This post is by Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, an award-winning, innovative career website for work at home, telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time jobs. All this week, WealthySingleMommy is partnering with FlexJobs to bring you “Flexible Work Week.”
Studies find that the majority of professional moms prefer to work — but also identify the ideal work situation to include more family time and a flexible schedule. But where do you find these jobs? The answer surprises many people.
Most people know that customer service and data entry jobs are largely done virtually. But did you know that if you need to call your pediatrician’s after-hours nurse line, those nurses are most likely working from home offices? Virtual nurses–it’s true! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Here is a sampling of 8 work-at-home jobs in a range of industries. These jobs range from entry-level to experienced. We’ve also included related job titles to search for in FlexJobs, and the requirements needed to land these gigs.
A note on salary: At FlexJobs, we’ve done extensive research on the similarities and differences between salaries offered for tradition in-office jobs, and jobs done virtually. The great news is there is virtually (pun intended) no difference in the average salary or hourly pay rates for in-office and work-from-home jobs.
8 surprising work-from-home jobs for moms:
Virtual bookkeeping jobs offer part-time and full-time schedules. The typical duties of a virtual bookkeeper include reconciling accounts payable and receivable, month-end financials, administering payroll and benefits, and tax-related assistance. For any moms with previous experience in bookkeeping, accounting, and related fields, these jobs are an excellent option to work from home. When searching, look for related job titles like accounting clerk, sales manager, bookkeeper, operations manager, office assistant, and accountant.
Working with companies to improve their search engine results and performance, Web Search Evaluators work part-time, flexible schedules. For moms who are avid Internet users with experience using different web browsers and navigating a variety of content, these jobs are ideal. The best candidates also have a broad interest and current knowledge of web-based culture, media, sports, news, and business. You’ll run searches and evaluate results, applying the standards you’ve learned during the training and practice periods offered by these employers.
Virtual Admins or VAs as they are often referred to, provide administrative support to companies, agencies, or even individuals, either on a freelance contract basis or as a telecommuting employee role. Moms interested in working from home as virtual admins can also create their own businesses and offer a variety of virtual services like customer service, accounting, scheduling, word processing and sales-related support tasks. Related job titles to be on the lookout for include administrative assistant and customer service representative.
Copywriting is a special form of writing that involves writing promotional website or print content to help a business earn more revenue for their products and services. Copywriters are also expected to provide useful, informative information related to a particular subject or product. Similar job titles include copy editor, online marketer, content writer, and freelance writer. If you’re a mom with a strong sales background and excellent writing skills, then copywriting may be a great avenue to earn additional money on a freelance, work-from-home basis.
If you spend a LOT of time on social media, understand the ins-and-outs of each platform, and have experience managing this type of marketing for companies, virtual social media management jobs are a great option. People who do well in these jobs like to engage people in lively conversation and provide interesting links to articles, videos and other media to attract website visitors to a company’s website or try out a product or service. Excellent customer service and communication skills are a must for these positions, which offer part-time or full-time schedules, and freelance options. Other job titles include community manager, multimedia coordinator, social media specialist, and social media copywriter.
Credit card companies, travel, and hospitality companies hire travel consultants to assist corporate clients with travel planning, booking, itineraries, and emergency assistance. These jobs are completely virtual, requiring the consultant to work over phone, email, chat, and sometimes social media. With full-time and part-time schedules, moms with excellent customer service skills and a desire to help others will find success in these roles.
Translators, also hired as interpreters, are fluent in more than one language, ranging from something as common as Spanish to as unique as Tamil. These people with with medical and legal organizations, publishing houses, educational institutions, television and movie production companies, and other businesses. and are responsible for helping two or more parties communicate through language barriers. For medical and legal translation, experience in the medical or legal fields is a must. Other job titles to search for include language tutor, business translator, telephone interpreter, medical interpreter, and captioner.
For moms with experience in teaching and education, it’s more possible than ever to find virtual teaching positions both in K-12 education and at universities. People with online teaching jobs should be able to relate well to students, craft lesson plans and develop curricula, and utilize the phone, internet email and instant messenger to communicate. The typical certifications and teaching experience are required for virtual teaching jobs, and related job titles include high school teacher, virtual teacher, course mentor, student mentor, and adjunct faculty.
If you’re considering a work-from-home job, be open to the variety of surprising opportunities out there. For the chance to ditch your commute, spend more time with your kids, and even find a little time to relax yourself, ask your employer, friends and neighbors about how they found their telecommute jobs. FlexJobs is a fantastic resource for these positions.
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