Being a mom is a full-time job in itself, but many mothers want or need to work and bring in an income. The good news is that there are many side jobs for stay at home moms, that offer flexible hours and the ability to work from home.
When I had my first son, I began working from home as a virtual assistant. Although at the time the pay was meager, it was the door opening into working remotely that I desperately needed.
Nowadays virtual assistants can make a lot of money per hour and it’s much more commonly known as a great way to make a living from home.
But, this article isn’t just about virtual assisting jobs – it’s about 57 great ideas for jobs for moms!
There are so many more great opportunities for moms now than there were back when I first started working from home.
And with the recent pandemic changing the way we work, working remotely has become a widely known alternative to traditional work environments.
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Side jobs for stay at home moms
There are several reasons why mothers may choose to work from home, including the ability to better balance work and family responsibilities, the ability to save on childcare costs, and the flexibility to make their own schedule. Additionally, working from home can reduce stress associated with commuting and can allow mothers to be more present for their children.
Before we talk about the side job ideas for moms, let’s look at some tips for making the best of your side gig at home.
Working from home, especially with little children, can be difficult at times. These tips will give you a head start in making it the best experience as possible.
- Set boundaries: Clearly define your work hours and communicate them to your family so they know when you are available and when you need to focus.
- Create a dedicated workspace: Set up a specific area of your home that is designated for work only, to help separate your work and home life.
- Prioritize self-care: Make time for yourself each day to take care of your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- Be flexible: Be open to changes in your schedule and be willing to adjust as needed.
- Stay organized: Keep your work area and schedule organized to help reduce stress and increase productivity.
- Take breaks: Take short breaks throughout the day to stretch, move around, or even just to step away from your work for a few minutes.
- Communicate with your partner or co-parent: Collaborate with your partner or co-parent to create a schedule that works for both of you and your children.
- Consider child care options: If possible, consider hiring a babysitter or enrolling your child in a daycare program to give you some dedicated work time.
- Establish a routine: Establishing a routine can help create a sense of normalcy and structure for both you and your children, making it easier to manage work and parenting responsibilities.
- Be kind to yourself: Remember that working from home while also taking care of your children can be challenging. Be patient and understanding with yourself and don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed.
55 jobs that are great for moms
1. Virtual Assistant: As a virtual assistant, you can provide administrative support to businesses and entrepreneurs from the comfort of your own home.
2. Freelance Writer: If you have a way with words, consider becoming a freelance writer. You can write blog posts, articles, and even books on a variety of topics.
3. Graphic Designer: If you have an eye for design, you can work as a graphic designer, creating logos, websites, and other visual materials for clients.
4. Social Media Manager: Many businesses need help managing their social media accounts. As a social media manager, you can create and schedule posts, engage with followers, and analyze data to see what’s working and what’s not.
5. Transcriptionist: Transcriptionists transcribe audio and video recordings, typically for legal or medical clients. Small businesses, podcasters, and YouTubers hire transcriptionists as well.
6. Online Tutor: If you have expertise in a particular subject, you can work as an online tutor, helping students with homework, test preparation, and more.
7. Blogger: Starting a blog can be a great way to share your thoughts and ideas with the world, and can even turn into a profitable business. You can make money with ads, sponsored content, affiliate income, and selling your own products, services, or courses.
8. Chat agent: Work as a remote customer service agent for companies who have an online presence and need a person to answer questions in a chat app.
9. Bookkeeper: You can become employed in a work at home job as a bookkeeper or you can start your own bookkeeping business. Bookkeepers are responsible for completing data entry, collecting transactions, tracking debits and maintaining and monitoring financial records.
10. Surveys: If you just need freebies or a little bit of extra money then getting in with good survey companies might be an opportunity for you.
11. Email Manager: Much like virtual assistant but this is someone who specializes in email customer service for a small business.
12. Newsletter Manager: Someone who specializes in setting up, maintaining, and maybe even writing the newsletter of small businesses.
13. Selling Printables on Etsy: Selling printables is all the rage right now, especially on the Etsy platform. You can create printables with a program called Canva.
14. Affiliate Manager: Small business owners with products and courses often run affiliate programs. What is an affiliate program? If you sell your own product, service, or course you can give people their own unique link to promote and when someone buys through the link that person makes a small commission from the sale. Affiliate managers handle all aspects of the affiliate program.
15. Translator: Sometimes companies need bi-lingual customer service agents to work with different languages.
16. Technical Support: Like customer service or email management, tech support offers customer support but with technical issues they may be experiencing.
17. Product-Seller: If you have an idea for a product you could sell online, or even in person, that could be a good way to make money from home. You’d want a website and a way to accept payments in person, should you choose to sell in person.
18. Social Media Influencer: Do you love social media and posting content for the world to see? Maybe you should look into becoming a social media influencer and making money with sponsored content.
You don’t need hundreds of thousands of followers to make this a successful career. I would suggest niching down in order to make the most with smaller follower numbers, but there is still room for lifestyle influencers.
19. YouTuber: Do you have something to say and are comfortable in front of the camera? Think YouTube as a great way to make money and make video content. You’ll make money with the ads that run on the videos.
20. Artist: If you’re talented with art, why not make that your business? There are many talented and successful mom artists out there. You don’t have to be a “starving artist” anymore, especially with the internet and social media, which brings in a lot more exposure to artists.
21. Patreon: Patreon is a site that allows you to run a membership site for your followers to pay a fee each month to receive your content. This is great for writers, artists, and YouTubers as another form of passive income.
If you’re an artist, you could have different tiers that would give your members exclusive access to process videos, written content, and even mailed bookmarks, etc. each month.
22. UGC: UGC is user-generated content, which typically means you are hired by a company to make a video about their product, and then that company then uses it on their website or social media channels.
It’s different than sponsored content because, instead of you doing a review of the product on your social media accounts, which often requires that you have a lot of followers, you send the company the review to be used on their accounts.
23. Fiverr Seller: Fiverr is a great website to start your freelancing career. People looking for your services come to Fiverr and search for what you’re offering.
Unlike what the name suggests, you don’t have to charge $5, $10, or even $15 dollars for your services. That may have been the goal when they opened the website but there are plenty of Fiverr sellers that charge their worth now and do well with the platform. Fiverr is great for writers, graphic designers, website design and technical issues, and so many other services.
24. Graphic Designer: Are you good at designing logos? Graphic design is a great career to get into. You would likely need a design program to design the logos and a website. You could start out selling on platforms like Fiverr or Upwork just to get experience, or you could go right into your own website and networking your way to more clients.
25. Medical Coder/Biller: Medical coders are the individuals responsible for translating physicians’ reports into useful uniform medical codes.
Medical billers will submit claims and medical billers follow up on unpaid claims, draw up bills for patients, and work with patients to create payment plans, all to ensure a provider or facility is reimbursed the correct amount. There are medical coding and billing jobs from home.
26. Print on Demand Seller: Did you know you can design and sell t-shirts, hats, notebooks, and more with companies called Print of Demand? The print on demand company will then handle the making and shipping of the products.
You can even integrate the POD company with sites like Etsy, making it even easier to have a professional site and business selling products you design, but that another company makes and ships.
27. Resume Writer: You can start your own resume writing business, create resume templates, or even work for a resume writing company. If you’re good at the written word and understand the components of a good resume, this could be a great option for you. Resume writers will always be in demand.
28. Affiliate Marketer: Affiliate marketers promote other people’s products and get a small commission each time somebody purchases the product through your special link. Typically bloggers or social media influencers are affiliate marketers. However, you can promote affiliate programs in other ways, such as a newsletter or YouTube.
29. Podcast Manager: Podcasts are all the rage. As a podcaster, you’ll need someone to help edit, upload, write show notes, publish to your website, and even promote it on social.
This is where a podcast manager comes into play. I don’t see podcasting going anywhere anytime soon so this may be a great option for a long-lived business for you.
30. Blog Writer: If you’re interested in freelancing writing, blog writing is a great niche to get into. Many people think blogging is dead, but contrary to popular belief blogging is alive and booming.
This means there are a lot of bloggers and business owners who have blogs that need written content. If you’re good at writing blog content and understand SEO this could be a very profitable freelance writing career to get into.
31. Search Engine Optimization Writer: If you love SEO, or are intrigued by it, and like to stay on top of the SEO changes, this could be a very profitable job to get into.
Companies would use you to help them rank higher in the search engines with SEO and bloggers/smaller companies would also need you to write SEO content, such as blog posts that are optimized for the search engines.
32. Copywriter: A copywriter is a professional writer who specializes in creating written content for advertising and marketing materials such as brochures, website copy, email campaigns, and social media posts.
33. Proofreader/Editor: A proofreader is a person who checks written materials, such as books, articles, and advertisements, for errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and formatting. The goal of a proofreader is to ensure that the final product is error-free and reads clearly and smoothly.
An editor is a person who reviews and revises written materials, such as books, articles, and websites, to ensure that they are clear, accurate, and effectively convey the intended message.
34. Ghost Writer: A ghostwriter is a professional writer who writes for someone else, typically in the author’s name. The person who hires the ghostwriter is usually credited as the author, while the ghostwriter remains anonymous. Ghostwriters are often used in situations where the person who is credited as the author does not have the time, expertise, or writing skills to complete a project themselves, or if they want to maintain a certain level of anonymity.
35. Unboxing Videos: Unboxing videos require you to receive product from the customer and film yourself unboxing the items, with your initial reaction to the product. They will then use the video on their sites. You can offer these services on sites like Fiverr.
36. Video Editor: A video editor is a professional who is responsible for assembling recorded footage and creating a final video product. They are responsible for taking raw footage and using editing software to cut, splice, and manipulate the footage to create a cohesive and visually appealing final product.
37. Data Entry: A data entry clerk is a type of administrative assistant who is responsible for entering data into computer systems, databases, or spreadsheets. They are responsible for ensuring that the data is accurate and up to date, and that it is stored in the appropriate format and location.
38. Course Creator: Do you have something valuable to teach? Maybe you know how to grow an Instagram account, or know how to draw animals, or how to use Pinterest for business. Consider putting together a course and selling it.
39. WordPress Manager: Are you a whiz at WordPress? Consider selling your services to bloggers and business owners who use WP and need help setting it up, adding plugins, or general upkeep.
40. Amazon Seller: Did you know you can sell on Amazon? You can see physical products or even books on Kindle. Amazon is a massive marketplace. If you learn how to sell on Amazon, it could really pay off in a successful business.
41. Product Tester: Business owners will hire you to try out their products and write up your thoughts, what you liked, what you didn’t, what could be improved. Sometimes this will require a review they can use, or even a video of you thoughts.
42. Beta Book Reader: Did you know you can get paid to read? A beta reader, also known as a pre-reader, is a person who reads a manuscript or book before it is officially published, and provides feedback to the author.
The role of a beta reader is to give the author an idea of how readers will react to the manuscript, and to help identify any areas that need improvement. Beta readers may be asked to provide detailed comments on specific sections of the manuscript, or they may simply be asked to provide a general overview of their thoughts on the book as a whole.
If this sounds right up your alley, I’d look into offering this service on Fiverr. If you are a booktuber or have a reading blog, you could advertise your services there, to authors that may be following you.
43. eBook Writer: An e-book writer is a professional writer who creates written content in the form of an electronic book (e-book) that can be read on a variety of digital devices such as computers, tablets, and e-readers.
E-book writers can write on various topics including fiction, non-fiction, educational, how-to guides, self-help, and more. They may be self-publishing authors or work with a publisher to produce and distribute their e-books. They may also be freelance writers working on e-book projects for clients.
44. Cruise Agents: Did you know many well known cruise lines hire workers to answers calls from the comfort of their own homes? You would have a full set up and do the job completely from your home.
45. Hotel Customer Service: There are some hotel chains that hire customer service agents to work from home booking guests and answering customers questions.
46. Etsy Seller: Etsy is a great platform for moms who like to create and sell handmade items.
47. Photographer: If you have a passion for photography, you can start your own photography business and take family, baby, and wedding photographs.
48. Event Planner: If you’re organized and have an eye for detail, consider becoming an event planner.
49. Voiceover Artist: If you have a great voice, you can work as a voiceover artist, recording voiceovers for commercials, animated films, and more. Like many of the other ideas on this page, you can offer your services on places like Fiverr or Upwork.
50. Personal Chef: If you love to cook, you can become a personal chef and prepare meals for families and individuals in their own homes.
51. Personal Stylist: If you have a talent for fashion and styling, you can work as a personal stylist, helping people choose clothes that suit their body type and personal style. Become a stylist with StitchFix.
52. Pet Sitter: Many pet owners need someone to take care of their pets when they’re away. As a pet sitter, you can care for animals in your own home or at the owner’s home.
53. Personal Trainer: If you’re passionate about fitness, you can become a personal trainer and help people reach their fitness goals. This can be done virtually as well with programs like Zoom.
54. Baker: If you love to bake, you can start your own baking business and make cakes, cookies, and other treats.
55. House Cleaner: Many people need help keeping their homes clean. As a house cleaner, you can help people keep their homes tidy.
Side jobs for stay at home moms: Advice for doing it all
Working from home with kids can be challenging as it can be difficult to separate work and family time.
Some strategies to help balance the demands of work and parenting while working from home include setting clear boundaries and schedule, creating a designated workspace, and finding ways to involve children in the work schedule.
Additionally, finding ways to incorporate some fun and flexibility into the workday can help make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your children.
Balancing the responsibilities of being a parent and working a job can be difficult and requires a certain level of organization and flexibility.
Some ideas for making the best of working while raising children:
- Setting and sticking with a work schedule
- Learning how to prioritize the job and family in different ways
- Being flexible
- And finding support
It’s important to remember that it’s impossible to be perfect, and you will make mistakes. The key is to be kind to yourself and try your best.
I hope these side jobs for stay at home moms ideas sparked something in you, a place to start, or an idea you loved, and will lead you to the perfect stay at home side gig for you and your family.
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Mom to Littles is a passion project of long-time stay-at-home mother of three boys. Nell loves to write about baby names, pregnancy advice, best baby products, and self-care for new moms. You’ll find MomtoLittles.com to be a place for real talk and a warm hug from a friend for the mom of little children.