A good portion of parents today would like to stay home with their children. Unfortunately, budgets do not always allow for this. Luckily the internet has opened up big opportunities for parents looking to supplement their incomes while staying at home. Here are just five considerations.
Virtual Assistant – Today’s virtual assistant can help a business in hundreds of ways. From accounting to social marketing to web design, businesses around the world rely on virtual workforces to handle the day-to-day tasks necessary for success. While there are some companies that hire virtual assistants, the competition can be fierce and that can drive down hourly wages in some instances. If you can’t find the perfect opportunity subcontracting for others, consider going into business for yourself. Virtual assistant clients can be found both online and locally.
Direct Sales – Social selling has been considered a lucrative home business opportunity for parents since the 1950s. Today’s direct sales consultants not only market through traditional home parties, but online “virtual” parties are also becoming more main stream. Always choose a company with products you are passionate about. Remember to not only look at the initial investment required but also ongoing sales quotas and marketing materials.
Child Care – Many parents with young children at home choose to supplement their incomes caring for others. This is a highly regulated industry. Be sure to check with your state and local governments for required licenses, permits and insurance. And never take on more children than you can handle comfortably.
Freelance Writing – If English is your first language, your grammar is up to par and you are comfortable researching on the web, you will likely have no problems picking up work as a freelance writer. Every business with an online presence needs content for their websites, blogs and marketing materials. You can find freelance writing opportunities on websites like Problogger’s Job Board or my job board here.
Customer Service Representative – If you prefer to work for someone else and possibly landing an employee position, many companies hire work at home customer service and sales reps. You will need a quiet work environment in most cases, so this may require you to work while your children are at school or sleeping. West at Home and 1-800-Flowers are two popular work at home customer service opportunities.
The best sources of supplemental income will depend on your skills and your schedule. Be honest with yourself and you will likely find quite a few suitable opportunities.
What is your work at home dream job?