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In this post, I offer my best tips for starting a side hustle as a new mom.
Being a new mom is all the emotions at once.
Not to mention, totally freaked out because holy-crap-I-now-have-to-take-care-of-a-tiny-human-whose-whole-existence-depends-on-me.
And of course, there’s sooo much you have to do.
There’s changing diapers and doing laundry constantly. Not to mention feedings and hey, maybe sleeping occasionally.
The last thing you have time for in the middle of all that is starting a side hustle.
I mean, that would be crazy right? Well…
When I became a mom the first time, I was working a full-time job. But after my son was born, I became a stay at home mom.
My hands were suddenly full with a newborn and an almost two-year-old.
But I didn’t want to give up working altogether.
So I started looking for ways to make money online. And that’s where my side hustle journey began.
What It’s Like to Start a Side Hustle as a New Mom
If you’ve ever been here before, you know my first-ever side hustle experience was as a virtual assistant.
It was okay, but I eventually decided to switch to freelance writing.
And despite the craziness of having an infant and a toddler to take of all day, I loved my little hustle.
It let me be creative and use the writing skills that had been gathering dust ever since my first child was born.
I was carving out something for myself a little each day, which was almost a kind of self-care.
And best of all, I was making money from home while still being a full-time mom.
Was it hard?
Oh, heck yes.
There were so many nights I went to bed exhausted and totally touched out. My husband worked away from home three weeks out of the month so taking care of the babies was all on me.
And I still had to keep up with the dishes and housework and paying bills and running errands.
Growing my side hustle got squeezed into the corners of my days.
But was it worth it?
If I hadn’t started a side gig as a new mom, I wouldn’t have the business that I do now. A business that’s allowed me to build financial security for myself and my kids as a single mom.
And you might be looking for something similar.
Or you just might want to make some extra money to lighten the burden on the family budget.
Either way, starting a side hustle can help.
But you might be thinking, How the heck can I do that when I’m still trying to get this whole new mom thing down?
That’s what I want to help you figure out.
Can You Really Start a Side Job as a New Mom?
That’s probably your main question, right?
And if we’re looking at the big picture, then yes — new moms can definitely get a side gig going even when they’ve got a newborn or infant in tow.
But the real thing to consider is whether it’s something you personally can do, right now, as a new mom.
Because starting a side hustle takes time. Not as much time as tending to a super-needy little person but still, it takes time.
And it takes energy and being in the right head space, too.
If you’re just totally overwhelmed with all the new mom stuff mentally or you’re so tired you could cry most days, then it’s okay to put the idea of a side hustle on the shelf temporarily.
You can come back to it later when you’ve gotten into your new mom groove.
But if you’re feeling up for it, here’s what you need to do next to get your side gig up and running.
Pick the Right Side Hustle to Start
There are so many ways to make money online these days. But not all of them are going to be right for you as a new mom.
So think about:
- What skills or expertise you have that you could use to make money from home
- How much time you can spend on your hustle
- Your main goals for starting a side job
Why do these things matter?
Well, they can help you narrow down what kind of hustle is going to work best.
For example, if you want to eventually have a full-scale business from home, then something like freelance writing or being a VA can help you get there.
If you only have a few hours to spare each month and you just want to make a few extra bucks, then something like taking surveys might be a better fit.
Try brainstorming different side hustle ideas, based on those three things I listed. Then, zero in on two or three things you think you might want to try.
It’s totally okay to experiment when starting a side hustle, especially as a new mom.
Ideally, what you end up with is a hustle that fits your goals and skills.
But most importantly, it has to work with your schedule. And of course, your baby’s schedule too because that’s who’s really running the show, right? 🙂
Work on Getting a Routine In Place
Routines are kinda boring, right? I mean who wants to do the same things the same way all the time?
But having a routine is so important when you’re a new mom who’s trying to balance working from home with taking care of a baby.
It helps you find the time in your day to focus on growing your hustle, even if it’s just 30 minutes.
I always recommending shaping your work routine around your baby’s routine as much as possible. The great thing with newborns is they sleep a lot, so you’ve got that going for you.
And I know you’ve heard this piece of new mom advice: “Sleep when the baby sleeps.”
That’s great advice. And if you’re wiped out, then definitely grab a nap.
(My kids are almost tweens and having regular nap times again — for me, not them — would be AH-MAZING.)
I didn’t always follow that advice when they were babies because I wanted to grow my side hustle. But you have to decide what’s right for you and work on your hustle at your own pace.
Ask for Help and Take It When It’s Offered
I’ll fully admit that becoming a mom triggered some sort of weird I-can-do-it-all response in me.
When people would ask me if I needed anything my answer sounded something like this:
I don’t need help, thank you very much and I know there are big black circles under my eyes and the house is a wreck so could you please go away?
Don’t be like me; be a smart new mom.
Ask for help if you need it. From your spouse, your parents, your spouse’s parents, siblings, friends — anyone you know that’s willing to lend a hand.
And if somebody offers help to you, don’t send that gift horse scurrying to the door.
Getting help — whether it’s having someone watch the baby for an hour or go pick up the groceries that you ordered online — is important because it can give you time to work on your hustle.
But even more important than that, getting help can ease some of the stress that goes along with being a new mom.
Because you can’t do all the things when there’s a new baby in the picture. And adding a side hustle into the mix can really turn the pressure up.
Having help can keep you from being completely overwhelmed.
Grow Your Side Hustle as Your Baby Grows
As your baby moves from infant to toddler stage and beyond, your routine will probably change. And that can affect how you approach your side hustle.
You might need to make adjustments for when you work on your hustle and when you don’t. The more flexible you can be, the better.
Think about what’s next for your hustle. Is it something you can see yourself doing for the long-term?
If so, are you comfortable with where it is right now or would you like to grow it?
Sometimes side hustles can take on a life of their own and end up being a business before you know it.
And other times, you have to nurture them the same way you do your baby.
So if your plans include growing your hustle, think about what that means to you.
Is it more income? More clients? Doing something totally different altogether?
Once you’re ready to focus on growth, create a plan that reflects what you want to happen with your hustle in the next six months, 12 months, two years.
Then, break down the action steps you need to take to make those goals happen.
You might not be able to follow the plan perfectly but you’ll have a firm idea of where you’re headed.
Are You Planning to Start a Side Hustle as a New Mom?
Launching a side business when you have a new baby at home can be scary, but it can pay off in huge ways down the line.
Now it’s your turn — is starting a side hustle part of your plan as a new mom?
Head to the comments and tell me about it!
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