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In today’s post you’re going to discover some of the best jobs for stay at home moms.
Why are they the best ?
- Most are great for moms with no experience
- They can be done as a side job, part time, or full time
- Most can be done with no degree
- They’re REAL jobs. Not surveys. Not mystery shopping. Not renting out a room.
- Some of these ideas can become a career even before the kids grow up
- They let you still be with your kids while making money
And it gets better.
I’ll also tell you HOW to get one of these jobs and HOW MUCH you can earn.
So, if you want to see how to make money as a stay at home mom, continue reading this post.
Let’s get to them.
Best Jobs For Stay At Home Moms
Child Care…an oldie but a goldie
I couldn’t write this article without mentioning one of the most obvious stay-at-home mom jobs: Child care.
I’m a big believer in outsourcing child care…as long as it’s another mom doing the outsourcing.
As an example, my friend Kimmi has two kids, 2 and 4, and she also watches her neighbor’s little boy. This job is perfect for her for 3 reasons:
- she doesn’t have to drive anywhere to pick-up or drop-off (like school)
- she already has the toys
- she already has the kid-friendly meals and snacks
She got started by finding a request on NextDoor.com by a new mom who needed someone to watch her son while she worked. One conversation led to another and now Kimmi is paid $200.00 a week to watch this little cutie.
She also checked out her city’s Facebook group and found a few one-off sitting jobs.
There are a couple options for finding child care jobs:
#1 Utilize online groups and local contacts. Do as my friend Kimmi did and get active on NextDoor.com, Facebook, and even talk to your neighbors.
These are great ways to find local child sitting jobs.
But I’ve noticed that people don’t search for sitters outside their immediate area. They want to be assured they can trust you, in other words, a background check will help parents feel more comfortable.
Which leads me to the next option:
Here’s what you need to do:
Go to the care.com website and click the button in the GET STARTED button next to “Searching For Jobs”.
Then, select if you’re an individual or business.
The next thing you’ll do is select the kind of service you offer, which by the way, includes more than just child care.
Lastly, you’ll answer a few questions, like the age of children you’d like to care for, when you’re available, and where you live.
So, how much can you make as a child caregiver ?
Continuing the care.com scenario, it’s pretty easy to figure out how much you can make with their handy little calculator. Just go to their rate calculator and enter in your zip code, years of experience, number of children and how many hours you can work then hit the calculate button.
Of course, there are some factors that make up your wage such as how many hours you care for kids, if you do it on the weekend, the number of children, and the going rate in your area.
Taking a look at some of the childcare providers on care.com, the average rate of pay is $16.00 an hour on the low end.
Now, I get that childcare might not be your thing.
Don’t worry, you can be a pet sitter on Care.com ! Just go through the initial start-up process but select Pet Sitter when selecting the type of job you want to do.
Kid-Friendly Travel Planner
Do you take your kids on trips and excursions?
I bet you know all the best places that cater to children so they stay happy as clams. Working as a travel planner is right up your alley !
In fact, this is one of the easiest jobs for stay at home moms with no experience.
OK, I’ll admit this one does require you to be on the phone. But heck, it’s a fun job if you like making travel arrangements ! Besides, chances are pretty good you’ll communicate with customers via email or chat.
I discovered this little mom-job niche kind of by accident when an old acquaintance left her nursing job to fulfill her love of hanging out with Mickey Mouse. She’s now a Disney Travel Specialist at Magical Vacation Planner, making over $1,200 a month. And she only works a few hours a week. Lucky girl !
I gotta say, Disney trips are super hot with kids !
Here’s how to get started as a kid-friendly travel planner:
You don’t need experience in the travel industry. You don’t need a specific career background. And you don’t need a college degree.
You DO need a strong interest in travel planning.
And here’s the real secret:
You need a niche.
And being a kid-friendly travel planner is a niche.
So here’s what I suggest:
First, using the Disney travel planner example I just mentioned, go to the JOIN OUR TEAM link on the Magical Vacation Planner site (yep, that’s the link).
Then, fill out ALL the questions on the online application. When it comes to the “essay” questions, make sure to provide as much information why you should be a vacation planner. Do you really, really, love Mickey Mouse ? Are you a big-time collector of all things Disney ? Do you know all the secrets that keep your kids happy when you go to Disney ?
And be 100% honest. Or else it’ll come back and bite you in the butt.
Finally, hit the submit button and wait to hear back.
These steps are pretty much the same for most travel companies.
Which brings me to this:
A few travel planner options:
Want to go beyond Disney planning ? Here are some of the best known, and possibly the most used, travel companies that frequently have remote travel planner openings:
How much can you make as a kid-friendly travel planner ?
Travel planners typically make money from commissions and service fees. Commissions are pretty-much determined when you’re contracted with a travel company and are derived from airlines, hotels, and tour operators that your customers utilize. Service fees, on the other hand are determined by you and can be anywhere from $100.00 to over $500.00.
This is what Travel+Leisure says about travel agent fees:
Many agents also charge clients a fee that’s separate from trip expenses, and that may range from $100 to $500 and up. That fee can be charged up front as a security deposit and can either be returned to you at the end of the planning process or, more commonly, applied to the cost of the trip itself.
Want to know more about how much you can earn as a travel planner ?
Hostagencyreviews.com wrote a great article covering the potential salaries and earnings for travel agents and planners. Definitely worth reading.
And glassdoor.com (a website that has anonymous reviews of companies current and former employees) tells us the average earning for a travel planner is $24,000.00.
Content Generator (Blogger For Other’s Blogs)
Unlike so many other articles out there, I’m NOT going to sit here and tell you that blogging is one of the best ways for stay at home moms to make money.
Because It’s not. It takes so darn long to see any results.
…you can start earning a living almost immediately if you blog for other blogs.
And there’s a huge trend in the mommy and child niche. Exactly what you know, right ?
Creating content covers things like sourcing and editing images, scheduling post publication, and updating blog posts (just to name a few things).
But writing is the most in-demand content creation task.
Here’s what I mean:
Carolina Parent generally pays $100-$300 depending on the word count and publication the content is being written for.
Her View From Home pays up to $100.00 per article on relationships, family, parenting, kids.
Yummy Mummy Club pays up to $100.00 for original articles.
But that’s not all.
Go to ProBlogger and check out the job openings. See all those content creation jobs ? Click on any one of them to see the requirements. Are you a good fit ? And this is important: ProBlogger does a good job of vetting the jobs on their site so I’m comfortable saying any job you see there is legitimate.
You can also check out Journalism Jobs. There’s a nice variety of writing jobs in the journalism field.
And then there’s Writing Assistance, which has a lot of opportunities for writers across many industries
If writing interests you but you’ve never given it a go, this easy to follow course sums it all up for you.
Conversational English Teacher To Children
OK, you have a knack for relating to children, awesome. But you may not want to be a teacher. I get you.
But this isn’t your typical teaching or tutoring kind of job.
In fact, this is one of the most rewarding – and legitimate – work from home jobs for moms.
Working a flexible schedule, you will teach students whose primary language is NOT English to speak conversational English. Basically, how to carry on a coherent conversation. And your students are mostly children in China (but don’t worry, you can do this job from your home).
If you have a Bachelor’s Degree or some kind of leadership background (coach, pastor, mentor) and want to help kids learn how to speak English, go for it. This is a fun job that pays over $20.00 an hour.
I wrote a couple posts covering what you need to be an ESL teacher, which I’ll go over now
Here’s how to get started as an ESL teacher
Before you go off and sign-up with an ESL company (which I’ll list), there are 8 things you need to know before you get started:
#1 You need the right education. If you have a Bachelor’s degree, then Qkids and DaDaAbc are good choices. No degree ? Don’t worry, iTalki is a very flexible job for stay at home moms with no degree.
#2 English must be your first language
#3 The basics to your, like letters and number, are not so basic to someone who is not fluent in English. Take your time teaching these things.
#4 Be patient – some letter combinations and sounds don’t exist in other countries.
#5 Just about everything might inspire your teaching creativity.
#6 Are you cheerful and likeable ? You should be. And making your students laugh is a good thing.
#7 You need the right environment and tools. An office with a desk and white board is great. Props, like letter blocks and puppets are a big hit.
#8 Your technology should be new-ish. You also need to be familiar with Skype or Facetime. You also need a stable internet connection.
Now you’re ready to check out some of the best ESL companies:
- VIPkid pays $14-$22 an hour teaching Chinese children between the ages of 2 and 15
- Qkids pays $16-$22 an hour teaching children 5 to 12 years of age in 30 minute sessions
- Magic Ears pays $15-$20 and hour teaching Chinese children 4-12 years in age
- DaDa pays up to $25 an hour teaching children between the ages of 4-16 years
- iTalki has 3 types of teachers: 1) Professional teachers, paying around $25 an hour and 2) Community teachers, paying $12 an hour
OK, now that you have an idea of what skills you need and which companies are worth going with, all you have to do is fill out the application and go through the interview process.
And that process looks like this:
Bloggers Will Pay For Your Photos
You’ve probably read about making money by selling photos and scoffed. But you really can !
And here’s a little secret:
Bloggers are always looking for quality images.
In fact, they need awesome images. A lot of us “seasoned” bloggers don’t like to use free images because just about every newbie blogger use them. We need original, theme-based images to match our blog.
So we spend a few bucks and buy some appealing pics.
And that’s where you profit.
With cell phone in hand, take some pictures of…whatever. Your kids doing a puzzle, the view looking up into a group of trees, a park, the sunset, a cluttered desk. Anything.
Foap, Alamy, EyeEm, Shutterstock, Crestock, are some popular places people go to to buy photos, so start selling there. Likewise, Etsy (here’s a good tutorial) and Fiverr are awesome platforms to set up a photo selling “business”.
Like I said, one-of-a-kind images are in high demand. In fact, here’s an office-themed picture I took with my phone…I think I’ll use it on one of my Pinterest Pins.
Here are a few things to know about making money with your photos:
- It’s a numbers game. The more pics you have to sell, the better your chances of making money.
- Try to stick with a niche. Personally, I – and all my fellow “work from home” bloggers – look for images with a specific feel; usually pictures that include a laptop, a desk, or an office scene. Mommy bloggers look for images showing kids doing stuff or moms working on specific projects.
- Images without faces do better on Pinterest, according to this study, which is cool if you don’t want your child’s face all over the internet.
Social Media Specialist
When I think of cool jobs stay at home moms can do, I think of social media.
Social media is not going away. That’s great because you can make a nice little fortune managing the social profiles of just about anyone: bloggers and business of all sizes.
And here’s something not many people realize:
Blog owners LOVE Pinterest because it is a hot-spot for getting traffic to their blog. And that means that Pinterest is quickly becoming a profitable side gig as it gains ground among blog owners.
And, if you’re still in the” thinking about it” stage of making a go of this kind of work, this complete online course will help get you going.
If you think you know enough about the big social platforms and seriously want a home-based social media job, you have a few options for getting work.
– Or –
#2 Apply for a job with these companies:
- Thrive Agency frequently has a variety of social media openings.
- Boldly is currently accepting applications in several US states for a wide range of socail media jobs (click the Apply To Join button to see what they have).
- Modsquad hires people to tend to social media platforms for their clients.
How much can you make as a Social Media Specialist ?
How much you can earn as a social media specialist depends on whether you are employed by a company or you freelance. Working for a company, the average salary for a Social Media Specialist is just over $50,000.00 a year, according to Glassdoor.com, and the average rate charged by freelancers is about $28.00 an hour.
Average salary paid by companies:
Rate charged by freelancers on Upwork:
There are a ton of articles telling us that online transcription is one of the best ways for moms to make money.
In fact, transcription is considered to be one of the easiest jobs for stay at home moms with no degree.
But the pay sucks.
Unless you have a lot of experience and really good training, then we’re talking pay that’s over $50,000.00 a year. Easier said than done, especially for a busy mom, right ?
Here’s how to get started Doing transcription from home:
So, because you’re just starting out, you need to build up some experience.
If this is a job you like, read my post on how to make a good living doing transcription work from home.
Turns out, there’s more to doing transcription than fast typing and careful listening skills. You can do all the practice tests in the world and work for all the “popular”online transcription companies, but without knowing all the little details that save you time and energy, you’ll just be stuck.
How much can you make doing transcription ?
As a new transcriber, you probably won’t make more than $500.00 a month. And that’s assuming you’re working for more than one beginner-level transcription company.
But, with the average salary for an experienced transcriber being over $50,000.00, how do you make that much ?
By following these three simple steps:
- Build up your experience with the transcription companies that take beginners I just mentioned
- Start working for some companies that want experienced transcribers like Transcript Divas, Birch Creek Communications, and 3Play Media
- Get more training because the more you know, the better you’ll become and the more you’ll make. My recommendations? First, take this online course because it covers a lot and is pretty inexpensive. Then,do this course because it is VERY THOROUGH.
Online Administrative Assistant
Most people call this kind of job a Virtual Assistant, but I think that is too general of a description. I like to call this kind of work Online Administrative Assistant because it tells us the role is specific to administrative tasks…not picking up dry cleaning or taking kids to birthday parties.
This is an awesome way for moms to make money from home because you can narrow your niche down to what makes you happy. And what works for your schedule.
Here’s how to get started as an Online Admin Assistant:
To get started, think about the office-y kind of things you like to do.
Responding to emails ?
Scheduling appointments and meetings ?
Transcribing recorded seminars into text ?
Maybe it’s web design or creating logos ?
Then, do one of these:
#1 Get hired with a legitimate company that specializes in virtual assistant / administrative assistant work.
This is the quickest way to get started as an online administrative assistant because you don’t have to do a to of upfront work or training.
You do, however, have to show you can do basic administrative tasks and your resume is the place to show that. Here are some things to think about:
- How’s your typing, grammar, and writing skills ?
- Do you have trouble-shooting skills ?
- Are you organized ?
- Know your way around a computer and different software packages ?
- Do you have past experience as an Administrative Assistant ?
If you think you have the chops to do this kind of work then check out Boldly, Time, Etc, Belay, VaVaVirtual Assistants or MyBTLR. They’re all legitimate virtual assistant companies that are often hiring.
#2 Be An Independent Administrative Assistant
Which means A LOT MORE MONEY as my friend Carmen explains (she’s been an Online Admin Assistant for several years and still loves it !)
But getting started can be a bit tricky. Among other things, you need to know where to get clients, how to write up contracts, and how much to charge.
So this is what I suggest:
First, put a lot of thought into the administrative things you really like doing. Doing this will start the foundation of your niche – something you specialize in.
Having a niche will get you the better paying clients.
Next, check out this inexpensive online course because it’s a pretty good guide that’ll get you up and going faster without having to weed through a bunch of blogs trying to DIY.
Then, once you have some knowledge on how to get started, set up your profile on the job platform Upwork and “bid” on jobs (I mention Upwork a lot because it’s pretty easy to get up and running and start “bidding” on jobs).
Finally, if you’re serious about becoming an Online Administrative Assistant and want more work that pay better, this awesome course goes over EVERYTHING.
In fact, I recently wrote a side-by-side comparison of three of the most popular Virtual Assistant / Administrative Assistant courses. Definitely worth reading.
This is a high-demand job among blog owners because we’re human and make type-O’s.
In my case, a lot of them.
So, we pay to have people do the work for us. In this case, bloggers pay to have people proofread their posts before they are published.
Here’s how to get started as a Post Proofreader:
The first thing you need to do is know how to proofread. In other words, can you spot grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors ?
This is what I suggest:
First, Go to ProofreadNOW.com and do their quick little proofreading test (it’s free).
You can also go to ProofreadAnywhere.com and do the test there. It’s also free.
The next thing you should do is check out the FREE intro workshop offered by Proofread Anywhere. It’s a good starter.
Then, Further your skills with this inexpensive online course. It not only goes over the basics, it covers how to set your rates and find work.
Start working as a proofreader.
But where ?
Here are some reputable companies that hire proofreaders:
But to set yourself up as a POST PROOFREADER, you need to really specify that niche. And you do that by setting yourself up as a freelance proofreader on Upwork and “selling” your service as a professional Post Proofreader.
Similar to the way the freelancers did in the image below.
How much can you make as a Proofreader ?
It’s not too out of line to think you can make over $30.00 or an hour as a proofreader. In fact, take a look at these freelance proofreaders who make good money peddling their skills on Upwork.
If you think you have the chops to be a proofreader – meaning you can spot the common, and not-so-common, grammar mistakes – then I say “go for it”.
Hey Moms, Ready To Start Working From Home Today ?
As you can see, there are quite a few options for you, mom. Even if you still think being a mom is the only skill you have, it’s nice knowing there are ways you can make money. Because working from home is for everyone !
Now I would like to hear from you.
Which job from today’s post are you interested in ?
Or do you just have a question ?
Either way, I’d love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment below.