Work-life balance can be difficult to achieve for many people, but especially when you’re a parent! If you have kids at home, you know family has to come first.
Home working jobs can be a great solution for stay at home mums, so I’ve collected a list of 9 stay at home parent jobs that are all completely flexible and pay well.
Many of the jobs on this list allow you to set your own schedule, and work as many or as few hours you like – perfect for busy parents who need to work around their children’s timetables.
I hope this list of work from home jobs for mums gives you some ideas for a new career that works for you and you family!
9 Flexible Work From Home Job Ideas for Mums:
If you have an eagle eye for spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes, you could be a fantastic proofreader.
Proofreading is one of the best work from home jobs for someone with a high command of the English language. As a freelance proofreader, you can pick the hours you want to work and the projects that interest you.
General proofreaders get paid to check books and blog posts. There are even more opportunities in specialist fields, such as proofreading court transcripts.
Whether you just need an extra few hundred each month or a full time career, proofreading can be a great way to make money from home.
Top proofreaders, such as Caitlin Pyle from Proofread Anywhere, make up to $40,000 per year proofreading from home! Interested to know more? Caitlin is offering a free 45 minute online workshop so you can learn the basics of proofreading and see if it’s for you. The workshop even covers places to find online proofreading jobs and freelance clients.
2. Amazon seller
Selling on Amazon is a perfect home business for work from home mums.
Amazon gets millions of visitors each day. Why not tap into that customer base?
The easiest way to sell on Amazon is the Fulfilled By Amazon model (FBA). You simply find products to sell (either online or in physical stores) and send them in to an Amazon warehouse. Amazon then handle the storage, packing and shipping. Easy!
Jessica from The Selling Family has been selling on Amazon since 2009. She and her husband both now do FBA full time so they can stay at home with their son.
Jessica has a free 7 day training course to help you sell your first product on FBA. In this free email course, you’ll learn:
- Why leveraging FBA is essential for Amazon sellers
- Which niche you should sell in
- Picking items to buy
- How to price your items
- How many items should you buy
- And more!
Related post: 7 Simple Ways to Make Money on Amazon
3. English tutor
Get paid to speak English!
Sound easy? You could, if you become an online English teacher.
Millions of people around the world are studying English and they’re ready to pay for help.
And thanks to the internet, you can earn from home as an English tutor without even leaving the house.
At iTalki you can set your own rates. Qualified ESL teachers can earn upwards of $20 per hour. But even if you have no experience, you can offer an hour of simple conversation practise for around $10.
This is a great flexible online job for stay at home mums because you can work as much or little as you like. You will have to coordinate a lesson time when your students are available, but thanks to the many different time zones around the world, you should be able to find a time that works for you.
Related post: 11 Tried-and-Tested Ways to Make Money Online in the UK
4. Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistant (VA for short) is an awesome online job for anyone interested in online business.
A VA is someone who offers online services to support bloggers, entrepreneurs or small businesses. Some of the many different services offered by VAs include:
- Social media management
- Creating Pinterest graphics or other images
- Moderating Facebook groups
- Replying to emails
- Writing and/or editing blog posts
- and pretty much anything else!
The great thing about being a VA is that you could choose to offer all of these services, or focus on one service that best suits your skills.
Personally, as a Pinterest addict, I’m super interested in the idea of becoming a Pinterest VA.
This is a virtual assistant who specialises in Pinterest – creating pin graphics, scheduling their clients’ content in Tailwind, researching group boards etc.
If this is a route you want to go down, there is an awesome course called Become a Pinterest VA TODAY! which teaches all the practical skills needed to be a Pinterest VA, plus things like how to find and pitch clients, and how to set your prices.
According to the course tutors, it’s common to set a recurring monthly fee for Pinterest management packages of anywhere from $250 upwards per client. So this can be a pretty well paying work at home job, and fun to boot!
You can pick up as many or as few clients as you have time for, making it a perfect flexible job for parents.
Learn more from Lindsey, who landed her first two clients within two weeks of completing the course:
If you’re considering Pinterest VA as your new work-at-home career, you can download a free copy of the Pinterest VA Prep Workbook to work on the basic skills!
A transcriptionist turns audio recordings into text. If you have a good ear and type fast, this could be a great side hustle or even full time career for you.
Transcriptionists transcribe for many different clients, including academics, writers and podcasters. You could also develop a specialism such as legal or medical transcription, if you have the necessary experience in the field.
There is no shortage of transcriptionist jobs listed on freelancer sites like Flexjobs and there are also specialist agencies you can apply to.
Like proofreading, this is one of the best ways to work from home for mums who are good at English and want a flexible, freelance career.
Many agencies do not require any experience or qualifications. However, if you want to get a head start in this industry it’s a good idea to take a specialized training course.
Janet from Transcribe Anywhere offers a free 7 lesson mini course so you can learn if transcription might be the right fit for you.
Blogging is my side hustle of choice.
When I was wondering what jobs I can do from home, blogging was one thing that kept coming up. As I’m based in the UK, I wondered if this would limit my audience, but of course the internet has billions of users so your potential reach is unlimited!
I currently make around £2,000 per month blogging and that’s just doing it part time, around a full time office job. Believe me when I say there are a lot of full time professional bloggers making many times that.
I love blogging because it’s the ultimate flexible job. Bloggers have no clients, no deadlines, and nobody to tell you what to do. You can write about whatever topic inspires you (although if you are serious about making money, here’s a guide to the most profitable niches).
You can work on your blog at any time of day or night, for as much or little time as you have available (this makes it perfect for busy mums!)
There are even lots of blog tasks you can do on your phone when you’re on the go – you don’t have to be tied to the computer.
You can start a blog for as little as £2.75 per month on Siteground (the hosting company I use for all my sites).
If you’re interested in starting a blog, I have a full tutorial with lots of screenshots to get you set up and publishing your first blog post!
7. Pinterest affiliate marketer
Did you know you can get paid to pin on Pinterest?
Yes, it’s one of these things that sounds too good to be true… but I know it works, because I’ve been receiving regular payments for the last several months thanks to this side hustle.
How? Affiliate marketing.
This is when you recommend products that you use or love, and you get paid a commission when anyone buys through your link.
Lots of people use Pinterest for shopping and finding great new products. You can pin your favourite products with affiliate links to help others, and earn money.
Affiliate marketing on Pinterest is a perfect home business idea for busy mums because like blogging, it is 100% flexible.
You can do as much or little as you like. You can even do it from your phone when you’re out and about, or nursing a little one.
It’s a great way to get started making money online if you want to test out affiliate marketing without starting a blog.
Learn the basics to affiliate marketing on Pinterest in this short free training course: Pinterest Affiliate Marketing 101 – how to make money on Pinterest without a blog!
I also recommend this ebook, although it’s better suited for bloggers or those who already have an established presence on Pinterest: How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours
Related post: 4 Fantastic Ways to Make Money on Pinterest
8. Mystery shopper
Mystery shopping is a fun and flexible side hustle. As well as earning some extra cash, you can also score loads of freebies including meals out, free supermarket products and even children’s clothes!
Mystery shopping usually involves visiting a shop or restaurant, asking a few questions (you will be told what to say ahead of time) and making a purchase like a normal customer. Afterwards, you fill in a survey about your experience online and upload a picture of any receipts.
You will usually be reimbursed for anything you were told to buy, plus you get a small fee for your time.
It’s difficult to make a full time income from mystery shopping, but it can be a fantastic way to make a little extra income each month and enjoy the odd meal out for free.
It’s an ideal side job for stay at home parents because you can fit it around your grocery shopping or other tasks and you can take your children with you to the shop. The aim is to look like a normal customer, after all!
Here are a few companies that I’ve used before in the UK (if you’re elsewhere, look for local companies):
Related post: The Ultimate List of Paid Survey Sites in the UK
9. Matched better
If you’re looking for an interesting work from home opportunity in the UK, you could do worse than look at matched betting.
Don’t be put off by the name – it’s not gambling. You don’t even need to know anything about sports!
Matched betting works by using the free bets that bookies give out all the time. You use online software to place two opposite bets with different online bookmakers. The opposite (‘matched’) bets then cancel out any losses, and you pocket the free bet.
It sounds complicated, but it’s easy to get your head round if you watch a few videos! I use the matched betting service Profit Accumulator which has videos to walk you through every step so you can’t go wrong.
This is the one of the best jobs for stay at home mums in the UK because it’s so flexible and the potential earnings are very high compared to time required once you’ve learned the basics.
As a beginner matched better, I was easily earning a couple of hundred pounds a month in a few hours a week. My personal best was £600 in a month. I have heard of experienced matched betters making a lot more.
Also, did I mention it’s tax free?! Even though it’s not gambling, matched betting profits still count as wins, which are not taxable in the UK.
So if you’re looking for stay at home jobs UK parents can try, this is one of the most profitable options out there.
Learn more by reading through my past blog posts here:
- My First Month of Matched Betting
- Side Hustle Milestone: My First £1,000 From Matched Betting
- Thinking of Starting Matched Betting? Here’s What You Need to Know
- 4 Real People Making Great Money With Matched Betting
- Matched Betting Glossary
Note that you will have to be a resident of the UK or Ireland to sign up. Matched betting is not recommended for anyone with a history of gambling problems.
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