27 Legitimate Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms in 2024 (+ quick tips)

With 30% of mothers choosing to work from home, the number of flexible, work-from-home jobs has had to increase to meet this demand.

In this post, I’ll list out some of the best work-from-home jobs for mothers and how you can find them.

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1. Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is a broad role that can be used to set yourself up as an independent trader, work at an agency, or apply for a full-time remote position. You could be writing resumes, drafting copy for a website, or ghostwriting someone’s lifestyle blog. 

The advantages of freelance writing are numerous: as long as you have a laptop and the internet, you can start whenever you want. The limitations of freelance writing depend on your skill level and experience, as you need to be a good typist and writer to start charging higher rates.

2. Virtual Assistant

A Virtual Assistant provides organizational and administrative skills for clients. You might book travel, manage a calendar and answer emails or the phone. The primary advantage of working as a virtual assistant is that you most likely won’t need any specific hard skills beyond being able to manage your client’s preferred tool stack.

This is also a disadvantage because it means competition for virtual assistant roles is going to be fierce so you need to be highly motivated to keep sourcing for new clients or, upskill yourself in a way that provides unique value to your current clients. 

3. Online Tutor

Online tutoring is ideal if you have a particular skill that you can teach to others. You can choose between teaching adult learners or kids and monetize whatever skill you enjoy. For example, you could teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, or science skills. The downside of online tutoring is that your work often extends beyond your core hours, as you must prepare lesson plans, learning material and homework.

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4. Online Coach

Online coaching is a way of teaching online skills that go beyond traditional educational topics. You might be coaching your client to improve public speaking, build a CV, learn how to interview, or develop a hobby. Online coaching can include career coaching or personal and life coaching. 

The drawback of online coaching is that you must understand and reach a range of people across multiple sectors and personality types. This can be hugely interesting but also requires a lot of patience and background research. You also won’t be having clients right from the get go, and you’ll need to constantly market yourself in order to build trust with your audience.

5. Social Media Manager

Social media management refers to handling a client’s social media channels, including sites like Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter. Social media management is ideal if you have grown your follower base or have done this for customers before. 

The benefits of social media management are that you can schedule posts in advance and therefore have great flexibility. However, your clients will expect you to demonstrate concrete results in growing followers and creating engaging posts, some of which may be outside your control because of algorithm changes with social media.

6. Transcriber

Being a transcriber involves listening to voice recordings and converting them into written documents. As a transcriber, you might be required to do this for legal, medical or business-related documents. Working as a transcriber is lucrative but requires substantial training and patience.

7. Translator

Translation requires taking a document in one language and translating it into another, capturing the original text’s meaning, tone, and writing style. Translating is ideal if you are fluent in two or more languages. Many translators have had years of training, and some clients require texts to be submitted within a short deadline, making the work of translating quite stressful in general. 

8. Online Survey Taker

Online surveys are questionnaires that can be filled out via a form. Stay-at-home moms can join panels like Swagbucks or LifePoints, and answer questions from their laptops or phones for financial payouts. 

The biggest benefit of online surveys is that they can be done anytime and require little to no skill level. The largest downside is that payouts are traditionally very low per survey, and you can also get screened out if you don’t meet their criteria, so you may have to spend a lot of time looking for surveys before even getting accepted to do one.

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9. Online Seller

A great way to start a business is by selling items online. You can make and sell your items on Amazon or Etsy or set up your eCommerce store using resources like the WordPress Woocommerce plugin or sites like Shopify. You could also use techniques like affiliate marketing on your blog or website to sell other people’s products or services.

The drawback of online selling is that it usually requires items and some initial set-up to manage. Once your eCommerce site is automated and running well, you can make money while sleeping without investing too much time in the business.

10. Blogger

Anyone can start a blog, but it requires a little bit of planning before it earns money. Pairing a creative enterprise with a blog, like writing a book and blogging about the topic, is a great way to monetize and sell. Affiliate marketing is also a good way to make money from your blog; you write about or endorse your affiliate’s product and profit off a percentage of the related sales.

The benefits of blogging are that anyone can start a blog, it is flexible, and it can even be scheduled in advance. The drawbacks are that converting into a fully paid enterprise will take a little time and planning.

11. Data Entry Assistant

Data entry clerks add information about a particular product or subject into a spreadsheet. Freelance opportunities like this are often posted on sites like Upwork. They usually require a basic knowledge of Excel and typing skills to complete. The drawback of data entry freelance roles is that they usually are required within quite tight deadlines. 

12. Graphic Designer

Are you a stay-at-home mom with graphic design skills? As a freelance graphic designer, you would work with clients to design illustrations and images. You will often do this via dedicated computer software and sketching tools. The benefits of being a freelance graphic designer are that you get to monetize a skill. However, you will still need to invest time in building your own business, which could be time-consuming.

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13. Pet Sitter

Pet sitting is the dream job for stay-at-home moms that love pets. Pet sitting requires you to babysit someone’s beloved dog or small animal for a certain period. You’ll likely need to take them for walks, feed them and generally look after them. It’s a great job if you love animals but it requires substantial dedication and time. If you have a family member that’s allergic to pets, this may not be the right job for you.

14. Customer Service Representative

Freelance customer service roles can be contracted, like virtual assistance or full-time remote roles. If your job is more like a Virtual Assistant, you’ll often need to act as a virtual front-of-house for smaller companies, helping customers who have placed orders or are having issues. To work in Customer Service, you’ll need to be comfortable talking to people and be patient when dealing with customer complaints.

15. Web Designer

If you’ve already got coding skills in HTML, CSS or JavaScript, freelance web design can be a great job for stay-at-home moms. As a stay-at-home mom, you could invest in an online coding course like SheCodes to develop your skills. Web design is a great business for those who enjoy coding, but it will require you to develop and hone the skills before starting work.

16. Event Planner

Do you enjoy planning events, staying on top of trends and bringing people together? Event planning might be the ideal job for you. Event planners put together everything from grandma’s 50th to large corporate events. On average, event planners earn nearly $50,000 annually, making it one of the best-paid jobs for stay-at-home moms. One of the only drawbacks is you might need to travel to events, which might be difficult if you have young children at home.

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17. Matchmaker

A matchmaker is someone who enjoys pairing up friends and making connections. You will be tasked with finding out what your clients are looking for in a relationship and helping them find a match from a database. Matchmaking can be done from home but requires time and excellent communication skills to understand your clients and their needs.

18. Brand Ambassador

A brand ambassador sells products or services for their clients on social media or via email. This could be your ideal job if you have a background in sales, marketing or retail. Brand ambassador jobs are usually in high demand around the holiday period and are perfect for stay-at-home moms as they can be done from home. However, they are often paid on commission and fluctuate throughout the year, so it might not be great if you’re looking for a stable income.

19. Proofreader/ Editor

Proofreaders and editors carry out different jobs to freelance writers. They are often required to proofread or edit a writer’s work before publication. It’s an ideal job for stay-at-home moms with an eye for detail and a good grasp of grammar. It is often paid per article, but you may find a full-time role by looking on Indeed or FlexJobs. 

20. Photographer

Do you have an eye for taking photos? You could consider becoming an event photographer or directly selling your photos. Photographers are in high demand for events like engagements, weddings, or family shoots. You could combine your photography skills with videography to sell your skills as a package to people after an event. This role may not be suitable if you cannot travel, as you’ll often need to attend in-person events.

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21. In-Home Daycare

Are you great with children? Why not consider looking after other people’s kids simultaneously as your own? Running an in-home daycare service is a great idea if you’re already staying at home with your children. You’ll need to obtain a childcare license and potentially some additional qualifications. This might not be your role if your own children are demanding enough, however

22. Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers track finance and income for other businesses. They might be responsible for managing and sending out invoices or managing sales or purchase ledgers for organizations. It’s an ideal role for individuals with experience in accounting or finance or if you are prepared to gain the necessary qualifications.

23. Personal Stylist

An online stylist is like a virtual personal shopper. Individuals can submit their body shape, style preferences and what they want to dress for. A style consultant can then advise on color pairings, a capsule wardrobe, or specific clothing for an event. This could be the perfect job if you have a real eye for design.

24. Content Manager

A content manager is a role that combines freelance writing, editing and social media management. Clients will approach you to manage the content generated for their business. You could be managing a team of freelance writers and editing their work, creating content briefs, and even helping to produce vlogs and podcasts. This job is ideal for someone skilled at freelance writing, editing and social media management.

25. Freelance Consultant

If you’ve worked full-time in a particular role or sector, why not consider offering the same services as a freelancer? A freelance consultant is a broad term for anyone qualified to advise businesses on departments like marketing, finance, or sales. You might go in and provide those services directly as a freelancer or advise on how to improve their existing departments.

26. Inside Sales Representative

Inside sales is the process of developing leads, new partnerships and business for a portfolio of clients. If you have sales experience, this could be your ideal role. Leads could be built via emails, calling, or online research. These roles can often be tied to commission and a basic annual salary.

27. Seamstress

Are you handy with a needle and thread? You might want to consider working as a seamstress. A seamstress will tailor, repair and design clothing for clients. Customers will drop off items for alteration or provide you with a design and sizing, and then you can sew and alter them according to your schedule.

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How To Find Online Jobs As A Stay-At-Home Mom

Consolidate Your Skills

Consolidating your skills is about gathering your skills, accreditations or work experience and showcasing it in a way that appeals to clients or employers. You’ll want to build a resume, portfolio and website showcasing your skills and experience.

Build Your Resume

Your resume showcases all your work experience, skills and accreditations in one place. Creating a resume is the best place to start if you’re looking for remote work with an employer. When you want to start your own business as a freelancer, your resume might be a website portfolio showcasing your projects and current clients.

Find Places To Job Hunt

Once you’ve got your resume or portfolio together, it’s time to start looking for a job, and the best place to start is by registering on job sites. When setting up a profile on job sites, fill as much out as possible to make it easy for recruiters or employers to find you. Setting your job profile to ‘public’ will also help speed up the job hunt unless you want to leave your current job and need your search to be private.

You can search traditional job boards like CareerBuilderIndeed, or Monster when looking for flexible jobs, but this can often be time-consuming. The smarter way to search is to look at flexible or remote working sites like:

These job boards can help you find remote full-time, part-time, or contract-based roles to help you land legitimate and fast-earning jobs for stay-at-home moms. 

Setting Freelance Rates

Setting your freelance rates helps you determine how much you’ll get paid. Setting your rates according to your skill level and, most importantly, what you’re happy to get paid is essential. Review your skills and your list of services, and set realistic freelance rates for each task. Research other freelancers in the field on sites like WeWorkRemotely.com to see what others are offering.

What Are The Benefits Of Working From Home?

Work-Life Balance

Remote working allows you to eliminate commuting time and spend the time you want with your kids and loved ones. See your kids grow up, switch off after work and spend more time doing the things you enjoy.

Flexibility

You can usually fit most remote work around school pick-up and nap times, making it ideal for a stay-at-home mom. Finding a job that allows you to move around the hours of your day can also allow you to respond flexibly to unexpected emergencies, like if your child is sick.

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Reduced Childcare Costs

Working remotely eliminates expensive childcare or the stress of finding family members to look after your kids while you work. Childcare is a huge barrier for women looking to return to the workplace full-time, and remote working removes this as an obstacle for stay-at-home moms.

Tips For Working At Home With A Baby

Working at home with a baby does require some planning. Here are some tips for working from home with a baby or infant:

  • Work on the most urgent tasks while your baby is sleeping
  • Share the load with your partner or family if more than one of you is working from home
  • Schedule each day in the week ahead to prioritize the most urgent work and care tasks
  • Work on lower-priority tasks while your child is playing
  • Pre-prepare lunches, snacks and toys
  • Try to go for walks with the kids to get a break from the house 

Most importantly, try not to beat yourself up when working remotely with a baby. There will be times when you won’t be able to do everything, and that’s okay!

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