It is always nice to be at home with the kids and still bring some income into the family.
A good work at home job or a job suitable for mums needs to be flexible to be sustainable.
Good work from home options for mums with young children need a few requirements. It’s important to consider what needs your family has before running out and choosing the first work from home opportunity that comes along. You need to choose something that will work for the whole family, and that you enjoy doing!
1. Choose the best work from home option for your skills.
What did you do before you had children? Worked in an office? Sales? Process work? Unless you really couldn’t stand that job, playing to your strengths is the best way to make good money. Write a list of your skills and consider jobs that best match them. Putting together a simple resume is a good start. Maybe this is the time to start a business of your own?
2. Do you need childcare?
Some mums have a great support network of helpful babysitters and home business personal assistants, some don’t. Some have a dad who can be in charge in the evening and on weekends, some don’t. Some mums have kids with greater needs than others. Some families have bigger bills than others. Some families live a long way from cities, some don’t. Some are happy to have clients in their home, some aren’t. Consider the level of flexibility and income your work at home opportunity needs to be a success for your family.
3. Brush up your work skills.
Before you consider starting a home business or looking for work where you can set up your office at home, you may like to polish up on your business skills ahead of time. Completing a short course or certificate can give you the confidence to go for it and the padding your resume may need to get you to the next level.
4. Others that you need to consider…
Once you have decided on what you will do, if you are self employed, you will need to get an ABN (Australian Business Number – you may not need it right away but you may as well – it’s free) and if you have a business name, get this registered. You won’t need to register for GST in Australia until you’re turning over $75,000 or more. You will probably need insurance (shop around, there are brokers that get it FAR cheaper than the mainstream companies) and depending on the career you choose, you may need other licenses to operate. Check with SmartLicense in Australia.
Here are some of the more popular jobs for mums:
- Freelance Writing
- Home Day Carer
- Affiliate Marketing
- Graphic Design
- Catering or Cake Decorating
- Online Assistant
- Personal Training
- Naturopath or Health Coach
- Massage Therapist