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How to Find Jobs and Work Remotely as a Stay-At-Home Parent

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Article by Gwen Payne.

Thanks to modern-day technology and the fast-growing remote work industry, parents don’t need to put their careers on hold in order to stay home with their children during the day — as many work-from-home jobs are suitable for stay-at-home moms and dads. For some tips on finding flexible job opportunities and establishing a work-from-home career as a stay-at-home parent, read on!

Explore Potential Work-From-Home Careers

If you’d like to make money as a stay-at-home mom or dad, you’ll first need to decide whether you’d like to work as a freelancer, independent contractor, or remote employee. Many leading companies around the world hire remote employees, but you’ll typically need to work during regular business hours — which could be a challenge when you have kids at home with you during the day.

 

Freelancing is another great option for stay-at-home parents, as this provides you with the flexibility to set your own hours and work when you’re able to. You could work as a freelance web developer, for instance, if you have a background in web development and would like to use your coding skills to boost your income from home. Plus, you can use online job boards like Upwork to create a freelancer profile and connect with clients in need of web developers, writers, virtual assistants, and various other types of freelance professionals.

 

As an alternative to freelancing, you could also choose to launch your own e-commerce business from home. To start an ecommerce business of your own, you’ll need to:

 

  1. Choose a product to sell online.
  2. Build an online ecommerce store.
  3. Learn how to manufacture and package the product you’re going to sell.
  4. Compare your product shipping options.
  5. Launch your ecommerce store and promote your business online.

 

To market your ecommerce business, you’ll need to identify your target audience and understand how search engine optimization (SEO) works — as SEO can help to improve your website or blog’s search engine rankings. Additionally, it’s important to create content for your ecommerce website and social media pages — whether it’s blog posts, videos, or infographics. 

Invest in the Right Tech

Regardless of the type of work you’ll be doing from home, you’ll need to invest in a few essential items in order to get your career going. The Work at Home Woman recommends purchasing a computer or laptop if you don’t already have one, a noise-canceling telephone headset if you’ll be spending a decent amount of time on the phone, and a high-quality printer that can be used for personal and professional needs.

 

Moreover, it’s important to protect yourself and your tech devices from potential threats if you’ll be working online. As you get ready to launch your new work-from-home career, take some time to focus on cybersecurity, identity theft protection, and keeping you and your family safe whenever you head online.

Set Up a Home Office

After investing in a few pieces of technology and protecting your computers and mobile devices from potential security threats, you’ll be ready to create your home workspace. Depending on the amount of space and privacy you’ll need while working from home, you could convert a spare bedroom, closet, nook, or alcove into an office. Then, you can design your new office in a way that inspires and motivates you. To claim the home office deduction at tax time, however, make sure you’re familiar with the requirements you’ll need to meet in order to qualify.

A Final Word

You may be a stay-at-home mom or dad, but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn a living by freelancing, starting a home-based business, or working remotely for an employer. Thanks to the internet, you can bring in some extra cash and keep your career alive — all while staying home with your kids and being the superstar parent you are.