to take you to the point where you make money happily.

Back up your plan: we both know that the planning part is covered but sometimes things don’t go as we planned so we need a backup plan just in case. We want you to be defended by all expectations to stay strong and super and keep that money cha-ching running.

Your side hustle is YOUR “me time”: The side hustle is following your passion for a reason. I can’t advise you to start a crochet side hustle when you get stressed from holding yarn and needle. You should enjoy what you’re doing to do it perfectly.

By then it’ll never feel stressed or a burden.

What are the difficulties that you face when starting a side hustle?

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey

Being a single mother isn’t easy at all, I’m saying that out of the experience. Adding to that having a side hustle to support yourself is another big step to take:

  • Finding time: Most side hustles need time, how will you find the time or make your own time is a big challenge I know you can beat.
  • Finding an audience: not knowing who wants your products or services is something any side hustler face at the start. Don’t worry it will get easier by the time when people get to know you.

“Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.” – Anonymous

  • Financial difficulties: As I advised earlier, try not to start a side hustle that needs the fortune to start with. If you are a single mother and don’t have a job already, then every tiny bit of money counts.

“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” — James W. Frick

  • A balance between children & working: With raising children and doing both roles, mothers rarely have time to work on side hustles, but there are always ways to do your side hustle when your kids are around.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

  • Passion vs. Experience: When picking up a side hustle, we established the point where passion is included. But adding to that, you really need experience of how to deliver this passion. If you are a freelancer, then it’s fine you don’t need to teach anyone anything.
  • What if you want to write a book on how to crochet? If you don’t know how to write educational content, or how to deliver the information or where to start, then you need to learn by people who teach you how to teach.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

Does the side hustle make a passive income?

Not necessarily. It depends on the side hustle itself. If you are selling an e-book, e-course, printable as a result you’ll get passive income on autopilot.

When you create them once and keep selling them we call it a passive income.

But if you give 1:1 course, sessions, or walk a dog, or babysit, or anything similar… then no that’s not a passive income.

Common Questions/FAQ About side hustles:

“You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.” – Stephen C. Hogan

What are the most paying side hustles?

  • Graphic designer
  • Online Media
  • Photography
  • Restaurants
  • Apparel and fashion
  • Entertainment
  • Real Estate
  • Events Services
  • Writing and Editing

What digital side hustle fits best for a single mom?

  • Virtual Assistance
  • Writer
  • E-Course creator
  • Editor
  • Survey Taker
  • 1:1 instructor
  • Graphic designer
  • Audiobook creator
  • Blogging
  • Language teacher
  • Sell on Etsy
  • Sell on “Teachers pay Teachers”

What physical Side Hustle fits best for a single mom?

  • Stock Photographer
  • Handcrafts instructor
  • Soap making, natural products, candle making, accessories
  • Furniture refurbishes.
  • Babysitting
  • Walking dogs
  • Garage sale
  • Local tour guide
  • Music teacher
  • Personal Trainer

What do I need to be a stock photographer?

  • You need sunshine “even from a window”
  • Background “cheap cardboards”
  • Outdoor scenes <<< free
  • Lightroom if possible
  • Your mobile phone is enough
  • Free apps to edit the photos
  • If you want it big, the camera’s come in different prices << I’m not expert tbh
  • Blog or website + social media to advertise for your photo’s

Check these links to help you with taking cheap professional stock photos “Some of my favourite youtube videos”:

HOW I EDIT MY PICTURES FOR POSHMARK! | PHOTO EDITING

4 Must Have Apps For Editing Your Photos

How To Build A Photo Light Box For Less Than $10

How to take Stock Photos for your Creative Brand

What do I need as furniture refurbish side hustler?

  • Locations of garage sales, super cheap used furniture even online or your own old furniture.
  • Different types of paints “depending on the materials of the piece”
  • As a result of the above you need brushes, sprays, pastes to fix breaks.
  • Big space “preferably outdoor so it won’t hurt your lungs”
  • Photos of the finished piece and website to advertise for it.

Check these links for more ideas and tips:

30 Fabulous Furniture Makeover DIY Projects

50 DIY Furniture Projects with Step by Step Plans

The Essential Tools Needed to Paint Beautiful Furniture

What do I need to write an e-book?

  • Grammar checking app.
  • Google docs or Microsoft Word.
  • Outline.
  • Free website to create a cover or create a simple one on google docs.
  • Research for ideas.
  • Website to advertise, social media, and so on.
  • A platform to sell your e-book.

What do I need for teaching a language?

  • A video-audio app to contact with your students.
  • A plan for your curriculum
  • A microphone and headset “the phone headset is good enough”
  • Advertising platform.

What do I need to create an e-course?

  • Video editor.
  • Slideshow.
  • Screen recorder “there are free ones”
  • You can use your mobile camera.
  • Microphone.
  • Platform to sell the course.
  • Website to build an email list and audience.
  • Social media for advertising.

What can I do as a virtual assistant for a side hustle?

  • You can help bloggers with pinning.
  • Help in scheduling content.
  • Replying to emails.
  • Writing content for example freelancer.
  • Help with technical issues if you have experience.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about picking a side hustle as a single mom

  • Incomes and profits differ from one person to another.
  • The problems each person’s faces differ regarding the background, circumstances life nature, age and number of children.
  • Everything needs a reputation, and you can build yours with hard work and consistency.

Remember you are strong, beautiful and capable to move mountains. All you need is reveal this strength.

Now tell me, super mama, what are you passionate about and thought of turning it into a side hustle?