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How to Start a Side Hustle When You Are a Stay-at-Home Parent

Whether you’re raising a toddler, tween, teen, or all of the above, being a stay-at-home parent is a full-time job. Unfortunately, it’s one that typically comes without a paycheck, which can be stressful when thinking about finances. Some may rely on their partner’s income to pay the bills whereas if you’re a single parent, a little extra income can make a difference. Regardless of where you fall on the parenting spectrum, being an expert in the art of the side hustle is always good when you’re ready to make a little extra money while maintaining flexible hours.

You’d think that as much time as you spend cleaning, cooking, and helping your child with homework, you’d be a pro at the side hustle, but when it comes to making a little extra cash on the side, it’s important to get organized when you’re ready to start tackling your goals. Below are a few things to think about when looking to start your next side business as a stay-at-home parent.

Decide what your interests and skills are

A large part of deciding what your side hustle should be is knowing what your skills and interests are. Are you into beauty and fashion? Do you enjoy motivating and encouraging other people? If you answered yes to both of those questions, a side hustle may be the perfect place to apply your innate interests and skills.

Do your research

After you determine what your interests are, do your research to determine the best course of action for how you’d like to use them. Ask around and gather information. For example, Mary Kay offers the chance for interested folks to become Independent Beauty Consultants and sell skincare and cosmetics to consumers. Before starting a Mary Kay business, connecting with an existing Independent Beauty Consultant is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the opportunity.

Find a flexible opportunity

As a stay-at-home parent, flexibility is a large priority when looking for a side hustle. You never know when you’ll have to pick a sick child up from school or spend all night working on a school project that’s due the next day. With that said, Mary Kay is a great option for the flexible opportunity it provides. It’s a great way to make a little extra money on the side while choosing how much time to put in and how involved you want to be and gives you the opportunity to balance your work, personal and family life.

Determine what you want to accomplish

More often than not, people start side hustles to earn a little extra cash. Other times, however, it’s to try something new, explore an untapped passion, or test the waters before jumping into a full-time gig. Regardless of your motivation for starting a side hustle, be sure to have a sit down with yourself to establish your goals. If you’re ready to jump in and start your own business, make sure you determine your goals, create a plan, and then get to work.

Use resources to your advantage

Like raising a child, it takes a village to reach your goals in your side hustle. Whether that’s communicating with coworkers or relying on family, you’ll want to tap into any and all resources and support available. As an Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay offers a plethora of educational resources and support that can help you build your skillset. Once you start a Mary Kay business, you get access to an internal platform that offers digital, social, sales, and marketing resources, plus so much more, that help support you in reaching your goals.

No matter what your passion is that drives your side hustle, remember that it is possible to reach your goals — and to have fun doing it along the way.

This article was created by SheKnows for Mary Kay.

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