Every year the cost of having a family grows. To do so without any other support is a heroic feat. Find out here how you might be able to reduce that burden.
Careers for single parents that offer flexibility
Given that you have less time than the average parent, you need to earn more in the time you are working. To achieve this, you should look towards industries that have a higher earning potential but are also flexible regarding work hours. To see what forms of work employers are starting to offer, read our page explaining flexible work to employers.
Here are some careers that employers might offer you to work from home:
- Customer service representative
- Graphic designer
- Life coach
- SEO Specialist
- Website developer
Because you may need a higher earning potential per hour of work, you may need to consider training. One way of training whilst retaining an income is to choose an apprenticeship.
The government has modernised apprenticeships in recent years so you can even get a master’s degree in as little as 18 months. Not only do you not have to pay for the training, you will continue to earn as you train. Furthermore, it is common for employers to accept a request for part-time work in apprenticeships.
Benefits or funding
There are several different types of financial support that a lone parent can access as you are accessing support for the child alongside yourself. However, the multiple avenues can make calculating the exact amount confusing. To get an accurate amount you should use the government’s benefits calculator.
If you have recently become a lone parent, the DWP will likely advise you to sign up to Universal Credit, which encompasses most benefits into one payment.
Income support: This is the old method of accessing benefits and funding. It is there to supplement your income if you are not earning enough to support your family.
Child benefit and tax credit: If you have a child that is under 16 or is in full-time training and under 20, you will be eligible for child benefits. In turn, if you are eligible for income support you will be eligible for tax credits.
Council tax subsidy: Talk to your local council to see if you are eligible for a council tax subsidy.
Advice and guidance
There are numerous local and national organisations built for supporting and advising single parents in the UK. Sometimes you need someone to turn to to explain what next steps are best.
There are times when you feel like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. These organisations have spoken to thousands of people in similar situations and are made to pass on that experience to you. So, if you are ever feeling overwhelmed we strongly encourage you to get in touch with one of the following:
Provide information to lone parents to help them support their family, as well as providing a channel to parliament for the voices of single parents.
A community forum specifically for dads, including tailored information and guidance.
This charity is based in Scotland and provide information as well as face-to-face family support services.
A diverse organisations looking to create a community of one-parent families to instigate significant social change in the UK.
Advice and support tailored for single dads.
Advice and support tailored for single mums.
A more general family support organisation that will assist you in a range of family-related issues.