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Working as a stay at home mom?

If I plan on being a stay at home mom... what are some ways I can make honest money that won't take me away from my kids too much? #workfromhome #career-counseling

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Vikram’s Answer

Most companies now do provide the flexibility of working from home for professionals. It not only gives a good career progress, it also helps them balance their family too.

There are many jobs which provide good opportunities, depending on skills you possess.

E.g. Social media is a great platform where people do make a living.

If you are someone who likes writing, then there are content development websites or blogs (e.g. Buzzfeed) who hire enthusiasts to share their experiences with creative writing. And all of this can be done while you are staying at home and managing your family.

Hope this helps!!
Thank you comment icon Thank you Vikram! Sydney
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Mayank’s Answer

First of all, it is great that you think about your kids.

There are many websites which will provide you an opportunity to earn money online. In such websites, you will be helping students and professional in the field in which you are good at.
Example: You are graduate in physics, you can enroll as professor in free-lancing websites and answer the physics related questions. In return of this, you will be paid an amount depending upon question category and level of difficulty.

Almost all the topics can be answered online and you can earn decent money.

One more way of earning money while at home is providing tuition class at home.

Also, you can track the share market and invest logically to earn honest money.
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Shelia’s Answer

When I was a stay at home mom, I start babysitting my friends kids for a small fee. Which helped them out and it allowed my kids to be around other kids as well.
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David’s Answer

First of all, most importantly, know that modern technology makes it possible for you to work from home. It is doable. The issues you may run into are that many of the "jobs" are scams to collect resumes (for data mining purposes or other more nefarious reasons), many posters simply are inexperienced / thrifty with unrealistic expectations so their budgets may seem out of whack with their stated goals, and it takes time to build up the acumen and skills needed to navigate this time of urban jungle. However, it can be done and millions of others are doing it.

My suggestions would be to first get clear on what it is you want to do, not just make money because we all want to do that indirectly, but what it is that you truly enjoy doing as a career and then finding out where that intersects with what you're actually quite talented in. Once you find that "sweet spot," you can put together either a functional resume or chronological resume (depending on the depth and type of experience that's relevant to what you want to pursue).

Next, you'd want to compile a list of actual remote placement sites with real jobs posted and learn a) what you want and where to look for it, and b) how to discern the bogus placement listings from actual jobs. The final points I would make are to charge industry standard, never out of fear, for what you do whatever the profession. Never undersell your value and always remember to value your experience and expertise just as you would advise your own children or family members. Screen clients and employers as they would do the same to you - investigate their backgrounds, company website, look for clearly defined goals and expectations.

Finally, some decent sites to look for remote work are:

WeWorkRemotely.com
TextBroker.com
Indeed.com (entering "remote" for location)
JournalismJobs.com
the AIGA's website
MediaBistro.com

I have a list on my own site but not sure if I can copy and paste it all here. But, hope that's helpful to start.

David recommends the following next steps:

Get clear on what truly makes your heart sing
Get clarity on what you're really good at
Find that "sweet spot" where the two intersect - trust it and go with that
Discover your industry, your industry wages, network online (Slack, Reddit, etcetera) with others in your field
Put together a functional or chronological resume (have 3 references ready if needed), resolve what your working hours will be, what your working "office" will be, and try applying for a few jobs
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Ann’s Answer

Hi Sydney,

There are tons of ways to make an income from home and be part time. Here are some options.

1. Teaching Online classes. (This will typically require a Master's or Doctorate).

2. Starting and independent business like real estate, selling insurance, or career coaching, or interior design are just a few ideas ( these will require a certification in the field usually). You can put as much time as you want.

3. There are a ton of companies that hire for remote positions, or positions that you work at from home. Some let you choose your own hours, and there are a variety of career levels and industries you can work in. One example would be being a customer representative. Another would be an executive assistant.


Hope this helps!

Thank you comment icon Thank you Ann! I'll take that into consideration :) Sydney
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Colleen’s Answer

I think staying at home with children can be great for both the kids and the parents and everyone needs to do what’s best for their family.

Another way I’ve looked at this, which is even more possible now due to the changes in the working world due to COVID-19, is how can I make my work, work for my family. Meaning since I can do my accounting work from home, can I work 2 days a week so that I can earn money for family and be more engaged during my time home with my kids or can I work while my kids are at school and then take off while they’re home. Personally, this helps me stay more motivated on the home front and work front.

Again, every situation is different, but wanted to raise that the working world is changing and if you can look at this question from a different angle you might open your options for additional opportunities for work.
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Rachel’s Answer

There are some great answers here on opportunities to work from home!
As someone who has been a work-from-home mom for many years, I would caution you to be aware that working from home, for most types of jobs, often still requires childcare options. I suggest looking for jobs with flexibility in work times (if there are calls, how often will you have to excuse yourself for an accident, injury or emotional outburst?). Jobs that are based more on the work you deliver by a due date/time will be far more manageable than one requiring several phone calls, video meetings, or monitored work times.
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