By Evan Fischer
For the modern woman that would like to continue working even as she raises a family, there are now more options than ever to do it all. Thanks to the fast and vast connectivity provided by the internet, ladies looking to help support the very household they spend the day managing can now make their time at home count for double duty. So if you’re looking for a few good options for work that will allow you to stay home and witness your child’s first words, first steps, and first day of school, here are some forms of work-from-home employment that will allow you the flexibility to be a mom combined with the fulfillment of having a paying job.
- At-home office work. Do you boast an excellent typing speed and past experience with clerical work? If so, there’s no reason you can’t get paid to use these skills from the comfort of your own home. There is a high demand for virtual assistants to screen calls and emails, attend to correspondence, perform data entry, book travel, and execute all of the tasks that an in-house assistant (or secretary) might normally do. If this sounds like it’s right up your alley, check out online temp sites like ODesk and Elance that will help you find companies seeking your expertise (for free).
- Medical billing and coding. This is a field that requires some specialized knowledge, but if you have a background in medicine (if you were a nurse, for example, or you formerly worked in administration at a doctor’s office) you might not need much training. And even if you do need to take classes, you could do so online at an accredited institution (for somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000, give or take). The payoff, however, is significant. You can basically start your own business that caters to offices in your area (or even further away, since it’s all done online). Just watch out for scams; they’re generally more expensive and they offer quick fixes like ready-made lists of clients. Find resources here for online medical billing and coding courses.
- Babysitting. If you’re already taking care of your own child, why not help out a neighbor or friend by adding a couple more tots to the mix? If you charge less than the average daycare you’ll be doing a great service for women that can’t stay home with their kids, and you’ll also give your own child some playmates. Just check into local laws concerning daycare facilities before you get started; if you go over a certain number of kids you may have to apply for a license of some sort.
- Mom blogs. They say you should write what you know, and at the moment you’re probably all too familiar with the joys (and trials) of motherhood. So why not channel your experiences in a positive way that can help other new moms while bringing in a second income? If you’re a good writer you can start with a few guest posts (for free) and then use these reference articles to secure paying gigs. Or you could start your own blog and learn how to monetize it.
- Surveys. You may be a little skeptical about the prospect of taking paid online surveys, thanks to the many scammers out there taking advantage of work-at-home moms like yourself. But if you use a little common sense you stand to make a decent wage and work as much or as little as you want. Simply avoid any sites that want you to pay up front, and never give out sensitive personal information (bank numbers, credit card numbers, etc.). Instead, look for sites that offer secure payment through PayPal (or a comparable method).
Evan Fischer is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California