5 Clever ways single parents can earn extra income

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Are you single parent in need of extra income? Stretch your peso by getting creative and using the resources you have at your disposal

It no longer needs to be said that raising a child today is vastly more expensive than decades past. For single parents, it can be doubly hard, as they are usually the only income generators in the family. So it would greatly help if they strive to be creative and resourceful in order to provide their family a comfortable and secure future.

If you are a single parent looking to expand your income, there are simple ways by which you can do so. Here are a few of them.

1. Get crafty

Tap into your existing hobbies and get creative! If you make accessories or are into scrapbooking or painting, you could actually turn this talent into profit-making ventures. If you're not exactly skilled but want to learn, there is a wealth of information on the internet to get you started.

2. Become a virtual assistant

If you can manage it and if you are confident with the reliability of your internet connection, then finding an online job as a virtual assistant could be the way for you to stretch your existing income.

If you are task and goal-oriented and if you find doing research, coordinating and helping people rewarding, then you will likely thrive in this kind of set-up.

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3. Hit the kitchen

When in need of a therapeutic and profitable new hobby, get cooking or baking! Start with simple recipes. To get you started, you can give them as gifts to family and friends. Soon, you'll surely be getting orders.  Then, you can expand by establishing a small online shop via Instagram. Pretty soon, if you stick to it, you'll get the hang of it. The important thing is to start small and simple, so you won't get overwhelmed. Also, get help when needed, especially when orders start pouring in.

4. Direct selling or reselling clothes

If you have a passion for fashion, why not source quirky and stylish finds from divisoria or Taytay tiangge and resell them online? Posting them in artful and aesthetically pleasing ways on Instagram could help you grow your base of followers and eventually, customers. You can also find online businesses looking for direct sellers to help them grow their venture. Just make sure to screen them to make sure they're legit.

5. Editing or proofreading

If you have a penchant for the written word, there are a lot of opportunities online for you. Much like virtual assistant gigs, these projects would require a reliable internet connection. Of course, care must be taken when seeking income this way, as scammers have lately been sprouting up all over the internet. It's best to seek the help of friends who have had similar gigs.

sources: The Spruce, Livestrong, Dollar Stretcher

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