Being a single parent is difficult on numerous levels. Between taking kids to activities such as sports practices and after-school programs, there is little time left in the day for enjoying their company. Single parenting often is financially stressful as well. Everything falls on your shoulder when you are a single parent. This can be scary or empowering.
For those looking to fill in the income gap on their monthly budget, the increased number of freelancing opportunities may be the perfect way to make some extra income without missing out on family time. At home gig range from doing remote skilled work to selling items online. Most of these jobs require little more than a computer, knowledge about a specific field and the confidence to take a stab at the work.
Skills needed for freelancing success
Freelancing is not necessarily right for everyone. It’s not that you need to be gifted, smart or lucky, success at freelancing requires a certain mindset, similar to that of an entrepreneur but more grounded in organization. You must have confidence, since you alone will be valuing and selling your work, but you also need diligence. Some people have amazing skill and knowledge, but also thrive under someone else’s direction. Others lack administrative abilities or the discipline to manage a business, no matter how small.
Before embarking on a gig-based career, you should make sure that you have the ability to create a work schedule for yourself that doesn’t interfere with your family. Once you are working for yourself as a freelancer, you will have the flexibility to create a schedule that works for you and your family, but only if you manage your time well. If you are unsure, you can always dabble with some of the work to get your toes wet. This way you can see how you’ll fare as a freelancer, before making an extended commitment. The next step is to find out what gigs are available.
Here are some in-demand jobs and opportunities and tips on how to incorporate them into single parenting:
- If you have co
mputer skills, coding jobs are the highest-paying freelance gigs. Due to the specialized knowledge required, coders can make upwards of $100 an hour.
- Online tutoring. Several companies hire freelancers to act as remote tutors and instructors in topics ranging from test prep, English as a second language and music instruction.
- Virtual assistants. Use your office skills to earn money when you need it. Small businesses often cannot afford a full-time assistant, but are happy to hire a freelancer for a few hours at a time.
- Accounting and bookkeepingservices. Entering transactions is the bane of many small business owner and most are happy to have someone else enter bills and invoices. Many of these skills are easy to learn online as well.
Some side gigs require you to work outside of the house, but still are flexible enough to fit well with a typical single parent’s schedule. Dog walking and pet sitting are in high demand today with more people owning dogs. Dog walkers and pet sitters can connect with owners through apps and online marketplaces. The main skills needed for dog walking include free time and enjoying dogs. Beyond this, you can increase your chances of getting sustained assignments by being reliable and communicating clearly with the dog owner.
Today, single parents have numerous options for making extra money. Parents can set up shop right in their homes, working remotely in various areas, or they can venture out into their communities, trading free time for cash in simple services.
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