The Best Side Gigs for Parents in Addiction Recovery

The Best Side Gigs for Parents in Addiction Recovery

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Parents in addiction recovery need to focus on staying sober. One of the worst things for your addiction recovery, however, is the stress that accompanies being short on cash and not being able to work full-time while getting back on your feet. The solution is starting a manageable side gig that allows you to work from home while you continue to prioritize your recovery. Here are some great side gigs while you’re in recovery.


  1. Virtual Assistant

If you have strong people skills and an internet connection, becoming a virtual assistant may be the ideal side gig for you. Designed to be work-from-home jobs, virtual assistant positions include helping people with scheduling appointments, managing email and social media accounts, drafting emails, completing data entry, and other administrative tasks that they are too busy to do themselves.


A virtual assistant position is a manageable side gig for parents in recovery because it requires no upfront costs. You also have the freedom of a more flexible schedule than a traditional office assistant job. To become a virtual assistant, you simply need to have a computer, strong internet connection, quality organizational skills, and solid people skills. Search online for available virtual assistant openings or try one of the job sites recommended by The Penny Hoarder.


  1. Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer

Many people who struggle with addiction turn to fitness in recovery. Not only does improving your physical fitness help undo some of the damage that you did to your body while you were in the throes of addiction, but it helps you stick to a routine and avoid a relapse. The natural high you get while exercising improves your mood and mental health, too.


Thus, becoming a fitness instructor or a personal trainer is a natural side gig for many parents in recovery looking to make a little extra money. You will get paid to work out, and you will stay committed to your healthier lifestyle.


To start your own fitness business, you should first earn your certification from a reputable organization. You will need to pay to get certified, but you will get more clients when they see you have credentials behind your name. Then, purchase a few essential pieces of equipment for your business and acquire insurance. Be sure to advertise locally and online. You can instruct from your home or backyard, and as you begin to get clients, they will help you build your business through reviews on social media and word-of-mouth recommendations.


  1. Start a Freelance Business

If you have a hobby or skill that you can market, start a freelance business. Freelancing is a great way for parents in recovery to work from home while maintaining a flexible schedule that allows for spending time with your family and prioritizing your recovery while earning cash to get back on your feet.


WiseBread suggests that you put your drawing, writing, or photography skills to work. Or, you can become a baker. If you have a degree, you also could become a freelance consultant. Start a website or blog to help potential clients find you, and then build your portfolio by working for family, friends, or former colleagues.


One item of importance not to overlook when starting your own business is finding the right name for it. You’ll need to select a name that reflects your services, resonates with your audience, and (ideally) is available as a .com domain. One solution is to use a business name generator that will help you determine the best brand name for your new venture.


Oberlo recommends some business name generators you can choose from. Business name generators are handy tools that can save you tons of time. Just enter a keyword that captures the core concept of your company and click to generate names. Once you’ve chosen a name, work on branding your business cards and website to make it easier for potential clients to find you.


Choosing the right side gig will ease your concerns about money while you focus on staying in recovery and getting back on your feet. Consider work-from-home positions like becoming a virtual assistant or a fitness instructor or personal trainer. If you have a special set of skills or a hobby, start your own business and turn it into a freelancing side gig.



Ms. Lockwood is a retired social worker. Today, she writes for The Prevention Coalition.






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