The Best Stay at Home Jobs For Moms: Get the Flexibility you Need
Being made redundant from my job whilst on maternity leave made me start thinking seriously about looking for a stay at home mum job, and making it possible for me to earn money while still being able to be home with the kids.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has battled with wanting to stay at home with my kids but also feeling the need to be earning an income to help provide for them financially.
It seems unfair that exorbitant childcare costs can often mean it’s just not worth going to work, and while not exclusively, this can be the case particularly for moms. We end up working only to be able to cover the costs of childcare, or in some cases, going to work and actually losing money on childcare, just to be able to keep our jobs.
It sucks. And sometimes it just doesn’t work out, whether that’s financially or practically. What works for one family might not work for another.
That’s where stay at home mom jobs come in. Finding a way to earn money while still being able to be home with the kids, that’s the
Why Choose a Stay at Home Mom Job?
There are lots of benefits to working from home, especially for parents.
Children don’t come with schedules. They don’t sleep regular hours (at least to start with!), they need plenty of attention and as they grow up they end up with crazy schedules of their own involving school and extra curricular activities, not to mention the school holidays which throw any sense of routine out the window.
Working from home gives parents the freedom to work around family commitments, choosing to work the hours that are convenient.
More Time with Children
Finding a good stay at home mom job means being able to spend more time with your children while still being able to make some money. Being at home also means you can save time (and money) on commuting to and from work.
Lower Childcare Costs
Working from home means not having to pay those increasingly expensive childcare costs, so the money you make goes straight to you and your family finances.
13 Best Stay At Home Mum Jobs
I’ve spent a lot of time searching for flexible jobs stay at home jobs for mums, and while there are plenty of options it can be a struggle knowing what will be both enjoyable and actually bring in a real income.
Here are some of what (in my opinion) are the best stay at home jobs for mums. These are genuine, flexible work at home jobs. Some I’ve earn money from myself (numbers 1, 3 and 4), and others I’ve spoken to real mums who are earning money from them today.
1. Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistants (or VAs) are becoming more and more widely used as time goes on. There are all sorts of services you can provide as a VA from research, writing articles, data entry, social media management, design and more.
It’s one of my favourite stay at home jobs for mums because it means you can be flexible in when you do the work as long as you meet the deadline, and you can choose to offer the services you most enjoy or are best at.
I’ve worked as a VA updating old blog posts and creating Pinterest images for others who don’t have the time.
You can look for virtual assistant work on websites like Upwork, PeoplePerHour and FlexJobs.
It can be just as lucrative or even more so than a traditional job too.
Read more: Virtual Assistant Jobs For Beginners (& where to find them)
Bookkeeping is a great, flexible job which gives you the option to build up your own business from home.
It involves being responsible for a companies accounts, recording transactions and producing financial statements and reports.
While you do need specialised training and skills to be a bookkeeper, you don’t need any specific experience to be able to learn, apart from perhaps to be good with numbers.
Here’s an interview with Kate, a stay at home mom of three young kids, who has built up her own home bookkeeping business, and she walks through the steps needed to qualify as a bookkeeper from home, even with no experience.
Blogging is quite a popular way for stay at home mums to make money. It’s definitely not something that’s a quick money maker, and does require quite a lot of time and effort, but it can be a great way to earn from home.
I love blogging, and it provides me with a decent part time income each month.
The best thing about blogging is the flexibility. You can work completely on your own schedule, which makes it one of the most ideal stay at home mum jobs.
There are quite a few ways to make money with a blog. One way is to earn from displaying adverts on your site, working with an ad network such as Google Adsense, Media Vine, Monumetric or Adthrive.
Affiliate marketing is another way to make money from a blog. This simply involves referring people to the products and services you use and love, and collecting a commission if any sales are made.
The third most common way for bloggers to make money is with sponsored posts. This is where a brand or company will pay you to write an article. The amount of sponsored work you can get and the amount you can charge will be dependent on your followers, reader engagement and reach.
A lot of mums are making a full time income from their blogs – I interviewed Victoria, a full time blogger and mum of two, about how she makes blogging work for her.
4. Freelance Writer
Freelance writing is yet another legitimate stay at home job that gives people a really flexible way to work from home.
If you have specialist knowledge or expertise in a certain area, or even if you don’t but are good at research, you can make money from home as a freelance writer.
I’ve written freelance articles for an online wedding magazine, and I’m by no means an expert on weddings – I’ve had just the one myself!
It’s more about whether you can research and write engaging material to the specification given, and it can be interesting to find out more about various things as you work.
Of course, if you do have expert knowledge or experience you might be able to command a higher fee for your services.
Plus, the more work you do, the more experience you gain and the more you can add to your portfolio which will enable you to up your rates as you go on.
Francesca is a mum who makes a part time income from freelancing, and you can read more here where she shares how to go about finding working as a freelance writer.
If you want a flexible job that you can start with no experience, then becoming a transcriptionist might be for you.
It involves listening to audio files and typing out what you hear. It’s fairly flexible so you can work in your own time (perhaps while the kids are sleeping!) though the faster you are the more you’ll be paid for your time.
To do transcribing work from home you will need a computer and internet connection.
You don’t necessarily need any previous experience to become a transcriptionist, but when applying for jobs you’ll probably be required to take a small test to measure your accuracy, typing skills and attention to detail.
Some places you can look and apply for work include TranscribeMe and Babbletype.
Exactly what it sounds like on the tin, reselling simply involves buying things and selling them on at a higher price to make a profit.
Scour charity shops, garage sales and second hand selling sites to find some bargains you can sell on for a profit. After a while you’ll begin to get a good sense of what sells and what wont, so you can increase your earnings.
Read more: How to sell second hand clothes for cash
Tutoring is a great option if you have skills or expertise in certain areas. You could offer tutoring for local pupils in your area in a subject you know a lot about, such as English, or Math.
Or if you can play a musical instrument you could offer lessons and start teaching.
Another great tutoring option is to teach English to foreign students. Ashton is a mom of two, who teaches with VIP Kid. She teaches over video call, and is able to set her own availability for teaching slots, so it’s a really good flexible option.
Do you find yourself noticing errors while you’re reading and internally correcting grammatical mistakes? If so, you might make a good proofreader!
You’ll also need a good eye for detail and a good understanding of words and grammar.
A good proofreader can earn a decent income working just 25 hours a week so if you’re willing to put the work in, it can be a great earner.
If you want to become a professional proofreader you might want to look into taking a course to learn everything you need to know.
Merch is a platform on Amazon whereby you can sell your own designs to be printed on t-shirts and other products.
The great thing about Amazon Merch is that anyone can join and you don’t have to handle any physical products.
All you need to do is create a design and upload it, adding a description. You can create designs for T-shirts, sweatshirts, even pop sockets.
If anyone chooses to buy something with your design, you don’t need to do anything else! All the printing and shipping is done by Amazon. All you need to do is sit and wait for your royalty payment at the end of the month.
You don’t need to be a graphic designer either! You can even create designs just using text. Not every design you make will be a winner, so the more you create and upload the more sales you’re likely to make.
This is a great option for making money from home solely online.
10. Google Rater
Google uses real people to help rate websites for search engine results, known as Search Engine Evaluators or Google Raters.
You can apply to become a search engine evaluator through the company Appen (formally Leapforce). While you don’t need any specific experience to work for Appen, you will be required to undertake training and to pass an exam.
Sam works from home as a Google Rater, and makes a full-time income. Read the interview to see more about what’s involved and get some top tips for getting started.
11.Sell Handmade Crafts
If you’re creative, then creating your own small business selling your own handmade crafts can be the perfect stay at home mom job for crafty moms. You can set your own working hours, do something you already love and bring in an income.
A great place to start selling crafts is Etsy – an online marketplace where crafters sell anything from crochet to painting, jewellery to woodwork and upcycling; wherever your creative skills lie, there’s a market for you on Etsy.
My super talented friend Suzie started her home business selling stunning resin keepsakes – she started with small jewellery pieces and is now killing it preserving wedding flowers in beautiful resin pieces – you can read an interview with her here.
12. Become a Hairdresser/Beautician
If you’re skilled in hair and/or makeup, this can be a great work from home option.
You can choose to have clients come to you, at convenient times for yourself and your family and it’s a great job for people who prefer to be sociable and work with people rather than behind a computer screen.
13. Childminder/Daycare Provider
Providing childcare is probably the most obvious of all the stay at home mum jobs but it’s not for everyone and it’s also not as easy as simply deciding to do it.
How many children of your own you have and the age range of the children you mind will affect how many children you can take and you will probably need to undertake a qualification.
Your home will need to be assessed for its suitability and anyone who lives with you will need to undergo a security check.
Nevertheless, if you love children, becoming a daycare provider is a great option which allows you to stay home with your own kids while making money at the same time.
Do you have any other suggestions for stay at home jobs for mums?
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