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I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say every working mum would rather have a job where they could work from home. Whether it’s to allow them to work around the school day or work when the little ones nap and not have to pay for childcare, it’s a dream for most working parents.
Like many other mums, I’m on the quest for that perfect work-life balance and have chosen to do freelance social media management during the evenings, with the aim of building it up to a level where I can eventually work from home rather than having to go into an office every day.
A few friends have commented to me that they wish they could also find genuine work from home jobs that they could do on a freelance or self-employed basis from the comfort of their sofa, and it got me thinking about ideas for jobs you can do from home. Here are my suggestions…
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There are all sorts of things you can do if you are good with the written word. Freelance writing jobs include writing blog posts for other people, writing website content for businesses, proofreading, and plenty of general typing jobs from home. Freelance copywriters are in high demand, so make sure you sign up to a freelance website for writers to find businesses looking for your services.
More and more small businesses are hiring Virtual Assistants to help out with admin rather than employing someone to work in the office. You might be asked to monitor emails, do a data entry job, or process payments. All of which can be great jobs for working mums who want to work from home doing freelance admin jobs.
If you’re creative then designing logos, flyers or creating websites is the perfect job to do from home. Being a freelance designer is quite a competitive area but a good online portfolio will win you clients. You’ll need to pay out for software such as Adobe Photoshop initially but should recoup your costs fairly quickly.
If you’re clever enough to speak more than one language you could provide translating services to a number of businesses in a wide range of industries. This is a real specialist subject so pays well.
A great home based job is tutoring. If you have experience of teaching you could offer private tutoring in whatever your specialist subject is. The hourly rates are quite high for tutors but I suppose you’d only be able to do it outside of school hours so wouldn’t suit everyone’s circumstances.
Social Media Management
There’s a massive difference between using social media for personal use and using it for business, but if you know the difference then there are a lot of companies crying out for Social Media Managers to help as more and more people realise that it’s one of the most important marketing tools out there. If you want to be a freelance social media manager don’t forget to get yourself set up with social media profiles to show you know what you’re doing!
In all cases, you will need to be able to showcase your work, whether this is by having your own freelancing website with a portfolio, or linking to your work elsewhere on the internet. The range of stay at home jobs and types of online work from home are growing every day, so you are sure to be able to find something to suit your skills and schedule.
Good luck if you are thinking about doing some freelancing. Let me know if you have thought of any other ideas for jobs you can do from home or home business ideas!