Thanks to the advancement of technology, it’s possible for stay-at-home moms to pursue a side job or even a second career. There are a variety of different job openings for people looking to earn money while staying home with their children. We’ve pulled together a list of potential jobs you can look into from a variety of different industries. There’s something here for everyone, whether you have a college degree or only a high school diploma. You could find a whole new career or find a new way to earn more money to supplement the household.
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1. Technical Support
If you’ve ever had issues with a computer or other technical device, the person you speak with over the phone is likely works in technical support. Many stay-at-home moms find steady work as technical support agents for companies. They provide support to customers who have questions about or need training on using a product or service. Excellent communications skills are essential, especially when handling customers who might not be very tech-savvy.
Many technical agents have at least an associate degree in computer science or a similar field. Most companies offer flexible schedules for their technical support personnel, which is very helpful when juggling the demands of being a mom and other household duties.
2. Call Center Agent
Another great job for work-at-home moms is a position as a call center agent. Many large companies advertise for people to offer customer support in different areas of the country. Being fluent in more than one language can increase your prospects of finding a call center agent job.
Call center agents can work anytime during the day or night, giving work-at-home moms the flexibility needed in their schedule. Most call center agent jobs require you to have a stable home internet connection or phone line. The educational background requirements depend on the position you end up applying for, though most agents typically have only a high-school diploma.
3. Chat Agent
Chat center agents perform a similar role to call center agents. However, they use chat applications to manage interactions with customers versus speaking with them over the phone. That’s great for those who don’t like the idea of spending a lot of time over the phone.
Most chat agent positions for work-at-home moms consist of tasks like responding to billing questions, providing technical support, or processing returns. These positions can be found alongside advertisements for call center agents. Many companies also offer varied full-time and part-time schedules for chat agents that could fit into your current schedule without taking you away from your mom duties.
4. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants offer administrative services to clients while working from home. It’s a great way for work-at-home moms to bring in some extra income while still having time to look after their family. Most virtual assistants have a home-office set-up that lets them perform tasks like creating and sending out documents, scheduling meetings, and making travel arrangements clients.
Having a background working as an office manager or administrative assistant can increase your prospects of landing a virtual assistant position. Among the many types of clients often looking for virtual assistants include advertising agencies, non-profit organizations, graphic designers and writers. As a virtual assistant, you can work for one solo client or take on others to make more money.
5. Telephone Research Interviewer
Many companies have a need of individuals willing to make outbound calls to conduct research on their behalf. Telephone researches speak with different people about their experience with a company’s products, services, or their interactions with the business. They collect those responses and send them back to the client to use those insights as they see fit.
Because the job is 100% over the phone, it’s an ideal position for work-at-home moms who want to bring more income into the household. Political committees, tech companies, and telecoms are just a few organizations who often make use of telephone research interviewers.
6. Virtual Implementation Specialist
Customers often need help in making use of new products they’ve purchased, which is where virtual implementation specialists come in. They help onboard customers and show them how to properly use their products and avoid running into technical issues. One example of what an implementation specialist does is helping an employee at a law firm understand how to work with the new software purchased to manage brief filings with a court.
You can find implementation specialists in any industry related to technology. The educational requirements for such a position can vary, but it helps to have a firm understanding of technology and patience working with people who might not be adept at working with technical products.
7. Virtual Travel Agent
In an age of websites that allow people to book a vacation with a few clicks, virtual travel agents still exist. They assist clients with making travel and accommodation reservations for trips. Most now put their focus on helping on helping companies with business trips.
Virtual travel agents communicate with clients about their expectations for the trip and assist them in booking either over the phone or through an online platform. They help with confirming airfare, finding the right living arrangements, and having a car to drive around during the trip.
You don’t need formal education to become a virtual travel agent, though having a degree in hospitality, travel and tourism, or other related field can give you a leg up on other prospects. It also helps to be familiar with the software virtual travel agents use to assist clients.
8. Sales Representative
If you have a gift for talking to people and helping them make purchasing decisions, becoming a sales agent is a good way to earn money while continuing to be a stay-at-home mom. You help manufactures, merchants, and wholesalers promote and market products.
Companies use sales representatives to sell everything from candy to office equipment. Since you’ll be working from home, your position might involve cold-calling potential clients. Some companies provide you with a list of prospects who have already shown an interest in making a purchase.
You’ll need excellent customer service and communication skills in your role. The amount you earn may vary depending on whether you receive a base salary or work solely on commission. Some companies offer bonuses for hitting a specific sales quota.
9. Social Media Manager
Social media managers take charge of the social media channels for an individual, company, or organization. They work to reinforce a consistent branding image while responding to feedback from customers or fans.
Some goals social media managers look to achieve for their client include increasing engagement with different social media outlets, raise brand awareness, and find areas of opportunity to expand the client’s audience reach. You may be asked to provide feedback on the visuals used in social media campaigns and track the traffic generated by paid ad campaigns.
You’ll need solid communication skills to find success as a work-at-home social media manager. The job also requires that you have a solid understanding of tools used to measure and report social media metrics to track the success of various marketing campaigns.
10. Virtual Public Relations Associate
Public relations specialists help individuals and organizations who have concerns about their perception by the public. You’ll need the ability to find strategic ways to use the media in changing people’s views about a business, organization, or individual. Some duties you may be called upon to perform include handling press conferences over conference calls, sending out press releases, and organizing public events.
You can look for postings for work-at-home public relations associates through job boards for marketing, advertising, and public relations agencies. It may also be possible to find a position working directly for individual clients or businesses. Many have part-time positions available that would still leave time for you to look after your family.
11. Virtual Event Planner
Event planners help clients come up with themes and ways to promote various events to attract attendees. You’ll need the ability to manage a lot of different moving parts to ensure things go smoothly. Event planner duties typically include calling around to book the perfect location, finding a caterer, locking down entertainment, and finding vendors to service the event.
Depending on the scale of the event, you may need to find lodging accommodations for people coming in from out of town. Event planners must remain in constant communication with those hosting the event to ensure everyone’s on the same page regarding the desired outcome.
12. Human Resources Specialist
Another great option for work-at-home moms is finding a position as a human resource specialist. They help employers find recruits to fill job openings at their company. Human resource specialists typically screen the resumes of applicants for those who have the skills and experienced sought by an employer. Other job duties may include conducting background checks and verifying an applicant’s references.
Human resource specialists explain the job duties, benefits, and working conditions an applicant can expect from a company. They also assist new hires through the orientation process, maintain employment records, validate paperwork, and ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
13. Health Educator
If you have a background in health or nutrition, an online position as a health educator could fall right into your wheelhouse. Health educators show people how to incorporate healthier habits into their lives. You’d be responsible for creating programs for individuals to follow along with supporting material. Health educators need excellent organizational skills and understand how to use the internet to promote different health initiatives.
You can start your search for an online health educator through job board postings by employers like schools, non-profits, government organizations, and health care providers. They may require you to have a bachelor’s degree in education, nutrition, or a related field of interest. It also helps to understand how to read and interpret data from various resources to help improve the programs you oversee.
14. Brand Manager
Brand managers monitor the perception of their client’s products and services in the public sphere. They track people’s reaction to details like price, how well the product or service delivered on a customer’s expectations, and their overall thoughts on the brand. Brand managers work to maintain brand integrity across all a company or individual’s communications and marketing campaigns.
The duties of brand managers include coming up with guidelines to follow for the brand, creating style guides for content creators, and evaluating the short- and long-term prospects for the brand. Brand managers typically plan and oversee any actions related to communications and marketing online and through social media.
Most brand managers have a degree or related background in marketing, economics, or business. It’s a good outlet for work-at-home moms who want to put their experience in these areas to use and bring more money into the household.
15. Alumni Development Officer
If you’ve ever received an invitation to an alumni event or class reunion, it’s likely the work of an alumni development officer. They oversee the planning and execution of events tied to an alma mater and help keep those connections alive over the years. The role of an alumni development officer is something you can do primarily from the comfort of your home, though there may be occasions where you would need to meet in person with different alumni groups.
As an alumni development officer, you may be called upon to find donors to support the financing of such events. It’s a good option for those with a background in communications and a desire to put their great social skills to good use. You must be comfortable interacting with different people to ensure the success of an event.
16. Virtual Media Planner
Media planners work to make sure that their client’s marketing campaigns hit the right target audience. For example, if your client sells gym equipment, you make sure the products get seen by clients in the market for that product. Media planners research the online habits of a client’s audience and steer advertisements toward those channels.
To succeed as a media planner, you’ll need a background in math or analytics to help in interpreting data that informs the media spends of your clients. You can find a position as a work-at-home media planner by checking for job postings from advertising firms or individual companies.
17. Business Journalist
Business journalists provide insights into the world of business and finance. They collect facts about events that impacts readers, interview relevant subjects, and conduct more in-depth investigations when warranted. Many websites have a need for reliable business journalists. It’s a job that can be done from home if you have internet and a reliable phone connection.
Most outlets hiring business journalists are looking for someone with at least a bachelor’s degree in communications or a similar field. Most business journalists get paid by the story and work as contractors, meaning you can take on as much or little work as your mom duties allow.
18. Test Scorer
There are educational companies who have work-at-home job openings for those interested in evaluating and scoring tests. An example is Educational Testing Service (ETS). They review and grade tests like the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Most of these employers look for people with a bachelor’s degree and related teaching experience. These jobs tend to emerge at certain times of the year, so the amount you can expect to earn varies depending on the needs of the company.
19. Educational Writer
Another potential job for work-at-home moms with an educational background is as an educational writer. They provide the materials used by students and teachers. Educational writers perform a variety of tasks, including doing research for material, planning curriculums, and sourcing claims made in any piece of content.
Schools and educational companies are the primary purchasers of educational content. The biggest need is for materials for those in the K-12 grade range. Besides having a degree in education, it can help to understand the basics of technical writing. Companies also like to hire educational writers who have some experience with teaching.
Professional bloggers make their living providing written content that provides news and information. You can create your own blog, but there are many companies looking to hire someone to provide content for their websites for promotional purposes.
If you’re looking to work with a business, it can help to have bylines for other professional writing you’ve done. Any kind of writing experience helps in getting hired. Knowing the ins and outs of digital marketing can help you if you’re hired by a company looking to generate more traffic to their website to your blogging.
The amount you make as a blogger while continuing to be a stay-at-home mom depends on what your clients will pay. You can also branch out and offer your blogging skills to more than one business as a contractor to increase your earning potential as a blogger.
21. Online Tutor
Sometimes students need some extra instruction outside of the classroom. Online tutors fill that role for everyone from elementary school-age kids to college students. You can place ads on local websites offering your services or sign up with a tutoring company looking for someone with your specific educational skill set.
Most people prefer hiring tutors with a college degree or experience that shows they’re an expert in the subject. You can choose to work one-on-one with clients or oversee group session for students needing help in the same subject. The pay earned for tutoring can vary, depending on the subject being taught, the needs of clients, and the time you have to spare in your role as a stay-at-home.
22. Writing Coach
Not everyone has the gift for the written word. If you do, then a position as a writing coach can be a great way to earn money while still staying at home with your kids. As a writing coach, you’ll likely be called upon to help clients who have the desire to write but need some help to get through the process.
Writing coaches help clients get organized, figure out a writing schedule, and pick a completion date for the project. Other tasks for writing coaches include helping clients come up with outlines, assisting with research, and reviewing and editing drafts. You could be called upon to work as a writing coach for everyone from a would-be professional writer to a company who needs help writing and arranging content for their blog.
23. Curriculum Developer
Most curriculum developers work with schools to create and implement teaching plans. They also create lessons that help teachers meet set educational standards. Curriculum developers should start off with a solid understanding of the current program in place at a school, including the textbooks used and current teaching methods.
Most curriculum developers have a master’s degree in education or another related field. Many schools look for curriculum developers with a teaching license and relevant experience. While it’s a job that can be performed mostly from home, you may be called upon occasionally to meet with teachers and other personnel who can offer insight into crafting the best curriculum possible.
24. Pet Sitting
Pet sitters care for animals while their owners are away. You can offer those services in your home, preventing the need for you to travel. It’s helpful to have some experience with the kind of animals you will host, along with knowledge about different foods that might be toxic to their system. You can find work as a pet sitter by looking through local listing or going to work for a professional company.
Transcriptionists combine excellent typing skills to transcribe files containing audio recordings into text. Many businesses make use of transcriptionists to transform meeting notes into writing. You can find work as a general transcriptionist or specialize in doing work for the legal or medical profession.
Accuracy is a must for any stay-at-home mom looking to get into transcription work. You also need good listening skills and show professionalism by meeting the deadlines of clients. The faster and more accurate you are at transcribing, the more you can end up earning.