The last few years have taken a toll on everyone’s finances. Many stay-at-home moms are feeling the need to go back to work to supplement their family’s income, but dread the idea of leaving their children at costly daycare centers or with nannies who may not share their values.
One of the great things about the internet is that you can have a full time or part time job all from the comfort of your home, as long as you have a reliable internet connection. Sites such as Freelancer.com and Elance.com serve as a marketplace to to connect job seekers with providers.
In this post, I outline ten great jobs that will help stay-at-home moms start making money without having to delegate the precious task of raising their children to someone else.
- Social Media Manager – Social media has rapidly become an essential part of any business’ customer service and marketing strategy. If you’re familiar with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, you’re already well on your way to helping companies leverage the power of this medium to win and retain loyal clientele. Begin with businesses in your local area and plan to expand online once you’ve built a small portfolio of success stories and referrals.
- Freelance Writer – All sorts of writing jobs can be found online. From writing blog posts, to ghostwriting eBooks, to creating business marketing materials of all types, these writing gigs and more are waiting for you. Online writing jobs will span the gamut from technical to creative and everything in between. If you’ve always had a facility with language and a love of the written word, you can easily build a business while working from home. Your ‘office’ is anywhere you choose to sit down with your laptop.
- Virtual Assistant – There are many business owners who would love to hire an assistant, but don’t have the resources to hire someone for a full-time, in-office position. You can work from home as a receptionist or virtual assistant by simply connecting a telephone headset to your computer. No need to ever commute to an office again.
- Internet (Affiliate) Marketer – Affiliate marketing is a burgeoning field wherein, while working from home at your computer, you can reap rewards limited only by your imagination and the time and effort you’re willing to invest. Internet marketing is, essentially, a process of researching and selecting a product that fulfills the interests of a particular niche. You then set up websites and blogs to sell that product online using a variety of techniques, including keyword research and search engine optimization. Each time someone clicks one of your links and then buys the product, you earn a commission. Get one product going and then repeat the process over and over. Once you become familiar with the process, it’s fun and easy to do.
- Researcher – Lots of companies have a need for original content online. You don’t need to be an expert in any particular area, as you know how to locate relevant data using the Internet. If you’re capable of separating the desirable nuggets of information from the less credible information, you can be very successful as an online researcher.
- Photographer – With the explosion of the Internet economy, there’s been a commensurate uptick in the need for good photography. While your first association when you hear the word ‘photography’ might be fine art photography, there are many other niches that you can fill with a digital camera. Real estate agents need your services, as do banks and mortgage companies. People who have goods to sell on Craigslist or eBay often have a need for better pictures than they’re capable of taking themselves. If you enjoy working with pets or babies, you could build a healthy business taking photos along those lines as well.
- Elder Transportation – If you enjoy caring for the elderly, you could easily build a business around aiding seniors with their errands. From medical appointments to food shopping, there’s a whole generation out there who are no longer able to safely drive themselves around. If you have a reliable car, you could be just what they need!
- Telemarketing – Telemarketing provides another great opportunity to work from home. You’ll be paid to telephone customers, sometimes to sell products and services and sometimes to set appointments for other salespeople to call later. If you have a technical background and have ever supported products remotely, you can also find employment doing online tech support. Another great opportunity for the at-home worker revolves around answering customer inquiries via email.
- Event Planning – If you have a flair for creating beautiful occasions and enjoy helping others with their party planning, consider starting an event planning business. This area is ripe for specialization. Children’s birthday parties, corporate events, town celebrations and, yes, even weddings will all potentially have a need for your professional services.
- Transcriptionist – For those who enjoy working with computers, are rapid and accurate typists and have a discerning ear, consider starting a career as a transcriptionist. You’ll be listening to recordings of conversations (consumer marketing firms frequently utilize the services of transcriptionists) and creating verbatim transcripts of what was said.