It’s true what they say – you can’t do it ALL. Doesn’t it feel like there is so much more pressure on women to juggle family and work while keeping their sense of self? Many women want to work from home, which is where I started, in flexible jobs that allow them to set their own hours and spend more time with their families. The problem is that it can be SO confusing to figure out how to get started!
There ARE options for jobs you can do out of your home – lots of them, actually! These jobs are great for:
- Women who need flexible hours to work around their kids’/spouse’s schedules.
- Extra money.
- A sense of independence. (Work is certainly NOT necessary to feeling independent – but sometimes we need our own thing too, and that’s OKAY!)
|5 Jobs to Do Out of Your Home|
1. Virtual Assistant/Blog Assistant
A virtual assistant helps businesses by handling admin tasks, social media, email marketing, blogging, graphic design – really, anything you can do online, you can offer as a virtual assistant. My virtual assistant helps me create an editorial calendar each month, format blog posts, send Mailchimp emails, and keep Facebook up-to-date.
Virtual assistants can make anywhere from $20-50 an hour, and even more, if you’re super tech savvy. A VA can work flexible hours, set their own rates, and work with almost any kind of blog or business. Pick what you love and are good at and specialize in that! There are some tips here for getting started.
2. Social Media Specialist
OK, so there can be some overlap in virtual assistants and social media specialists, but the big difference is that usually, a social media specialist has more experience with marketing, analytics, and creating strategies for social media. They help you create a PLAN for how to get the most out of social media. A VA implements the plan.
If you have a marketing background or are willing to take some online courses in more advanced social media skills, being a social media specialist can be a great work-at-home job.
If you’re crafty or have graphic design skills, you can sell online with Etsy! Etsy allows you to sell all kinds of handmade and digital products, from crafts to homemade bath products to printable art. Setting up an Etsy store is easy and they offer a beginner’s guide on their site.
4. Freelance Writing
If you like to write, there are endless opportunities to write for websites, blogs, magazines, and more. Offer to write for a few people at a discount to build up your portfolio, then find clients through online job boards, writing groups, or by emailing potential clients directly. Elna Cain has dedicated her whole blog to teaching mothers about freelancing so that they can be close to their families.
I was hesitant to add this one at first, and I saved it for last because I want to be totally transparent with you: blogging is hard, and it takes awhile to pay off.
You have to write good content frequently, build up an email list, be present all over social media, and have a lot of patience to wait for it to pay off. I love blogging, but I want to be honest about how much time it takes.
That said, blogging is great! You can make money writing about things you love – whether it’s food or fashion or being a mom. There are many ways to make money with a blog: ads, affiliate programs, selling products, or offering services. Different methods work for different kinds of blogs, so do your research.
There are thousands and thousands of articles on how to get started blogging, so I’m going to recommend a plain old Google search for this one! The best advice I can give is to learn everything you can without getting too overwhelmed by the information. You don’t have to be an SEO expert and master social media marketer in the beginning. It all takes time to come together. Just keep learning and improving as you go.
If you’re working from home or want to, I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments. Or if you need an open ear, I am here to listen or give you tips on how I made it happen!
Get out there today and Make Monday Matter!