Inevitably, most single parents will struggle at some point with how to make money to support their children. Depending on what age your children are, this can be considerably challenging.
Money is a necessity for all of us and for parents there is just no getting around the need for it.
When I first became a full time single parent I was working as a manager at a bank, putting in upwards of 65 hours per week.
Suddenly, I was faced with a choice because my daughter was only 2 years old and had never been to day care. So, I did the only thing that I could do, which was give up what up to that point had been a very lucrative job.
Not only could I not justify putting my daughter in daycare for upwards of 13 hours per day, it literally was not possible. I simply did not have any way to be able to coordinate that with the job I was working.
So, after years of pretty decent financial security, I found myself faced with the prospect of having no income coming in while having a young daughter to support and provide for entirely on my own.
Sadly, this is a scenario that is not at all uncommon. I would love to say that I have some simple solutions for you regarding how to make money to provide for your children as a single parent, but I don’t.
That being said, it is not impossible and there are ways to meet the challenges of single parenting and earning a living simultaneously.
For me, one huge blessing was that in today’s world, work from home jobs are becoming more and more common and that can be a great compromise for a single parent.
I started out working as a sales and service representative for a telecommunications company. This was full time work that paid a decent hourly rate while also giving me the opportunity to earn significantly more with commissions.
However, as has always been the case for me, sales is not my strong point so I did not last. I have a real problem with having to constantly push things on people, especially things they probably don’t need, so it was only a matter of time before I got burned out from the stress of doing something that just wasn’t for me.
Thankfully though, it did get me by for several months and it also allowed me to realize that there are real work from home jobs out there which then led to my next job.
My next job was one that I truly loved. It was another job talking to customers on the phone, but this one was entirely customer service. Customer service has always been my strong suit so this was good for me and although the opportunity to make a substantial income was not there, I was able to make enough of an hourly wage to provide for my daughter.
It is important to point out that while these jobs do exist there are some important requirements that do still present some challenges for some single parents, particularly those with young children. The main requirement is a quiet workspace without interruption.
In other words, your young child can’t be sitting there with you while you are speaking with customers. So, if you do have young children there is still some things you need to figure out before taking on some of these types of jobs, such as who will be watching them while you are working.
Still though, this makes coordinating child care and work much easier and for me, I was lucky enough to have enough friends and family that could help out here and there which was crucial in the beginning.
After a while though, I found myself wanting something more. I wanted to be able to be able to earn a decent living while being able to spend more of my time around and with my daughter.
Don’t get me wrong, it was great to have her home with me and for me to be able to work from home, but at the end of the day I was still working a full time job and spending more time away from my young child than I preferred.
That’s when I decided to get into blogging and trying to help other people. A very wise person told me that if I focus first on helping other people, the money will come.
Blogging can be a great way to help other people with information, resources or even sometimes just a good read. It can also be a good way to earn anything from a few extra dollars to a substantial full time income.
I will tell you it is not necessarily easy and it does not happen overnight but blogging and affiliate marketing are one of the few legitimate opportunities to make substantial income working from home where you can actually set your own hours and you do not have any of the limitations of a traditional job.
So that’s what I am doing right now which pays my bills and allows me to find the balance I need in my life. That being said, there are also other ways to make a living as a single parent.
One way is going back to school. A lot of people don’t think of this as making an immediate living but actually there are a lot of resources out there that help single parents return to school to get a degree and some of those resources will even pay your bills and living expenses while you do.
It’s definitely worth looking into the option of returning to school so that you can make a living while getting the education to earn an even better living for you and your children down the road.
Another way to make a living is through state and federal funded public assistance programs. The fact is, depending on your situation going to school or finding a job just may not be possible for you in your current situation. There are resources to help single parents in those situations.
A great resource for finding information on public assistance available to you is listed below. Just click on the banner and the website will help you find a significant amount of information local to your area.
Other options for earning money as a single parent include babysitting children or even pets in your home or even turning a hobby into income. One example of that is that I have a friend who loved to bake and started selling baked goods out of her home.
She’s by no means rich doing this but she definitely makes some extra money without having to leave her children in someone else’s care which is not only important for her but it is necessary because of her particular situation.
The main point is that you do have options. You may have to get creative to meet the needs of your specific situation but there are options and resources out there for you to be able to meet the financial obligations of parenting.
If you know of a great way of making money for single parents, please add it in the comments below. Also, don’t hesitate to ask any questions and I will do my best to answer them.