I hear it all the time, “I can’t homeschool my kids because I need to work”. I love that we live in a culture where these things are not mutually exclusive anymore. I love that we live in an era where we can make choices that give us the ability to earn an income, while still being home more with our kids to school them how we see fit.
I know that not everyone will have the ability to do these things. I know as moms we are always looking for ways to earn a side income, replace a primary income, or even work from home so we can homeschool our children, or just simply be home with them more than we are when we work outside the home. I’ve compiled a list of great work from home opportunities for moms (whether you homeschool or not). Let me know what you think!
- Teach English Online-If you have a Bachelor’s degree, especially in education, you may be able to leverage it to work at home teaching English online. These are typically contractor positions where you log in to a program on your computer and video call a student from far away. Many of the TESOL programs have students located in China. VIPKid, QKids, GogoKid, and Say ABC are just a handful of options out there. Some of these pay up to $25/hour and give you the freedom to choose your own schedule. There are a handful of opportunities, like at SameSpeak, that do not require a Bachelor’s degree. They just need you to be a native English speaker and have access to Broadband internet and Skype. Additionally, they contract with teens as well to provide conversational English coaching.
- Transcription-Are you a fast typer and can you hear pretty well? Then maybe a job providing transcription services would be right for you. There are plenty of opportunities right now, especially as businesses seek to make videos more accessible to the hearing impaired. You can easily try and get started through training programs, but if you just want to wing it, Rev and SyncScript are two companies that provide a relatively low barrier to entry.
- Childcare-Think about it. You have the perfect set-up already. You have all the toys and books. You have a passion for kids—well, at least your own. Many homeschooling moms do great either nannying for one child or taking on a home daycare while they homeschool their own children. There are many ways to do it, it just depends on your local laws and regulations.
- Freelancing-Maybe you’re a writer, a graphic designer, an administrative assistant, or a social media manager. Why not leverage your skills through freelance opportunities? You can find gigs on Craigslist (although watch for scams), Upwork, and even LinkedIn.
- Housecleaning-I’ll be the first to admit that this is not my favorite idea, but if you’re fast and good at it, it’s a great way to make some good money. While technically not 100% from home, being a housecleaners means you can set your own schedule and sometimes charge upwards of $20/hour. If you start offering this service, call me. I need one of you to come visit my place!
- Network Marketing-I’ve got an oil for that. Want to try some new makeup? Get fit in my group. Have you tried this detox? Network Marketing is an incredible opportunity for moms at home because nowadays you can do a lot of work from your phone. This requires you to find a product or company you genuinely love. If you want to make the big bucks, you need to be good at sales and team building. I know dozens of men and women who are extremely successful in their Network Marketing businesses, but they work hard at building connections with people and share about the product and opportunity regularly.
- Sell stuff you find-Are you great at finding deals at thrift stores? Maybe you’re one of those people who can find a bag of brand new baby clothes for $5 that are worth more than $50. What if you could turn your nose for sniffing out bargains into a money-making opportunity? There are so many specialized apps for buying and selling. Ebay is great for all sorts of items, while Poshmark and ThredUp are fantastic for reselling clothes.
- Make stuff, then sell it-Are you creative? Do you sew, do woodwork, paint, crochet, or make doilies? Then you have something to sell. It may take time, but many new creatives learn the ropes of platforms like Etsy to sell their products.
- Work from home professional-Maybe you’re in sales or marketing. Maybe you are in IT. Maybe you do a job that could be done from home if you were with just the right company. You’d be surprised at the opportunities to work from home that are available today. Just go to Remote.co to find an amazing variety of customer service roles, sales, legal, and so much more. You may be able to still do what you already do, but just from home.
That’s not a complete list. You have so many different opportunities to work from home if you think a little outside the box. So tell me, how can I help you think of ways you could homeschool or work from home?