Hey mommy! Are you looking for a work from home job? With so many options out there, how do you choose the right one for you? Well, read on and find out.
There are so many works from home jobs out there, and seriously speaking, with so many options to choose from, sometimes it can get really overwhelming. That is why I thought of sharing with you my journey towards finding the right work from home job for me with the hope that it will help you as you decide what work from home path to take.
A few months ago, I had to make one of the toughest decisions I had to make so far in my life – to leave my job for our baby’s sake.
Just a little walk down memory lane –
Growing up, I always dreamed of having my own family – a husband and two or four kids. I thought, like my mom, I will be a working mom too. She did it before, so why can’t I, right?
Fast-forward to the day we found out we were pregnant, I still envisioned myself as a working mom. However, when our baby was born, things changed. Priorities changed. I thought it was easy letting other people take care of our baby. We did try hiring a babysitter, and I must say, I felt so uncomfortable.
You know that feeling when you are physically there but mentally absent? That was me for a month. And so one night, I had to talk to my husband and told him everything that’s bothering me. I told him I wanted to try to work from home job and see if it will work for me.
Thank goodness he was so supportive. It was so easy convincing him. Immediately he said yes, and that I can do whatever makes me happy especially when it’s about our son’s welfare.
So, immediately, I processed my resignation from my former day job. I then started searching for work from home jobs. To be honest, it was overwhelming!
There were so many options! I couldn’t decide which one to prioritize.
To be honest, it took a while before I landed into a work from home job that I stuck into. For a while, I jumped from one work from home job to another. It was like starting over again. You know, that phase in your life when you do not know exactly what you want so you try everything that’s handed to you, and then eventually, you land into a job that you really love.
I guess motherhood had something to do with my decisions as well. Since my priority is being a mom to my kid, I had so many restrictions and considerations. Well, the fact also that I was new to the work from home job scenario, I cannot blame myself for being somewhat indecisive.
That said, I thought to help out those moms like me who are planning to jump into the work from home job world. Having been in the very same position before, I thought I have the credibility to share some steps on how to get into the work from home job scenario, and of course, some of the jobs that I thought would work so well for you.
STEPS ON HOW TO GET INTO A WORK FROM HOME JOB
- Know what path to take.
When we talk about work from home job, it does not necessarily mean freelance work or consultative work. To be honest, there are a few works from home career paths, and these are:
– Telecommuting the job you currently have (this depends on the company rule if they allow it)
– Finding a totally new telecommuting job within your field of expertise
– Freelancing or consultative job
– Starting your own business
– Diving into an entirely different path
You see, you have so many options. That is why it very important that before you even jump into the work from home job scene, you already know or you have already figured out what it is that you really like or you are most passionate about.
If you still want your work or a kind of work within your field, then the challenge would either be convincing your current company that you can do the job at home or applying for a job and asking your potential employer to allow you to work from home or find a company that allows it.
Now, if you are going to jump into an entirely different field, then that is a totally different story. You have to first, home the skills you need for the job. You also have to exert effort to sell yourself to the potential client or employer.
But then again, whatever path you choose, the important thing is you are able to take care of a child, at the same time, you are happy with what you do.
- Set priorities.
Like I said earlier, work from home jobs can get very overwhelming especially with the fact that there are so many options to choose from, plus the perks of being able to work from home, and at your own time and pace.
That said, sometimes, we get too excited with what’s on the table that we tend to forget the very reasons why we are at the table. You know, as you look for a work from home job, it is important that you know your priorities. Otherwise, you might get lost to the very core of why you are in this place in your life.
To help you out, you can list down your reasons for working. It can be:
– For career advancement
– For personal fulfillment
– For financial security
– For your child’s future
– To pay for your debt
Alongside these reasons for working, you also have to consider the reasons why you are opting to work from home, like:
– To be able to take and spend more time with your baby or kids
– To save money from babysitting
– For reduced stress
– To save from commuting
– To leave an unhealthy working environment
Whatever your reasons are, you rank them based on priorities. As you look for a work from home job, you take your priorities into consideration. I tell you, it is so much easier to decide what work to take and what not to take.
- Plan it out.
To be honest, when I started working from home, I realized it wasn’t easy as I thought. Imagine, I am working, at the same time, I am taking care of a tiny human. I tell you, it takes a while to get used to it, and it takes a while to learn how to manage things out.
With that said, based on my experience, I highly recommend you think about the following considerations:
– Child Care – Who is going to take care of your baby while you work? What kind of childcare does your baby need? If a babysitter is not an option, then how will you do it if you have work to do?
– Ground Rules – Work from home needs a lot of adjustments not just to you, but to the whole family. Make sure that there are clear rules and expectations are set as well to make it easier.
– Home Office – Once you decide to work from home, you have to consider having your own personal working space that has very little distraction. So, you better find that perfect spot at home.
– Finances – Let’s admit it, once you decide to work from home, it’s not like your finances will remain as it is, and there will be some changes. So, you better talk about it with your husband as you might need to ensure you have enough savings to get you through the days that you are still looking for a work from home job.
– Organization – You are a mom, first and foremost. Having a system in place will keep you sane. It will also keep your home life and work-life organized.
- Look for work from home job.
Once you are done with items one to four, then, you are now ready to find a work from home job. Just remember what I said before this, and I am sure you will get into a job that is exactly what you need.
There are so many works from home jobs out there to choose from. Some of these you will surely get surprised at how much money you can earn!
Having said that, let’s proceed to the list of work from home jobs that you can choose from. Just a disclaimer though, these are just some of the many, as in many, work from home jobs out there. I actually just chose some of the most well-known and well-paid jobs, and also most of these I have already tried working for, so I will give you some tips on how to get into these jobs as well.
WORK FROM HOME JOBS FOR MOMS THAT PAY WELL
As I said, there are many works from home jobs out there. The jobs listed down below are just some of my top favorites, and also mostly I have experience working for so I can give you a few tips and advices on how to get into these. And of course, these are certified well-paying jobs.
By the way, I will also share some sites where you can apply for each work from home job.
If you have excellent listening and typing skills, I highly suggest you get into transcription jobs. I also suggest this to those moms who have enough patience and are not easily bored because the job entails a few hours of listening and transcribing. You basically sit for a few hours doing just that. For those who would love to think while working, you will probably get bored if you get into this job.
Personally, I love the fact that this job is very flexible. For as long as you meet the deadline and the requirements (whether the copy or transcription has to be in verbatim or in edited form), you are good.
Some websites where you can apply for transcription jobs are 3PlayMedia, Daily Transcription, eScribers, GMP Transcription, Net Transcripts, Babbletype, AccuTran Global, Quicktate, Focus Forward, Scribie, TranscribeMe, and Transcribe.com to name a few.
With regard to the salary rate, it depends on the company. Some pay per word but mostly pay on a per hour basis. At an average, around $15 per hour.
- Freelance Writer
For those mommies who have a passion for writing, then freelance writing will be the best work from home job options for you. I am sure you will love this job especially if love writing anything and everything under the sun.
Most freelance writing jobs do not necessarily require a journalism or mass communication degree. As long as you have the passion and expertise, you can be accepted for the job.
I must say, freelance writing is what I loved most among the work from home jobs I worked on. Well, for a very obvious reason. I enjoyed it so much that it didn’t feel like work for me. Also, I had no issues with the work schedule. It was very flexible, it made my mom/work life easy.
For your reference, some of the companies where you can scout for freelance writing jobs are Boost Media, Buy Keyword Article, Online Writing Jobs, Scripted, Crowd Content, Write Access, Textbroker, and Words of Worth.
With regards to the salary, it depends on your client, and it also depends of your years of experience and your writing expertise. The more honed and skilled you are as a writer, the higher you get. To give you an idea, for a starter, you can get roughly around $500 a month, but for expert writers, they earn as much as $2,000 a month or more.
- Proofreader or Editor
Proofreading and editing are two totally different things. A proofreader is someone who looks for grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors, while an editor rewrites or reconstructs copies. Both jobs are very flexible with time, and are non-phone types of jobs.
If you are someone who smirks whenever you see errors on copies or someone who’s very good at editing articles or content, I highly recommend you take either of both. Like freelance writing, although a communication or journalism background would be an advantage, but are not really necessary for as long as you know basic editing or proofreading skills.
Some of the sites where you can look for a proofreading or editing jobs are Enago, Scribbr, Go Here, Gramlee, Cactus, Kibin, and Enago. You can also check websites like Upwork and Freelancer.com for job opportunities in this field.
The rate of a proofreader and editor depends on your years of experience, your proficiency on the job, as well as the company you are affiliated with. But on average, either of the two makes around $15 or more per hour.
- Online Tutor or Teacher
Do you love teaching? Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge and expertise with kids or with professionals? If your answer is yes, I highly recommend becoming an online tutor or online teacher.
Online tutoring or teaching is probably one of the most popular work from home jobs nowadays. In fact, there are so many opportunities out there right now. All you have to do is choose what specific expertise you want to focus on – although most of the online teaching right now is focused on the English language. There is, in fact, a high demand for online English teachers right now.
If I may share, personally, I did become an English online teacher. For me, it is a very noble work from home job. Although you only meet your students online (although some online sites offer face-to-face sessions), you still get to establish a good teacher-student relationship with your tutees or students. I did teach kids, and it felt so good. Maybe it’s just me, but it is so fulfilling teaching or tutoring kids.
If you are interested to get into online tutoring or teaching jobs, you may check websites like VIPKid, Cambly, EF Education First, QKids, NiceTalk, SayABC, and Magic Ears. These are just a few of the many online teaching websites out there that you can also choose from.
With online tutoring or teaching, you can make around $12 to $22 per hour. Like in any other job, the more experienced and proficient you are, the higher your rate will be.
- Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is basically tasked to do administrative work. As the name suggests, your job is to assist your client. Depending on the needs of your client, some virtual assisting job requires phone calls, but generally, it’s always non-call. Some of the jobs of a virtual assistant include content writing, social media management or marketing, data entry, research, graphic design, bookkeeping, scheduling meetings, as well as email management.
Virtual assisting is very flexible too. Most of the clients would usually let you work on your preferred time provided that you deliver at the end of the day. I think it’s one of those work from home jobs that is output-based.
If you think you have what it takes to be one, you may apply through websites like Belay Solutions, Fancy Hands, Contemporary VA, Worldwide 101, Startups.co, Time, Etc., Upwork, Indeed.com, as well as in Freelancer.com.
The rates of virtual assistant differ depending on the company or client, as well as the extent of job. Some skilled virtual assistant can make around $2,000 to $5,000 a month, while inexperienced ones may start at a $500 and up rate. Yes, some clients allow newbies as long as you are easy to adapt with the job, and you can easily be trained.
There you have it! These are just five of the so many works from home jobs out there. As I said earlier, these are my top choices. These are some of the most popular work from home jobs that definitely pay well, which I think is the very reason why they are well-known, right?
Today’s generation of moms are lucky, do you agree? Let’s face it, unlike in the older times, moms today have a choice to either work from home or to not work at all. Moms today are more empowered, if I may say. If you want extra money for your personal needs or for the family, that’s easy. You can earn right at the comforts of your home.
Personally, I super enjoy and love the fact that I have a work from home job. Apart from earning money, I get to do what I love the most right now – being a mom to my son. It is so nice knowing you can actually get the best of both worlds at the end of the day. All you have to do is be determined and be prepared for it.
Good luck, mommy! Believe. You can do it!