When you’re juggling duties from cleaning to cooking, climbing up the career ladder is probably the last thing on your mind. You also want to cherish the precious moments with your little ones while you still can.
But as all stay-at-home moms will know too well, there are still mouths to be fed and bills to be paid. And, if you were previously living on a two-household income, not working at all isn’t an option.
While taking on a job isn’t always easy, if you can’t commit to a full-time schedule or go to the office, there are some luckily, a variety of options available when it comes to working remotely as a stay-at-home mom. In this article, we’ll discuss some of these options.
If you’re returning to work after time off as a stay-at-home mom, you may be wondering how to prepare your application documents. With so much information available online, it can be difficult to know where to start and which information to include in your resume. That’s why it can be beneficial to use resume templates, which can help you organise your information in a structured way.
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As a stay-at-home mom, you’re likely great at multi-tasking: unloading the dishwasher, supervising your children and sorting the grocery shopping all at the same time.
That’s why one of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms is as a virtual assistant, where you perform a wide range of administrative duties, such as typing, scheduling meetings, handling phone calls or providing online customer service.
Most virtual assistant roles require little experience to start with, which means if you have basic computer skills, this is a great way to make money from home. As you gain experience, you’ll be able to set higher rates.
Being a mum and taking a lot of photos and editing them might well have earned you the knowledge to work as a photo editor. All you will need to do is gain experience as a freelance retoucher, either through working for friends / family or working on your lived experience. Put together a portfolio to present your work to future clients.
If you catch yourself looking for typos or grammar mistakes whenever you read something, then you may enjoy working as a proofreader.
This job is about ensuring that content is free of typographical, grammatical, spelling, punctuation, syntax, formatting and other such errors. As you’ll be expected to review each sentence thoroughly, you’ll need great attention to detail as well as an excellent grasp of English, grammar and punctuation.
Most businesses with an online presence require proofreaders to check their content before going live, which means there are plenty of proofreading jobs available. If you need to brush up on your proofreading skills, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with common style guides, such as the the AP Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style.
When it comes to working remotely, writing is one of the first jobs that come to mind, as it can be done from anywhere. Almost every company requires content to be written in some form, whether that includes blog posts, customer and company emails, advertisements, social media posts, press releases or business documents.
From education and healthcare to finance and law, writing spans a broad range of industries, which means you’re bound to find a remote writing job, no matter your area of expertise.
While it’s important to have a good command of the language you’re writing in, you can get started with little or no experience if you are motivated to learn about new topics and reach out to new clients or companies.
However, as businesses will want to see proof of your writing skills, it’s a good idea to put together a portfolio of writing samples of any work you have completed in the past. Alternatively, you could put together a writing sample by looking at content pieces on the company’s website.
As a transcriptionist, you listen to an audio recording and write down what you hear, word-for-word. Audio files are varied and can include research, interviews, meeting notes, phone calls, court hearings, and more.
While general transcription usually requires no experience, this may not be the case for transcription jobs in the medical or legal industries.
To succeed in a transcription job, you’ll need to demonstrate attention to detail and discretion as well as the ability to work quickly and efficiently while meeting deadlines.
If you have knowledge of a specialist subject or teaching experience, then online tutoring could be a good option for you. In some cases, you may not even need to have any experience as there are plenty of companies looking for tutors to teach kids basic literacy skills, such as reading and writing, as well as help them with their homework.
As online tutoring usually allows you to set your own hours, you can fit this in while your children are napping or in the evenings when they’re in bed.
If you enjoy interacting with people and have good communication skills, there are an abundance of customer service jobs that can be done remotely, as most companies have a customer service department.
Customer service representatives are the first point of contact for customers, answer questions about products or services, as well as handle and resolve complaints. As not everyone who calls or emails in will be nice to you, you’ll need resilience, patience and empathy.
Most customer service jobs can be done from home as all you need is the internet to connect to company communication tools and customer relationship management systems.
Selling on Amazon (FBA)
If you find yourself shopping and searching for good deals in your free time, it’s worth considering selling on Amazon.
Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) is a service that allows anyone to open an online store and list millions of products to customers, no matter their experience. The idea is that you find good deals on products in traditional or online stores and resell them on Amazon at a higher price, while Amazon takes care of the shipping and customer service.
To get started, head over to Amazon, where there are a wealth of resources available on how to sell on the site.
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