Parenting alone means that there are many more pressures on time, flexibility and childcare costs. This section gathers together information and ideas to help you generate income in a way that suits you and your lifestyle.

Creative Ideas

People parenting alone face extra pressures of time and flexibility, and often finances. This page is all about finding creative ways to generate income... whether it be an ongoing income source, a one-off for a special treat or an extra-big bill, we want your ideas...

Please email us with all your creative ideas!

Job Hunting

We want to create a resource listing all the single-parent-friendly industries, employers, professions and jobs. Please email us with your suggestions!

Owning Your Own Business

Some parents decide that they want the control and flexibility of owning their own business. If you are thinking about having your own business, there are many online resources and organisations to assist you in this:

  • Government advice on how to start your own business
  • Home Biz Buzz offers information, tools and resources for small and home businesses throughout New Zealand
  • Work and Income offers aBusiness Training and Advice Grantwhich supports people while they start up a new business.
  • Waitakere Enterprise is a trust that provides business information, training and mentoring, new business start-up training and coaching, central government business funding advice, business events, business location information and assistance, key business client management and young enterprise and skills and education initiatives. Their website has lots of valuable information, including downloadable spreadsheets and document templates.
  • Franchise New Zealand has a wealth of information about buying and running a franchise. A franchise is when you purchase the right to market a company's goods or services within a certain territory or location. Some examples of franchises in New Zealand are McDonald's, Greenacres and Domino's Pizza. There are many different types of franchises in industries as diverse as automotive, cleaning & maintenance, health & fitness, financial services, and pet-related franchises. They also have a magazine that is freely available in Westpac branches.
  • Poutama is a nationwide business development organisation that fosters the growth of Māori-owned micro and small businesses. Poutama seeks to facilitate economic growth for Māori and to create an environment in which Māori entrepreneurs and businesses can flourish. Poutama provides a wide range of services including business information, clustering, networking and business advice.
  • The Maori Women's Development Inc. (MWDI), was launched in 1987 to provide loans to Maori women, and now Maori men, to help set up business, expand existing business, and provide financial advice and mentoring services. The loan limit is up to $20,000. MWDI has an application form which every applicant has to complete. Along with providing a business plan and evidence of business education undertaken, some basic research will be required about the business, including its place in its industry and the economy.
  • Created by 'Mums On Top', the Mumpreneur programme has been running since mid 2007 and offers an opportunity for mums in business to promote their products and services to each other and their target markets for free.