It takes some courage and tough decision-making to be a stay-at-home mum because this means one income less for the family. The choice is difficult especially if you have had a career prior to this decision. This reminded me of a friend who used to be a stay-at-home mum and who had felt a little out of touch over time. “I need some brain stimulation and I want to contribute more!” And so she decided to put her baking skills to good use – baking muffins and other pastries and selling them online. Her new “career” was quite a success but the main point was it gave her a chance to break out of the routine of being a stay-at-home mum.
So what else could you do as a stay-at-home mum? You could consider working online instead of taking up part-time jobs as the former allows you to plan your schedule more flexible at home. This arrangement is helpful if you prefer to have your baby or toddler within your sight throughout the day, only sitting down to work online while they are sleeping or resting or at playschool.
There are many online work opportunities that you can look out for. It all boils down to your skills, abilities, interests and the time you can afford to complete the jobs assigned. Here are 7 work-from-home jobs that you could consider:
1) Administrative Support
Administrative support refers to providing support to companies, particularly small businesses which could not afford a secretary/administrative executive or do not have enough administrative tasks to justify hiring one. This is an area which you could explore – be a virtual assistant, especially if you can write articles, do research, coordinate travel plans, answer letters or emails, create database, transcribe audio files or type fast.
Virtual assistants provide administrative support, without being employees to the companies. The hirer is simply outsourcing the tasks to the virtual assistant. Because of the flexibility, virtual assistants can work for multiple companies since they can set their own workload. Typical work for a virtual assistant could involve:
- Writing reports or articles
- Doing data entry
- Finding images for websites, brochures, presentation slides etc
- Making PowerPoint presentation slides
- Typing meeting minutes
- Answering phone calls
- Replying emails or feedback
- Transcribing voicemail, video or audio, podcasts etc
- Managing and updating Social Media accounts
- Building a database e.g. updating email or contact lists on the company’s customer relationship management (CRM) system
- Researching on topics for blog posts, newsletters etc
2) Writing, Proofreading, Editing, and Translation
If you have good writing skills and know your language well, in terms of grammar, vocabulary, style, you can consider taking up this job. It would require you to write, proofread or edit web content, articles, resumes, letters, stories, essays or speeches, or translate one language to another. You could also be contributing to corporate blogs, journals, websites or magazines. For translation jobs, some companies require once-off translations, especially for technical writing or business proposals. If you are literate in more than one language, have good writing skills, proficient in general knowledge and good at research and analytical skills, you could consider this job.
3) Online Tutoring
As a parent, you are likely to help your child to learn new concepts and ideas. This skill can easily transfer you to tutor online. Online tutoring is an excellent way to make money at home. For this, you need to have some previous experience in teaching. You can use websites to connect with students and let people know about the services you are offering.
4) Multimedia Design
Have a good knowledge of multimedia work and creative with using it? If you can design graphics, logos, animation, or brochures, this might be good for you. You could earn some money designing labels, logos or packages for companies who do not want to have cookie-cutter designs nor have the budget to engage big-time design houses. Or put your creative juices to good use by coming up with a brochure or marketing collaterals that are different from the usual formats and designs.
5) Finance and Management
If you are knowledgeable in accounting, financial planning, and business consultancy, why not put your professional knowledge to good use and manage the accounting/financial aspects of companies while at home? Not only could you earn extra income, but you could also plan your schedule around your family routine. As long as you could meet the deadline set by your clients and do a good job for them, this could be a job for you to consider.
6) Legal Services
If you are an expert in matters relating to law and legal matters and procedures, this area of work could be up your alley. This job entails providing legal advice or writing legal documents for different clients. Here’s a story about how two stay-at-home mums set up a legal service because they want to look after their family and yet do not want to put their skills to waste. Although the context is in the US, it shows that with the skills and the ability to manage time, you could still put your professional knowledge to use even while staying at home.
7) Sales and Marketing
Sales and marketing entail promoting websites, products or services for a business owner. If you are someone who is well-versed in sales and marketing, a lot of opportunities await you. Bring out that marketing guru in you and create an effective marketing plan for your clients.
8) Web and Programming
If you are a techie and well-versed in the following – website design, web programming, software applications development and search engine optimization, this job will be up your alley. These are just some of the web and programming jobs you can find online. There are many companies who need your services to come up with a solid website that could attract eyeballs and increase click rates.
Do beware of possible online scams when you are looking online for a stay-at-home job. Most of the jobs mentioned above could be found on various job portals such as Indeed, FreelanceZone, [email protected] and CareerMums.
And back to the baking business which my friend started, do take note of the Home-Based Small Scale Business Scheme by the Housing Development Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). The scheme allows residents to prepare small quantities of food in their homes for sale. While a license from the National Environment Agency is not required, residents preparing food under the scheme should refer to these guidelines on good food hygiene.
Put your skills to good use and earn some extra income while having the ability to manage your time flexibly!