While many stay-at-home moms love their ability to be at home with their children, many find that staying at home means a big financial hit to their income. While many families are able to survive off of one income, many stay-at-home moms are interested in finding at-home entrepreneurial ventures that are flexible enough to work their busy schedule.
Because at-home businesses are growing in popularity, there are plenty of opportunities for stay-at-home moms, ranging from full-time to part-time, depending upon your schedule.
Here are 6 career ideas to consider:
- Freelance Work
Whether you are interested in starting your own freelance company or working for a freelance company, this is one of the most flexible jobs available for stay-at-home moms. Freelance work can range from marketing to writing to photography to web designing, etc. Many businesses are interested in hiring freelancers, as they are cost efficient, thus there is always a market for freelance work.
If interested in starting freelance work, consider reaching out to one of your old companies, as they could benefit from your expertise. Or, if you are looking into freelance work, such as graphic design or photography, take some time to set up a portfolio, as it is a resume of sorts to potential clients.
Most freelancing is done over a computer, including communication with clients. In order to protect your business and clients, make sure your computer is well protected. If interested, read more here.
- Virtual Assistant
Another readily flexible job is by lending your services as a virtual assistant. Many businesses need help with their online marketing, social media marketing, and even administrative work. As a virtual assistant, you are offering your services via the computer, which gives you the freedom to perform your tasks when they work with your schedule. For instance, many well-known bloggers use virtual assistants to help with their social media posts, social media engagement, and even comments from readers.
While it can take a bit of patience and time to gain traction, blogging actually can be a viable source of income. Many stay-at-home moms have fashion blogs, lifestyle blogs, food blogs, and business blogs that offer tips, advice, and general information about their niche. With the right advertising and sponsored opportunities, you can make a nice income off of blogging. Moreover, because you are in charge of your blog, you set your schedule. Your only deadlines are the ones you have set for yourself, thus blogging can be a very relaxing way to make income.
Many large bakeries started as an at-home catering company, including Martha Stewart. However, if you are interested in starting your own catering company, it is important you check out your state rules. Different states have different government regulations over catering. For instance, California allows people to sell baked items from their home as long as they do not exceed $10,000 a year. Moreover, California has certain stipulations as to what you can and cannot sell and where you sell your products. Before starting this business, make sure you have researched the parameters for your state.
- Day Care
If you love children, consider opening up your home as a day care. Because many families cannot afford to live on one income, many parents need a quality, safe day care to leave their children at during the day. Many people cannot afford an in-home nanny service, but would also prefer not to leave their children at a public day care center, thus a private day care center that is run from a home environment is extremely appealing. If interested in running a day care center, check with your state government to ensure you have the proper licensing.
Nowadays, there are many existing at-home businesses that are looking for representatives. From essential oils to candles to make-up to home cleaners, there are many business options for stay-at-home moms to join. I personally am an Advocare Advisor with an online business website. These jobs are flexible, as your income is based upon how much time you have to sell the products. These jobs are hassle-free and incredibly accommodating to parenting schedules.
These 6 jobs can help you be both a stay-at-home mom and entrepreneur.
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