From the moment your alarm goes off it’s a race to get everyone up, feed everyone, find everyone’s socks, comb everyone’s hair and get everyone to where they need to be.
What you don’t want is the added pressure of making yourself look presentable and navigating rush hour to clock in on time. It’s no wonder than more and more moms are looking for jobs where they can work at home, freeing up precious time to, well, just have breakfast and go to the bathroom in peace.
So, what opportunities are there for moms looking to kickstart a remote career? We’ve run down a list of ten great options. We’ve kept the list varied so that hopefully no matter what your skills or previous experience you’ll be able to find something that suits you.
1. Virtual assistant
As a mom, your organizational and interpersonal skills have already been put to the test in the ultimate work at home job: motherhood.
Both of these skills are transferable to a career as a virtual assistant. Typical administrative tasks include managing email accounts, making phone calls, planning travel arrangements, and scheduling meetings and appointments.
Depending on the company you work for, you might also be tasked with other non-administrative aspects of running a business such as writing blogs, bookkeeping, and graphic design – a great way to explore what other careers might interest you further down the line.
If you’ve got excellent communication skills, a job as a copywriter can be a lucrative option. Copywriters write just about everything you see online from blogs and articles to social media content to web content, even the words in the menu bar were written by a copywriter.
If you have experience in a specific field (medicine, technology, engineering) your skills are even more highly sought after and you can make a pretty penny writing specialist content.
If your attention to detail is top-notch and you’ve already noticed the error in this sentence, you can offer up your services as a proofreader.
Proofreaders are paid to notice and fix errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Sounds interesting? You can learn more about starting a job as a work at home proofreader by watching this free 76-minute workshop.
Good with numbers? Have great attention to detail? Then a career as an at-home bookkeeper might be a great option for you.
Bookkeepers work with small business owners to record their financial transactions. You can either start up as a freelancer or find an opportunity to work for a company remotely.
If you’re new to bookkeeping, this free class by bookkeepers.com will help you figure out if it’s the right career for you.
5. Design & animation
Many companies out there need a hand with their logos, websites, and visual content. Build a website to showcase your work.
If you’re just starting out in this career, consider using Fiverr, a freelancing platform where you can set your own rates, and selling your work cheaply until you’ve established a portfolio of paid work and received positive testimonials.
6. Teach online
If there’s one thing moms are in desperate need of, it’s a flexible schedule, and your work at home job shouldn’t compromise that.
As a trained teacher working in a public or private school, your days and hours are debilitatingly locked in. But did you know you can teach online via Skype or pre-recorded lessons? Try sites like K12.com or Time4Learning for career opportunities.
If you’re not trained, but like the idea of a career in teaching, there are plenty of opportunities to teach English online. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you can complete a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course for relatively cheap online.
Find opportunities to teach children in China at MagicEars.com. The great thing is that with the time difference, you’ll be able to work undistracted while the kids are asleep.
If you have already had a successful career in a specific industry (anything from engineering to law) then consider passing on your wisdom as a consultant. Your specialist knowledge could be highly sought after and consulting is a lucrative career option.
8. Blogging (Google Adsense)
Blogging takes a while to get off the ground, so be prepared to put in a lot of work before you start seeing results.
Here’s the premise: website owners get paid every time someone clicks on an ad on their site. If you run a highly popular website, you can earn a substantial amount just from these ads. It’s easy to set up a Google Adsense account and requires little effort on your part.
The trick is driving enough traffic to your website and sustaining an interesting blog over time. That means finding a topic you can write about continually. Ideally, it should be a niche topic that you’re absolutely passionate about. From there you can drive traffic using marketing methods (SEO, social media marketing etc).
9. Start an eCommerce dropshipping store
If you want to make it as a eCommerce entrepreneur, there’s an exciting new way to sell products online that’s easy to scale and requires very little in terms of overheads: dropshipping.
With the dropshipping business model, you focus on building and marketing a website selling products from third party suppliers. When someone makes a purchase on your website, the third party fulfils the order from their warehouse without you’re involvement.
There have been some incredible dropshipping success stories in the past few years. But don’t be fooled, though it’s often touted as a get-rich-quick-scheme, it takes effort to market your website and drive enough traffic to make it a success. But if you’re committed to making it work, you can make some serious money.
10. Other opportunities
Listen, the less said about last year the better, but there was at least one positive outcome from the fallout of 2020: the world of working from home has blown wide open, and that’s great news for moms with young kids.
Businesses that had contemplated allowing their employees to work remotely were thrown into the deep end and came to learn that remote workers were just as if not more productive than they are in the office.
This means that there are more opportunities than ever to work remotely in full time jobs across almost all sectors. Search popular job listing sites such as: monster.com, indeed.com, guru.com and iFreelance.com to find remote job opportunities that match your skillset.
So there you have it. 10 great jobs for moms who want to work from home. We hope this list has inspired you to launch your remote career and start enjoying the flexibility it affords.