6 Side Hustles You Can Do With Kids
Who doesn’t love a side hustle?
Since I like you and your entrepreneurial spirit, let me be straight with you — it’s a bit of a challenge starting something on the side when you have kids. By the time you get a sitter, the side hustle may no longer be profitable. Even if it’s something you can do from home, you could be worried it’ll cut into family time.
The solution? Find side hustles you can do with kids.
Win-win! You can spend time with the little ones and earn some extra cash. You also get a head start on teaching the value of money and what it means to work for a paycheck. Read on to find out some of the best kid-friendly side hustles.
Dog lovers unite! You can take your children with you when walking a dog (whether the child is in a baby carrier or walking alongside you) and get some exercise at the same time. You can put posters up in your neighborhood or put up a profile on places like Rover.com to advertise your services.
You can even take it one step further and dog sit at your home. That way you can teach your children responsibility by helping to feed and care for them. Don’t think you’re limited to dogs, either. Have a neighbor that needs someone to feed their cat, hamster, or goldfish? Offer to help and you could get paid in the process.
Provide Childcare or Babysitting Services
Since you already have a young one at home, why not add some other kiddos and get paid for it too? Babysitting is a great way to earn some cash — and can be as simple as making a listing on Care.com and directing people to your profile. This side hustle also gives your children a chance to socialize and better yet, to get to know the other families in the neighborhood.
If you’re babysitting more than a few kids at once, make sure to follow the rules and regulations in your area because you may need a license at that point.
Sell Used Items
Do you have a bunch of stuff you don’t use anymore? Why not get the family together and sell items for cash?
Ask your children to help you sort items and box them up, and larger items can stay with the adults. For example, if you have a pile of books to get rid off, ask your kids to help you take them off the shelves and into boxes. You can even take them to a local used bookstore or have them help you enter in ISBNs if you’re doing so online.
Here are some other items you can sell include:
- Sports equipment
Selling items can also encourage your kids to discard toys and clothing they no longer use. Plus, they can make some money too!
Tutor Kids in the Neighborhood
There are a bunch of tutoring opportunities you can do online like VIPKid where you can teach English to foreign students via video conference. Make sure you have a space you can tutor uninterrupted to ensure your students are receiving your full attention. Not only could frequent disturbances affect your performance, but it’s also generally a no-no in your contract.
If you’re going to tutor kids in your home, consider taking in kids the same age as yours so you can do a group class.
Schedule Social Media Posts for Businesses
There are many small businesses that need help scheduling social media posts or creating simple graphics to post on social media. If you’re handy around all things Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, this could be a good gig for you.
If you have a social media savvy pre-teen or teen, tap into them for expertise. Helping schedule social media posts can be a great teachable moment — what does responsible internet usage mean?
If you’re up for the challenge, offer other virtual assistant services (think data entry, formatting blog posts, etc.) and have your kids help — you’ll be so proud of them when they learn to type or make graphics better than you can.
Sell Baked Goods
Fancy yourself a good baker? Do your friends and relatives raved about your last dozen cupcakes?
You’d be surprised at how many parents out there that want cakes for their child’s birthday, or people who want baked goods at their next celebration. If your kids are old enough to handle tasks around the kitchen, it’s a great way to have them help out — they can mix the batter, put liners in a cupcake pan and decorate baked goods.
As long as you have creations worth selling, then you’re good to go. It’s probably a good idea to test out your recipes and practice your decorating skills before selling your creations.
Get In Quality Time and Earn Some Cash
You already know that side hustles are a great (and dare I say fun) way to earn some extra cash. Even with kids, there’s no reason you can’t bring them along for the ride. Get some quality time in, get that paycheck and feel better that you’re doing all you can to help your family secure a good financial future.