How Parents Can Use Their Spare Time More Productively

Are you a parent who finds that you have some spare time each week that you could put to better use? It’s amazing what you could accomplish during this down time and you should seriously consider the options available. Below are some of the many ways you can use your spare time more productively.

Start a New Course

No matter what age you are or what your situation is, you should always be trying to learn new things. This keeps the mind active and you can also learn new skills that could be extremely useful if you decide to start a new job or you’re a parent who will be returning to the workforce once your family is older.

Thanks to the internet, today’s parents have no excuse for not learning new skills or increasing their knowledge. A quick search online will provide you with a huge amount of information and a wide range of video sharing websites that demonstrate and show you how to improve different types of skills. You can even take this one step further by enrolling in an online course provided by various colleges and universities.

For instance, if you have a keen interest in business, you have a wide range of affordable online MBA courses to choose from and this type of course can be completed from the comfort of your home, at times that suit you.

Teach Other People

You may have a talent or a skill you take for granted. You could spend a certain amount of time each week passing on your knowledge to other people who want to learn more about the skill or talent you already have. Examples of this include providing music lessons, language classes, craft classes or even giving parenting advice to other people who have young kids or have not yet started a family.

Start an Online Business

Starting your own business may sound like a daunting challenge, especially if you have a young family. However, the internet once again makes life easier for potential online entrepreneurs. You have a wide range of online business models to choose from and you could be up and running in a matter of days. The most popular online business models include setting up an e-commerce store, affiliate marketing, providing your own services and blogging.


If you don’t want to be tied down to running a business all of the time, you could become a freelancer. The beauty of becoming a freelancer is the fact that you work when you want to work and work on projects you want to work on. A wide range of freelancing websites are available that allow you to list your services or you can contact potential clients directly. Web design, accounting and virtual assistant jobs are the most common positions available, but you can offer almost any kind of service as a freelancer.

Unfortunately, many parents don’t always use their spare time wisely. This time could be used to develop new skills, earn additional money and help others and this is why you should consider each of the ideas above.

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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