Between feeding, bathing, and playing with your kids, it’s hard to imagine adding another jobto the mix. But we reached out to career experts to find out what the best opportunities are for women who want to work from home while raising their children.
What It Pays: The national average for a brand ambassador is $17/hour or $35,836 a year, according to ZipRecruiter.
Perfect For: Someone with marketing experience, a history in sales or retail, and/or a passion for what the brand has to offer.
What It Is: You team up with brands to build a client-based business by selling products or services on social media. Generally brands will give you personal goals to reach on a monthly basis, and your schedule is typically flexible as long as you meet your goals. “It’s a great option for those with kids because it can be done at home via email or social media,” says Melissa Yeagley, Academic Counselor and Assistant Dean for Juniors at Fordham Gabelli School of Business.
How to Get It: Look on employment sites like Indeed, or search directly on brand’s career portal. For example, Bare Mineralsoffers seasonal skincare ambassadors around the holidays.
Writer or Editor
What It Pays: The national average is $36/hour or $74,496 a year, according to ZipRecruiter. Some companies might also pay you per article.
Perfect For: Someone who’s creative, is an experienced writer, and has internet access.
What It Is: Companies and brands are always looking for people who can write and edit content for them and this role allows you flexibility in your workload. “They’ll likely assign you deadlines, but you can agree to take them on only if it works in your schedule,” says Eileen Shagara, career counselor in New York City.
How to Get It: Look for freelance writing or editing listings on employment sites like Indeed, pitch a publication you read personally, or check out websites designed to connect freelancers with work, such as Writers Work and iHirePublishing.
Customer Service Representative
What It Pays: The national average is $17/hour or $35,934 a year, according to ZipRecruiter.
Perfect For: Someone who enjoys interacting with people and has strong communication skills.
What It Is: You’ll team up with a brand to work with their customers to answer questions, address problems, and help keep them satisfied. All you need is a phone and Internet access, although some companies suggest a telephone headset. Another bonus: “It’s one of the few options where you don’t need to be a specialist,” says Shagara.
What It Pays: The national average is $18/hour or $38,187 a year, according to ZipRecruiter.
Perfect For: Someone who’s extremely organized, pays close attention to details, and is good with numbers.
What It Is: Bookkeeping clerks record financial transactions, update statements, and review financial records for accuracy for clients. Since most of this work is done individually, and you can meet with clients over the phone, it’s a great option for stay-at-home moms, according to Joellyn Schwerglin, coach at The Career Experts.
How to Get It: Look on employment sites like Indeed. Another option if you’re coming from a full-time gig: “If you’ve built a base of clients over the years, you could do this job remotely and continue to work with them,” says Schwerglin.
What It Pays: The national average is $20/hour or $41,821 a year, according to ZipRecruiter.
Perfect For: Fashionistas who keep up with the latest trends, love to shop, and have an eye for piecing together stylish outfits.
What It Is: Women submit a picture of their body type, their style, and their goals, and the stylist puts together a look for their clients virtually, says certified career coach at Happy Work Spectacular Life, Jodi Wellman. Whether it’s a closet overhaul or an outfit for a specific event, an online stylist’s job is to help their clients achieve their desired look.
How to Get It: You can find job listings on employment websites like Indeed or Cabi or build a website to showcase your portfolio with contact information so that clients can reach out to you directly.
What It Pays: The national average is $28/hour or $58,726 a year, according to ZipRecruiter.
Perfect For: Someone who is goal-oriented, motivational, and loves to help others succeed in life.
What It Is: Coaches consult with clients and develop plans to help them reach their goals. “Think about your strengths and specialize in a niche that you’re passionate about, like IT, health, or management,” says Rachel Hott Ph.D, of NLPTraining.com, who adds that communication tools like FaceTime and Skype make it easy to set up a coaching practice at home, without ever having to meet with clients in-person.
How to Get It: Though it’s not required, you can get trained and certified to become a coach. Other sites like Indeed list jobs for company’s looking to hire coaches.
Freelance Interior Designer
What It Pays: The national average is $24/hour or $49,863 a year, according to ZipRecruiter.
Perfect For: Someone who has a knack for home decor and want to help others create their dream homes.
What It Is: It starts with clients sending a picture of a room through email with their goals, says Wellmen. Then it’s your job to compile colors, swatches, and furniture items into a vision board, submit the plan to your client, then manage and coordinate the projects to completion.
How to Get It: You can build a website featuring your portfolio with contact information so that clients can reach out to you directly.