The Never Ending Extra Income List
The number one source of stress for single mothers is income, which makes sense. Kids are crazy expensive, single mothers are statistically making lower wages, and the cost of living keeps increasing.
So there's a high possibility that as a single mom, you might find yourself in a financial pinch where you need money like...yesterday when the rent was due or simply wanted some extra cash to go out and do something fun with your family.
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.
*Please note I'll indicate the ones that I've used personally and how they've worked for me, but some I've simply come across searching the web. I'll do my very best to make sure all of these legit but I encourage you check it out yourself first.
These are also NOT meant for a long term financial plans. Just some extra side money. :)
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Here are the ones I've personally used:
Rideshare: 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.
The pro's? 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 person from point A and follow navigation and drop them off at Point B. I've been lucky to never have ran into a creep or someone who has otherwise made me feel unsafe and had pleasant passengers. 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.
The cons? You initially need money to make money; as in you need gas and need to make sure your car is clean (you might have to shell out cash for a car wash. 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.
Tips: 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. People have also reported making a decent sum from ride referrals as well. Lyft is also less stringent about requirements for your car, accepting later models than Uber.
Dasher/UberEats: Much like Lyft or Uber, Dasher and UberEats is a "ride share" for food delivery. You pick up someone's order from a fast food joint or restaurant then deliver it to them. I've used Dasher, but UberEats is a bit harder to sign up for since they're not in many cities yet or already have enough drivers (who usually drive for regular Uber as well).
Pro's. 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?).
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. The app itself also isn't quite as flexible. 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 that requires waiting till midnight and it still doesn't guarantee you'll get the time slot you want.
Tips: 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 Pespsi or normal Pepsi.
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 Instacart (Uber for grocery shopping) or MerryMaids (on demand housecleaning), 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. For example, while I had originally signed up for Instacart, the reviews where people described it as feeling constantly rushed made me decide not to. The stress of rushing though the grocery store for $20 wasn't worth it. If you're into pets and don't mind walking, you could also check out apps like Rover where you get paid to walk peoples dogs.
While obviously selling things 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 cloths in good condition and then reselling in on Facebook or apps like Let It Go. You could also buy books (in good condition) and resell them on Amazon.
Pros: 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, you can easily spruce up an old table and resell it for a good profit.
Cons: Again, it costs money to make money, but the cost could be fairly low if you look in the right places.
Babysitting can be a great way to make some extra money. People will suggest using care.com but I personally think word of mouth and Facebook Groups can be just as effective. Being available for last minute requests or for late night/overnight requests can really bring in some extra money for you, and some families won't mind if you bring your children (or if they bring their kids to your house) which can be extremely beneficial if childcare is an issue for you.
Postmates (general delivery)
Freelance (writing/graphic design/web design/etc)
Usermuse (software/program testing)
Cash Back/Shopping Perks/Secret Shopper
Walmart Savings Catcher
Part Time Work
VIPKid (Bachelors required)