Parenting is an all-around busy job as kids have an endless list of needs. In addition to this, you as a parent have a list of needs although they are seldom met. Amongst those needs is probably more income, but the challenge is often time and logistical restrictions. However, if you’ve ever heard the saying that when there’s a will, there’s a way then this should give you hope that it can be done. On that note, this article is going to give you a few ideas regarding how you can make extra money as a busy parent.
1. Sell Your Kids’ Old Items
As a parent, your house is probably full of items with half of them unused. Instead of hoarding things you don’t need and wasting space, why not sell them as soon as they’re no longer of use? Children tend to outgrow things so quickly, which means you should always have items that you no longer need. Whether it be clothing, a bookbag, school lunch boxes or toys, keep them in good condition and sell them weekly or monthly. Some platforms that are great for selling unwanted items are Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, eBay or Amazon.
2. Start a Drop Shipping Business
If you want to sell things online but don’t want the hassle of having to stock items and post them out, why not start a drop shipping business? For those who haven’t heard of this before, it’s essentially when you sell products online but don’t have to worry about stocking or shipping items as the manufacturer or another retailer will prepare and ship the order. A good platform that you can do this on is Oberlo as it’s simple and easy to use.
If you’re thinking about what to sell on Oberlo, you could choose from a vast number of products whether it be accessories, electronics, or shoes. The goal is just to choose something that has a high enough demand and put your efforts into marketing.
3. Sell your Services
While your kids are sleeping is the perfect time to make money. If you happen to be nocturnal in nature, then that means you have extra energy and are more creative at night. Everyone has their own unique areas of strength whether it’s being able to organise to a fault or having great customer service skills. See what kind of freelance role that your skills fit into and try pitching your services to people that you think might need it. In doing this, you can use your free time to make more money, no matter how small it seems initially. You could start by spreading the word to friends and family and then move onto targeting higher profile clients. Make sure you’re solving a problem and able to prove you have a viable solution.
It’s also important that you get good at selling as that’s a skill that’s necessary if you want to get clients and generate income. Build your confidence and perfect your skills so that you’re also able to get positive reviews and use that to market your services too.
4. Start a Blog
Blogging isn’t dead irrespective of how saturated the market seems, so explore this idea if you have a good niche and content ideas. Some blogs that make the most money are lifestyle blogs. You could use sponsored posts and affiliate marketing to generate a steady flow of income. The more traffic you have, however, the higher your chances of success.
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