If you’re a parent, you’ll know that money is always tight! Kids can be seriously expensive. And in addition to their daily needs, you probably want to save up for their future, too.

A great way to put aside some extra cash for your children is to start a side hustle to bring in extra money on top of your day job. But this is easier said than done when you’re a busy mum or dad. You probably barely get time to take a shower in peace most days, let alone run a business!

The key word in making money as a parent is flexibility. Here are 4 super flexible side hustle ideas for parents to earn extra cash:

Surveys

Paid survey sites are not always high paying, but they are flexible, and that’s what we’re on about, right? With surveys, you can make money answering questions at any time of day or night. You can even do it on your phone - most have their own apps! This is an easy way to make extra money even while nursing or up at night with a sickly child.

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Childminding

You’re already looking after your own children, so why not throw some more into the mix? Perhaps you have friends from maternity leave who are heading back to work. If you’re lucky enough to stay at home, you could look after their children for a daily rate. And if your children are at school, an easy way to make extra money is to offer wraparound care to parents who can’t pick up their kids in time.

Just be aware that you made need licensing and checks to offer childcare at home, depending on where you live.

Blogging

Blogging isn’t necessarily a fast or easy way to earn money, but it can be very flexible! With no boss and no fixed schedule, you can write blog posts on your phone or laptop whenever you can squeeze it in. Bloggers can make money in various ways such as affiliate marketing, displaying ads on their blogs, selling their own products or selling sponsored posts for brands. It can take time to build up a following on your blog, but the result is a flexible, profitable online business.

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Online selling

The obvious thing to do when you need some extra cash is to have a clear out and sell all those things you don’t use anymore. To turn this into a regular money-making opportunity, you can source cheap items from charity shops and yard sales to resell for profit. You could also offer to sell on second hand goods for your friends and family for a cut of the profits.

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