When the family goes down to one income, there is often a financial strain placed on the breadwinner. Here are 5 jobs from home that the stay at home parent can do to help ease the burden.
Make Money by Taking a Survey
Register online to take part in paid surveys. Market research organizations are always looking for people, so it can be quite a lucrative means of home working, which is especially convenient for those with a child who hasn’t slept through the night. Plus, many surveys are online and can be completed during naptime.
Work From Home Selling on eBay
Have a spring clean! Often people hoard items in the garage or cupboard that they don’t like but don’t want to throw away. They could be valuable to someone. Take a couple of pictures, post it online and make a few dollars toward the grocery shopping. For those who do not have anything to sell, consider “flipping” products. This means buying items that are listed below their value, and relisting them for a profit. For those who like to shop, this can be one of the best jobs from home any parent can find!
Start a Home Business
Got professional skills? Turn them into a home based business. An accountant, for example, who was working for a large company may decide to “do the books” for some local businesses. For those who do not have professional skills that lend themselves to a home business, think more practically, like a cleaning or ironing business. The benefit of owning the business is that people can set their own hours around child care requirements.
Look for Virtual Jobs From Home
Many organizations have outsourced administrative duties to home businesses in an effort to cut down on salaries, and instead are giving these jobs to “virtual assistants”. Duties vary from data entry to typing to customer service.
Freelance to Make Money
Freelancing is a great way to make some money without having to commit to the 9 – 5pm work day. Freelancing allows the flexibility to accept the roles that a parent enjoys and that she can fit in with her life. For example, someone formerly working in journalism could write for us to make some extra money! Alternatively, people should consider contracting their services back to their former employers (at a higher rate!)
For parents, there may never be a right decision when is comes to their family lives, but by working from home – using surveys, selling on eBay, starting a home businesses or becoming a virtual assistant – some parents may be able to make money while achieving the work / life balance they have been striving for.