The idea of the perfect match between the working mom and the career mom usually comes in the form of one of the 5 popular work from home jobs “for moms” you find when searching the internet. Sounds great right? The ability to earn a living AND be there to run after your little one(s) certainly seems like a dream, but it’s hard to figure out exactly how to do it outside of working for a company where the role is already a virtual one. With so many websites and companies offering this idea of it being easy to find the ideal situation for moms wanting that kind of flexibility, it’s hard to even begin to think about if it is even achievable.

For me, it was about starting small and working my way towards a livable wage so I didn’t have to rely on my full-time job. I realize everyone’s situation is different, my husband covers our health insurance needs so I don’t have to worry about that like I did pre-second marriage, but for those who want your entrepreneurial effort to eventually become your main income, be prepared to work very hard on the front end, including evenings and weekends, learning about the industry you want to be in and setting up the proper systems you will need to be successful.

With that being said, here are the 5 work from home jobs that are most searched for when it comes to becoming a work from home mom.

Virtual Services Provider: With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to provide certain types of services online. Traditional services, such as business consultants and bookkeeping, can be offered virtually along with website building and social media marketing. With so many ways to learn new skills like Udemy and Coursera, with some hard work on the front end, you can turn your skills into your own virtual services business.

Blogger/Vlogger: If you are an “expert” at solving a widely experienced problem, and want to grace the world with your extensive knowledge, why not do it with a blog or a vlog? Turning a blog or a vlog into a revenue-generating business can take a ton of hard work on the front end, especially if you are doing most of the work yourself to cut costs, but if it takes off it can provide you with the flexibility you need to have a more balanced life.

Etsy Shop: Are you gifted at creating beautiful things? Are you really good at Canva or another graphic design program and are able to create printables like invitations? Having an Etsy shop is a great way to turn your skill or hobby into cash. One of my favorite Etsy shop owners, Amy of Walker Lane Design, stressed the importance of doing your homework ahead of time before opening your shop and found it extremely helpful to 1) join groups who sell a similar product to yours and 2) understand how social media (Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) can help you sell your product and brand because Etsy will not do all the marketing you need to succeed.

Decide if you and your product will sell best if you have it produced ahead of time, or produce it on demand as it sells. 

amy, mom/owner, walker lane design

Customer Service Representative: Work from home customer service representative jobs can be great, but I highly recommend only taking these kinds of roles if you are able to have a quiet place with no interruptions for 90% of your scheduled shift. I originally landed what I thought was a great role with a television shopping network when my daughter was first born only to realize that there was no way I could provide the best customer service if I’m having to deal with a crying baby. Lots of my colleagues had it figured out: work early in the AM before the kids get up or work a few hours in the evening after they have gone down for the night.

Freelancing: If you have a special skill – such as web design, graphic design, or copyrighting -but aren’t looking to necessarily spend the time and energy it takes to create a virtual online business, freelancing is another way you can earn some cash from home. The gig economy is here to stay, and with platforms like Upwork and Fiverr connecting freelancers with businesses, you don’t have to worry about researching new job opportunities.

Hopefully one of these stands out as something you could see yourself doing. Good luck on your journey!

Angela Wynn
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