Working from home is a great option for mums because of the flexibility it allows.
Mums can structure their work commitments around their personal lives because they don’t have to physically leave the house and stick to formal office hours, plus they can often choose between full-time, part-time or contract work. And of course, there’s always the added benefit of being able to swap the stilettos for comfy sandals and settle for a hair don’t not a hairdo!
In all seriousness, working from home can mean that mums find their perfect lifestyle balance.
Flexible hours. Extra cash. A way of regaining confidence after not having been in the workforce for a while. Easing back into the commercial world after having a family. Finding a way to raise children and still work. The ability to extend a career. The opportunity to use skills, expertise and knowledge without having to make a long-term commitment.
What are the top work-from-home jobs for mums?
Just as there are many reasons why mums work from home, so too are there a multitude of different types of jobs they can do. Here’s a start…
Are you a qualified accountant, lawyer, bookkeeper, HR professional or educator? You could use your experience and expertise to provide services to businesses and individuals on a flexi basis. For example, you could offer tutoring services, write or review resumes, do the books for a small business – the opportunities are diverse and plentiful.
Provide a mobile service
A hairdresser could offer a mobile service or even run a small salon from home. A make-up artist, beauty therapist or remedial masseuse could do the same. Many people are looking for providers who make their life easier – and by offering mobile services or the convenience and privacy of a private home, you’ll be meeting their needs.
Offer a time-saving service for others
Domestic tasks like cleaning, ironing and home organisation are often the casualties of busy homeowners, which means there are plenty of opportunities for stay-at-home mums to offer their services. You can work hours to suit you and take on as little or as much work as you want.
Becoming an agent for a product or selling your own hand-made items
Plenty of successful small businesses are run by mums at home who sell stuff. From handmade candles, baby clothes, quilts, jewellery, art, clothing, home décor items, furniture – the options are endless and you don’t need a bricks-and-mortar outlet to showcase your wares either. Etsy, eBay, Shopify and Facebook Marketplace are all great digital platforms for selling things online and you can also consider letterbox flyers in your local neighbourhood or community noticeboards.
Freelance Copywriter or blogger
If you’ve got a way with words, you can always set yourself up as a freelance copywriter or blogger. Whether your skills lie in creating web-based content to attract followers and encourage conversions or in crafting corporate copy like speeches, marketing material and newsletters, there are plenty of opportunities for you to structure a work-from-home situation that suits you and your clients.
Every business needs a website and what’s more, websites need regular updates and maintenance. Opportunities are plentiful for experienced web designers and if this is your area of expertise, why not set up a small business at home creating websites with WOW?
Social Media Consultant
If you know how to build awareness, grow followers and increase conversions for brands using social media networks, you could consult to businesses as a social media manager from the comfort of your own home.
Over 75 million people in more than 190 countries use Canva every month, and if you’re a Canva expert in this field, you could offer your services to businesses – and individuals – through a home-based consultancy. Canva is hugely popular and if you can add value and teach people how to maximise its potential, there could be a great opportunity for you to set up a flexi business that suits your lifestyle.
Many SMEs are switching to outsourcing their office organisation and administration to virtual assistants to save costs and streamline their operations. If you have a strong background in business admin, Microsoft office, data entry etc, a virtual assistant could be a great job for mums wanting to work from home.
Google Ads Expert
There are plenty of businesses out there which need expert help with their Google Ads. If this is your area of expertise and you’re able to create and manage smart and strategic campaigns that get businesses in front of their target customers, there’s probably a great opportunity to set yourself up at home.
Another excellent option for stay-at-home mums is working as a bookkeeper. If you’re experienced in Xero or MYOB and can do everything from invoicing, accounts reconciliation and payroll management to GST and BAS lodgement, you may find that you can operate a successful small business that gives you flexibility, stimulation and some extra income!
If being behind a camera lens is your happy place, then freelance photography could be your new career working from home. It’s a great option for mums at home because you can schedule shoots at times that suit you, plus your skills will always be in demand because businesses and private individuals are always looking for talented photographers to create unforgettable images.
Just because you’ve decided to stay at home doesn’t mean your working career is over.
There are plenty of jobs you can do from home that will satisfy your need for a healthy life balance and provide you with intellectual stimulation, fulfilment and greater financial stability.
Whether it’s an opportunity in the online world, in the professional services industry, in ecommerce, in the domestic services sphere or anything in between, the opportunities for work-from-home jobs for mums are endless.
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