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STAY AT HOME MOM JOBS – Before I had my first crazy critter, I worked a full-time in-office job. I knew in my heart that come maternity leave that I would probably be saying goodbye to my coworkers for good.
As much as I loved my work and the people I worked with, I knew motherhood was going to spin me for a loop – and working out of the home wasn’t going to be a part of it.
So, I learned about work from home jobs and I was flabbergasted. You mean I get to be at home with my kids annnd make a financial contribution to my home? Needless to say, I signed up for that with a quickness.
Little did I know then, that just because a job is from home, doesn’t mean that it is a good job for me. So, I accepted my first nearly full-time work from home offer, and I found myself in quite a predicament.
On one hand I had a newborn baby who rightly needed my attention and love 24/7, and on the other hand I had my coworkers calling me at any time they pleased – giving this struggling mom no notice with a crying baby in my arms.
After about a year of doing this juggling act – and quite poorly might I add – I said enough. Enough of the terrible work/life balance. And enough of feeling like the worst mom in the world because work demanded things from me that my son shouldn’t have had to share.
Finding the Right Job for Stay at Home Moms
Through this process I learned quite clearly that every work from home job is good for someone, but that someone might not be me. Rather, I had to really come to grips with my new life, what I was capable of doing, what my needs were and what kind of job could realistically fit in the midst of it.
So, I’ve put together this helpful list of best stay at home mom jobs so you can perhaps steer your search in the direction that will provide you the kind of job your lifestyle needs – without having to neglect anything or anyone.
To learn more about work from home jobs and how to avoid falling for scams (#AintNobodyGotTimeForThat) head over to my Work From Home 101 post!
Best Stay at Home Mom Jobs in 2019
1. Freelance Writing
Got a knack for writing? These days, who doesn’t!
If you’ve got the natural gift of writing gab, turn your God-given skills into a work from home career.
What makes freelance writing gigs ideal online jobs for moms is that majority of the opportunities provide the flexibility moms need. Rather than requiring tons of Skype calls or team meetings, freelance writing gigs are pretty autonomous.
You get assigned a project. You complete the project. Then you turn in the project. Perhaps you’ll get some constructive feedback. Finally, you get a check.
Ta-da! Quite the exchange.
According to Google, the average freelance writer can bring in anywhere from about $20,000 to $105,000/year (or between $10 and $55/hour). That’s a nice penny for a stay at home mom!
Here’s another one for you writers out there. This option though similar to #1 is a bit different. How?
Being a blogger doesn’t always provide an income at first. It’s an investment. Something that takes time and dedication — as well as strategy. But if you nurture your website, treat it like it’s a job, take it serious, it can provide you an income with more flexibility than any freelance writing gig ever could.
Imagine. You write when you want to. Write about what you want to. Creating a workflow that works for you. And literally no one to answer to, but yourself. #TheGoodLife
The income you make from blogging is really unique to each blogger — so it’s hard to say just how much you can make. But the beauty of blogging is that the earning potential is possibly limitless if you do it right, garnering you the passive income some only dream of.
Get started with your own website by getting first registering your domain name with a site like NameCheap. Next, you’ll want to purchase WordPress hosting services from Bluehost, Siteground, or BigScoots. Once you get that service set up, start designing your website and writing quality content!
3. Social Media Manager
Do you just have a mind for social media strategy? Do you love to think of creative new ways to tap into unreached audiences and engage existing followers? Give social media management a try.
There are plenty of companies out there who understand that social media is vital to online marketing strategy, yet they have no idea what they’re doing. Lend them your services, choose your own rates and help bring their social media game to another level.
You can choose to solicit your services online, or you can do some research into local businesses and whoever you find is hurting (but attempting to swim) in the social media world, give them a call and tell them what you can do to help.
Social media managers can make anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000/month depending on how many clients you choose to take on. This is a great option for an at home job for moms because you can choose your own hours, choose your own rates and choose what you do and don’t want to offer as a service. #WinWIn
You can choose to take pictures of newborns, families, births, weddings, engagements, senior portraits, and the list goes on. Just choose what you love and go for it!
Most fields of photography are quite easy to get into. For instance, if you’re into family portraits, offer your best friend a free family photo-shoot in exchange for her testimonial and social shares. Do this a couple times and voila you might start to get a buzz.
Being a photographer can be perfect for stay at home moms because once again, you get to choose your own hours, your own rates and your own services. And though being a photographer might take you out of the home, at least the time away is generally scheduled.
5. Sell Photos Online
If you like the idea of becoming a photographer, but you don’t like the idea of soliciting your services or dealing with clients, you can be a photographer who makes money from selling your photos.
With the dozens of online sites that provide photographers the platform to sell their photos, making an income selling pictures is possible. Sites like CreativeMarket, iStockphoto and Shutterstock make it easier to connect your photos to interested customers.
You can choose to take pictures of people, nature, inanimate objects, cars, whatever. Literally photos in any niche can sell today because every industry needs stock images for their websites.
6. Local Marketing Consultant
Just like people have no clue what they’re doing with social media, people can be just as clueless with marketing their business.
I suggest starting out by being a local marketing consultant because it’s often easier to get your foot in the door since they’re able to meet you in-person — which establishes a level of trust.
If you’re great at finding unique ways to tap into target audiences, then use your skills to help your locally owned businesses thrive. The work is flexible, rewarding and fun!
Are you a stickler for details? Does it bother you when someone misuses the words “their” and “they’re” (goodness I can’t stand it!)? Perhaps working as a proofreader would be good for you.
I personally have years of proofreading experience, and I find it so fun. Being able to take a hunk of content that has potential and bringing it to life is rewarding to me.
Proofreading is a great stay at home mom job because it’s meant to be done alone. That means, just like freelance writing, you can make your own schedule, so long as you meet any given deadlines.
Also, as a proofreader you can choose to work for someone else, or do it freelance. Proofreaders (on average) can make anywhere from $40,000 to $75,000+/year!
8. Online Course Creator
Have you always dreamed of being a teacher, but didn’t have the time or ability to get your teaching credentials? Do you have a topic you’ve got some expertise in, advice that people would pay for?
Becoming an online course creator is all the rage today. With online course platforms like Thinkific and Teachable, you can create an online course for whatever topic you’d like, and set it on AUTOPILOT.
You invest your time to create the content ONCE, and from there you just work on getting the word out about your course. If it ends up being a hit, you can make an unlimited amount of earnings from something you created yesterday.
As a stay at home mom, this is an ideal work situation because you’re able to create your course at your own pace and on your own time.
9. eBook Writer
If you’re someone who loves to teach and share information, but you don’t like the idea of sitting in front of a camera or talking over some PowerPoint slides… you might want to become an eBook writer.
Being an eBook writer is exactly what it sounds like it is. You write a book (whether it be a “how to” manual or an informational guide) and you publish it online. So, rather than your readers purchasing a physical copy, they download it digitally.
This is a great at home job for moms because if we’re honest, I think any mom could write a book!
10. Affiliate Marketer
Are you a coupon queen? Do you love to share the latest and greatest with friends and family? Why not make a little (or a lot of) extra cash by becoming an affiliate marketer.
What is affiliate marketing? You simply sign up to become an “affiliate partner” with all kinds of brands, they provide you a personalized code and you share it with others however is allowed. Then, you make a commission on every lead and/or purchase you send their way.
This definitely is a route that takes some strategy, but once you learn the ropes, you can make a healthy income from it!
If you’re snazzy with numbers and you have a solid finance background (or you’re able to be trained), you can make a good income being a bookkeeper.
This is another field of business that generally provides a lot of flexibility and autonomy. That means you can juggle being an awesome mom with reconciling some accounts for your clients with ease.
12. Administrative Assistant/Virtual Receptionist
One thing that’s nice about administrative work is that it’s generally straight-forward. There isn’t the stress of having to produce results, or increase business. Instead, generally there’s a process, you learn it and you follow it. No stress!
There are many companies who need administrative support, but they either don’t have the office space to house another employee, or they’re company is fully remote. There are always remote admin assistant positions available when I look around, so there’s plenty of opportunity to find a job.
The only down to being an administrative assistant or virtual receptionist is you might have to take/make calls or be involved in a few Skype or over-the-phone meetings each week.
If you have kids who go to school during the day, this might be a good option for you!
13. Virtual Executive Assistant
Are you a task rabbit? You just like to get things done? Being a virtual executive assistant might fit your lifestyle!
There are TONS of virtual executive assistant positions out there just waiting to be had. Many one-man companies or small businesses need help managing their day-to-day operations, and that’s where you’d come in.
As abundant as virtual EA positions are, there can be a downside to being a virtual EA if you don’t pick the right one — being someone’s 24/7 personal assistant.
That means one day you’re doing business-associated work, and tomorrow you’re putting in a catering order for the weekend party their hosting. Some virtual EA employers are needy, they’re micro-managers and they don’t respect your time.
That’s why as a mom it’s IMPORTANT to ask all the right questions before you take the job. This can help you avoid some unnecessary stress and heartache. If you do it right, you can find flexible virtual EA opportunities that make working a BREEZE!
Becoming a work from home transcriber is all the rage. If you’ve got fingers that can go lightning speeds on a keyboard, then this might be the perfect role for you.
Essentially transcribers listen to audio clips and record (type) whatever they hear. There are some best practices in how you transcribe, for instance how you’re to write out unintelligible words, so taking a course is useful.
Transcribers can make anywhere from $7 to $21 per hour. The faster you are, the more you can make.
15. Online Business Owner
Today in the world of drop shipping, being a online store owner is more possible — and doable — than ever before.
Drop shipping is where you don’t house your inventory someone else does. Every order that someone makes on your website is not fulfilled by you, rather your drop shipping company does all of that for you.
This is so ideal for any moms who’ve dreamed of owning a brick and mortar store.
16. Flea Market Flipper
Are you someone who likes to bring old furniture back to life? Are you addicted to DIY? Try becoming a flea market/garage sale flipper!
Get your shopping urge out by finding pieces for cheap, refurbing them and selling them for a greater value! There is a huge market for refurbished furniture, as everyone is into the vintage look these days.
If you like to get craftsy and creative, if you’ve got some extra space to store pieces while they wait to be sold, this might be a fun option for you!
17. Travel Agent
Travel agencies are taking to the internet and ditching the store fronts. That means there’s opportunities for you to become a virtual travel agent!
There are people who don’t trust themselves to make their own traveling arrangements, so they’d prefer to pay someone else to do it for them. What makes this job fun is getting to coordinate and plan fun trips to amazing places!
You can let your imagination run wild and live vicariously through your clients, or get inspiration for your own next vacay!
You can either look into joining a virtual travel agency, or even take the mild risk and start your own agency!
18. Health Coach
Are you a health freak? Are you your friends go-to health guru? Turn your passion into an income and help others reach their health goals.
Whether you teach others fitness routines, provide recipes and meal plans, or you teach others about nutrition, you can make an income doing it!
Choose to work for a company or become a freelancer (#BeYourOwnBoss). What’s great about being a freelance health coach is that you get to create the work environment and demand that fits your life.
19. Professional Laundry Service
I think we all know that most people loathe doing laundry. #ME
We put it in the wash and either forget it there (hello mildew smell) or the load gets through the dryer, yet it remains in a basket all week. *FACEPALM*
So, if you’ve got some mad laundry skills, you can literally get paid to do other peoples laundry. Some are even making up to $600/week doing it! #YOWZA!
20. Website Manager
If you’re a WordPress, Wix or Squarespace guru, why not lend your services to companies who could use a little help with their websites?
This is something I’ve done for YEARS, both for my employers and freelance clients. Some people just can’t seem to get with the backend of these website providers and they’d prefer to pass the “headache” off to someone else.
So, whether they’re needing help designing their website, getting it up and running, developing web copy, or maintaining it, your services are relevant.
What’s nice about being a website manager is you tend to get paid via a monthly retainer and clients will just shoot you the updates they need made and you simply make the changes. Or if they have a more organized way of doing things, you may know that every 15th of the month this or that change needs to be made, etc.
Sometimes if a client’s website is having technical issues, you will be required to figure it out, but generally those instances are rare.
I’ve personally love being a website manager. It’s a part creative, part get-er-done and loads of freedom.
21. Web Developer
If you want to take website management to a whole. nutha. levo. and you’ve got some coding/developer skills, why not offer local businesses personalized, optimized websites?
Finally, sometimes clients might keep you on a monthly retainer, so they can have assistance when/if they need it. #TheGiftThatKeepsGiving
22. Freelance Editor
Just like freelance writers, as an editor you can take to the streets and start your own editing business.
Whether you decide to offer your editing services to college applicants, bloggers or businesses, you can make a good income on part-time work.
The average freelance editor makes about $25/hour. Not too shabby!
23. In-Home Nanny/Babysitter
If you’re a stay-at-home mom who is a wiz with kids, why not make money caring for someone else’s kid, too?
I recommend using a platform like Care.com to solicit your services, as it’s proven to be a great resource for connecting parents and childcare providers and its users are legit.
Nanny’s and babysitters can make $25-$30+ per hour! What are you waiting for?!
24. Email Customer Service Rep.
I personally will not advocate stay at home moms being in the customer service industry unless your job can be done entirely online.
The problem with taking customer service jobs that require you to take incoming phone calls is that you might be stuck to the phone all day. Also, if your kids are home with you, then is it really realistic to expect your kids to remain QUIET for hours while you help people with their problems? Nah.
If your customer service job only requires email or chat correspondence then that’s a different story. There’s more flexibility, and you can do your job with screaming children all around you and it wouldn’t matter.
Customer service jobs that are strictly via email or chat are becoming easier to find being more companies are implementing chat customer service features.
Customer service reps can make anywhere from $10 to $21+ per hour!
25. Graphic Designer
I know quite a few stay at home moms who went to school to become graphic designers. After kids come along they seem to let their dream fade.
Rather than letting your degree (or natural skill set) go to waste, put yourself out there and see what catches. There are tons of websites like Fiverr, CreativeMarket, Upwork etc. where you can solicit your services or sell your work.
26. Fiverr Artist
Do you have a creative skill that you can sell to clients? Can you draw, do you create web themes, or can you make custom logos? Become a Fiverr artist!
I have personally utilized Fiverr for professional purposes on countless occasions! What’s so awesome about Fiverr is you’re able to set your own prices and services. It’s also a platform that’s gaining a lot of steam and business owners are seeing it as a viable outsourcing tool.
So, if you have a skill that Fiverr offers it’s customers, why not join in on the goodness?
Do you speak another language fluently?
Being a translator is a great job to do from home because you generally get to do it on your own time, at your own pace, and even with kids climbing all over you.
I know quite a few friends who speak Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, etc. and they get paid a nice chunk of change to simply translate a bulk of text from one language to another.
As moms our kids will always take priority over our careers. That’s why as stay at home moms, it’s important that we find the right opportunity. One that can provide us the flexibility we need, the independence we crave and the income we need.
Regardless your interests or experience, there is a place for you in the workforce. With the rise of work from home jobs, stay at home jobs for moms is actually becoming a thing. So, whether you decide to work for a company or take on the journey of becoming self-employed, you can do it.