3 Potential Side Hustles For The Busy Dad

I should start this off by saying I’m not a dad. That being said I have worked with many dads who are looking to make some extra money on the side in addition to working full time and having time set aside for the wife and family.

There has been a lot of talk of “side hustles” with cost of living increasing, mass lay offs, and just for those that want to insure against potential set backs in the future. However many “side hustles” are talked about in relation to having lots of time to set aside to get them going.

Starting a side hustle for a college student is going to be a lot different than starting a side hustle for someone who has a family to raise. This isn’t to be used as an excuse of course, simply a statement of facts. Here I’m going to lay out three side hustles that those with little time on their hands can make the best use of.

Like anything else these will take some time to build but overall have a good ROI compared to other ways of making money on the side. You can use these jobs to do anything from having some extra money for vacations or, if you really put some time into them, bringing in an extra grand or two a month. It’s all up to you.

Side Hustle #1 – Copywriting On Upwork

Upwork is a site where freelancers can bid on projects put up by clients. Every month you are given a certain number of credits that are used up every time you bid on a project. Your credits are used up regardless if you get the project or not and regardless of what the project ends up paying out, making it wise to go after bigger projects (among other reasons).

While copywriting is what I have done on Upwork you can also do things like graphic design or even marketing consulting if you’ve built up a reputation. Copywriting is a great way to get started though as the projects range from 10$ for proofreading a webpage to thousands of dollars for big multipage sales letters for larger companies.

Start small and work your way up. On Upwork there are a couple key metrics that determine if you get the job or not. The number one being getting the top rated badge. I used a friend to hire me again and again until I had the top rated badge and then went after bigger jobs worth my time. Get top rated status and then learn the basics of Upwork and you’ll be good to go.

Side Hustle #2 – Personal Training

You could also put in self-defense lessons, boxing lessons, or anything of that matter as well. I’ve recently started building up my personal training business and have been pleased with the results. It was something I did off and on but only recently started doing fully time (though it brought it some nice profits as a side hustle).

I first started by hosting a website through Bluehost and setting up a basic blog to be indexed in Google. I put up 30 posts all containing keywords related to my niche (personal training for women) and my local area. I also signed up for a service called Thumbtack.

Thumbtack lets you send quotes to prospects through their site for a little over a dollar a quote. It’s good to have a website so when you send your first message to the prospect they can check it out, get to know you better, and be more likely to purchase your services.

Combine having a blog that positions you as an “expert” with a very targeted niche and you’ll be able to make Thumbtack and services like it very cost effective. Even having one client a day can add up in the long run. Plus doing things like group workouts or “events” (can be anything from a special class to an obstacle course) set up on Saturdays can be very profitable as well.

Side Hustle #3 – Kindle Books

Now I’m not talking about the scammy have some Indian guy write 100 books for you and plaster them up on kindle. I’m talking about very targeted, quality books, geared for a very specific niche audience. It’s going to require expertise (everyone’s an expert in something) as well as some market research.

We’ll use the manosphere as it’s an relevant example. So let’s say you’re knowledeable on topics related to the manosphere and want to monetize that knowledge. Now most would set off and start a blog/mailing list and all that but it’s not required if you’re just wanting to make some side money off this while helping others.

The first thing you would do is go to Amazon and do some market research. You’ll quickly notice there is a plethora of books on getting girls, whats wrong with women/society, and the “alpha male” category. So you’d know that unless you have a unique angle on any of the above topics you’re better off leaving them alone.

Plus that stuff doesn’t really interest you. You’re a dad in his 30’s, 40’s, or even 50’s who’s interested in raising healthy children, making money, staying in shape, and living life to it’s fullest as well as passing your wisdom on to young bucks like me. So you go to the Roosh V forums to see if there are any problems your knowledge can fix.

Then you see it. A big thread lamenting the lack of red pill parenting knowledge. Something that you know all about. You see the thread has hundreds of comments of others lamenting the same thing. So seeing that there is somewhat of a market you begin writing your book.

After you finish your book, you write a couple guest posts to get the word out, post it in the forums, and start collecting some decent cash (granted that it was written well and informative). Then you repeat until you’ve exhausted your knowledge (at which point you go out and gain more).


How much you get out of each one of these methods is going to depend on how much you put in. All are capable of providing you with a full time income given enough time and effort. Also each can be done in less than an hour a day. It all depends on what you want.

These are all flexible as well. You can find people who want to train 5:00 in the morning to 8:00 at night. You can write your kindle books first thing with your morning coffee or before drifiting off to sleep at night. Same with copywriting which is largely done at your leisure granted that you are good at keeping to deadlines.

Author: Charles Sledge

Charles Sledge writes about masculinity, fitness, mindset, women, and other topics relating to men at CharlesSledge.com. He runs multiple businesses and is dedicated to helping men get the most out of life.