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Just because you’re a stay-at-home Mom doesn’t mean that you can’t be a working mom. And by “work,” we mean more than cleaning the house and making your kids’ lunch! There are plenty of great careers that you can lead—part-time or full time—from the comfort of your own home.
Here are five great jobs that any Mom can do at home. It doesn’t matter if you’re ending a sabbatical or if you’re just trying to find a job where you don’t have to sit in the office all day. These five jobs are both fulfilling and lucrative.
Who doesn’t dream of waking up in the morning, making a warm cup of coffee, and sitting down at a writing desk? You can make that dream come true by turning to writing as a profession—it’s the perfect stay-at-home job.
There are so many different things you can write about! If you’re interested in marketing, you could try your hand at copywriting. You can produce product pages for businesses or you could create copy for websites. Whatever you’re interested in, you can find plenty of freelance writing opportunities on websites like Craigslist or Indeed.
If you love books, you might also consider writing fiction. Come up with short stories or work on that novel you’ve been dreaming up in your head. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next Danielle Steele (or Gillian Flynn, if you have a dark side).
2. Graphic Design
Graphic design is another creative career that you can do from your home office. There are tons of companies out there who are looking to have images designed, from logos and brochures to digital illustrations.
Graphic design requires more intensive equipment than writing does. Make sure you get a fast computer that can handle graphic design software and do some research on the best desktops if you don’t know where to start. Also make sure you get the right computer programs, like Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, to set yourself up for professional success. You can get all of Adobe’s programs with a subscription to Creative Cloud.
Look around online for freelance graphic design jobs and you use the Internet to promote your new graphic design company once you get started. Be sure to come up with an impressive logo for your business so you can demonstrate your creative prowess.
We could have lumped “blogging” in with “writing,” but blogging is truly a job that’s unique in and of itself. Blogging is an amazing way to express yourself, and there’s a vast community of bloggers online who you can connect with while getting paid. If you feel like you want to share your thoughts with others, create a blog and use it as your soapbox.
You can create your own website to host your blog posts, or you can use an online blogging platform like SquareSpace. Whichever route you take, be sure to personalize the visual style of your blog and make it your own.
Blogging can be a lucrative endeavor. If you gain a large enough following, you may get to sample and review free products from a variety of businesses. You might also be able to sell ads on your website. But don’t ever feel pressured to blog about things that aren’t interesting to you. The most successful bloggers are those who post passionately about subjects of interest to them.
4. Making Handcrafted Goods
All right, let’s step away from the computer now. If you prefer to work with your hands (and we don’t mean typing), consider selling handcrafted goods. You can make items at your home and sell them in an online marketplace. There are lots of different crafts you can make, such as:
- Fine art
Etsy is a popular website where you can sell your handcrafted items but you can also sign up for artisans’ markets. Set up a booth and sell your pieces to passers-by. You might also consider finding Mom-and-Pop fine art stores that are looking for locally-made products to display on their shelves.
Investing can be one of the most financially rewarding jobs you can do at home. Create an account with an online broker, like TD Ameritrade, and buy stocks in companies that you think are going to be very successful. As you earn dividends, buy more stock and slowly increase your wealth.
It’s important to remember that the most successful investors make long-term investments. You might have to be patient and wait for a long time for your stocks to increase in value. But you can also boost your short-term profits by buying bonds and common stock.
Write, create, invest—no matter what you pursue, take advantage of the luxuries at home and work hard at whichever job you choose!
Once the kids are off to school, many former stay-at-home moms are looking to re-enter the workforce. Some have degrees and careers from pre-mom days while others are looking for jobs they’d be good at, even if they need a little training. When it comes to being a mother, there are just some things you are naturally good at, so what is it you liked most about being a mom? That would be a very good place to start. Here are some examples that moms are just naturally great at.
As a mom, you are a caregiver extraordinaire. Why not consider going into nursing? You can begin as an LPN and work towards becoming an RN online while you’re on the job. Nursing is a great career for those moms who want to bring their sense of compassion and caring to a whole new level.
2. Vet Tech
Another job perfect for those who love caring for others would be to explore the possibility of becoming a vet tech. While not working with people, if you love animals, this would be perfect! You can check out the best vet tech schools around the nation, find one near you, and before you know it you will have a job that suits you – and brings in an income, of course.
3. Life Coach
Ah, the trials and tribulations of parenting. Once you have gone through the many challenges of managing a family, it isn’t much of a stretch to help others find their own calling. We have too few life coaches who actually have experience in the real world and so, this might be a perfect opportunity to fill a void. A degree in social work wouldn’t hurt, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. Help others discover their true purpose in life.
Do you remember the days of sending your little girls off to school with their braids, ponytails, and ribbons? There’s just something so satisfying when you can make someone look so pretty. Why not get your cosmetology license in your state and get a job making everyone who sits in your chair look their very best? How rewarding is that?
5. Retail Sales
The great thing about retail sales these days is that you don’t even need to leave the home to enter the world of retail. You can set up shop online in marketplaces like Amazon or eBay, or you can simply develop your own online marketplace, become an affiliate marketer, and work your way around the web selling products from the comfort of your home. Still a stay-at-home mom? This might be the perfect job for you.
6. Daycare Operator
Now you have experience with kids. Why not open your own daycare center? If you miss little ones around all the time and you have a real love for those little people, opening a daycare would be ideal. Most states require you to be licensed and some states require some level of education before you can be the owner of a daycare center, but if you love working with kids, it’s worth a little extra effort to qualify to run your own daycare.
Stereotypical as it may sound, moms are simply natural in some professions. Look at your passions and then pursue a career. If you love what you do, then make a career out of it! In time, you’ll find your niche, but when you do – watch out world!