Most single mothers lack enough money to meet the bills and are searching for ways to increase their income without neglecting the needs of their children. If you happen to be facing the same issues, we have some great ideas on ways to create your own job and actually get paid for it.
Social Media Assistant
If you know how to Tweet, post on Instagram and Facebook, you have the basic knowledge for this position.
Qualifications required: You must have good English skills, be able to meet the business owners in person (which is why it is ‘local’ only) and be able to write original material for the posts. NO COPY AND PASTE on this job!
The problem: Small local businesses don’t have enough time, people or money to be able to afford big marketing companies to update their social media accounts.
The solution: You can offer your services to assist local businesses – taxi companies, restaurants, plumbers, hair salons, attorneys and any other small business in your town or city –to keep their social media followers interested, sharing and growing.
The Pay: If you live in a small town, you should start at about $50 a week for 3 postings on one or two of their social media accounts on different sites. You should be able to do this in 3 to 3.5 hours a week. If you live in an average city, you should be able to rake in $100 a week for 4 postings per week.
Start calling local businesses and set up appointments with the owner to discuss this!
Cooking Heat-and-Eat Meals for….
Qualifications required: You must be a good cook, know how to make a balance, healthy meal and have a superbly clean kitchen (Don’t forget to wear gloves when handling all food and a scarf on your head with hair tied up to prevent hair from falling into the food!)
College Students – If you live in a college town you can offer to cook 5 meals a week
- The problem: College students don’t have time or facilities to make balanced, healthy meals that they can heat and eat.
- Solution: They buy the groceries, pay you in advance to make the meals, and arrange for pick-up – for meals that can be reheated in a microwave (don’t forget snacks and appetizers) is one way to do all the meals ahead of time
- Estimated charge for your services: $15 – 25 per week
Working Parents – Offer to cook for a working family. This could be 2 meals a week or 5 meals a week depending on their needs.
- The problem: Many working families are exhausted when their workday is over. Another set of working parents have to work past their kid’s dinnertime.
- The solution: Offer to make regular meals that can be frozen or refrigerated and heated in a microwave by their kids – They buy the groceries, pay you in advance, pick-up meals per schedule
- Estimated charges for service: $15 – 30 per meal depending on menu items and your location
IDEA: If your style of cooking is mainly northeastern meals – New England Boiled Dinner, for example – and you have a friend that usually makes Asian or Mexican or Southern style food, make it a group business!
All of these suggestions only require that you go out, make calls, advertise on local bulletin boards, post on social media and send out notices to local radio and television stations to let them know that you are starting a new business service for local people. And voila! You now have a business and access to fast and easy money.