It is hard enough being a single parent, but it is even harder when your place of employment doesn’t sympathize with your priorities as a parent.  Finding employment that offers flexible hours and good pay may take a little research and time, but there is a job that will fit your schedule, and life as a single parent. 

So, if you find yourself as a sole provider, either through divorce, death of a spouse or because of an unmarried situation, don’t panic, you can still raise healthy, loving and productive kids while earning good pay and living a good life.  It will not be easy, it will be harder, but if you stay focused and improve your well being, you will be able to persevere.  Your mental and physical health will be paramount to the life of your child.

Now would be a good time for you to start taking care of yourself.  You will need mental and physical strength to assume the duties of two parents.  Begin by changing your diet, if you need to.  Incorporate more vegetables and other healthy foods into your diet in order to keep up your physical strength. In addition, try to exercise for at least 30 min 5 days a week.  Also, give your mind a time to rest and relax.  Try to carve out a little time for yourself to just relax and clear your mind.  Strengthening who you are will give you the fuel you need to live and work as a single parent.

Another area that would benefit you would be getting involved in a support group of other single parents.  Having individuals to confide in will help relieve any pressure you experience and also give you assurance that you are not alone.


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Below are some careers you may want to considerate if you need a job change.  The following jobs offer flexible hours and decent pay. You will also find that some of the jobs aren’t stressful.  In addition, some of the jobs can start on a part-time basis, but with hard work, they can progress into full-time employment.  Being a single parent is hard, but it is doable.  With careful planning and the ability to stay focused, you can and will succeed.


  • If you love to write, try applying for freelance writing and editing jobs.  You will most likely work online, and the hours are flexible.  You may want to secure more than one of these
  • Become a life coach.  Many people need help with their life decisions, and figuring out what their purpose in life is.  You can receive training that will help guide others into learning more about their abilities and the different paths they can take.
  •  Find a job in the healthcare field.  Nurses have flexible hours, and you can work part time and still earn $10 an hour.  If you are working full-time, try to find a nursing program that will accommodate a fulltime working student. 
  •  Become a real estate agent/broker.  Most of your work will be spent during research and making phone calls.  You will also have the flexibility to schedule appointments at your convenience.  This will come in handy if you have childcare issues.
  •  Web Developer.   Help people create their own websites right in the comfort of your own home.  You can advertise your services or apply for employment at different companies.
  •  Retail Sales. The retail sales market is always hiring, and most of the hours are flexible.  The pay may not start out to be great, but with experience and time, you can move up the salary ladder.
  •  Graphic Designer.  This is a results oriented job, and can be performed at various times throughout the day.  Advertise your skills to companies and see which one contacts you.
  •  EBay Seller.  Start selling goods on EBay.  Do your research to see what is popular, and jump into the market.  Many people are selling on eBay fulltime.  The key is to find a niche or something that you can sell that people will regularly buy.  Start frequenting garage sales, flea markets, estate sales and thrift stores to find great deals on products, people in other parts of the country and other countries will pay top dollar for.
  •  Physical therapy is also a good career choice.  You will meet with patients at scheduled appointments to help with their physical limitations.
  •  Become a virtual assistant.  There are online companies that will hire people to work from home,  and sign up people for different products and services.  1-800-flowersis one such company that hire people to take orders from their home.
  • Blogger.  Share your world with the world.  Many people are making money with blogs.  They use Google AdSense, Amazon Associates and other online programs to sell products on their blogs.  Why not jump in and see how much you can make?
  •  Find a job at a school.  The hours may not be flexible, but you will be in school working at the same time your child is attending school.


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Sell your handmade items at  Etsy is like eBay for people who make a whole sort of things.  If you make beautiful cards, open up a shop on Etsy and try to sell them.  Opening a shop on Etsy is free, but it does cost $.20 to list your items.  You will need a camera and good research if you want to succeed as a seller. Find out what people want, and if what you make is unique and attractive, people will buy.  Handmade, specialized and personal items make better gifts, which is why Etsy is so popular.

I really hope these 14 job ideas ease your mind about providing for your household as a single parent.  Some of the jobs require a certain amount of education, and will start as part time gigs, but they can turn into lucrative ventures.  Most people become single parents not out of choice, so if you have a job, don’t quit the one you have until you can find a better one.  Try to attend school to receive training for a better job or supplement with one of the ideas listed above. 

Remember, your child needs you, and if you are focused on their well-being and making wise decisions, you can’t lose.  So try to surround yourself with people who can support and uplift you and in turn be a comfort to them.  Don’t be a single parent on an island.