It seems in today’s age stay-at-home-parents are turning into work-at-home-parents, a trend that is allowing thousands of parents to spend quality time with and care for their kids while also making some extra cash. There are a number of stay-at-home mom jobs out there today, you just have to look!
It may seem daunting and overwhelming at first, and you may not even know where to begin, but stay-at-home mom jobs are out there for the pickin’. Depending on your educational background, previous work experience, interests, and availability, you will be able to find any number of work from home jobs that will help you generate some extra income without missing out on all those important kid moments.
The image of the stay-at-home mom is changing and there is no real criteria or mold you must fit into. From former CEOs to tattooed musicians to animal rights activists, there is a common desire to be present for every moment in a child’s life. Jobs for stay-at-home moms can be just as, if not more, rewarding than traditional daytime jobs. Hey, you may be able to actually get paid for doing something that you love!
Let’s take a look at 10 of the most lucrative stay-at-home-mom jobs, some you may be familiar with, some may come as a surprise. Either way, this list should help you get started in the work-at-home mom world, the best job there is.
1. Sell Crafts Online
Chances are you have some hobby you enjoy doing in your spare time (or before the kiddos!) that you will be able to turn into a money maker. Whether it’s knitting, sewing, jewelry-making, crocheting, painting, lotion-making, or another creative craft, you should consider selling your creations online through sites like Etsy.
Today’s society is thriving off hand-crafted items, opening a door for you to make some extra cash and give people a one-of-a-kind creation. All it takes is some start-up materials, your creative skills, and the means to package and ship your goods.
2. Freelance Writing from Home
There is a huge market out there for those who are good with words and enjoy writing. For stay-at-home moms and dads alike, if you are skilled with the written word, this could be an excellent way for you to earn income from home.
There are many different freelance writing opportunities out there, from business writing, to writing for greeting card companies, to web content. Sites such as Elance and oDesk allow you to ‘bid’ for available jobs, enabling you to pick and choose the best fit for your skills. Other sites pay per word, article, or hour. Do your research and find the ones that will work best for you.
3. Online Tutoring Jobs
Tutoring online has become one of the more popular avenues for work-at-home parents to make money through, as parents are seeking good tutors to help their kids via the internet. There are a number of online companies that recruit tutors through their websites and may sometimes provide software or educational material to make it easier for you as an online tutor. Online tutoring positions are not for everyone, as most companies do require certain qualifications and credential as well as a high speed internet connection.
4. Start an eBay Home Business
There are thousands of people who are successful by selling goods on eBay, a ‘job’ that has almost no start up costs. The great thing about selling items on eBay is that there are excellent resources offered by eBay that will help guide you through the selling process. You just have to figure out what items to sell and create a listing that will attract buyers. This could be a great source of income for you, and a fun one too!
5. Monetize Your Blog
We are all an expert on something, or at the very least have certain things that pique our interest and that we are passionate about. You may actually be able to put those interests onto paper (or a Word document) and earn money off of them by utilizing certain blogging sites and Google ads. Whether you want to document your cooking undertakings, crafting adventures, or child raising techniques, it’s safe to say there will be people interested in what you have to say and you will be able to make some residual income from it.
6. Direct Sales
Direct sales does not just include working as an Avon lady, there are many different companies out there today that enable you to have a business out of your home. From selling jewelry to high-end skincare, if you are outgoing and have a lot of contacts this may be a wonderful opportunity for you. While a direct sales position does require some party planning and prep work, it can be extremely lucrative if you are a good salesperson.
7. Daycare and Babysitting
This stay-at-home mom job doesn’t require any additional training or skills, you are already an expert with the kiddos! If you feel comfortable opening your home and inviting in other kids, why not babysit your friend’s and neighbor’s kids while you are looking after your own? You may have to drive the occasional kid to soccer or band practice, but chances are you are doing that for your own kids anyway.
8. Grant Writer and Manager
Depending on your background, grant writing could be a great way for you to make money while working from home. Grant writing often requires a particular skill-set or background, but there are many online courses that will fully prepare you to seek out these positions. Whether it you are working as an independent contractor for one organization or multiple companies, grant writing will enable you to work closely with clients to prepare proposals and applications from your home or local coffee shop.
9. Home Beauty Services
You may be interested in gaining certification as an esthetician or massage therapist and offer these services at your own home or as a traveling option. While the certification will cost you some money, many people prefer to use the services of individuals in place of larger businesses or corporations. You will most likely need to have a room in your house that you can use for your beauty services as well as specialized equipment. As every area varies, be sure to look into what the laws are for home-based services.
10. Office Support
There are many companies out there that are in need of customer service agents who can answer the phone and emails from their home, providing quality customer service at any time of day.
In addition to answering phone or email correspondences, many companies are in need of paperwork and data processing work that can all be done online. Job boards such as WAHM.com are an excellent resource for positions with flexibility that pay well.