Salon Manager to Online Tutor: Five Practical Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

There are so many advantages of being a working stay-at-home mom. You get to spend time with your children while making extra money and keeping yourself busy. You avoid pricey daycare rates and don't have to worry about long commutes.

Sometimes, working and taking care of the kids at home doesn't seem realistic. If you manage your time right, however, it is definitely possible. The following jobs listed are some of the best opportunities for a stay-at-home mom to take advantage of.

Start Your Own Blog

All you need is a computer and an idea. Blogging is a great way to express yourself and share your passion with the world. You might even help or inspire others through your posts. There are a variety of free websites and templates that make it super easy to start your own blog.

Getting traffic to your site and making money off of it, however, is another story. It will require a lot of work and research to get found and make a steady income off your blog alone. With the right determination, you can become a professional blogger that everyone will be looking to for advice and interesting stories! 

Become a Virtual Teacher/Tutor

Thanks to the 21st century world we live in, there are many online teaching opportunities. These positions usually require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree, and some prior teaching experience is always helpful. You can make decent money organizing lesson plans, grading assignments, and providing resources for the students in your classes. You'll be able to perform this job while taking care of your own kids and helping others learn and grow along the way.

Start Cutting Hair

This business venture might require more initial investment, but it is a great gig to run out of your home. Once you get certified, you'll be able to help people feel great about how they look and build your social network. The best thing about a salon is that clients generally come by word-of-mouth, so you won't have to spend too much money on advertising.

If you’re worried about managing yourself, you can easily use a salon management service. Instead of needing to write out schedules or organize data in an excel document, a management system is a schedule alternative that does everything for you from managing payments to organizing appointments. Systems like this keep you organized so you’re not juggling a million tasks at once.

Become a Freelancer

Are you good at photography? Graphic design? Proofreading? Writing content? Businesses are always looking for people with these skills. You could, of course, apply for a permanent position at one of these companies. Freelancing, however, is often an ideal option. You can choose how much work you take on and schedule your own hours. People will post jobs they need completed on websites like Upwork or Fiverr. You could also solicit your own clients by creating a website and showing off your work.

However, it’s not easy to become a freelancer who earns much money. As you know, there are many freelancers on freelancing platforms (for instance: Upwork or Fiverr), therefore, the competition is very high. So, to earn money efficiency, you must be really good at one specific skill and patient. You should try your best in every single task you find, and build up your portfolio day by day. Good comments of your clients about your job could help you win more jobs in the future.

If you aren't already good at a certain freelancing skill, but have always wanted to learn new tricks, now is the perfect time to start! Teach yourself through free online videos and articles or apply some short courses. Through practice, you'll be able to start marketing yourself in no time!

Start an Etsy Store

Are you a particularly crafty person? Open a page on Etsy and start selling your unique creations. If you can gain a steady stream of customers through high-quality products, there is a real chance you can make good money.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and start your career as a working stay-at-home mom!

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Jennifer Shackelford

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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