Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or dad, engaging in some meaningful job in addition to taking care of your children, is always at the back of your mind. Some activity that fulfills you as an individual, separate from your children’s primary caregiver identity, is a must if you are to keep a positive outlook on life. This becomes more apparent as your children grow and become independent. Earning some extra income to add to the household finances is always an added incentive.
While you might not be ready or able to afford to go back to work full-time yet (due to huge daycare costs), there are still a few ways to earn some extra bucks and keep your resume updated, while remaining a doting SAHP.
But here’s the thing…
The vast majority of jobs out there for stay-at-home parents are poorly paid. You don’t want to end up in a writing job that exploits you for a cent or two per word. And while things like mystery shopping might be OK to earn a little extra pocket money, you have to bear in mind the time and energy it takes out of your day. You have to ask whether it is really worth it or not.
What you should focus on instead is finding work that pays well for your time and skills. Also, you have to keep in mind that the jobs you shortlist should have flexible schedules and let you make the best use of the little breaks you get in your child-caring duties. This way, you’ll be able to pull in a fair income, while still being a hands-on parent. Let’s take a look at some options which you can try even when you have little or no prior knowledge in the field.
Network marketing is one of those gray areas where you will probably not have much know-how about the process unless you are already in it. But rest assured that if you have an outgoing personality with the zeal to make it work, you will fit right in.
In broad strokes, network marketing typically starts with you being approached by a company rep who will ask you to host a party selling their products. They will probably help you get started. And then you will be expected to sell those products and receive a small commission in return. However, if you want to make good money, you will need to be excellent at networking with people. You have to become a recruiter for the next layer instead of the product seller.
If you have persuasive skills and a genuine belief in the products you are trying to sell, why not give it a go?
Are you a whizz with insurance and have some qualifications to back your skills up? If so, why not become an independent agent? You can choose your own hours, and as long as you can build up a good network of customers, it’s possible to earn some decent income, even when working part-time alone.
Whether it is auto insurance, health insurance or life insurance, once you have identified your preferred product, you will then need to identify prospective customers interested in buying from you. For example, if you are interested in selling health insurance, you will need to find health insurance leads and give each one of your shortlisted prospects your sales pitch – online, on call or door-to-door. But make no mistake about it, once you have made some sales, the initial percentage plus the ongoing renewal commission can eventually lead to a healthy income with time.
If you are good at instructing and communicating concepts, you can become a private tutor for those subjects. Whether you teach English, Mathematics, or even Music, it’s an excellent way to earn some real money. Private tutors are highly sought and always in demand.
Once you’ve established your reputation as a good teacher, parents will be more than willing to pay above average for your time. When it comes to ensuring that their kids have the best education, parents never consider the cost. So, as long as you maintain your teaching standard, you’ll be surprised how many people inquire about your services.
Becoming a virtual assistant
Although many of the virtual assistant jobs are poorly paid, there are still plenty of opportunities to earn real money. The trick is to increase your skills in a particular niche.
Whether it’s basic accountancy, proficient use of Microsoft Office or social media management – you have to learn to do these better, faster. Don’t forget, there are many micro and small businesses that rely on virtual assistants for a whole range of tasks. Depending on your experience and skills, you could earn anything up to $50 an hour.
Again, there are tons of writing jobs out there that pay a pittance. You should avoid these as much as possible. Instead, develop your writing skills.
Don’t be afraid to pitch your ideas to businesses, magazines, and any other media outlets aligned with your interests or industry knowledge. There are plenty of companies out there that are prepared to pay you $50, $100, even $250 per post. Even if you can only do a couple of posts per week, it is excellent money.
Many people believe that work from home jobs are poorly paid – and with good reason. Many of them are! But if you delve a little further into the work-from-home industry, you will find some serious nuggets that pay well. But do keep in mind that all these jobs are serious jobs and not “easy money”. Yes, they are flexible and easier to juggle with small children in the mix. But they still demand hard work, dedication, resilience, and fast learning curve from you. Again, the high hourly rates will not happen overnight. You will have to be patient and build your portfolio up as you gain more experience. Just remember not to settle for pennies, and keep aiming high. Good luck!