You probably know lots of moms who work full time and have kids who are happily thriving in daycare or after-school programs. While you know this is a great choice for some moms, it just isn’t what you want for you and your family.
Although you definitely need a second paycheck to help cover the many bills that are inherent to raising kids, you don’t want to feel as if you are working merely to cover the expensive costs of daycare, and you would also like to be there as much as you can for your kids—at all hours of the day and night.
Fortunately, there are a number of positions that you can do that will allow you to be a work-at-home-mom. As for what jobs will let you work around your kids’ schedules, consider the following ideas:
Working Around Your Kids’ Schedules
Open an In-Home Childcare Business
If your kiddos are young and not in school full-time, or if they are and you adore children, consider launching an in-home childcare business. Start by looking into home daycare licensing requirements in your area. Then, let your friends and family know that you are ready to watch kids, and advertise on social media and community pages as well. You could also provide after-school care only to older kids and help them with their homework and give them a snack until their parents pick them up around dinner time.
Look Into Direct Sales
For moms like you who are looking for an income but don’t want to work long hours away from home, direct sales is another solid choice. You can start your own online business, which will help you to flex your entrepreneurial muscles a bit, and work on your own time—including when your younger kids are napping, your older kids are in school and/or on nights and weekends. For example, Amway is a direct sales company that empowers and teaches stay-at-home-moms (and dads!) to become Independent Business Owners while not having to cut back on their parenting duties. If you are wondering “What does Amway sell these days?”, visit the company’s website or social media pages. Amway’s YouTube channel features videos that describe the company and its products, as well as how you can get started working for them.
As Entrepreneur notes, grant writers work as independent contractors, either full time or part time, and are often freelancers who work out of a home-based office. If you have a background in writing and your skills are really sharp, you could launch your own home-based business that offers this service. Many nonprofit organizations require the use of grant writers, as do startups and other companies. To avoid limiting your work opportunities, you could also look for other types of freelance writing work to fill in the gaps when the grant writing opportunities are slow. Start by reaching out to local community papers and magazines—you can often find them on racks in coffee shops and retail establishments—and email the editors to ask if they are working with freelancers.
Enjoy Those Kiddos—They Grow Up So Fast
It is admirable that you want to work around your children and their schedules. Before you know it, they will be heading off to college and/or a place of their own and you will wonder where these days have gone. By looking into at-home jobs that you can do on your own terms, you can still bring in a much-needed paycheck while still being able to play with your toddlers during the day and pick up your school-aged kids from school.