As my kids get a bit older and start going to school, I figured it’s probably gonna be time to rejoin the workforce again soon. Lord knows I’ll be bored as a saltine cracker if all I have to do is sit around the house all day, waiting for my youngest to get out of her kindergarten class.
I’ve considered homeschooling, but these days, homeschooled kids are finishing their work in less than half the time it takes kids who go to regular school, and at that rate, both my kids and I will be bored out of our minds. I can just imagine them finishing their school work in two hours and expecting me to entertain them again. As much as I love my kiddos, I’ve had a nagging desire to be busy again.
I used to be a bit of a workaholic. And then I became a mom and everyone thought I was lazy. I don’t know why people have this tendency to believe that moms do nothing but sit around with their kids watching TV all day. Mom work is HARD work! We cook, clean, do laundry, drive our kids around to their extracurricular activities, entertain them when they’re bored, and so many other things I don’t even have time to list here, because I’m too busy being a mom while trying to find 30 minutes each month just to blog about my life so I have some record of the memories we’re making as a family. (Wow that was a really long sentence.) Anyway, I can’t imagine adding teaching to the mix. No, thanks. I see all you homeschool moms out there posting pics of your kids on vacation all throughout the school year, and no, I’m not jealous. In fact, I have a hard time believing that things are as easy for you as they seem to appear from your social media profiles.
So, no homeschool for me. But I would like to work from home, simply because of the flexibility it affords. If my kids get out of school at different times, I don’t have to worry about whether or not my boss will let me leave to go pick them up and take them to soccer practice, or whatever else they’ve got going on. So as I’ve looked into the various work-from-home options out there, I thought I’d put together a list of the opportunities I’ve found most intriguing and desirable for me. Hopefully this list helps you too if you’re looking for work-at-home opportunities for moms.
- Virtual Assistant. There are companies out there who hire VAs to do various administrative tasks like phone support, customer service, or even sales. Do a quick Google search and you’re liable to find one. You could also check craigslist for people who are looking to hire personal assistants in your area. While not necessarily a “virtual” job, if localized, you could still get paid and have the flexibility you desire from your career.
- Search Engine Evaluator. This job actually pays pretty decently (I think like $15 an hour). Basically, once you pass a series of rigorous tests, you get hired by Google to evaluate search engine pages against certain criteria that they give you. It sounds interesting, but I haven’t actually done it, so I don’t have much info beyond that. Again, do a Google search, and I’m sure you’ll find out everything you could ever possibly want to know.
- Blogger/Affiliate Marketer. This is not a “job” per say. It’s more of a career opportunity and it takes time to build up enough traffic in order to monetize your blog, but long-term it could be well worth the effort. If this is the route you choose to take, I recommend starting early. That way, when your kids go to school and you’re ready to join the “work force” again, you won’t actually have to get a legit “job” (as defined by the majority of people). You can get paid to blog in your PJs. How cool is that?
- Network Marketer. Again, TONS of companies out there. Usborne Books, Jamberry Nails, LuLaRoe, Younique, Mary Kay, Amway, Plexus, the list goes on … Network Marketing is quickly becoming a popular opportunity among work-from-home moms who want to be able to provide for their families without getting a traditional job. Especially since getting said job can be a LOT harder once you’ve been out of the workforce for a while. Basically, you join a company for a very small fee, and get paid to sell their products and sign up other distributors underneath you. Some people think this is a pyramid scheme, but I personally don’t believe that. Actually, if you ask me, Corporate America is the largest pyramid scheme in existence today. But that’s a-whole-nother post.
There you have it. Four of the best, most legitimate work-at-home opps for non-traditional job-seeking moms. What other opportunities have you found? Please share them in the comments below, as I’m always on the lookout!