One of my biggest challenges being a single mom is dealing with finances, especially around birthdays and holidays. However, I have discovered some easy ways to make a little extra money when times are tight (well, tighter than normal, anyways).
eBay and Craigslist
Ebay and Craiglist are excellent places to sell your old, unwanted things online. I usually put smaller items on eBay and larger items on Craigslist. I can typically earn an extra $50-$100 selling mostly old clothes and toys on eBay. Craigslist has always been hit-or-miss for me. I once listed a treadmill for $75, and it was sold at the asking price the next morning. Another time I listed a desk for $50 and didn’t get a single bite.
For me freelance writing is not an “extra money-maker” since I do it full-time, but many people pursue this in their spare time to earn a little extra money. If you enjoy writing, you can apply for a writing position at companies like Demand Studios and Break Studios.
If you have a knack for cleaning, you may want to consider placing an ad offering your housecleaning services. You could also ask local businesses if you can clean their offices in the evenings or weekends. The rates for house cleaners vary depending on the area. In my area, I have seen cleaners advertise for between $20 and $30 per hour.
If you know a lot of people with kids, you can offer them your babysitting services. Many parents would love the opportunity to go out in the evening, or run weekend errands without the kids in tow. Babysitting also provides the opportunity for a play-date for your children.
Rent Out a Room
If you have a spare room, you may consider renting it out. You may even want to find a tenant who is also a single parent, that way you will already have something in common. Renting a room out can earn you an extra $300 to $400 a month, give or take.