It can be hard to go from two salaries to one, but even harder to leave your little one at a nursery or with a nanny all day. For that reason, many stay at home moms are trying to balance a career with their child care, more often than not it’s not that Moms can’t find someone to look after their kids – it’s that they really do want to stay home and make sure they’re present for all of their baby’s milestones. However, financial needs can’t be avoided, and more Moms than ever are taking to their laptops and making money, without ever having to leave their kids. Writing is one of the main ways to do this, and the following jobs are all perfect for Moms who can write well.
Blogging is a great way to get started as a writer and make money online. You’re in control of your own deadlines, and you aren’t tied to working hours, meaning you can post late at night. You’re also not relying on anyone to send you work, you can do as much as you have time to do whenever you have the time free – and there’s no stress on the days or weeks when you don’t have time to work. It also gives you total freedom over your content, so you can write about stuff you are really passionate about, and feel confident on. This could be a great way to stay afloat with what’s going on in your previous career, or it could be about being a stay at home mom, or raising kids. You have a total blank slate.
While translating may not be an option for everyone, there are plenty of stay-at-home moms out there who are bilingual, and would be able to translate all kinds of documents without much effort is all. As this is quite a specialized skill, it pays pretty well. There’s no need to look for jobs that just anybody can do when you have a talent or training in a field as specialized with this one. Not only is this easy for someone bilingual, it helps make sure you don’t lose the language skills you have, and you can actually improve. Jobs are generally available on FlexJobs. This can be great for someone looking for a challenge, or to really implement something they learned in college and haven’t been able to use for a while.
All kinds of content needs to be created and reviewed before it goes online, which means that it’s not that difficult to become a freelance writer or an editor. You may be comfortable writing about pretty much every subject, or you might want to write for a specific niche; either way, there are plenty of opportunities available. This is one of the industries where it’s easy to find work quickly, and start earning pretty much instantly.
4. Data Entry
While this might not sound like the most exciting job, data entry positions are (infrequently) available online. This is super simple work for anyone able to type quickly and efficiently. It could be worth giving this a try for some extra cash, and there are jobs available at FlexJobs.
Most stay-at-home moms are used to helping their kids with homework, and can easily make extra cash helping out other kids by tutoring. The higher your level of education in a particular subject, the more you can make. This is a great way to make some money online by doing something you’re familiar with and good at, plus it’s more personal than some of the other jobs on this list. Having control over your job is a great advantage to working from home.
6. Write Reviews or Fill in Surveys
All businesses want good press for their products, and a great way to encourage that culture is by providing payment to people who have tried their products. You may be paid in cash, vouchers, or travel expenses. This isn’t as straightforward as getting paid per number of words or per hour, but it can still contribute some pocket change. This is a great option if you’re looking to work at home in order to enjoy some more luxuries, as the vouchers and travel expenses can lead to great treats for the whole family.
7. Write Your TV Ideas
While producing a whole screenplay may be a tall order, you can write up your ideas for TV shows that can then be picked up by producers, who will pay you for the initial idea. This means less work for you, and no investment, but a chance of profiting. Think of all the TV you found yourself watching while up in the middle of the night with a crying baby, or in the mornings trying to get kids ready and do housework – you have probably seen some really bad TV, and have much better ideas. You can make money from these ideas simply by sending them off to Juma TV who do all of the work, you simply enjoy the profits if it’s successful. There’s no risk for you at all.
While being a stay at home mom is probably the most rewarding job in the world, it is not the best paid – but it’s easy to use your writing skills to top up your income using any of the jobs listed above.
If you are looking for job listings, check out Contena. This job board features legit freelance writing gigs.