Stay-at-home jobs for moms can be a great opportunity if you want to spend less time commuting and more time with your family. The problem is that most stay-at-home jobs are tasks that don’t take much skill, such as data entry or virtual assistant work. You need to find something that keeps your brain engaged and challenges you on a daily basis.
Stay-at-home jobs can be fantastic opportunities for mothers looking to transition out of their old careers into something more stable while still being able to spend more time at home with their kids.
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to staying at home and working as your primary source of income. In fact, there are some amazing perks associated with working from home as well as some downsides we should also consider before making the leap into any new career.
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Please don’t disregard any of them at first glance. Most are adding up to a bigger picture. The first will complement the second, and so on. In other words, if you start with a few low-barrier work-from-home jobs you’ll learn new skills that can help you transition into the next job. Before you know it you’ve gathered all the skills to run your own successful business.
- But What About the Kids?
- Estimate Your Living Costs
- Finding Time to Hustle
- 1. Data Entry Operator
- 2. Virtual Assistant
- 3. Customer Service Representative
- 4. Transcriptionist
- 5. English Teacher
- 6. Video Editor/Content Strategist
- 7. Content Creator
- 8. Blogger/Content Writer
- 9. SEO/Marketing Analyst
- 10. Start an Online Business
- 11. Help others find stay-at-home jobs
- 12. Bonus: Mystery Shopper
But What About the Kids?
First and foremost, this list is not meant to be a debate about whether or not moms should work from home. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to parenting, and everyone has different needs, resources, and circumstances. Some parents thrive when they work from home, while others are better off finding a traditional job. But, there is no denying that the financial stability provided by a side gig can be a huge relief for many families.
If you are feeling pressure to stay home but can’t afford it, it’s important not to dismiss your feelings. It’s OK to feel guilty if staying home with the kids is financially impossible. Instead, try to reframe the situation and focus on what you can do to make things better. You might have to go to a job-sharing arrangement or find ways to cut costs in your household so you can make it work.
Estimate Your Living Costs
While stay-at-home jobs can be lucrative, the first thing you need to look at is how much you can expect to make. It’s important to note that earnings for these jobs are often independent contractors, which means you don’t get any benefits like health insurance or paid time off. Keep in mind that you may have to purchase your own equipment if you decide to go the route of transcription or freelance writing. Some companies will provide you with equipment but many of these jobs are done remotely.
You’ll also need to consider that these are often “mom-friendly” jobs that require very little in the way of skill, which means they’re often underpaid. This doesn’t mean that these are bad jobs to take on, but you should be prepared to keep your living costs low while you build up your clientele.
An extra benefit of this is (sorry if I sound cliche) that cutting your costs is the fastest way to make some extra money. Cancelling some excessive subscriptions can add up to a quick 100$ extra money every month. I’ve talked about this before in my article “How To Make Money Fast” and I keep repeating it. Sorry, not sorry.
Finding Time to Hustle
Some moms might need to take a break from the daily routine of child-rearing to recharge and regain their passion for life. If this sounds like you, you might want to temporarily step away from the full-time child-rearing role. This will give you time to recharge and set some new goals for yourself.
If you decide to work from home, you can likely fit your new side hustle around your kids’ routine. This will make it easier for you to take on more responsibility without having to completely alter your lifestyle.
Before we start, I’ve listed 20 remote-job websites in this article. If you find a match below you can come back and check them out to see if they listed matching jobs.
Now without further ado, let’s talk about SAHM jobs.
Data Entry Operator
If you have a good typing speed and are comfortable working with numbers, then you may be a great fit for data entry. Most online companies use data entry operators to enter data into a database that has been collected from other sources. You’ll be using a program to import the data and then put it into the database. This can be a great option for stay-at-home moms who want to work from home.
Many companies are hiring for these positions, but you’ll need to check regularly to find the best company and rates for your area. Another great thing about data entry is that you can do it from any location. You don’t have to go to an office or be on-site to do the work. You just need a computer and internet access.
However, the downside to data entry is that it can get monotonous very easily. You’ll be doing the same thing over and over again, and it can get pretty boring. This might not be the best job for moms who have kids who like to be around them while they work or moms who need a creative outlet.
If you have experience with booking travel, managing appointments, scheduling social media posts, or filling out forms, then you might be a great candidate for virtual assistant work.
Companies are always in need of people to do administrative work for them but don’t have enough staff to handle the load. They hire virtual assistants, who are almost always stay-at-home moms, to help them with their workload.
The work can vary from company to company, but most of the time you’ll be doing something that requires a bit of skill (but not too much).
Some common duties for a virtual assistant include making calls for the company, booking travel, managing social media accounts, managing calendars, sending emails on behalf of the company, writing content, and even conducting research. You’ll need to be skilled at the above duties or willing to learn.
Customer Service Representative
Working as a customer service representative (or CSR) is one of the most sought-after stay-at-home jobs. There are tons of companies that hire stay-at-home moms to work as CSR. If you have experience working in a call centre as a CSR, then you can easily apply that experience to a stay-at-home job. If you don’t have any experience, then you can still apply for these jobs with no experience.
Most companies hire for the position and then train you to do what needs to be done. You’ll be expected to answer calls from customers, help them with issues, and even occasionally make sales.
The pay for these jobs is pretty good, and you have the added bonus of being able to work from home. You can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want. You’ll be expected to meet certain call-time quotas and response times, but you can set your own schedule.
These jobs are often available on a contract basis. This means that there isn’t a set amount of hours. You are paid for the hours that you work. If you don’t meet the company’s expectations, then you can be fired without notice.
Transcriptionists listen to recorded audio and type up the content. The most common type of work you’ll find as a transcriptionist is transcribing podcasts, online interviews, and webinars. You might also find transcription jobs for doctors’ notes, written documents, or even court proceedings.
Transcription jobs are often listed as “remote” jobs which means that you can work as a transcriptionist from home. If you do transcription work as a stay-at-home mom, then you have to have a very high typing speed. You’ll also have to have a good command of the English language.
Transcription work is pretty easy, but it can also get boring and tedious. Some people get bored of listening to the same audio over and over again and quit their job.
And if you’re good at the previously mentioned job, why not use your “English” skill to start a second Work From Home Job?
Some mothers have a passion for literature and teaching, so why not turn that passion into a source of income by becoming an online English teacher? Working as an English teacher online is a flexible and rewarding way to make money while staying at home with your kids. In fact, English is considered the most widely studied language. As such, the demand for English teachers is high.
According to the Education Department, there are more than 15 million students studying English as a second language.
Video Editor/Content Strategist
If you have a background in video production or if you’re good at taking a concept and turning it into something visual, then you may be a good fit for video editing work. Many companies hire stay-at-home moms to edit their videos, create new videos, or even write the content for videos.
You can find video editing jobs on sites like Upwork. If you’re also good at creating content, then you may want to look for content strategist jobs. You’ll be creating content for websites and social media pages. If you want to do these jobs from home, then you’ll need to be able to edit videos on your computer and have some type of video editing software. You may also be able to pick up a few gigs working as a virtual assistant and do the video work as a side job.
Some employers hire people to create content for their websites and social media pages. This is not only a stay-at-home job, but it’s also a great way to get your name out there.
If you’re able to create engaging content that people respond to, then you can make a name for yourself in the blogging world. You’ll be expected to create blog posts, articles, and even videos on some occasions. You can find content creation jobs on sites like Upwork.
The only disadvantage of this job is that you’re not creating your own content. You’re creating content for someone else, which means that you may end up writing about something that you’re not interested in.
Additionally, if you’re new to content creation, don’t overthink it. This link shows you Gary Vee’s content creation strategy. Learn from the master himself. Or how he says it: How To Make 64 Pieces Of Content In A Day.
If you love to write and have a blog, then you can turn that into a stay-at-home job. Many companies hire bloggers to write articles on their websites. You can also write content for various websites that pay for articles.
You can find blogging jobs on sites like Upwork or even on job search sites like Indeed. You can also start your own blog and get paid for your articles. There are many blogging platforms that let you make money from your articles, including Medium and WordPress.
The only disadvantage to being a blogger is that you don’t get paid until you’ve written a few articles. Plus, you have to wait until your articles are published before you can get paid.
If you feel that this is the right thing for you, I recommend you check out Zulie Rane on Medium. She made a whole career out of Freelance writing and blogging and shares amazing tips and information on how to get started.
Then if you feel confident enough, check out my article Side Hustle Idea: Creating content for busy CEOs. (Spoiler, this is what I’m also doing and the pay is good. Like full-time money for part-time work good. In my article I’ll share exactly how I’m doing it.)
One of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms is that of an SEO/marketing analyst. Analysts are responsible for monitoring metrics, analytics, and statistics to track how users interact with your website.
This is a great job for stay-at-home moms because the field is always expanding and evolving, so you will never get bored or feel like you’ve “outgrown” your job. On top of that, it’s often a freelance position, meaning you can set your own hours. So if your child gets sick or you need to attend a school event you can simply log off without having to worry about missing a payment.
If you’re new to SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) I recommend you check out my Beginners Guide to Learning SEO right here.
Start an Online Business
If you have a passion or expertise that can be turned into a business, you can make a lot of money while staying home with your kids. Opening your own online business is scary, but it’s also a lot of fun.
There are tons of options out there and the good news is most of them don’t require you to quit your day job and go all in. You can start small and test out various business ideas on the side.
The reason that I put this side hustle idea down here is that it complements most of the ideas I previously described. In other words, don’t limit yourself to 1 hustle. Start small, learn to Copywrite, then SEO, content creation, and finally, apply it to your own webshop or other online business.
If you’re not quite sure where to start, check out my article “10 Side Hustle Hacks To Start Your Next Business”. It’s the process I use to gather ideas for potential new side hustles.
And while we’re at it, why wouldn’t your Online Business be exactly in the niche you’re searching for right now? In other words:
Help others find stay-at-home jobs for moms
This may sound strange, but you’re not the only one with this struggle. Use your frustration and drive to make a statement, use it to fuel your next side hustle. Get out there and find the companies who do appreciate the specific skills SAHMs have.
Companies like the startup Momternships. Which offers women paid 10-week internship programs, during which they discover how to best put their skills to work — “no qualifications or resume gap explanations required.” Check it out.
Then you can create similar programs or partner with existing ones to source employees. You could even start a niche SAHM job board. Use your experience to provide businesses with contract templates so they can start their own “Momternships”. Not only look at regular jobs which require your presence at the office but niche down to remote-only jobs.
Bonus: Mystery Shopper
One of the most common and reliable stay-at-home jobs is that of a mystery shopper. Mystery shoppers are people who act like normal customers and then evaluate the service they receive as well as the ease of the shopping experience.
You can make money as a mystery shopper any time of the week, with no limit on how much you make. You can choose your own hours and assignments, and there are no special educational requirements to get started.
Being a stay-at-home mom is a challenging, but rewarding, experience. However, many mothers miss the challenge and sense of accomplishment that comes with having a career.
Fortunately, there are many stay-at-home jobs for moms that allow them to engage their brains while still spending time with their kids. If you’re a stay-at-home mom and want to find a way to make money while still being able to spend time with your kids, there are plenty of options. From online jobs to mystery shopping, there are plenty of ways to make money while still being able to stay home with your kids.
Ps. Since you’ve made it to the end, here are the 20 websites with remote jobs again. Good luck!