Summer is the one season of the year where we moms typically have a little more time on our hands. School is out, sports are typically over (or more low-key), and there aren’t any major holidays to prepare for. We get a little bit of a break.
This means that we also have a little more time to focus on ourselves and those projects we’ve been putting off.
If you are looking for summer side hustles for moms, then you have come to the right place.
All of the side hustles listed on this page are things that can be done from home as long as you have a computer, an internet connection, and a phone.
In other words, you can still keep an eye on your kids while you work.
These are also all things that have the potential to become legit businesses and sources of income.
Instead of spending time scanning receipts, dog walking, or working as an Instacart shopper, why not invest your time into a side hustle that can grow into something?
That’s what I’m all about.
This post is all about the best summer side hustles for moms.
The Best Summer Side Hustles for Moms
1. Start a Blog
Of course, I had to start with my personal favorite: starting a blog.
If I had known the power of blogging, I would have started a blog 5+ years ago.
I love blogging as a side hustle for moms because you are 100% able to work on it on your own time.
My favorite part about blogging is that you can write about a topic you have a passion for and make money doing it. And it’s not a requirement that you have expertise in the topic.
That may sound counterintuitive, so let me explain.
Some bloggers have started what are known as “journey blogs.” This means that their blog is focused on something they are trying to learn.
It could be someone who is trying to do something like lose weight, get out of debt, or homeschool their kids. In other words, something they haven’t done before.
And in the process, they share with others how they accomplish their goals.
Some bloggers have just chosen where they are in life and made that the focus of their blog.
There really are soooo many options.
My second favorite part about blogging is that there are so many ways to monetize a blog such as display ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, selling digital products, and more.
If blogging is something you would like to pursue, I recommend starting by grabbing my FREE checklist and workbook that will walk you through each step of the process.
2. High-Ticket Affiliate Marketing (Without a Blog)
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online if you don’t want to start a blog. However, it does require that you enjoy or are willing to post on social media or launch paid ads.
Affiliate marketing is promoting products or services made by other people or companies, and if someone buys from you, you get a commission.
When you sign up for an affiliate program, you get a custom URL so that the company knows the sale came from you.
I recommend focusing on high-ticket affiliate marketing and/or selling a subscription product. Subscription products result in producing the passive income that everyone is always trying to pursue.
The best way to go is if you can group products together that are all related, starting with a high-ticket product.
For example, if you are into keto, you can promote a course that teaches keto. Then you can also promote keto-related products such as food and supplements you love.
If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, I highly recommend grabbing my free ebook here that walks you through the process.
There are also a couple of courses that are worth looking into:
- Freedom Breakthrough 2.0: You can test Freedom Breakthrough out by doing the 3 Day Business Breakthrough Challenge for $7 where creator Jonathan Montoya teaches how to launch an affiliate campaign. The thing I like about this training is that it’s not fluff. You really can get started for $7, and from there you can decide if you want the full course. The full course is super exhaustive. You can read about it in my review here.
- Affiliate Secrets 3.0: Another course that will walk you through how to make money with affiliate marketing is Affiliate Secrets. This course is also super exhaustive. They are both good courses, it’s just a matter of who you want to learn from. This course does not have a $7 version that you can test drive before going all-in, but it’s still a great course. Click the link here and watch a video presentation by Spencer Mecham where he will walk you through exactly how it works.
3. Sell Digital Downloads and Printables on Etsy
Most of us think of Etsy as a place to go for unique handmade crafts, but it’s also a great source for digital products.
This can range from planner pages, Canva templates and WordPress themes to digital artwork and sooo much more.
If you are interested in learning more about how to get started, I highly recommend watching this video where my friend and mentor Sandra Di walks you through how to find Etsy Digital Downloads that will Actually Sell.
If you want more, she has a full Etsy playlist here.
4. Sell Low-Content Books on Amazon KDP
Amazon KDP is Amazon’s self-publishing platform, but you don’t have to write a tome to get published. Instead, you can create what is known as low-content books.
Low content books can be lined journals, blank recipe books, coloring books, blank planners, and more.
These can be created in Canva and then uploaded to the Amazon KDP platform. If someone purchases your book, Amazon prints it, and ships it directly to the customer. How cool is that?
However, there is a right and wrong way to do this.
The best Amazon KDP teacher I have found online is Rachel Harrison-Sund.
If this is something you are interested in learning more about, I recommend binge-watching her channel.
5. Start a YouTube Channel
Did you know that YouTubers make money? If you are passionate about something and always thought it would be fun to start a YouTube Channel, now is the time.
There are actually several ways to make money on YouTube: YouTube Ads, affiliate marketing, selling your own digital products, and more.
YouTubers don’t qualify for ad revenue right away until they reach 4,000 watch hours within 12 months and have more than 1,000 subscribers.
But if you are putting out consistent content and optimizing it in the right way, this is totally possible to do within a year.
If this is something you are interested in doing, I recommend grabbing this Monetize Your Passion With Video Workbook by my personal YouTube mentor Sandra Di.
And the best part is that she’ll be releasing a YouTube course this summer, which I highly recommend. I will be sure to add a link here as soon as it’s released.
6. Become a Freelance Writer
Almost 10 years ago, I found myself going through a divorce. At the time, I had been a stay-at-home mom for eight years and had not worked a day during that time.
But I had to find work, and I really wanted to find something I could do from home.
I was able to start making a full-time income in just a few months as a freelance writer.
The best part about freelance writing is that you can pretty much get started right away.
You don’t have to create a blog (unless you want), create a sales funnel, set up email marketing, etc.
There are several platforms out there for the purpose of putting freelancers in front of customers looking for help with a variety of tasks such as:
If you want to learn more about how to get started, I recommend the following:
7. Become a Marketing Copywriter
While Marketing Copywriters tend to also be freelance writers, the type of writing they do is different.
Marketing copywriting is a unique craft in which you write for the purpose of converting readers into buyers.
It can take a bit more time than regular content writing or news writing because of the time it takes to get the messaging just right.
And there’s also a ton of value it can bring because the right messaging can mean an increase in sales for your client.
For that reason, marketing copywriters also have the ability to charge a lot more than content writers.
If this sounds intriguing to you, I highly recommend checking out Alex Cattoni.
- You can learn about her courses here.
- You can also check out her YouTube Channel here where she gives away a ton of awesome tips.
The best part about Alex’s flagship course, the CopyPosse Launch Pad, is that she will not only teach you the craft of copywriting, but she will also teach you how to create a portfolio even if you don’t have any experience.
Plus, she’s just a ton of fun!
8. Become a Freelance Web Designer
This may surprise you, but you can become a freelance web designer even if you don’t have any experience.
Of course, you do have to learn how to build and design websites somewhere.
The upside to web design is that you can charge good money for the work that you do because of the value of the product.
If this is something you would love to learn how to do, I highly recommend the course, Break Into Web.
Break Into Web is a two-part course. Part one covers the technical aspects of building websites including creating your own website to market your services. Part two teaches you how to turn your new technical skills into a business and how to manage that business.
The course is taught by two veteran web designers who both have freelance web design businesses of their own and are both very easy to follow.
Check out Break Into Web Here.
9. Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants work as contractors, and they typically perform administrative-type tasks for business owners.
This can include any variety of things including bookkeeping, scheduling appointments, making travel arrangements, responding to emails, organizing digital files, creating and/or scheduling social media posts, and the list can go on.
What a virtual assistant does can depend a lot on the needs of the business and the VA’s area of expertise.
Virtual assistant pay can range from $15,000 to $130,000 per year, according to WeWork.
Virtual assistants can find work on a variety of platforms, including:
- VA Networking
- HireMyMom.com (specifically geared toward moms)
If you are interested in learning more about how to become a virtual assistant, check out Lauren Golden. She has a YouTube channel and blog all about teaching moms how to become virtual assistants.
10. Sell Handmade Crafts Online
If you have a craft that you are good at, another option would be to sell your handiwork online.
This can be done by creating your own online store or selling your creations on a website like Etsy.
This can range from artwork, knitted items, crocheted items, handmade clothes and blankets, jewelry, and so much more.
If you are interested in learning how to turn your favorite crafting hobby into a profitable business, check out The Recoverie.
11. Sell Digital Art
If you have graphic design skills or you want to learn more about graphic design, you can sell digital art.
Digital art can be sold on a variety of platforms including Etsy, Creative Market, Creative Fabrica, and more.
Or you can even create your own online store where you sell your items.
The nice thing about digital art is that you can create the artwork, but it’s up to the customer to handle the printing. That means you can keep your costs low.
If you want to learn more about how to sell digital art online, I recommend this playlist on YouTube by Sandra Di.
12. Become a Social Media Manager
Very few businesses can exist in 2022 without being on social media in some way, shape, or form.
The downside is that being consistent on social media is very time-consuming and can take away from the core functions of the business.
That is why several businesses need social media managers. It might be for creating their assets or handling all the scheduling.
Social Media Managers can be hired as full-time employees or as contractors.
If you want to learn more about how to get started as a social media manager, I highly recommend following Rachel Pedersen.
She is not only a successful social media manager, but she also teaches others how to start a social media management business. And she’s a mom, so she gets what it’s like to grow a business with kids around.
What Side Hustle are You Going to Start This Summer?
I hope you found some inspiration for your summer side hustle. What side hustle are you feeling inspired to try?
I would love to hear all about it. Tell me all about it in the comments below.
And please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
This post was all about the 12 best summer side hustles for moms.