7 Quick Side Hustles Busy Parents Can Start This Weekend

I know you’re a busy parent. I also know exactly what you’re thinking. Let me guess…you have way too many competing priorities for your paycheck. How can you possibly find the money for that big summer trip to Europe if you can’t find any extra money to fund a college account? Well, have you ever considered a side hustle? Believe it or not, there are a ton of side hustles that busy parents like you can start this weekend to earn extra income.

I know exactly what you’re thinking again. Let me guess…you have a family, a career, and children and couldn’t possibly work a second job outside the home. Trust me, I know exactly where you’re coming from. I’m not suggesting you do anything of the sort. I certainly wouldn’t. What I am suggesting is a side hustle you can do inside the comfort of your own home. That’s right! You can actually start a home-based side hustle that can help bankroll your son or daughter’s college fund. Genius, I know. 


family vacation

Side hustles can fund family trips to the beach!

The biggest reason any busy parent needs a side hustle is to earn extra income. Unless you’re willing to cut your lifestyle down to bare basics – we’re talking no cable TV (which I actually advocate, BTW), no dinners outside the home, no shopping trips for nothing in particular, and no vacations. Ever. – you need to earn more money. That’s the bottom line, like it or not.

In today’s world, incomes are stagnating and expenses are skyrocketing, especially the cost of higher education. The thought of paying for college is probably already putting a knot in your stomach. If I happened to hit the nail on the head with that one, it means you either haven’t saved enough or at all for that inevitable gargantuan expense. Gulp.

Obviously, no one is debating the fact that busy parents with careers and kids and mortgages could use a few extra bucks to check off all those obligatory boxes. Enter side hustle. But not just any side hustle – a side hustle you can start in your home! So, let’s explore some of the top side hustles for busy parents like you and me.

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1. Teach Online Courses

If you have at least a bachelor’s degree, there are a ton of online teaching jobs to be had if you do a little digging. A simple search for online professor jobs (or something similar) will yield a plethora of sites with hundreds of listings. Most positions are adjunct and are paid per course/per semester. Average pay ranges anywhere from $2k – $5k, depending on the field and experience. That’s a pretty nice gig if you have some extra knowledge in your noggin’.

2. Music Lessons


Slash, 80s style – just in case you forgot

All kids benefit from music lessons. And that’s not just me talking – it’s SCIENCE, baby. Fortunately, there is no shortage of parents out there willing to pay a tidy sum to anyone who can teach their child how to tickle the ivories or play guitar like Slash. Ha! Remember Slash?

3. Babysitting

Now, before you get all crazy thinking that there is not a snowball’s chance in You Know Where that you want to exhaust yourself by babysitting while your own kids are in school, CALM DOWN. Although you can offer all-day babysitting, you can also offer before and/or after school care for other moms and dads in your neighborhood. By doing the before/after school route, you can maintain your main job and add a side hustle with very little effort. Just ask around. You’ll be amazed how many other parents would love to drop off their sweet little angels just a few doors down instead of taking them to a sterile daycare center.

4. Cupcake Business

If you have a shred of creativity floating around in your DNA, you might want to consider starting a cupcake business. You can’t tell me you’re not being invited to birthday parties where the cake or cupcakes were purchased from that fancy specialty bake shop down the street. Why not offer a slightly less expensive alternative! Offer your services one time and you’ll notice people starting to trickle in from all over town. Before you know it, you’re going to be setting up a Facebook page and your own website. Uh huh.

5. Pet Sitting

When I say pet sitting, I mean pet sitting in your own home. How many people do you know have pets? And how many of those people ever go out of town? My husband and I are in a situation that sometimes warrants us to take our two dogs to a kennel when we leave town. That is super expensive and very cold. I’m guessing we’re not the only family out there that doesn’t have friends or relatives willing to take on their pet responsibilities. You’d be surprised how easily you could make a few hundred bucks by hosting your co-worker’s little Shih Tzu for a week! The kids would love it! Do it for the kids.

6. Consultant

Do you have a skill you could leverage to earn money? People are willing to pay lots of money for guidance on everything from dating to marketing to LIFE. You can start by offering your services to the locals and eventually expand to a full-service consultant business. Think Skype for a global presence. It’s as easy as that.

7. Start A Blog

Starting a blog is something anyone with a little passion for writing and some time can do. You can blog about anything from photography to travel to money *wink* and get paid doing it. You’ll need to get yourself up to speed with writing relevant content and monetization, but after you get going, the sky is the limit. I recommend starting a WordPress blog using Bluehost for maximum value and a professional design.

How To Start A Blog

7+. Drive For Uber

Now I know I said you don’t have to leave your house to earn money with a side hustle, and that is absolutely true. However, if you do have one parent that is capable of leaving the premises for short stints at a time, consider driving for Uber. Not only does it pay well, you can also set your own hours and work as much or as little as your schedule permits. Interested? Check it out here!

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All of the side hustles I mentioned above are side hustles you can start with little to no start-up fees. Forget advertising costs – all you need is through word of mouth to get moving!

Mad Money Cat

Mad Money Cat doesn’t even have a regular hustle, let alone a side hustle. #lifeofluxury

What are your thoughts on starting a side hustle in your home? Have you tried it? Do you have any advice to offer other busy parents who are considering the same thing? Let us have it!



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  • FinancePatriot Apr 7, 2017, 10:52 am

    Interesting, I actually wrote about this on my blog. I think that high payback side hustles are worthwhile, like brokerage hacking, but I like the idea of tax free travel through travel hacking better. I am not against side hustles, but I think busy parents are better off maximizing their day jobs in most instances, and reducing their expenses.

    • Mad Money Monster Apr 7, 2017, 11:10 am

      I do agree with you. Side hustles suck your precious time with the very family you’re trying to provide extra income for. It’s a fine line between doing what’s best for your finances and doing what’s best for your family.

  • Miss Balance Apr 4, 2017, 4:35 am

    Babysitting is one of my favourite that I currently fit in around my day job. Unfortunately my blog doesn’t make money just yet 😉
    Would be super keen for pet sitting but in an apartment it doesn’t quite work.
    I always love hearing new ideas to try, Mr B always says I’d do anything for a dollar!

    • Mad Money Monster Apr 4, 2017, 1:52 pm

      “Anything for a dollar” Ha..that made me chuckle. Blogging is a bit more work than people think. They can make money, but it certainly isn’t over night. 😉

  • FullTimeFinance Mar 24, 2017, 11:26 pm

    My wife is pursuing freelance technical writing as the equivellent of a side hustle. A few hours a week of writing manuals for her former employer.

    • Mad Money Monster Mar 25, 2017, 8:43 am

      Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that one. I have a good friend also pursuing that. 🙂

  • Financial Panther Mar 24, 2017, 10:54 am

    We’ve been doing dogsitting using DogVacay and Rover since 2015 and have been having a blast doing it. If you’re already a dog owner, it really isn’t much additional work to take on an additional pup. We bring in about $2000 per year dog sitting, so I like to think that my dog helps us earn that money. Basically her way of pulling her weight in the household.

    • Mad Money Monster Mar 24, 2017, 12:03 pm

      And I bet it’s a lot easier than kid sitting! 🙂 I haven’t actually tried it, but I definitely would.

  • Linda@Frugal Turtle Mar 24, 2017, 10:12 am

    That’s a really good list. I don’t have any kids, but I might try to do more of these. I already blog and just started to monetize. That’s a part-time job right there!

    • Mad Money Monster Mar 24, 2017, 10:45 am

      Hahaha…right! That was probably a false statement. Blogging is kinda like a full-time hustle on the SIDE of your main job. Good luck with your site!

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