Being a stay-at-home mom or dad can be very rewarding. You may also desire to work, in order to bring in extra income to your household or to have a sense of accomplishment. However, the prospect of having to go outside your home, in order to achieve this goal, may be unsatisfactory to you.
The good news is…you don’t have to!
You can find work-at-home employment, giving you the opportunity to work on a flexible schedule by setting your own hours, without compromising quality time with your kids. Some home-based jobs stay-at-home parents might consider include:
Customer Service Jobs
There are many companies, both large and small, that hire people to work from home doing customer service work. This can involve a number of things, such as calling clients, answering questions from customers and the like. These positions are usually independent contractor positions that pay a set rate per hour and you will need to feel comfortable with dealing with people over the telephone. Having standard home office equipment, such as a computer, printer and fax machine are a must and you’ll probably need to get a second ‘phone line, specifically for giving and receiving business-related calls.
You probably have a lot of ideas and opinions regarding parenting. Why not put them in writing and earn money doing it? Certain online sites, such as AssociatedContent.com and ReviewStream.com will pay you to write about the things that interest you, product reviews, etc. The pay isn’t huge, but the more you write, the more you earn and it can lead to more lucrative future writing gigs. The great thing with these income earners is that you don’t necessarily have to be experienced and you can write at any time and work your schedule around your family. It’s actually one of the easiest ways there is to make money from home. It is important that you write on a consistent basis and that you be able to express yourself clearly. Be careful with spelling and sentence structure, too.
Are you a whiz when it comes to helping your kids understand their school work? Other children may benefit from your “smarts”, as well. If you are qualified, you might be interested in applying to be an online tutor at sites such as eSylvan.com and OnlineLearning.net, for example, where they need certified teachers to tutor students in specific fields. They usually provide training before you get started and when you do go to work, your schedule is flexible, since you can schedule sessions with students morning, afternoon and during evening hours. You’ll need to apply online for a tutor position and, if you are chosen, they will provide your more information on what they currently pay.
If you have a love of and way with animals, pet sitting might just be the kind of job you’d enjoy. A lot of pet owners don’t like leaving their pets home alone when they go to work or have to travel. Print out a flyer offering your pet sitting services and ask if you can post it in places pet owners generally go, like veterinarian offices or pet stores. Charge a fee per hour and limit the number of pets you are willing to look after at one time. You’ll need to make sure you have adequate pet food and water at your home for these animals and, in the case of dogs, you’ll probably need to walk them on a regular basis. Before you agree to watch any pet, however, make sure that their temperament is safe, especially since they will be around your children. If you build a good reputation as a pet sitter, chances are that word-of-mouth will help increase your number of clients.
The Field Is Wide Open!
Those are just a small sampling of the home-based jobs out there waiting for you to find them. You can enjoy the best of both worlds…working from home and still being able to spend the time you want with those you love most!