Single Mom Income: 6 Legitimate Ways to Earn Extra Cash

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    Become a Child Care Provider

    Mom babysitting kids and playing a game.
    Providing child care can help you earn extra money. Kristian Sekulic/Getty Images

    Need extra income, but don't have time to take on a second –– or even third –– job? It's time to get creative and find job opportunities that work for you. Consider the following ways to earn extra cash in your spare time. And for your own protection, don't forget to declare your supplementary income on your federal and state taxes.

    Boost Your Single Mom Income: Become a Child Care Provider

    There are many families out there who need quality child care at odd hours. So even if you work...MORE full time during the week, you can still earn extra income on the side by caring for other children on the weekends or even during occasional overnight hours. Consider putting yourself out there on

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    Do Freelance Work on the Side

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    Earn extra money doing freelance work from home. i love images/Getty Images

    Do you have a skill that could help you earn extra money on the side? For example, writing, editing, graphic design work, and photography can all be done on a freelance basis, just to name a few. Additional options include web site development, search engine optimization, proofreading, and transcription work. Evaluate the skills you already possess ​and consider putting them to use to earn additional money working from home after hours. You might also find freelance work on

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    Become a Virtual Assistant

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    Earn extra income by becoming a virtual assistant. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc./Getty Images

    Do you enjoy helping others? Are there tasks that you're able to complete faster than others, such as performing online research, making phone calls, and posting content to social media? Putting those skills to use as a virtual assistant can help you earn additional income on a regular basis. For example, a small business owner might contract with you to regularly develop and send their monthly newsletter or update their database.

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    Clean Houses on the Side

    Woman cleaning windows.
    Clean houses on the side to earn extra cash. Kathrin Ziegler/Getty Images

    Are you someone who enjoys cleaning and is good at it? Cleaning just one house per week can help you earn as much as $300 extra per month. Depending on the size, each cleaning job may take up to three hours of time. In some situations, you may be able to bring your kids along with you to cleaning jobs, too. If you're just getting started, try posting an ad at your local grocery store or community bulletin board.

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    Pet Sit for Your Friends and Neighbors

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    Earn cash with a pet sitting business. Jason Homa/Getty Images

    Pet sitting is another way to boost your 'single mom income' and earn extra cash without interrupting your family's existing schedule. For example, if you work full time, advertise that your dog-sitting services are available in the evenings and on weekends only. Caring for 2-4 pets per month could earn you an extra $120-$240.

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    Get Creative

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    Put your creativity to work on the side. Tom Merton/Getty Images

    Finally, consider how you might transform other unique skills you possess into an opportunity to earn supplemental income. For example, if you love scrapbooking, try offering to complete other parents' unfinished scrapbook pages. Consider your gifts and what you love to do, and the possibilities are endless. For example, do you have any skills with arts and crafts?