It is my personal belief that every mom should have a side hustle. Not just for financial reasons, but personal reasons as well.
I wanted to start off with a brief recap of my story.
About two years ago, my husband lost his job. He was the sole breadwinner for our family and the loss came out of nowhere. We went from a solid 6 figure income to NOTHING overnight.
I WAS TERRIFIED
For the previous 5 years, I had been a stay-at-home mom and I homeschooled my children. I never imagined that we would lose our livelihood.
The feelings of helplessness and fear I felt were indescribable. I decided right then that I would never be in that position ever again and set about building a side hustle. I started by looking for inspiration and found plenty; luckily there are a lot of blogs like emmadrew.info which cover the topic, giving me some great ideas. I found that doing online research shed some light on solopreneur businesses ran by stay at home moms. It only took a simple search online for business ideas for housewives for me to realize that there were so many different options for me and I could do it all at home. What stuck out to me the most, was reading about side hustles.
What is a side hustle?
It is basically a way to legally make money from home. I say legally because I don’t want this to be construed as me condoning illegal activity for the sake of extra cash flow. There are so many ways to do this these days, so it’s worth looking into this even if you have a job. Most people can never have enough money to pay bills and fund a family, so it’s important to find extra cash from places where possible. Maybe some people might want to look into how to make money online in their spare time. This can give some people more finances, whilst also allowing them to stay at home.
Why not just get a real job, you know, one where you make an hourly wage?
I have been criticized about this a lot, especially when my husband was between jobs. But here is why I didn’t go that route:
Even though I desperately needed to have my own income I didn’t want to sacrifice my time with my children.
Being around for my children is my top priority, so I set about creating the life that I wanted to have.
A life where I work from home while my kids are at school.
A life where I had freedom to take a few hours off and go eat lunch with my kids.
A life that I didn’t feel like I needed to escape from.
An hourly job, working for someone else’s dream, didn’t align with my vision for the future.
Aside from money, there are some other benefits of having a side hustle.
It feels good to do something other than “mom.” While I love being a mother, it is easy to lose yourself along the way. A side hustle helps you remember just how smart and powerful you really are.
If you are a stay-at-home mom that relies completely on her husband you likely feel guilty buying or doing things for yourself. Ask me how I know…
It is liberating to have a few bucks of your own each month to do with as you please.
Something JUST for You
A side hustle will give you something to do when your kids are away. It is also important to remember that one day our children will have adult lives of their own. As they grow they will rely on us less and less. Then one day they will be up and gone on their own paths.
I didn’t realize how all-consuming motherhood was until I put the kids in public school. Suddenly, I had 9 hours a day alone that I didn’t know what to do with.
This was when I really got serious about side hustling.
You are Your Own Boss
Work as much or as little as you want!
Take a day off to volunteer at school. Your kid is sick? No problem.
You’re the boss, you do what you want!
Bonus: If you work hard enough you can make a full-time income!
A Few Side Hustle Ideas:
Upcycling items for resale (more on this later!)
When it comes to side hustles, you are only limited by your imagination! If you can think it up and have the time to put in, you can do almost anything! There is and option for whatever schedule you have and however much energy you’re willing to put into it. For example, you can sell your old belongings on a classifieds site like LeoList, which is simple to do and quick enough that you can always find the time to do it.
The key to the success of a side hustle is PASSION.
You must be passionate about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Without passion, your efforts will fall flat and you won’t see the results you had hoped for.
Another thing I need to add is that you have to be willing to work 1,000 times harder for YOURSELF than you are willing to work for anyone else!
This road isn’t always easy, but it is worth it!
I truly hope that you found this post helpful and empowering! Drop a line or two in the comment section. I would love to hear from you!