The best home based side jobs for stay at home mums in 2020
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Ways to make money with a side job as a stay at home mum
As a stay at home mum, there often comes a time when we need to earn some extra money on the side to boost the family income, but would really prefer to stay home with the little ones.
In our house, we had three little ones and it simply didn’t make financial sense to go out to work…I’m sure you’re familiar with sky-high childcare costs and I couldn’t earn enough to warrant paying for someone to have the kids. So what to do? Find a side job that’s perfect for a stay at home mum…..
I’ve put together a selection of real, genuine and perfectly doable side jobs for mums that fit in brilliantly around your family. You get to stay home, earn money, work when it suits you and never miss those all important baby milestones. So, in no particular order…
Become a freelance writer
As a side job for mums goes, this ones one of the ones that can turn into a full on career if you get the bug! Freelance writing is one of those things that seems amazing: work from home, anywhere in the world and all those wonderful benefits, except, well, what exactly IS a freelance writer and how on earth do you become one?
As a freelance writer, the first thing to know is that you don’t need a degree in journalism (or anything else) to be successful. Really, you don’t.
There is a place out there for writers of all kinds, and some of the most successful freelance writers are the ones that have not been ‘trained’ in how to write but have a natural, chatty, relatable voice that readers connect with.
As a freelance writer, you can write about anything, but it’s far better to find your niche and write broadly around that. Your writing will sound natural if you’re talking about something you know about.
Think of it like a conversation…..you can have an easy conversation about something you’re passionate about. It’s not so easy if you’re unfamiliar with the topic.
To become a freelance writer, there’s going to be a couple of things you need to have in place before you start:
- Your portfolio – Don’t let the word portfolio put you off. It doesn’t have to be as huge as it sounds, you just need to have a way to show potential clients your work. It’s going to be much easier for people to hire you if they can see examples of your work. You could showcase your work on your own blog, or you could guest post on other peoples sites.
- Know your worth – What’s your writing worth? It’s one of the first questions new freelance writers ask. Negotiating fee’s can be awkward for some of us, so it’s best to have this sorted before you get your first client. Find other freelance writers and find out what they charge. If you’re inexperienced and looking for your first few jobs, decide on the lowest you’ll work for an hour and use that as a guide. As you become more established you can change your rates, but have a figure in mind when you start out.
Like so many self starter jobs, getting your first client can be hard work. Being able to work from home and earn money without having to face the daily commute means that competition can be high when you’re starting out. But that doesn’t mean the work isn’t out there.
There are really three main ways you can go about getting your first freelance writing job.
- Pitch yourself to blogs/companies – Make a list of as many companies and bloggers who are in your niche as you can. Email them. Write a really good, compact email. Detail who you are, where they can find examples of your work and how they can contact you. It’s a long shot, and you’re not going to hear back from most of them. Keep going…it’s not personal and it’s not the only way to get work!
- Online marketplaces – Set yourself up a profile on UpWorks, Fiverr and other market place sites that clients might look for writers. As with the email above, make your profile short, to the point and with examples of where they can find your work. If you’ve guest posted for free on big name sites, use their names….if a client is familiar with a name you’ve published work with, you’re already a step ahead.
Freelance writing could be just what you’re looking for to escape the 9-5.
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Become a transcriber
Transcription jobs in the UK have been popular for a longtime, especially as a side job for mums. The rise of technology, in the form of home computers and smart phones means that transcription work that could once only be done in an office, can now be done from anywhere in the world.
Freelance transcription work has become one of the most well known ways to make money from home.
This work fits in with a family, as a second job or even simply as a go to when you need a little more cash. It’s well paid once you get some experience, and can provide regular work.
I thought it would be super helpful to create an all in one guide to steer you through starting out in transcribing, and I’ll go through the different types of transcription jobs available so you can decide which might be best for you.
So let’s dive in a bit deeper and see what you need and how you can get started with this brilliant work from home side job.
In it’s most simple form, a transcribist takes a recording and turns it into a written text.
Why would you need to do this? Some reasons include:
- Court recordings that need to be turned into text
- An spoken interview that needs to be written up as an article
- Podcasts, also needed in text form
- Writing up medical notes
- Writing up legal notes for law firms
There are loads of reasons why people need audio turned into text: mostly to do with keeping a written long term record of the audio file.
As an audio transcriptionist, you’ll be given an audio recording. It’s then your job to listen to it and start to transcribe it to text. It really is as simple as that. However…..you’re going to need some skills before it becomes ‘quite’ that easy!
Become a tutor & teach English online
It won’t come as a shock to anyone that teaching English online requires you to be fluent in the English language! There are other requirements that can be got around (degree, no degree..) but the fluency thing is vital and really non negotiable, so this side job is one for mums who know the language like the back of their hand.
If you’re looking for a flexible job that pays well and you enjoy helping people learn, this is likely to be a really enjoyable side job for you. The one thing that stops many people earning money from this lucrative side hustle is the belief that they need to have a degree to teach online. So, do you need a degree…well, yes and no. Some companies want a degree and others don’t.
What you will find is that you’ll earn more with a degree, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach if you don’t have one.
There are a few things you need to be able to tutor online: a reliable internet connection, a place to work where you won’t be interrupted, and an abundance of patience are all absolute essentials.
Think tutoring online might be for you?
If you have a degree, check out these companies offering work from home opportunities to tutor online:
- Education First (EF) – what does EF offer you? You teach in 1-2-1 classes, 25 minutes long, kids aged 5-10. You need to be available between 8am and 1.30pm, bring your own materials to the class, and have the chance to teach the same students every week, letting you build up a rapport. In exchange, EF offer between £8.50 – £12.50 per hour & company benefits, including joining a pension scheme. Interested? Apply to Education First here!
- Tefluk UK – Tefluk UK offers you the chance to team up with itutorgroup to offer you the chance to work from home, part or full time, teaching English over the internet. They’re looking for people who have a degree, a few spare hours per weeks and are looking to teach an Oxford University Material curriculum. Teflek pay between £16-£22 per hour.
If you do not have a teaching qualification, have a look at iTalki:
- iTalki is a tutoring company offering home-based work for people able to offer conversational practice, rather than a ‘lesson’. iTalki calls these people Community tutors and requires that they are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and use their time to provide students with conversation practice. The pay will be less and dependant on your experience, but is a way in if you have no qualifications to teach professionally.
Train to become a Virtual Assistant (VA)
A virtual PA or assistant position can be a rewarding career choice as a side job for mums, or for those looking for a truly flexible lifestyle. If you’re organised and on the ball, being a virtual assistant can be a lucrative role.
Many VA’s (virtual assistant) never actually meet the people they work for, although they might use Skype or something similar to keep in touch.
You might be filing receipts one day, making appointments the next, then managing social media accounts and proof reading articles the next. It’s a varied role and many virtual assistant’s work for more than one client.
You’ll need a strong internet connection and reliable IT to be able to work as a VA.
If you have a particular strength, SEO or Pinterest, you could market yourself as an expert in this area, possibly attracting clients who are looking for specific work rather than generalised admin.
Virtual assistants can earn anything from the minimum wage right up to £40 per hour, possibly more. The ball’s in your court with pay, and virtual assistants tend to be paid according to how good they are.
There is a Society of Virtual Assistants here which offer advice and support, otherwise you could join an agency like Tiger Recruitment, although you will pay a commission. Most virtual assistants advertise on Fiverr, Upworks or get work through word of mouth.
Home based customer service jobs for mums
Worked in customer service roles in the past but would now prefer to stay home and work? It’s possible to get a customer service role and work from the comfort of your own home!
In all honestly, I don’t have any experience of these companies, but have researched them for this post, so would be great to hear form some of you if you’ve actually worked for them in the past or are now. Some companies offering customer service roles at home are:
- Sensee – Sensee are an agency that offer work to you and I, and work on behalf of some of the UK’s biggest brands, such as Allianz, Bupa and Hastings Insurance. What do they offer? Unusually, Sensee offer a full employment contract, meaning no zero contract hours here, you’ll know what you’re working while still maintaining a degree of flexibility over your hours. They have a 20 hour a week minimum, so this would suit someone looking for a proper part time income. What do you need? Customer service experience, a quiet place to work, the right attitude and the ability to commit to 20 hours per week. Ready to apply?
- The Virtual Call Centre Network – As with Sensee, The Virtual Call Centre network provides some big name UK firms with their customer support. They offer their agents access to great home based customer service opportunities with top level support and great incentives. The pay is between £8.30 – £9.00 per hour, and you can apply here!
Data input jobs for stay at home mums
There’s very little specific training needed to be able to get work entering data at home, meaning you can get started pretty much straight away.
These work from home jobs traditionally seem a bit spammy, don’t they! Rest assured, it certainly IS possible to get work entering data from your kitchen table.
There are a few things you need to have access to in order to be able to work effectively. If you’ve got a good internet connection, a comfortable chair and desk and up to date IT equipment, you’ll be in a better position to take on this sort of work.
On top of that, you’ll likely need a software package such as Microsoft Office. If the company employing you uses specific programmes or software, this will likely be provided for you.
Data entry jobs can be hard to come across, mainly because they’re easy to start and require very little skill, making them quite high demand work from home jobs. But they are out there. Once you start and are successful, many people find they get more work, the more they do.
There are a number of places you can legitimately get data entry work from home jobs, and I’ve listed some of them below. Just remember with data entry jobs, make sure you never pay to be given work and stick to the general rule of ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!’.
Place to find data entry jobs:
- Clickworker – Clickworker allows you to sign up and make yourself available for work for Clickworker’s clients. Data entry is one of the jobs you might be offered. There ARE other jobs available: proofreading, surveys and editing for example. The amount of work you’re given is dependant on how well you complete tasks and you’re paid roughly a week after you complete the job, by PayPal.
- The Smart Crowd (Lionbridge) – To work with Lionbridge, you need to register on their website and complete a questionnaire. This is just so they know what type of work you’ll be best suited to. There are varying tasks on offer, and you’ll be emailed when something suitable for you comes up. Payment is monthly.
- Amazon mTurk – Amazon Mechanical Turk has literally thousands and thousands of jobs available for you to pick up. You register, select tasks, and start. Sometimes you have to complete a qualifier before you can start the job to make sure you know what you’re doing. One thing: you only get paid if your work is accepted. Payment is made by Amazon gift card unless you specifically request a bank deposit.
There are a number of genuine options available to you if you’re looking to earn money from home while raising your family. We listed some of the most popular and better paid ones.
Yes! it’s more than possible to replace your part time job income, lose the commute, make your own hours and spend more time with your family.