If I had a nickel for every time I was asked about jobs for stay at home dads, a stay at home dad side hustle, or ways they could make some money on the side, well, I wouldn’t need a job or a way to make money on the side.
No one will ever argue that for as difficult as it can be, it is still awesome being a stay at home dad. Spending time with the kids and watching them grow is amazing
But it isn’t all perfect. The pay sucks. That is why a lot of dads are looking for a side hustle. A way to make some money while still being available for the kids.
That is why I decided to share all of the things I have tried to make some money while I stayed home.
Note – Some of the below links are affiliate links. If you click on them I get can make some money and don’t worry I explain this side hustle below.
7 – Remote work
The Job – Just like any other job. But from home.
I’ll start with the Holy Grail of stay at home dad jobs. Remote Work. This is the dream if many stay at home parents. Being paid to stay with your kids.
This option is one of the higher paying options on this list, AND it is the only one that could include benefits such as retirement or healthcare.
Now for the bad news. These jobs are not very common. It’s great
6 – Uber, Lyft, or other driving companies
The Job – Driving people to work or home from the bar.
This job also gets you out of the house which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the age of your kids and how much supervision they need.
As for pay I have heard it carries. If you are in a busy area, you might do great. But if you have a quiet night all you will do is waste gas while you sit listening to the radio waiting for a
I have to be honest real quick. I haven’t done this particular option myself. A lot of Uber’s work is driving drunks home from the bar. I have cleaned enough puke out of my car just from the kids getting car sick.
I have no intention of cleaning up tequila-scented vomit some stranger decided to leave in my back seat. It
5 – Shipt and other shopping apps
The Job – Uber, but for groceries, fast food or other products.
Shipt is almost exactly like Uber, Lyft, or any other social ride app with one HUGE difference. You don’t have weird people doing weird things in the back of your car. Just the groceries or food.
I did this for a while and I can say it was fun. I don’t mind shopping or driving and it was always interesting to see what other people were buying. It is mean to say but when
The pay was ok, but you had to be careful to watch how far you were driving or gas prices would eat up your check. Most of the time it was a nice low-stress way to earn some money.
Well, low stress unless you are running behind. Your stress can rise quite quickly when you are running late for a drop-off and some old lady is paying by check.
4 – Freelance work
The Job – Use the skills you spent a lifetime perfecting! Be your own boss! Kinda!
If you have a specialized skill you can use it to become a freelancer. You work for your self and the best part is Freelancers can make a ton of money.
Well, you can make a lot of money as long as your skill is in demand. I know this because it turns out my encyclopedic knowledge of old animated Disney movies isn’t worth that much.
The downside of this type of job is you never know where your next gig is going to come from.
Some mouths are great with multiple gigs and a ton of money coming in. Other months you might not get a single gig. So this job
One easy way to find customers is with a site like Fiverr. It functions as a marketplace for freelancers, connecting them with customers.
3 – Etsy / eBay
The Job – Making or
finding things to sell
This one is great for the crafty or creative guys out there. If you can make something cool, Etsy is a great place to sell it.
Not only do you get your product in front of millions of people but, at least based on my wife’s purchase history, everything is
But if you are like me and are extremely lacking in creative talent, you don’t have to miss out on this opportunity.
Just find stuff to sell on eBay. It could be the junk in your attic or basement. If you are one of those weird people with a clean basement just buy other peoples junk at a yard sale.
You would be shocked
2 – Instructor or Speaker
The Job – Sharing what you know with other people
Another opportunity to use the knowledge you amassed
This doesn’t have to be just teaching a class. You could build an online training. There are lots of sites that can help you design and sell a course online.
Probably my favorite online course creator is Course Craft. Easy to use and my favorite, a free option to help you get started.
1 – Blogging
The Job – Share your thoughts and experiences.
Be honest you knew I was going to have this one at number one. I love to share my thoughts, mistakes, tips, mistakes, stories, and mistakes. Yes, I know mistakes
I make a lot of mistakes.
Once you build your blog and can get some traffic you can monetize your blog in a number of ways.
Some examples are sponsored posts, placing ads on the site or by using affiliate links
If you are interested in starting a blog my favorite hosts are
What’s an affiliate link?
Ok, I talked above about affiliate links, but you might not know what it is. An affiliate link to a product that if you the reader decide to buy I get a cut of the purchase price. You will notice I used these throughout my blog.
If you want to add some affiliate links to your blog check out
Even better some of those links are for specials so don’t miss out.
.5 – Combine a few
Ok, I know I said seven but I had to include this. You can combine a few of the above list. For example, I also freelance as a blogger getting paid to write for other peoples blogs.
I hope this list helps you find a way to make some money on the side. Just do me a favor and don’t try to sell any Multi-Level Marketing Product. It’s a scam.