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How to earn extra money as a divorced stay-at-home parent

If you’re like many people, then you had to make a lot of financial changes after divorce. If you didn’t know how to budget before, then you learned quite quickly. Things are especially complicated if you’re a stay-at-home parent. Although you are definitely working full-time, being a parent doesn’t come with the paycheck it deserves.

Fortunately, there are ways that stay-at-home mothers and fathers can earn extra income from home. These opportunities can also help you cultivate valuable skills that you can use to good advantage if or when you’re ready to rejoin the workforce.

Respond to online surveys

There are many websites that pay consumers to answer online surveys. These questionnaires are generally sponsored by companies that want to know what people think about their new and existing product lines. Some sites reimburse participants in cash while others offer gift cards for popular stores and websites. The latter can come in handy as Christmas and birthday gifts.

Launch a blog

If people are always telling you that you have a way with words, then why not launch your own blog? When the kids are napping, playing, or at school, you can write about the things that interest you or topics that you feel passionately about. Many people monetize their blogs by running ads for products related to the subjects they blog about, and you can even build a following.

Become a virtual assistant

One new job opportunity created by the Digital Age is the virtual assistant. There are many busy small business owners, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals who need help with various tasks but aren’t in a position to hire a full-time assistant. VAs, as they are known, provide remote assistance with a variety of tasks, from creating appointments to bookkeeping to event planning. You can work as much or little as you want and organize your availability around the children’s schedule.

Write resumes

Anyone searching for a job needs an impressive resume, but not everyone has the ability to create one. There are entire sites dedicated to helping job seekers put together a resume that stands out and increases their chances of getting a job they love. You can sign up with one and join the ranks of resume writers, creating content during breaks in your schedule.

This is only a handful of examples of freelance / casual money-making opportunities you can benefit from while your kids are still young. Some of them can even make it easier to transition into a successful career at a future date. If financial concerns become too pressing, however, a New York family law attorney can help you revisit your original support agreement and seek a modification that makes it easier for you to take care of your home and family without worrying about money. Jayson Lutzky is a matrimonial attorney with an office in Bronx, NY. To set up a free in-person initial consultation  for a divorce case or a family court case, call 718-329-9500 or visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com.

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