11 Profitable Side Hustles for Single Dads
Being a single dad is hard, and I know the struggle of trying to make ends meet. Sometimes it seems like you don’t have enough money at the end of the month.
Even though money is tight, it’s important to find ways to supplement your income so that you can provide for your family.
Side hustles are one of the best ways to earn extra income without having to quit your day job.
If you’re currently working full-time and looking for ways to make some extra money, then consider starting a side hustle. You’ll find out how important these side gigs are for single fathers.
To help out with this problem, here are some side hustles that I think can earn you some cash.
1 Deliver groceries
The earning potential of delivering groceries is directly related to the number of deliveries you make each hour, as well as how much each customer spends on their order.
If you’re able to average two or three deliveries per hour and charge $20 per delivery (not including tips), then this side hustle could potentially generate an extra $500 in monthly income for your family.
What do I need to do?
You’ll need a car with plenty of cargo space and insurance coverage, along with a smartphone with GPS capabilities and Internet access so that customers can track the status of their orders through an app like Google Maps or Waze—both free apps available on both iOS and Android devices.
In addition, you’ll need to be that helper who can help carry bags into customers’ homes/apartments/condos/townhouses when necessary – that’s how you differentiate and keep high customer retention.
That way everyone wins: The customer gets better service than ever before because they don’t have any heavy lifting duties associated with grocery delivery services meanwhile, our single dad hero earns some cash.
2 Become an Uber or Lyft driver
The ride-hailing market is on fire and there are two main players: Uber and Lyft.
If you’re looking for a way to make money in your spare time, becoming an Uber or Lyft driver might be just what you need. These companies allow anyone who has a car and a valid driver’s license to become an independent contractor.
As an independent contractor, you’ll be able to drive when it suits you and make money from home.
While this can be a great way to earn extra cash, it does require at least some commitment on your part—the more rides that are booked through the app, the better chance there is for income generation.
The key advantage of Uber and Lyft over other side hustles is their flexibility as well as their ability (in most cases) not to have any upfront costs associated with becoming one of their drivers.
That said though: don’t let this fool you into thinking these companies will pay out big bucks just because they have low barriers-to-entry!
As these platforms grow bigger over time so too do those who want a part in its success which means competition gets fierce especially if someone decides they want their slice of the pie too!
Income potential: $8.55 to $11.77 an hour
3 Sell used books online
If you’re a single dad, like many, who has kids and is also a teacher or professor, chances are that you have a lot of books lying around the house. You might even have some in your classroom (and if so, I bet they look new).
The best thing about selling used books online is that they can earn you money without too much effort on your part. There are several websites where people sell their used items—Amazon and eBay being two popular ones.
The most important thing when selling online is to make sure that what you’re listing meets specific criteria:
Ensure each item is categorized correctly and priced competitively with similar items on the website.
When choosing shipping options for each listing, keep in mind how much weight it will add up to when shipping costs are calculated. Give yourself enough time before listing an item. Check listings regularly so that no one else sells something similar before you do!
Earning potential: Depending on what books and the number of books you own you could earn between $100 to $500 in a month
4 Offer online tutoring services
If you’re good at math, science, or any other subject that requires a high level of detail and precision, then tutoring might be the perfect side hustle for you.
There are plenty of single dads who have built successful tutoring businesses over the years, including people like Chris Guillebeau who now makes almost $1 million per year from his online courses.
Many people believe that being an online tutor means that it would be easier to work around your children’s schedules. In reality, though, most parents don’t want their kids to learn from someone who spends more time with them than friends or family because it feels less personal.
This doesn’t mean that being an online tutor won’t work for single dads but it does mean they need to be careful about how much time they spend with each child during school hours—especially if there are siblings involved!
There are many different ways in which single fathers can make money as an online tutor and they all depend on what type of knowledge they possess along with how much experience they have working on computers before starting this kind of business venture.
Earning potential: $100 to $1,000 a month
5 Do gardening work for neighbors
Do some gardening work for neighbors. If you’re handy around the house, you can find clients by posting online or putting up a flyer on a local bulletin board.
If want to do something specific, like a gardener who can do lawn upkeep, mow lawns and trim hedges, you can also try asking around your neighborhood or social media groups to see if anyone needs help.
Don’t forget that there are always plenty of people who want to hire someone else to do their gardening work but don’t know how—or just don’t want the hassle of doing it themselves!
A lot of single dads may be interested in this side gig; after all, fathers typically take care of yard maintenance since women tend to have more time outside than men do because they stay at home with children all day long while their spouses work inside jobs (hence why mothers have more time outdoors).
And even though many moms would love nothing more than being able to spend all day tending their own garden without having anyone else’s needs getting in the way…sometimes life happens: she might not even be able to find someone who could take care of things like mowing grass because everyone has full-time jobs where they need every ounce of energy possible to just get through each day without falling asleep at their desks during lunch break!
Earning potential: $100 to $500 a month
6 Offer freelance services
Freelance services are the most flexible type of side hustle because they can be anything from writing to graphic design to social media consulting.
If you’re looking for a way to work from home, freelance services may be an ideal option.
With the right skills and drive, it’s easy to earn extra money by providing your services as a freelancer.
I have done this myself, and I was able to earn an additional $1,200 in my first month, just designing PowerPoint presentations for students, professors, and companies around the world.
If you want to know how you can set up your freelance profile and achieve similar results, then check this article.
Earning potential: Depending on your services you could earn anywhere from $100 to $3,000 extra per month.
7 Sell on Amazon
If you’re a single dad, your kids are probably never tired of hearing the same stories over and over again. Instead of buying new books, toys and games, try selling your old stuff on Amazon.
In order to sell on Amazon, though, it must be in good condition with no broken parts or damaged packaging. It must also be able to ship—that means you’ll need to package it up correctly with plenty of padding before sending it off!
Note: You cannot use this method if you work full time too because they pay by the hour rather than per package shipped out (which means less money).
Earning potential: $100 to $300 a month.
8 Teaching private lessons
This overlaps a bit with tutoring, but it’s not the same.
I bet you have a skill, or you can at least learn one. With the internet and other resources, there are very few skills that you cannot teach someone else.
It’s easy to get started teaching private lessons. You can find local students on Craigslist or Thumbtack, or you can create an online course and market it through sites like Udemy and Skillshare.
You’re in charge of setting your own hours and deciding when you want to work—you might even be able to work from home!
If you’re good at teaching something (and we know many single dads who are), this opportunity is worth considering because it pays well!
Earning potential: $200 to $1,000 a month
9 Start a handyman business
You can be a handyman, doing repairs and other small jobs around the house.
Some of the most common jobs are hanging pictures and mirrors, changing light bulbs, installing fans or ceiling fans, repairing leaky faucets and toilets, replacing light fixtures or door locks, cleaning gutters and exterior windows (inside or outside), cleaning out gutters and downspouts (inside), replacing weather stripping (around windows & doors) etc.
There are many different ways you can get started as a handyman:
- Look on Craigslist (or other classifieds sites) for people’s requests to fix things at their house. You could also post an ad saying that you are available for all types of home repair work in your area.
- Ask friends and neighbors if they know anyone that needs some help with something at their place right now? They might recommend someone who’d be happy to have your help.
Earning potential: $200 to $750 a month.
10 Become a pop-up shopkeeper
If you have a knack for sales and a love of buying clothes, then becoming a pop-up shopkeeper might be the perfect side hustle for you.
Pop-up shops are temporary shops that are set up in a short period of time and then broken down quickly.
This allows shopkeepers to make lots of money in a short period of time with minimal overhead costs.
They usually consist of just tables covered in merchandise, but if you want to make your business look more professional and keep it around longer than just one day, consider getting some display cases or racks to showcase your goods.
Once you’ve chosen what kind of business you want to run—whether it’s vintage clothing or handmade jewelry—you’ll need to think about how much pricing plays into people buying things from your shop as well as how long each item should stay on display so customers don’t get bored looking at the same pieces over and over again!
Earning potential: No data to rely on.
11 Rent out your space
If you have an extra room, consider renting it out to someone who needs a place to stay. Whether you choose to do so in-person or online, there are several options available for those looking to rent space.
You can hire a real estate agent and let them take care of the details, or do it yourself through sites like Airbnb and HomeAway.
If you’re looking for something more permanent than just one month or two weeks at a time, consider finding renters who would like to live in your home for longer periods of time.
For example, if you live near an airport where many people commute from far away places with no permanent housing options nearby (e.g., Chicago), this could be an ideal way for single dads to provide temporary housing while they work remotely or travel extensively on business trips!
Earning potential: $100 to $300 a month.
12 Attract Eyeballs
How about creating a minor “passive income” in front of your house? Build something such as a sculpture, miniature trains, or something extraordinary that’s going to attract a lot of attention.
When people want a picture with your work, then charge $1, and see the money slowly flowing in. Consider setting up a box, where people can pay when you’re not home, then we’re talking real passive income.
Earning potential: Anywhere from a few dollars to $500 a month
13 Make Money Out of Nowhere
What if you could receive stuff for free, sell it, and then make a profit – wouldn’t that be a side hustle you would dive more into?
If so, allow me to explain. The elderly often don’t know how to sell things online and other people just don’t want the hassle with setting up an ad.
And when some people don’t want something that’s when I see opportunities.
Try knocking on doors in your neighborhood, and ask if people would give you some of their things to you, and then you’ll split the profit when you get a sale.
I’ve tested the side hustle myself, and I managed to sell my neighbor’s coffee machine for $120 in only two days, meaning I made $60 almost out of nowhere – you can read more about that story here.
Earning potential: $100 to $1,500 a month
Single dads – Don’t let finances get in the way of your happiness or your family. The best way to earn money is by doing what you love, and with the help of these ideas and tips, you can find success in a variety of ways.
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