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In the United States, an impressive 3.7 million people work from home at least half the time – that’s 115% more than in 2005. If these figures show anything, it’s that working from home is no longer a temporary solution and that instead, it has become a major career option for employees who find the traditional 9-to-5 jobs too restrictive or impractical. If you chose to work from home as a mom, you will find that not having to commute and spend at least eight hours a day at the office will allow you to spend more time with your family and have more energy for the tasks you would typically postpone.
There has never been a better time to explore work from home opportunities. On the one hand, employers are more open towards the idea of telecommuting, so you discuss the option of doing your job from home, if that’s feasible. On the other hand, you can take a new job within a company that allows telecommuting or you can start from scratch as a freelancer.
No matter what you choose, you have many exciting career options ahead of you:
Social media manager
As businesses rely more and more on maintaining an active social media presence, social media jobs have become very common. They also happen to be the perfect career option for marketing-oriented professionals who know how to use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to boost brand awareness and interact with customers. Social media jobs are generally paid on an hourly basis and many companies, especially large ones, prefer hiring someone remotely. As a social media manager, your job will include curating content, posting regularly on the platforms where the company is active, running ad campaigns, replying to follower comments and private messages.
Are you a patient and emphatic person who loves helping others, but you find that being a school teacher is too demanding? Working as a home tutor is a great way to educate others without having a teacher’s hectic schedule. Depending on what works best for you, you can either hold classes at home or, if space doesn’t allow you, you can join a dedicated platform and become an online homework helper. Again, this is another job that pays hourly and you can make your schedule as you want. Online teaching jobs are very popular and you can choose whatever subject you’re great at. However, English language trainer is by far the most profitable one, because many foreign employees are looking for ways to improve their English for the companies they work for. Of course, knowing a second or third foreign language will give you a competitive edge and offer you more options.
Online content writer
If you love creating compelling content, online content writer is the perfect remote job for you. On freelancing websites, the writing category is one of the most active ones, because brands are actively seeking professionals who can draft effective landing page and blog post content. For the more artistic moms out there, creative writing jobs are also available, although they are not as common. Make sure you join several of the top-rated freelancing websites to have more options at your disposal. In the same writing category you also have proofreading and editing jobs.
Remote designer jobs are so common that are many freelancing websites dedicated to this job alone: 99designs, DesignCrowd, Dribble to name just a few. Whether you’re more into logo design or website design, this type of job can be done from home with no problem whatsoever. It also allows you to make your own schedule, because you know from the very beginning what the deadline is and you can work at your own pace.
People love their pets and they are willing to offer generous sums to those who can look after them while their away. Pet sitting is one of the rising jobs in cities and an option worth exploring if you love animals and have the space to take care of them at home. In a large city like New York, you can get as much as $100 for a one-time pet sitting job, but if you’re comfortable with the idea of becoming a full-time pet sitter, the earnings can get as high as $3,000.
2018 has been a gamechanger for women in tech. As more and more companies realize that employing female talent as software or web developers is in no way an impediment, it is a great time to start seeking remote development jobs or even start learning how to code. According to a recent study, women now make up more than half of new computer science graduates and the U.S. is beginning to catch up with countries like the UAE, Romania, Bulgaria and Italy, which have the highest percentages of women in tech.
In the age of digital marketing, telesales remain a viable way of gaining customers, so there is no shortage of remote salesperson jobs. In fact, the future of sales seems to be less dependent on the company’s physical location, as most businesses now tend to outsource sales tasks. This is one of the jobs with the most flexible schedule, because you can decide your own hours and also get bonuses depending on your results. Plus, you need nothing more than a phone for this job, so the initial investment isn’t an impediment.