5 Side Hustles for Moms That Aren’t MLMs

Motherhood is a demanding job. You don’t get compensated financially and there are no performance reviews to tell you how you’re doing. As household tasks, meal planning, and daily schedules pile up, so do the financial costs of raising a family.

According to the Department of Agriculture, the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. For many moms, it makes sense to take on side hustles to generate extra income to cover these mounting costs. However, finding time to make extra money while fulfilling work demands in and out of the home can be problematic.

A good side hustle needs to allow for flexibility and the ability to set your own hours and rates. Thinking of taking on a side hustle of your own? We’ve rounded up five of them that can complement a variety of talents and skills that may work for you.


1. Virtual assistant

If you have a Monica-Geller-type personality and enjoy organization, working as a virtual assistant can be a great fit for you. Many mid-sized to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and companies alike hire virtual assistants to help with tasks like email management, customer service, content writing, editing, event organizing, and blog management.

Being a successful virtual assistant means prioritizing your time as well as the expectations of your clients. Also, the ability to research problems you encounter is a big plus, as you likely won’t have an IT department to turn to when something technical arises.

Simply upload a resume into the platform of your choice, set your own rates and schedule, and start looking for gigs that fit your skills and available timeframe.

Where to look: UpworkBELAY, Va Va Virtual Assistants, Delegate Solutions


2. Sell on an online marketplace

Are you creative? Do you love making clothes, jewelry, art, or other hand-made items? Do you have an eye for fashion and flipping amazing outfits? From fashion to crafts and everything in between, there is an online marketplace that will help put your products in front of millions of eyes and potential customers, all from the comfort of your home.

Where to look: Etsy, Ebay, Bonanza, Ruby Lane



3. Sell your photos online

Do you love taking photos and have a knack for capturing the correct composition? Do you take amazing photos? Sell your carefully curated photos online to be used as stock photos.

There is a high demand for quality stock photos, especially ones that encompass diversity in all aspects – as they are used in mediums like websites, blog articles, posters, flyers, book jackets, company reports, newsletters and so much more. Photos can be sold over and over again, allowing you to earn a residual income and earn decent dollars for your work.

Where to look: iStockPhoto, Shutterstock, Fotolia, Bigstockphoto


4. Take online surveys

Let’s face it, sometimes we blindly pick up our phones (multiple times an hour) to scroll through the latest news or to see what’s going happening on social media. Why not make the time you spend online worth it? Tap into a service that will pay you for your opinion and your time at once.

Where to look: Survey Junkie, My Points, Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars


5. Online tutoring

If you love teaching and have experience in a specialized subject, then this side hustle is for you. You can pass down your knowledge to kids, college students, or adults. Many online tutors do not need prior teaching experience and the more qualifications you have (such as knowing multiple languages) the more jobs you can get.

Online tutoring can be a great paying and flexible gig to add to your schedule, plus you will be helping educate others, which is always an added bonus and can be very fulfilling.

Where to look:  VIPKID, Tutor, Brain Fuse, Qkids