During the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of parents, and especially mothers, had to step out of the labor market. Between February 2020 and February 2021, a net 2.4 million women left the workforce, according to the Pew Research Center. Since then, however, the recovery in workforce participation appears sharper for women.
As parents head back to the office, they'll likely need a lot of help getting the logistics of the house back in order. If you're considering picking up side hustle, "when you think about consumers that have money but no time, that's a great target market to support," says Angelique Rewers, founder of BoldHaus, a consulting firm that helps small businesses land corporate clients.
Here are five well-paid side hustles that support busy parents.
As families get back to their regular activities, there may be even more pet parents in need of services including dog walking, pet-sitting, and taking their fury kids to the vet. Some animal shelters saw double the number of adoption requests during the pandemic.
List your pet-care services on sites like Rover, Care.com, or Petsitter.com. Dog walkers make an average of $20-$40 per hour and pet-sitters make an average of $25-$30 per day, according to Thumbtack.
As parents head back to work and navigate the end of summer camp and the start of back-to-school season, they may need someone to pick their kids up from school, shuttle them around to activities, or watch them at home.
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House managers take care of logistics that could be a burden. Making "the appointment for the plumbers, getting the electrician out to the house, being home when the furniture is delivered, making a list of all the errands that have to be run and taking care of all of those things," Rewers says, are all examples of the kinds of tasks house managers could take on.
Publicize your services as a house manager on sites like Nextdoor or local Facebook groups to let parents know you're available. "You could easily charge $20 or $30 an hour, if not more, depending on the complexity of the tasks and the assignments," says Rewers.
As kids and families get back to their regular socializing activities as well, it could fall on their busy parents to remember to document the experience and share it with the rest of the family.
"You can do social media management" as a side hustle, says Rewers, and have it cater to families' activities. "I've even seen people with a side hustle [saying], 'I will take all of your social media photos and all of your social media videos and create something more lasting for your family.'"
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Offer your photo and video-taking services on sites like Nextdoor and Facebook for apps like Instagram and sites like Facebook itself. You can post their families' memories, keep the photos organized for them in a separate drive, and create personal videos and albums for their families to have and share.
Social media managers make an average of $16 per hour, according to PayScale.
Virtual assistants take on various types of logistical tasks, ranging from corresponding with people on behalf of their bosses to arranging their schedules to ordering lunch. Offer your services as a virtual assistant on sites like Upwork, Fiverr, or Thumbtack.
The average salary for a virtual assistant is $18 per hour, according to Indeed.
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