Everyone says that working from home is the best way to go….
Being a Mum is already a job in itself, and it’s one that gives us pleasure. Unfortunately, it is also a job that does not give us income. So, more and more women are looking for jobs they can do from home that provide income, and perhaps, prospects for career development.
Fortunately, the Internet has made things a whole lot easier. More and more companies are taking advantage of the capacities and skills for women to achieve a win-win combination of work and earning, and lifestyle and family. If you are a Mum and looking for a work-from-home job, we present some of the best work at home options available.
Covid Has Given Mums a HUGE Advantage to Work at Home
Now that we are still amid a pandemic – many businesses, large and small have been forced to allow their employees to work from home. This means a fantastic opportunity for you, right now – as businesses are realising that they don’t need to pay for huge overheads such as offices, air-conditioning and desks when their workforce can work at home. In the past finding opportunities for jobs that could be done at home were few and far between. So take advantage of COVID as more and more companies are hiring remote work employees!
But first, are work from home legit?
Many, when they hear about working from home, they twist their mouths thinking about something not serious, or about a scam that will not bring in real earnings. However, today there are various ways you can work from home and make real cash, especially online. You must take into account that working from home is a job like any other, with the difference that it takes place from home. The only requirement is specific knowledge of the type of job you are doing.
Unfortunately, there are a few parties that take advantage of this opportunity to commit fraud or scams. To help you find a legitimate work from home job, you should:
1. Research the company/person you are potentially working for
Some work-at-home jobs or remote work offers are not published by legitimate companies. Instead, you’ll be surprised that some job offers are published by companies/individuals who want to take advantage of you. Therefore, it is important that you do thorough research before applying. You can find the information about a company on rating sites or job boards where job seekers at home share information with each other. At least, you will want to know the number of years the company has been in operation, and also its reputation.
If a company has no reviews or information about it, do a quick Google search. If they don’t have a presence on the Internet and you can’t find anything about it, they are likely not to be a legitimate employer.
So I highly recommend you:
- Google the Company and check out their website, do they have an address and phone number listed?
- Check out their Facebook Page, are there nasty reviews? Do they have a following?
- Google the name of the company and ‘Reviews’. What do people say about them?
- Have a look at Linkedin at their page and employees to ensure they are a real company.
2. Think twice before shelling out money
Most experts agree that you should never, ever pay to apply for or accept a job. If a work at home job requires you to pay a fee in advance to start working, this is an immediate red flag. Therefore, don’t pay to work. Work to get paid.
3. Ask for a reference
Do you know anyone who has worked for the company that is offering you a job? If yes, what’s their experience with the company? If No, request the company to provide references. If they are unwilling, then this is not a good sign.
Since your goal is to find a legitimate work-at-home offer, keep looking until you find one that is completely real and that you feel good about it. There are many companies hiring. You just have to be patient and be on the lookout for opportunities
What is the best job to work from home?
What would you consider the perfect job for you as a mum? Everyone has an opinion on what is the best work for them. All jobs are not the same. Therefore, depending on your abilities, you can choose a job that is suited for you. In addition, working with a baby and working with a young child are two completely separate situations. With this in mind, your best job from home job could be a part-time job, an easy side job, or a full-time job from home.
The best job to work at home is one which balances your home and life and pays you well for your services.
We have a list of the best options below!
Avoid MLMs (Multi-Level Marketing Schemes):
Please for the love of all things holy, avoid MLMs or Multi-Level Marketing Jobs. The only people who make money from these types of businesses are the bosses involved at the top of the pyramid. Yes, they are pyramid schemes. You will probably be bombarded by MLM opportunities when you are looking for a job to work at home – don’t fall into this trap – they aren’t real money-making opportunities.
More Reading: Why You Can F*ck Off With Your MLM Pyramid Scheme
What kind of work can I do from home?
Being a mum is no easy task. You need to perform a lot of things that take up a lot of time. But an extra income would be a big help to the family budget. Always choose a work at home job that reflects what you like to do!
For example – if you enjoy office work, look at becoming a Freelancer or a Blogger. Love to cook in the kitchen? Look at becoming a Food Editor. You get the gist!
Become a Freelancer Writer
- Perfect for Mums with an office background, can use a computer and can type.
You don’t need to have a degree in journalism to pursue a career in freelance writing. Freelance writing is one of the most flexible jobs out there. You will receive assignments with a specific due date and are free to finish the work on your own time. You can write for websites, small businesses, blogs, and more. Writing allows you to explore a variety of topics, be it personal finance, parenting, food, and recipes, health, or a combination.
To do this job, you only need an Internet connection, a computer, writing skills, and knowledge in a certain area or, at least, a good search capacity to create trustworthy, informative content. That is, you do not need to be present in an office to do this job competently.
You can search directly in the job offers of the companies for these positions or look for online content mills companies that outsource content producers and act as intermediaries between the writer and her client. Later, you can start a blog in your area of expertise to gain credibility
More Reading: 100+ Websites That Will Pay You to Write Articles
Start a Blog
If you like to write but don’t want to write for other people’s projects, you still have options to evaluate. How about starting a blog? It is an alternative in which you will develop your love and vocation for writing. In addition, you will be able to generate income.
Today, there are many tools for blogging that are inexpensive or even free. You can take advantage of them to capture your experiences, opinions, or reflections on a web page.
If you arouse the interest of many readers as a freelance writer, some brands will not hesitate to pay to put advertising on your blog. That way, you will earn a little extra money or even enough to make a full living from this work.
The only downside when it comes to blogging is that it can take quite some time to build up a following and make good money through advertising. This is a good option as a side hustle – something that you can build on the side whilst working another job.
Read More: The Beginner’s Guide to Successful Blogging
Become a Virtual Assistant
Being a virtual assistant can include various activities such as answering and managing customer emails, answering online inquiries about products or purchasing methods, acting as a remote secretary, answering calls and managing agendas and appointments, etc. The expected functions of you will depend on the company and what they are looking for.
Contrary to content producers, working hours are usually more restricted, and it is expected that you are available for any contact during that period. Companies with online or e-commerce stores are the ones that most seek this type of home worker.
It is one of the most sought after jobs for mums, but also one of the most available and easy to find. In addition, if you are fluent in more than one language, you will be increasing your possibilities since you can even work for foreign companies from the comfort of your home and with very interesting salaries.
The only downsides of becoming a Virtual Assistant is that getting initial work can be a bit of a challenge. Look for Virtual Assistance jobs on Job Boards, in Business Facebook Groups or even on your local employment centre.
More Reading: How to Become a Virtual Assistant in Australia
Become a Social Media Manager
Companies need to maintain an active presence on social media as a way to mark their presence, attract interest in their brand, and maintain a cordial and trusting relationship with their customers. If you are an expert in social networks and have knowledge in marketing, this may be the perfect job for you. Nowadays, most companies will prefer that you have some sort of marketing or social media training, but there are plenty of great online courses around to gain the qualifications you need.
As a social media manager, you must know how to plan content, evaluate which entries generate the most interest, and above all, know how to manage customer comments be they good or bad. All this is to convey a friendly and open image of the brand you are representing. You must always be attentive to technological innovations and changes in the attitude of consumers to adapt as quickly as possible.
Downsides of becoming a Social Media Manager:
Coming up with content ideas can be tricky if you haven’t done it before. Have a look at Pinterest to get some initial ideas that you can send to potential clients!
Customer Service Representatives
Probably one of the most common online jobs now is that of a customer service representative. Whether you are in sales or support – many businesses allow you to do your job from the comfort of your own home. Set a job alert for ‘Online Customer Service Representative’ to see positions that come up in your country.
Offer Translation Services
The days when translators were locked in an office for endless hours to present their work are almost over. More and more translation companies prefer to hire or subcontract freelance translators who work from home, thus taking advantage of an increase in the available language combinations since they are not dependent on the offer in the area where they are located.
Translation presents perfect mum jobs as they allow you to manage your own time and hours needed to complete a project. The only thing you have to worry about is the quality of the translation and meeting the date set by the client for the presentation of the final work.
Hint: The government is always looking for translators, and they pay insanely well! – Set a Google Alert for ‘Translation Services’ and see what positions come up that you can apply for.
Become an Online Tutor
Tutoring represents one of the most traditional jobs for mums to do from home. If you are a teacher or an expert in a certain area, you can offer your services and support to students or professionals who seek to develop the skills you master.
You can offer your services on online platforms, doing live tutorials or giving written support to your students, or use the typical method of receiving pupils at home to teach them your area of expertise.
The good thing about tutoring is that you have the freedom to choose the number of students you want to help. In addition, you are the one that decides the times that best suit you so that it does not interfere with your role as a mother.
The only downside about becoming an online tutor is that a majority of your work will be after school and on weekends – which doesn’t always work in with family time.
Try applying to the following Online Tutoring companies:
- Cluey Learning (Australia)
- Kip McGrath (Australia)
- Kinetic Education (Australia)
- Aim for A Tutoring (United States)
- Tutor.com (United States)
Or alternatively – you can list your services on the Online Tutoring Directories such as:
Become a Babysitter
If you’re at home with your kids all day, consider seeing other kids during the day so their mums can catch up on their work or travel somewhere. You can work full-time or part-time and find clients that fit your schedule.
If you open a home daycare, you can advertise your business in a variety of ways, such as creating a Facebook page, a Craigslist post (if you live in the United States), or a website. You can also hand out your business card to mothers you meet in the park.
In Australia, you will need a Blue Card (you can apply for one online) and may need qualifications in Childcare.
Online Handcraft business
This business is quite easy and inexpensive because craft materials can be found all around us. Therefore, it takes creativity to turn mediocre items into beautiful and useful things. The good thing is that you don’t need to set up an offline store to sell your craft. Just create online Etsy account, and you are good to go.
For mums, handcraft businesses can be a promising business alternative. There are many crafts you can make, such as hairpins, bracelets, necklaces, tissue holders, tablecloths, and so on. To improve your skills, you can join special training places like those usually held by SME businesses in your city.
For some ideas on where to get wholesale products to re-sell – try some of the following:
- Wholesale Lingerie
- Sell Home Made Hampers or Gift Baskets
- Where to Buy Candle Making and Melt Supplies
Become a Food Editor
If you love to cook and can take a fantastic picture, why not sell your recipes, videos and food images to websites? We here at Stay at Home Mum hire a few Food Editors whose job is to come up with beautiful recipes, make them and take step by step photographs or short videos.
You will need a good camera, a laptop and some editing software – but try approaching the websites you already know and love and show them an example of your work – and go from there. You can also sell the images independently to Stock Image websites who will on-sell them and you get paid every time someone downloads one of your images!
The food business never ends. Who doesn’t like cakes, bread, snacks? Almost everyone likes it, especially women who are known to love snacks.
Well, selling pastries is perfect for business for mums to work from home. If you have the interest and ability to bake cookies, don’t waste it. Make it a profitable business land for you. To be successful in this kind of business, here are few tips to take into consideration:
I. Taste must be number one: This means that the taste must be delicious and acceptable to the public tongue. Besides that, it must be unique, so that it is always superior to competitors.
II. Continuous innovation: Don’t be stuck with the same food ingredients. Try to be creative with other materials so that there are variations that are not boring.
III. Get creative with packaging: Cookies should not be packaged mediocre. The packaging is the first impression that consumers see. So, make it unique and beautiful.
To sell them, you can:
· Sell by delivery (and then you partner with apps)
· Ask the customer to pick up at your home
· Sell to resell establishments
· Make delivery in the case of ordering/parties, if you have your vehicle.
With so many different ways for mums to make money at home, there is sure to be something that piques your interest. By dedicating a few hours a week to your chosen job a few hours a day, you can contribute to your family’s finances without ever having to leave your home. You only need to be careful in seeing opportunities around you and turn them to business. Now that you know the best work from home jobs, it’s up to you to choose the one that suits you the most.