Stay-at-home moms have the important job of caring for their kids, but many women still want to work and provide for their families. But if the cost of daycare isn’t worth you working outside the home, you may change your mind.
Fortunately, there are many ways to work from home. Here are 13 jobs you can work from home while caring for your kids and providing for your family.
Before accepting a work-from-home job, ensure you know what you can handle. Don’t assume working full-time hours and parenting is something you can do. Think about the stress involved and what your kids need before accepting a job.
The good news is that many jobs are available for moms who want to work remotely and help provide for their families.
Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms with no Experience
Many jobs for stay-at-home moms don’t require any experience. So you can make money doing something you’re passionate about or have the motivation to do while being there for your children’s needs. Most of these jobs can be worked at any time, but some have specific hours, so make sure they fit within what you can do.
Daycare is the most common job for stay-at-home moms. Since you’re already caring for your children, why not add a few more to the mix and make money?
Check your city’s requirements, as you may need to be licensed to offer daycare services in your area, but once you are, you can make money doing what you already do – watching kids. You can watch kids during the workday or work as a nighttime babysitter, giving parents a much needed break.
Average salary – Daycare providers make an average of $33,683 annually.
2. Data Entry
Consider data entry if you want a mindless job you can do while the kids are at school or sleeping. You just need a computer, an internet connection, and a quiet place to focus on the job. Most data entry jobs can be done any time of day or night, so it’s a great job for moms who need to work early mornings or late nights. If you can sneak out of the house, it’s even a job you can do at a local coffee shop.
Average salary – Data entry providers make an average salary of $31,000 – $75,000 annually.
Transcriptionists transfer audio into written content. Therefore, you need good attention to detail, fast typing skills, and the ability to write using proper grammar. You can work as a general transcriptionist, but you’ll make the most money working as a legal or medical transcriptionist from home.
Average salary – Medical transcriptionists make an average salary of $38,360 annually.
4. Survey Conductor
If you have some free time during normal business hours that you can make phone calls, such as when the kids are at school, consider working as a survey conductor. You just need to be able to communicate clearly and ask questions of the people you call.
There’s minimal training, and as long as you meet your quota during legal calling hours, you can earn a decent living as a survey conductor.
Average salary: Survey conductors make an average salary of $25,253 per year.
5. Virtual Assistant
If you can multitask and like helping others, you can work as a virtual assistant. You can work for one company or start your own business with several clients. First, decide how much time you can dedicate to helping other businesses with email management, settings appointments, writing content, and helping with bookkeeping to decide how many clients to accept.
Average salary: Virtual assistants make an average of $26,840 working from home.
6. Customer Service
If you have a few consecutive hours of quiet time in the house, consider working as a customer service representative. Many companies hire remote representatives. Most require phone work, but you may also get lucky and find a customer service job via chat or email to give you even more flexibility.
Average salary: The average remote customer service rep makes $30,796 annually.
7. Test Scorer
If you don’t mind tedious work, you can make a living scoring tests for teachers and schools. There’s little training required. As long as you know what to look for on the test and how to score it, you can work this job in your free time when the kids are sleeping.
Average salary: Test scorers working full-time make an average of $55,000 per year.
Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms with Experience
If you have experience and are just taking a break from the office while you raise your children, there are plenty of jobs you can work. Many industries and companies offer work-from-home positions allowing moms to raise their kids and make a living.
You can make money tutoring online if you have experience teaching and/or a teaching certificate. There are many ways to tutor online, including teaching children in China how to speak English with VIPKid, or starting your own tutoring business, and using Zoom to connect with your students.
You can tutor in a specific subject or be a generalized tutor. The higher grades you teach, the more money you’ll make, and you can set your own hours.
Average salary: On average online tutors make $24 an hour.
You can work as a translator if you’re bilingual and have a good grasp of proper grammar in English and a foreign language. Typically, you’ll work remotely, either over Zoom or the phone, translating documents for clients. Sometimes you’ll translate documents, and other times you’ll translate audio files.
Average salary: The average translator makes as much as $66,802 per year.
If you love grammar and are constantly correcting your friends and loved ones, consider getting paid as a proofreader. You can proofread online documents, books, newspaper articles, and many other documents.
You can get paid per document or per hour, depending on how you want to set up your gig. You can work for a company, working from home, or start your own business and advertise your services on sites like Fiverr and Upwork.
Average salary: The average proofreader makes $49,628 per year.
11. Content Creator
If you love writing, consider getting paid to help small and large businesses with their content. For example, you might be hired to write blog posts, articles, or social media posts. Figure out which industries you’re most comfortable writing for, and create a portfolio to show other business owners how you can help them.
Working as a content creator is nice for stay-at-home moms because you can work any time of day or night when the kids are sleeping or at school, as long as you meet your deadlines.
Average salary: Content writers make an average of $60,897 per year.
12. Graphic Designer
If you previously worked in graphic design and want to continue your course while you stay home, consider starting a graphic design business or find a company that will allow you to work from home.
With a great portfolio, you can grab clients, work your own hours, and meet deadlines, even if that means creating late at night or early in the morning.
Average salary: The average salary for a digital graphic designer is $59,511 annually.
How to Find the Right Job for Stay-at-Home Moms
Before you accept a stay-at-home job, consider the following factors.
How much time do you have?
Think about when you’ll work. If you have babies, will you work during naptime, at night, or early morning? Don’t take a job that you can’t fulfill the hours of or that will stress you out more. There are plenty of jobs that work around the hours moms can work.
What do you want to do?
Are you thinking of continuing your previous career or looking for something to fill the void while you stay home? If you want to keep your profession going, find out what it will take to work from home, possibly even with your current employer.
Consider jobs like customer service, data entry, or survey conduct if you just want something to fill the time and bring in a little money.
How much do you need to make?
Next, ask yourself how much you need to make. Not all work-from-home jobs pay a lot of money, so if you’re trying to replace a salary, be realistic. You might have to work more daytime hours and find someone to help you with the kids if you’re trying to make a full-time salary. If not, you can work when you’re free and supplement your other household income.
There are many opportunities and jobs for stay-at-home moms. Just because you decided to stay home with your kids doesn’t mean you can’t earn an income. The key is to decide what you want to do, how much you want to make, and what type of stress you can handle on top of your job as a parent.
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