It can be very difficult to find a traditional job that fits around your family. So instead, why not look at some alternatives which can help pay the bills, but allow you to be your own boss and set your own hours.
If you’re a good driver and have the patience to teach learners how to drive, then this could be a great choice for you. You have complete freedom to set your own hours and instructors can charge up to £28 per hour for tuition.
You’ll need to undergo driving instructor training first. You can choose to set up your own, private driving school or go with one of the larger franchises. Weigh up the pros and cons of each. With a franchise, you’ll often get a great deal of support in terms of your marketing and business admin, but you will have to pay franchise fees and commit for a certain period of time.
Put your admin skills to good use by becoming a Virtual Assistant. Companies are increasingly outsourcing various administrative tasks to VAs. You can work from your own home (or wherever you want). A VA can cover any amount of tasks from basic admin and diary management, to specialisms such as social media management, content creation, SEO, research, transcribing or bookkeeping.
A good VA can earn over £25 per hour, more if you have specialist skills.
To get started, visit the Society of Virtual Assistants for more information.
People in the UK spend over £11 billion per year on their pets. That’s a lot of money. The rise in popularity of dog walkers makes it possible for people who work or are extremely busy, to still have a dog, but not neglect it’s exercise needs.
If you like dogs and are fairly fit and active then becoming a dog walker is definitely worth considering.
Depending on where you live, you can charge up to £12 per hour per dog.
You’ll need to check with your local authority to see what licenses and insurance you need.
Become An Online Tutor
You don’t need a teaching degree to be an online tutor, but you do need extensive knowledge of your subject. If you have skills you can teach then you could be earning between £15-£25 per hour as an online tutor. From teaching English as a foreign language to helping a 16-year-old prepare for their GCSEs, there’s a lot of scope to share your knowledge.
There are many companies online that specialise in providing tutors in a range of subjects, or you can set up on your own and find your own clients.
The ideas above are great for bringing in a sustained income and allowing you to make your own rules when it comes to how long and how much you work. Each of them can be a fulfilling career that allows you to have something that you can take pride in outside your role as a mum or caregiver.
When combined with great tips to save money, your family finances should start to look a lot healthier.
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