One of the toughest aspects of divorce is the transition from two incomes to one. A new divorcee is going to feel a lot of financial pressure in the beginning. Trying to make ends meet is going to seem like a scary feat for your friend.
Your friend may consider getting a second job, but if she has children this is hard to do. After all, no parent wants to work so much that they never get to see their kids. As a recently divorced single mom, this has been one of the toughest struggles for me. Instead of taking a second traditional job I have found ways to supplement my income that allow me to stay at home with my kids.
With a little bit of hard work and the right tools, your friend can supplement her income too. Help relieve some of your friends stress and anxiety by suggesting one of these ideas so she can supplement her income, all from the comfort of her home.
5 Ideas to Bring in Supplemental Income:
- Write. If your friend has a knack for writing then she can easily supplement her income. Content mills such as Text broker and Interact media allow users to write articles for pay. The initial income from this is pretty low but can increase with higher ratings. Your friend could also try her hand at applying to jobs on job boards. My favorite job board is on Pro Blogger. The pay from these jobs heavily outweighs that of content mills.
- Become an Independent Sales Rep. Companies such as Scentsy, Avon, Mary Kay, and 31 Products employ independent sales reps to sell their products. Your friend can earn a commission off of these sales and her success will be highly dependent upon the time she invests in this endeavor.
- Start a Blog. Blogs are a good way to make money if you can stick it out for the long haul. If you can narrow down your niche and provide content on a regular basis, then you can make money through advertising, affiliate sales, and offering your own products or services. It may take a while before you are able to produce any money from your blog, though. If you think your friend would like blogging, Copyblogger and Daily Blog Tips offer great tutorials to help your friend get started.
- Sell Items on Craigslist, EBay, and Facebook Yard Sales. If your friend has an eye for a good bargain she could try her hand at selling items on Craigslist, EBay, or Facebook Yard Sales. It’s best to start this business out slowly. You can help her by finding a couple of inexpensive items at a yard sale and try to resell them on one of these sites. If your sales go well, then try it again!
- Make and Sell Crafts. I don’t have a crafty bone in my body, but I love to buy crafts from people who do! If you friend is good at making crafts, clothing, or jewelry she could try selling her creations on Etsy. Etsy is a site that allows people to sell their own crafts and creations.
If your friend is struggling financially encourage her to give one of the endeavors a shot. If she can find her passion and learn how to market and sell her products, her income potential will be limitless! With a little hard work your friend won’t even have to leave her home to supplement her income. For a recent divorcee or single mother, it doesn’t get much better than that!