When I quit my full-time job to move to Bangkok with my husband 6 years ago, I was excited about the “break” from my career and looking forward to devoting my time to my then 1-year-old twins. I knew I wanted to invest that time in raising my daughters and creating wonderful memories. Little did I know I would start missing ME so soon; the ME who was juggling a 10-hour job, family, marriage, home, and toddlers and still earning a 5-figure salary.
As much as I wanted to re-join the workforce, leaving my kids at home with a nanny was not an option at the time. That’s when I started looking for remote jobs that would fit my daily schedule and help me earn a steady income every month.
The importance of having a job as a stay-at-home mom
Going back to work after having a baby is a personal choice and a tough one to make for every parent. While being a full-time mom has its perks, it can also be exhausting, demanding, and stressful.
Some of the benefits of working from home are:
- More financial stability
- Financial independence
- Sense of self-identity
- Reduction in the work experience gap if you wish to go back to working full-time
Best jobs for stay-at-home moms
As a parent, you acquire many skills, like micro-managing, time management, negotiations, and, of course, multi-tasking. You can definitely use these skills to start earning a steady income.
Here is a list of jobs you can take up as a stay-at-home mom and have a career while raising little humans. While some of these roles require a degree, others are purely skill-based ones you can choose from as per your preference and interest.
Note: The average pay for each job is taken from Glassdoor.
Remote jobs for stay-at-home moms
Jobs that don’t need your presence in the office are best for stay-at-home moms.
- Customer service representative—If you like solving problems for people and helping them out, this is a job for you. You need to be good at talking to people, have a quiet room to take calls, and have a solid internet connection. This job needs an introductory training course, and the average pay can be around $16 per hour.
- Recruiting coordinator—This job involves assisting HR personnel in the recruitment process. Roles and responsibilities include scanning resumes, coordinating and scheduling interviews, and assisting in onboarding new employees. The average pay can come to around $61,000 per year.
- Writer/content creator—If you can express yourself better in words, this is the role for you. You can pick the niche based on your interest or background, like finance, legal, tech, food, cooking, travel, parenting, etc. You can work whatever hours you choose and earn more than $45,000 per year.
- Graphic designer—If you have a creative streak and are tech-savvy, you can help companies design their logos, infographics, and ads while sitting in your living room. There are many online courses available to build up skills and learn the tools of the trade. You can earn more than $50,000 per year.
- Data entry specialist—If you are good with a keyboard and have an eye for details, you don’t need any other skills to get into data entry. You can be paid per hour billed and work flexible hours. On average, a data entry specialist can earn $44,000 per year or more.
- Digital marketing specialist—With more and more people coming to the internet, companies big or small are moving to digital platforms to promote their products and services. A digital marketing specialist is a hot job, and it can be 100% online, which means you don’t have to leave your home to build a career in this field. On average, a digital marketing executive can earn $55,000 per year or more.
- Web developer—A web developer is a fully remote job opportunity. All you need is a good laptop/computer, a steady and fast internet connection, and coding skills to create a website. If you are good at visualizing a client’s needs and expectations and creating graphics and layouts for websites, you can easily make $70,000 per year.
- Proofreading—This works best for moms who have a good command of the language and an eagle eye. You will need to read the document (article or book) and fix the spelling and grammatical errors. The average pay for a proofreader in the US is $17 per hour.
- Search engine expert—One of the most sought-after skills is the skill to decode Google’s search engine to help the content rank higher in search results. You need a certification in search engine optimization (SEO), but the biggest skill is experience and understanding of Google’s algorithms as this insight will help you in the long run. While the average salary for a remote SEO expert is $64,000 per year, you can earn a lot more depending on your clients and results.
- Personal blog—A blog can be a great source of money if given the right amount of time, effort, and SEO. Have a hobby or niche expertise? You can use it to create your personal blog space to share your content. Initially, your efforts will produce no monetary reward, but once your blog is up and running and reaching the right kind of audience, it can yield income from ads, affiliate marketing, promotions, and collaborations.
Part-time stay-at-home jobs for moms
If you’re not yet ready for a full-time commitment to work, you can choose a part-time job.
- Daycare/babysitter—You are already a near-pro thanks to taking care of your children. Use your kid management skills to care for other people’s kids as well, and it can earn you some extra cash. If you’re not up to a daily commitment, you can start as a babysitter. Pay for daycare or a babysitter depends on your local neighborhood rates and is usually around $15 per hour.
- Virtual assistant—The role can extend to an individual or a team. The job involves maintaining calendars, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, managing social media accounts, and handling emails. It is a 100% virtual role that can pay $20 per hour on average.
- Bookkeeper—You don’t need to be an accountant or have a degree in finance to work as a bookkeeper, but you do need to be good with numbers. This job requires you to maintain books for your clients and keep records of their cash flows and expenses. On average, you can earn $19 per hour.
- Social media specialist—Depending on how many hours you decide to put in, this can be a part-time or full-time job. You are expected to manage clients’ social media accounts, including posting on social channels, creating content for social media, and devising social media strategies. A social media specialist can earn around $55,000 per year or more.
- Life coach—If you love helping people achieve their goals, this is the ideal job for you. You can assist and guide them in their personal development and motivate them to hit their personal and professional targets. Depending on the income range of your clients, the fee you can charge ranges from $50 to $250 per hour.
Tips for getting a job as a stay-at-home mom
Whether you’re entering the workforce or switching from full-time to remote work, the following tips will help you navigate the market efficiently and smoothly.
- If you’re changing the field or returning to work after a gap, take a credible course to enhance and refresh your skillset.
- Add any freelance/volunteer work that you did during the gap.
- Meet new people from the industry, make new connections, and reach out to fellow professionals to learn what is new in the industry.
- Register on online job portals like UpWork, Freelancer, Flexjobs, and Indeed.
Finding the right online job can be a long process, and at times, failing to land the right one can be demotivating. Don’t lose hope and give up easily; keep trying until you get your dream job. After all, we moms are fighters.