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Best Side Hustle Ideas for Working Dads in 2019

According to a Zillow analysis of U.S. Census data, 22.3% of children of married parents live with a stay-at-home parent in 2017. Out of those, 20.2%, or one-fifth, has a stay-at-dads, which is an all-time high percentage, compared to stay-at-home mums. The percentage of dads who stay at home with kids has been steadily rising since the end of the 20th century in the West, thanks to many factors. All those dads may need some source of extra income to help with the bills, so we decided to help them out.

Virtual Assistant

More and more companies are looking to outsource office assistant jobs, especially smaller ones, and startups. The job entails the ability to organize things and stay calm in a crisis. If you plan on becoming a virtual assistant, but have no experience, taking one of many available online courses may be a good idea and a starting point. However, due to fixed working hours, it may not be a good fit for dads with toddlers and babies, which can require attention in an unpredictable manner. But if your kids are a bit older and can be persuaded to stay away from dad’s home office for a couple of hours a day, you can earn between $35 and $50 per hour. 


When people hear flipping, the first thing that comes to their mind is usually flipping houses. It is the most profitable way of flipping, but spending all day on a construction site remodeling old houses hardly qualifies you for stay-at-home dad. Fortunately, there are other things you can flip if you have the patience to sift through Craigslist ads and are good with your hands. Ant old item can be repaired or restored and flipped for profit and people have been earning a 6-figure income by doing it. The easiest way is to find a specialty that you are most comfortable with and stick to it, like electronics or furniture, but if you want to maximize your earnings, we would suggest doing a little of everything, especially at the beginning. 

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing consists of earning a commission for promoting other people’s product. The concept is basically a win-win situation for both the companies providing the said products or services and affiliate marketers and has been the main source of income for many bloggers and influencers. The process is rather simple. Let’s say you want to become a successful casino affiliate. Find your favorite casino and promote them on your platform. From each new member they make through your referral, you will get a commission. The starting costs are very low, you don’t have to worry about creating your own product and there is a good chance of creating a considerable passive income from your older promotions.

Freelance Writer

Despite all the mumbo-jumbo about SEO and Google rankings, content is still the king of the Internet and the best way of attracting users to the site. If you have a penchant for writing, you can become one those who create such content. At first, you will be writing copies and press releases, with occasional clickbait article thrown into the mix, but if you are good at it, you can make a decent living out of it. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, freelance writers earn on average $97,300 a year, or $46.78 an hour. 

Graphic Design

If graphic design is something you are passionate about, there is quite a large market you can try your luck. The beauty of working as a freelance graphic designer is that you don’t really need a college degree. Nobody will care about your formal education if you can deliver a great-looking graphic design as requested. The beginnings may be hard, as you will be forced to make jobs for mediocre pay in order to both hone your skills and create a reputation, but if you stick with it and have some talent, you will be able to develop it into full-time employment. 

The Internet has created a myriad of opportunities for people who work from home, like stay-at-home-dads. It is up to you if you want to seize one of those opportunities and earn some money from it.