I've been a SAHM since my son's birth last May. It's extremely important to me to be at home with my son, and we rearranged our finances and my husband changed his career to make this possible; we are determined to make it work.
However, as it true for many, we have been hit pretty hard by inflation, coinciding with a domino-fall series of big, unanticipated expenses, one after the other. I've always been pretty conservative with spending money, especially on myself, but for the last year or so, it's gotten to a point where the guilt I feel over spending money on anything that is not a grocery item or diapers is overwhelming, reduces the pleasure of even having anything new, and is impacting my mental health.
I've done the deep dive into "side hustles for SAHM" and found myself knee deep in customer service applications for jobs that pretty quickly begin to require too many hours per week (with my son's naps, I have about 10 hours per week, during traditional work hours).
I've considered virtual teaching jobs (like VIPKid, though that program has apparently changed and has fewer opportunities than it used to), virtual assistantship jobs (like those offered by BELAY, but they require too many hours as a minimum), tutoring and online essay help (the latter would be ideal since I could literally give feedback on essays from home during my son's naps). I used to be a teacher and plan to return to education once my son is in school full-time. But that's several years away -- I can't imagine feeling this tight about money for the next few years, even if inflation changes.
Do you know of any SAHMs who have a relatively consistent, remote side-hustle, something that is flexible or not time-sensitive, or doesn't require a set number of hours during the week? Even making a few hundred extra dollars per month would make a big difference.
Thanks in advance for any advice!