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More Than 20 Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

More Than 20 Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

Thanks to technology, there are plenty of job choices for stay-at-home Moms. When you think about it, a lot can be accomplished with a phone, a computer and a creative mind. Many people who are not stay-at-home moms do not follow the 9 – 5 schedule either, and work remotely or flexibly. The future is about productivity: it’s not how many hours you clocked, it’s what you did during those hours.

This list is not limited to moms—anybody who is housebound or chooses to work from home can avail of the ideas here. It would be a huge benefit to have some training or work experience to start you off. If not, try to take some online classes when you have a spare hour during the kid’s nap time. Many universities now offer long-distance qualifications. Or, if you have a partner or helper, try to get some night classes for jobs that require hands-on training.

Make a list of your skills, and rate your ability at them (from beginner to expert). Then, plan out how much time you could put into a home-based job, and on what days. This will determine which kinds of jobs suit your combination of skills combined with your availability.

What stay-at-home moms can benefit most from are jobs that involve short and irregular appointments with non-specialised equipment.

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    1. Beauty: Hairdresser, Manicurist/Pedicurist,  Massage Therapist, Make-Up for Special Occasions

    These are jobs that can be done skilfully with or without training depending on your personal skill and time practising. It is a good move to start on friends, build up a reputation and start advertising online with the before-and-after photos of your successes. The tools required are not too expensive and the facilities can be improvised in your house. For the massages, you may want to take care to book them during nap time!

    2. Web: Social Media Manager, Content Creator, Blogger/Vlogger, SEO Specialist, Online Marketing Executive, Remote Assistant, Critic

    The internet brings a wealth of stay-at-home possibilities. Using online resources, it is quite easy to keep up-to-date with your team. Thousands of people work in global virtual teams today—so can you. Using online tutorials and studying core textbooks, you can become a competent online marketer and SEO optimizer.

    If you enjoy writing, you can become a critic of issues that you are knowledgeable on, and perhaps get picked up by a webzine. Or, you can handle the content for websites (just think of all the terrible websites you have seen and think you can fix them!).

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    There is always the possibility that somebody needs a part-time assistant for organizing their virtual lives (email, social media, applications, bookings: all can be done via computer or phone). Depending on the duties required of you, as long as you are savvy at using email and cloud-sharing platforms such as Dropbox and Google Drive, it is very possible that you can be a part-time assistant.

    If you have a flair for story-telling, passing on knowledge in an entertaining way or simply engaging with the masses, a video blog (vlog) or blog can bring both fame and fortune. Check out the top YouTube personalities and see if it’s the way for you. Money is typically made from advertisements on your vlog/blog.

    3. Creative: Artist, Designer, Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Musician

    The creative mind is always at work and knows no hours. If you happen to have a creative skill, there is no reason why you can’t squeeze it into your spare time. You can sell yourself as a freelancer, you can take up at-home project work, or you can start giving video tutorials. If there is a large project you want to tackle requiring more resources, it’s worth it to set up a crowdfunding campaign using a platform like Kickstarter or Indiegogo and see if you get lucky.

    4. Business: Phone Sales, Event Organizer, Wedding Planner

    OK, phone sales may not be the sexiest job out there but it pays bills, and all you need is a phone.

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    Event organizing and wedding planning can be possible depending on whether you can occasionally take your kids with you to view a venue or taste some cake. Generally speaking though, it is again a case of using the internet for your background research and presenting the interested parties with options to satisfy their budgets and wishes.

    5. Teaching: Music, Languages, Tutor (various subjects), Fitness

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      Using Skype, or any video chat medium, you can teach or tutor others in the areas you are skilled at. Set up an online calendar with your free times and let them book a spot to be with you!

      6. Care: Counsellor, Childcare

      Training or certificates in these areas can also be very useful. Counselling may require a quiet environment, depending on if your clients enjoy children or not. It’s up to the trained counsellor to know best. Childcare is also an option if you acquire the certifications for keeping extra children in your house. If you can handle two kids, perhaps you can handle three and get paid for it!

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      7. Freelance Projects

      Being registered as self-employed or a freelancer can give you the freedom to pick and choose projects based on your immediate situation. It depends on your area of expertise of course, but have a long hard think about your skills and see if you can use them to be self-employed.

      8. Repairs

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        People bring their broken stuff to your house, and you fix them.

        And finally…

        Make the most of time management technologies and to-do lists so you can keep track of your activities and be able to structure your day. If it has been many years since you worked, it may seem intimidating to pick it up again. Conquer your doubts and give it a try. Give it enough time to flourish—just like going to the gym, the results can take some months to be tangible.

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        13 Critical Things to Consider Before Switching Careers

        13 Critical Things to Consider Before Switching Careers

        Do you have a path not taken? Maybe you had big career dreams when you were younger, but somehow they didn’t materialize.

        Maybe you took your first job, thinking it would be a stepping stone to a better job. It seemed like a good idea at the time, you recall, except the better job never came along. Or perhaps, saddled with student loans, you took a job that helped you pay them off. You paid them all right, but now you feel stuck in a career you don’t really like.

        The average person spends 90,000 hours in their lifetime at work[1]. That’s too much time to be doing anything you don’t love!

        Is it time to think about switching careers? Here are 13 things to do when making the big leap.

        Diagnose Your Current Work Situation

        Before switching careers, it’s important to figure out why you’re currently unhappy so you don’t step into another situation that isn’t right for you. Start with these considerations before making any big decisions.

        1. What Are You Passionate About?

        It’s somewhat shocking, but research shows 87 percent of workers have no passion for their jobs[2]. Passion can be measured many ways, and one person’s passion is another’s poison. Still, if you believe in your company’s core mission, it really helps.

        How can you find your passion? You may have to switch careers. Try to arrange informational interviews with as many people as you can who work in the field of your dreams to be certain that making the switch will make you feel more engaged with your work.

        Your aim: To be as happy walking into the office on Monday morning as you are leaving the premises on Friday afternoon. When you love your job, no day feels too daunting. When you love your job, it doesn’t feel like work.

        Need a little help finding your passion? This article can help: How to Find Your Passion and Live a Fulfilling Life

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        2. Can You Keep up With Technology?

        Are you keeping up with it? And is your current company supporting your efforts? The speed of technology is so fast that many companies today can’t keep up. This may result in anxiety among the company’s leadership. The sense of anxiety can filter down and impact the workers. Morale is low, and everyone fears for their job.

        When switching careers, try to find a company that will allow you to learn as you grow. It also helps to consider yourself a lifelong learner. These days, we all have to be.

        Invest the Time to Dream Big

        If you’re now sure of why you want to make a move, it’s time to dig into your dreams to find exactly which direction to go.

        3. What Does Your Vision Look Like?

        Athletes visualize their signature moves. Politicians fantasize about winning. Your task is to visualize your dream. Where do want to be working five years from now? Ten years from now? Fifteen years from now? Figure out what your titles will be at each point along your new trajectory. Will you be living in your current geographical area or will you have moved?

        Ask yourself the hard questions as well. Can you afford to switch careers right now? Will you be making more money or less than you currently do? How will you support those who depend on you?

        Once you have your vision clearly committed to paper, run your vision by a few of the people who know you best. Do your friends encourage you to pursue your vision? (If they don’t, consider finding more supportive friends.)

        4. Do You Know What to Expect?

        It’s harder to switch careers than to find a new job in your current field. You may have to accomplish the move in several discreet steps. Will making a lateral move at your current company take you one step closer to your ultimate goal?

        In addition to researching your dream field online, try to surround yourself with some friends who have recently switched careers. After you have formed a rough idea of the steps you will need to take to get from where you are now to your new career, consider committing it to an action plan. The more concrete you can make your Plan, the better.

        Should you be attending more networking events? Do you need to burnish your online profile? Commit to action steps, and then put those steps into your daily calendar. You’re going to do this!

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        If, for instance, you’ve decided to move from marriage counseling to financial planning — you’ve seen enough divorces resulting from money matters to know there’s a better way to help people — your listening skills and discretion will be an asset. Your research will reveal whether you need specialized training or licensing to qualify. If so, go online and add your name to every list you can find to learn more information. Start calculating how to pay for your courses. A bonus you’ll get with continuing ed courses: you’ll gain access to a strong peer network.

        Take Action

        Time to make the move. Start considering how you will approach these steps to get where you want to go.

        5. Who Will Support You?

        What if, early in your career, you made a job switch that you regret? Now is the time to call your ex-boss and try to get together for lunch or a cup of coffee. Let them know you are thinking of making a U-turn back to your former field.

        What if your sister disapproves of every idea you have? Either resolve to avoid her for the next 12 months or call her right now — and tell her you’re switching careers and you don’t care whether she approves! Keep all naysayers at a distance during this transition time.

        6. What Can You Do Each Day to Accomplish Your Dream?

        Switching careers can be quite time-consuming, but if you break down the task into small chunks, tracking your progress as you go, you’ll have a better chance of success. Whether you spend a few hours today googling your dream career, or refurbish your LinkedIn profile to emphasize the skills you have that will help you land this new job — just keep at it.

        Career-switcher’s hint: Working on your new dream for one hour each day is more productive than spending 12 hours working at it on a Sunday. The more committed you are to achieving your goal, the faster it will happen.

        7. Does Your Resume Highlight the Correct Skills?

        First, research the qualifications of the position you hope to land. Then, look for ways to mesh them with your own skills. While some careers require specific degrees and credentials, there are many positions you can transition into that require no additional education. Sometimes, what you bring from your own background is perfect.

        Take inventory of all the hard and soft job skills you possess. For the skills you don’t have, put a plan in place to acquire them!

        Highlight your qualifications in a way that makes a well-argued case for your compatibility with the organization and the position you’re after. Keep in mind that all employers look for candidates with skills that show leadership and the ability to solve problems, persevere through challenges, and get results.

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        Refine the skills on your resume to incorporate these resume “musts.” Make sure, though, to only claim skills you truly possess. Unless you’re proficient in a software program or are fluent in a second language, leave any mention of them off.

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        When switching careers, there are ways to make it easier. Look into these questions to see what can work for you in your search.

        8. Do You Have Any Contacts in Your Desired Career?

        People are remarkably forthcoming on their LinkedIn profiles. This helps when you search out employees in your dream field or a targeted company. But before you take full advantage of online networking, first make sure that your profile content is fresh.

        Curate all social media accounts to reflect your new direction. Social media can increase your networking opportunities exponentially. Comment on the posts of your targeted contacts and pose pertinent questions to get on their radar.

        9. Are You Networking Enough?

        While it may be considered old-school to tap your organically grown (offline) network, it still comes with the best odds of success. Reach out to your friends and acquaintances with industry connections who can help you make a connection.

        Make a point of meeting face-to-face with anyone who can offer you a lead or provide a reference. You never know what kind of opportunity will unfold from these offline connections.

        Learn more about networking here: How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life

        10. How Can You Become an Expert in Your New Field?

        Start building the skills you’ll need to make your career switch. LinkedIn and many other providers offer online courses in everything from accounting software to mastering Excel. For extra credit, see if you can find classes that award online badges for completing each course. Don’t be shy about adding these certificates to your online profile.

        Read trade magazines and study up on industry trends. Write and post articles on timely topics. Develop an online presence in the field of your dreams.

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        11. Are You Willing to Put Yourself out There?

        Nonprofit organizations often look for volunteers to help them with their outreach, social media, fundraising, and more. Once you’ve mastered the needed skills, be sure to have the head of the organization or a board member write a glowing recommendation for you.

        Depending on your desired career, it may be possible to take on a contract assignment at a company where you learn on the job. A freelance gig allows you to polish your skills, make connections, and prove you’re serious about this career change.

        For example, if your dream is to transform your knack for attracting followers through pithy postings into a career as a social media manager, don’t be afraid to pitch your services. Most companies need someone to manage their online presence and may welcome your fresh new strategy.

        Switching Careers Results

        Now that you’ve taken the steps to switch careers, bask in the success you’ve found in doing so.

        12. How Can You Reward Yourself?

        Set whatever benchmarks you need to achieve as you embark on switching careers, and think of them as cause for mini-celebrations. Find frugal ways to reward yourself.

        However, hold out for the big, pop-the-champagne celebration until you land your dream job.

        13. Has the Risk Paid Off?

        People who prefer to play it safe throughout their careers often fall short of their potential. Research shows the primary reason executives derail is an inability to change[3]. It takes a large measure of courage to pursue a new path. And when you succeed, it fuels your confidence.

        You have an air of self-assurance about you and a can-do spirit that stands out. And best of all, you’ll have moved from a dead-end or lackluster job to one into which you can pour your passion and realize the feeling of self-fulfillment.

        The Bottom Line

        Don’t be afraid to switch your career path once you’ve outgrown the one you’re in. Set out to intentionally pursue career satisfaction and you’ll reap great rewards by realizing the joys of job satisfaction.

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