Who Else Wants to Work From Home?
Working From Home as a Medical Wife
Being married to a physician makes holding down a traditional 9 to 5 tricky for a number of reasons. First, someone has to be on the hook when the school calls and your kiddo has a fever. (News flash: fair or not, your husband won’t be leaving work.) Secondly, between med school, training, and job offers in different parts of the country, medical families just move a lot, so your career has to be mobile as well.
With all that in mind, why not be your own boss and work from home? You can make some extra cash while still being there for your little ones. Here, I’ve got 5 jobs for stay-at-home moms that are flexible, fun, easy to get into!
As a virtual assistant (VA), you can be the boss B! You'll provide administrative support to businesses or entrepreneurs, managing emails, scheduling appointments, and handling social media accounts from the comfort of your own home. Plus, the best part? You can set your own hours and work around your family's needs! Check out Upwork to see who needs a VA. The pay can be quite good (upwards of $25/hour to start), and you can develop a close relationship with your employer over time, becoming invaluable. If you have niche social media skills to offer, that’s an even bigger plus, because many entrepreneurs don’t have the time, patience, or skills to manage their own accounts.
Freelance WriterDo you love to write and want to flex those creative muscles? As a freelance writer, you'll write articles, blog posts, or marketing copy for businesses or publications. And guess what? You get to choose the topics you're passionate about and work from home in your favorite pair of PJs! Even if you have Zoom calls, you can be all business from the waist up, plaid flannel from the waist down. There is so much room for creativity with this one. Do you have your own blog or website? That’s an excellent place to get started.
Online TutorAre you a total smarty pants and love helping others learn? As an online tutor, you'll work with students of all ages and help them with subjects like math, science, or English. Everyone has something they can help with— and chances are you have already been helping your child. There are YouTube accounts that have blown up simply teaching people how to speak English with an American accent. I know, right? What might you have to offer? Again, you can set your own schedule and work around your family's needs.
Graphic DesignerAre you the creative queen of the castle? As a graphic designer, you'll create designs for businesses or individuals, like logos, brochures, or social media graphics. You can get started for free by playing around with Canva. More sophisticated designs will require vector art capabilities (such as with Adobe Illustrator) but many entrepreneurs don’t have Adobe either, and want to use Canva, so it’s a fine place to get started.
Etsy Shop OwnerAre you crafty and love to create? Starting an Etsy shop can be the perfect way to make some extra cash while doing what you love! Sell handmade items like jewelry, clothing, or home decor and set your own hours. One thing people do is scour TikTok and stay just ahead of the trends, selling whatever is hot on #unboxing, #kidstoys, and similar hashtags on their Etsy stores. If you don't have a creative bone in your body but you feel like chasing trends down, this might be for you!
The possibilities are (nearly) endless when it comes to making money from home! These are just some of the jobs that allow you to be there for your little ones.
The only mistake you can make is not getting started. The longer you put off trying out your idea, the longer it will be before you know if it is going to work or not. The bar to entry for a home-based business is so low right now— you can get started essentially for free. I'll be covering more in later articles, but for now, get researching!