Want to work from home but still have time to spend with your kids?
When I was faced with going back to work and putting my baby in daycare, I knew I didn’t want to do that, so I needed to find some ways to make money from home.
Luckily, I found a few sources of work-from-home income and so far I’ve managed to make enough money to help ends meet. I have a ways to go, but I’m making it work.
The jobs I list here are jobs that you can easily do from home while your kids sleep (though you may need a few day-time hours for some of them). For the most part, you can work early in the morning before you kids wake, during nap time, or at night when they’re in bed. Then, when those little
devils …er…angels wake up, you get to focus on them!
You may be surprised to find you’re already qualified for these jobs. But if not, there are many courses available to train you, so don’t despair.
You CAN make money from home. All it takes is some creative thinking, some hard work, and a bit of perseverance!
1. Teacher at VIPKID
Possible Earnings: $14-$22 per hour
VIPKIDis an awesome company that connects children in China with North American English teachers (though you don’t have to be a certified teacher to apply).
The teacher picks times that work well for him or her, works a minimum of 7.5 hours a week doing video-call teaching, and earns between $14-$22/hour.
The curriculum is supplied, so there is minimal preparation needed from the teacher’s side, and this job can be done in the early hours of the morning before your children wake up.
You can work from home for VIP Kid if you’ve got a bachelor’s degree and experience in a K-12 classroom in Canada or the USA.
2. Freelance Writer
Possible Earnings: $50-$300 per piece (give or take)
More on Wages HERE
Freelance writing is a fast way to start earning money and work from home. You need NO QUALIFICATIONS. As long as you can show your skills in a portfolio, people will be happy to hire you.
I currently earn a few hundred dollars a month freelance writing (super part time) but could easily make more.
It’s fairly simple to set up. When I started I:
- Took a course
- Made a website
- Created writing samples
- Applied for jobs
- Started making money
Of course, that’s just the summary. You can learn more about freelance my freelance writing journeyhere.
3. Freelance Web Developer
Possible Earnings: Approximately $32,000-$72,000 per year
Being a web developer—someone who creates and maintains websites—is a great work-at-home career. With the right clients, it is very possible to work your own hours while still meeting deadlines.
This field is a bit harder to break into from scratch, but it IS possible, and if you’re really interested, thisis a great article to tell you how (there’s a list at the end outlining the best way to start).
If you’d like to start learning about web developing, two options are to sign up for a certificate in web design or teaching yourself. There’s a lot to know, but once you’re up and running, there is well-paying work to be had.
When you’re ready to jump in, create a portfolio, design a website to market your services, and start networking!
4. Freelance Editor
Possible Earnings: $15-$20 per hour on average
Just as there’s a big market for freelance writers, there’s a huge need for people to edit the work of those writers, along with all sorts of other writing.
Freelance editing is another great way to work from home. There are opportunities to work for large companies, such as a marketing agency that needs someone to edit the work of all their writers. Or you might end up working for individuals, like freelance writers who need an editor to check their work before sending it out to clients,
If your editing skills are rusty (or nonexistent), take a look at some of thesefree editing courses.
After you’ve brushed up on your skills, make a website to market yourself. I’d also suggest doing some free editing for experience and asking those ‘clients’ for testimonials that you can post on your website.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to start cold emailing and hitting the job boards
5. Social Media Manager
Possible Earnings: $11-$24 per hour on average
One increasingly popular way to make money from home is working as a social media manager. Social media manager duties vary from job to job, but in short, the role of a social media manager is to promote a client using social media.
A social media manager may deal with posting content to various platforms, tracking and reporting growth on social media, networking, SEO, advertising, and much more.
As a freelancer, you can offer certain packages to clients, including a specific number of weekly/monthly updates on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or other platforms.
If you’re interested in working as a social media manager, check out thispost from Angie Nelson at theworkathomewife.com. She gives some amazing pointers and has a great list of resources for learning how to start!
Work From Home
Whatever you decide to do, just know that it IS possible for you to make an income from home and have the flexibility you’re dreaming about. I’m still working on this, but I’ve gotten far enough to know it can really happen.
If you’re serious about working from home, pick something and start working towards it today. As with any endeavor, results won’t be instant, but if you hang in there your hard work will pay off.
So start today! Trust me; your future self will thank you. And soon you’ll be on your way to making money from home!