I have been a work-at-home freelance writer and media professional for 20 years.
There is no way that I could manage my family life, business, and personal care without the flexibility my work-from-home schedule affords me.
Since becoming a mom, I have felt so grateful that I have control over my time, location, client-base and general professional happiness.
One of the most common questions I get from readers is:
“What are the best jobs for single moms?”
Single moms want what other moms want in a job — but maybe even more so:
- Good pay
- Flexible schedule
- Remote (at least partly)
- Fair boss
- Interesting work
- Room to grow
Online jobs and remote work-from-home careers for moms:
- Bookkeeper: One of the best online jobs for moms
- Proofreader: One of the best online jobs for moms
- Other mom-friendly jobs — no degree required
- 21 of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms for 2022
Jobs for single moms: Online jobs and remote work-from-home careers
Bookkeeper: One of the best jobs for moms you can work from home
Bookkeepers can earn a salary, or build a business earning $60+/ hour, which can be more than $100,000 per year. Entry-level bookkeeper jobs can pay $20/hour.
The job description for bookkeepers includes organizing financial transactions, tax information, and “the books” for their clients. They also update financial statements, read over financial documents for accuracy, and create reports.
If there is a problem with a statement or a miscalculation within their client’s numbers, it’s the bookkeeper’s job to find it.
While bookkeeping can be an in-house job, more and more companies are turning to bookkeepers who work from home. Bloggers and influencers hire bookkeepers that work virtually, as do companies that don’t work out of a brick-and-mortar office. Because most bookkeeping tasks are done online, many small businesses also hire work-at-home bookkeepers to keep their overhead down.
Bookkeeper Launch is an online video course that helps people with zero experience learn bookkeeping skills, find new clients and build a successful online bookkeeper business — from home. Try out Bookkeeper Launch's free workshop to learn more >>
Listen to this Like a Mother podcast interview with Erin Bardsley, a Vermont single mom who is successfully growing her bookkeeping business:
Bookkeeping is also an ideal career for military spouses looking for jobs working from home, since they so often have to move to new places.
We give the details in our Bookkeeper Launch review.
Proofreader: One of the best jobs for moms you can work from home
According to ZipRecruiter, freelance proofreaders earn an average of $56,762 a year in the United States or an average of $27/hour, with entry-level online proofreader jobs starting at $15/hour.
Proofreaders are great for people who are good writers with attention to detail. Tasks include reading over copy written for businesses, academia or others, to find spelling, grammar or style errors.
To become a proofreader with no experience, we recommend the Proofread Anywhere course, which help you learn the skills to become a successful proofreader, find new clients and establish a successful business from home.
Proofread Anywhere offers a FREE workshop to find out if you have what it takes to be a proofreader. The great news is these workshops are on-demand, so register for free here now >>
Jobs for single moms with no degree or qualifications required
Thankfully, many companies recognize that some good positions they need to fill don't benefit from a university degree. Also, there are many ways to be self-employed or a contract worker without going back to school — and still make very a very good living without going into student debt.
Here is a list of 13 no-degree jobs, including careers as a real estate agent, sales rep, massage therapist, social media manager and more. No degree required!
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Other job opportunities you can work at home
Covid-19 closed many businesses and resulted in layoffs, and many parents were forced to quit their jobs because of a lack of child care. Thankfully, there are many opportunities to work at home, in part thanks to an increased acceptance of remote work these days.
Every business, and most individuals, need an accountant at some point — and much of the work can be done remotely, from home. Whether you are a CPA, bookkeeper or accounting assistant, there are many opportunities in a wide variety of industries, for all levels of education and experience.
Administrative work is a broad description that can range from basic data entry that pays $15 per hour, to highly skilled executive assistant positions that earn multiple six-figure salaries with benefits — most of which can be done remotely.
Child care provider jobs
Child care jobs can range from the occasional babysitter, to part- or full-time nanny positions, working in a family's home, or being a child care provider in a daycare center.
Child care providers may choose to open a daycare center in their home. In this case, they may decide to watch several children in addition to their own (if they have any), while some work for someone else watching their children as nannies, or sporadic babysitting for an hourly rate.
The requirements for this work really depend on the type of daycare position you desire. For example, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that many states require private, in-home daycare centers to become licensed.
To qualify for licensure, you likely need to pass a background check and have an up-to-date record of immunizations. You may also need to meet a minimum training requirement and be certified in CPR.
Some states also require childcare workers to earn a credential such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. This credential requires some coursework along with childcare experience.
Check out our post on 8 free online childcare training courses.
Clinical research coordinator jobs
Clinical research coordinators oversee and assist with a wide range of experiments and clinical trials. They perform administrative tasks such as data entry and documentation, but they also conduct a lot of research to prepare for clinical trials and other experiments.
Clinical research coordinators also spend long periods of time researching and brainstorming potential experiments and conducting interviews to find out which experiments may be feasible. Finally, they follow up after experiments are complete to study and report any findings.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that natural science managers (the official term for this career chosen by the BLS) earned an annual median wage of $118,970 in 2017. However, many clinical research coordinators earned a lot more.
Like the job title implies, content managers manage website content. Think about your favorite blog or news site. Chances are, a content manager is in charge of scheduling and posting everything you’re reading and every email alert coming to your inbox.
If you have a knack for juggling multiple tasks and making sure things get done — skills you already possess as a single mom — this career might be the perfect fit for you.
Content managers plan and schedule editorial content, assign projects to freelance writers, send out promotional emails and share content on social media.
Glassdoor lists the national average salary for content managers at $75,672, though some positions may be offered on a part-time basis. Many content manager jobs can be performed remotely and offer flexible hours.
Businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations all need content: Websites, emails, newsletters, texts, social media, books and more. Increasingly, the skills of SEO, or search engine optimization, are all critical to being competitive in the writing world.
A journalism, marketing or communications degree will give you a leg up in landing one of these positions, but you can also obtain relevant expettise from freelance writing gigs and free online courses, like this one from Coursera on Search Engine Optimization.
Corporate travel consultant
Credit card companies, travel firms, and hospitality-related businesses 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 or through 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.
While corporate travel jobs may pay a lower rate per hour than some of the other jobs on this list (usually in the $15 to $20 per hour range), the fact you may work flexible hours makes it easy to pair this job with another job you can do from home. Another perk: This job makes it easy to keep your eye on travel deals!
Who better to help someone with travel plans than someone who travels to new places on a regular basis? Travel consulting is the perfect job for military spouses looking to work from home.
Customer service chat jobs
Using phone and chat, customer service jobs are often done remotely from the parent company — including from your home.
Doulas help mothers with the emotional and physical support during birth and postpartum. Mothers who were assisted by a doula have been found to have healthier outcomes for both mother and baby, as well as lower financial cost. Doulas in large cities can earn $100,000 or more per year.
Grant writing jobs
Salaried grant writers who write proposals for non-profit organizations average $45,000 per year, though freelance grant writers working remotely from home, online can earn $50/ hour or more.
Grant writers pull together the applications businesses and nonprofits use to apply for grants from public and private foundations.
These individuals read through grant applications, draft intriguing and informative proposals, and work with donors to ensure the clients they work for have a solid chance at the grants they’re applying for.
This job requires excellent writing skills as well as the ability to conduct thorough research. Grant writers also need to be organized and have excellent communication skills since they will need to interact and chat with clients and potential donors frequently.
Payscale.com figures show that grant writers are currently earning approximately $45,757 per year. However, self-employed grant writers who are good with their time may be able to earn $100 per hour or more.
Learn the ropes of grant writing, how to get your first job, and how much you can earn in this post.
Graphic designer jobs
Graphic designers create the visual effects and artwork that businesses use in brochures, print media, and web pages found online.
These professionals need to have an eye for creativity and some experience using software programs. You don’t necessarily need a college degree, but you do need to master photo editing programs as well as software programs like Canva.
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics says graphic designers earn a little less than $50,000 per year on average, their figures don’t reflect the many online design jobs available today. I personally know graphic designers who design the pages for websites and earn upwards of $100 per hour! That’s a lot of money, and it just shows how much potential there is in this field.
If you’re looking for a job designing for websites and other media, start with online job boards such as Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, ZipRecruiter.com, and CareerBuilder.
Think graphic design is the at-home career for you? Read this post on how to get started, find your first client, build a portfolio and make coin as a graphic designer.
The medical industry has many opportunities to work from home, including medical billing and coding, case management, telephone triage, clinical research assistants and coordinators, customer service, general administrative support and many others. Some jobs require special training, a degree or certificate, while others do not.
Marketing jobs can include managing social media, data entry, marketing coordinators and managers, and much more — most of which can be done from home, remotely.
The Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate will teach you the skills you need to collect, synthesize and present data for your employer — within six weeks.
As telehealth grows in demand, popularity and offerings, more and more nurses of all specialties are required to fulfill positions that allow them to work from home. Employers might include managed care / insurance companies, telehealth providers, clinical trial coordinators and more.
Coders and programmers build all the software or hardware code to create anything from a website, to an app, to the hardware of a phone, laptop or game console. This is an in-demand field, where salaries easily top $80,000, and can go up to $200,000 or more with experience (though degrees are not always required).
Even programmers who work for large corporations often work remote, online, from home.
Google's UX Design Professional Certificate will help you learn the skills you need to be a user-experience developer within six months.
Learning to code as a military spouse can open the door to lots of high-paying jobs you can do from home. Plus, you can also do all of your training from home or while you're traveling the country with your military spouse.
Nearly every industry needs sales people, and much of this work can be done from home, and remotely. There are many opportunities for entry-level sales, including those that do not require special training or education.
Real estate jobs
Remote positions in the real estate industry can include title examiners, mortgage and loan processors, administrators for real estate firms, data analytics, real estate marketing and more.
Recruiting coordinators manage the entire job hiring process for businesses and organizations. This can include: post open positions, coordinate job fairs, conduct background checks, schedule interviews, communicate with candidates and more.
Tax preparer jobs
If you have experience using tax software to prepare federal and state taxes for individuals, then consider a seasonal gig as a tax preparer. Tax season runs from January 1 through April 15, though tax preparers do work outside of this high season.
Tax preparers are professionals who provide guidance, advice, and explanations to help customers fill out their tax forms during tax season.
Tax preparation jobs can be full-time or part-time. Part-time roles during tax season can be a good option for parents looking to work from home. Beyond tax season, you can keep the work going year-round by offering other services. These include bookkeeping, payroll processing, and financial planning.
Large tax preparation companies, like Intuit, H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, and Liberty Tax, rely on seasonal workers to satisfy customer demand during tax season. Per career site Monster.com, these large companies hire thousands of tax preparers each year, meaning there is huge demand. Small accounting firms also hire for these roles, and you can even set up your own shop and work independently.
Many part-time tax preparer jobs pay by the hour and vary by your state’s hourly pay rates as well as your experience level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a part-time tax preparer makes on average $22.64 per hour, which amounts to $47,090 annually. Senior tax preparers can easily earn more than $100,000 per year, while tax preparation managers can take home $200,000 annually, according to Robert Half Finance & Accounting.
You may also be eligible for commissions and bonuses. Per Glassdoor, H&R Block tax preparers typically receive around $2,500 in additional pay from commissions and bonuses. Jackson Hewitt employees typically earn an additional $340, and Liberty Tax employees usually snag an extra $300.
Many companies will also pay you more (usually time and a half) for any hours you work overtime. (Tax season is busy, so keep in mind you’ll usually have to work long hours, including nights and weekends, to meet client demand.)
Prefer to work for yourself? Per an IRS-approved continuing education provider, self-employed tax preparers generally earn more than those who work for other businesses. In fact, you may be able to earn up to $100,000 during the three-month tax season, depending on the number of clients and how many hours you decide to work.
You can find tax preparer jobs at businesses big and small by going directly to the career section of a company’s website or checking popular job boards like Indeed, Monster, and ZipRecruiter. To search specifically for work-from-home roles, use terms like “virtual tax preparer” or “remote tax preparer.”
Most tax preparer jobs require a high school diploma, with a college degree and background in finance or accounting a major advantage. While specific certifications aren’t necessary, those with prior tax preparation experience have a leg up. Customer service, data entry, and math skills are also key to doing well in this kind of position.
Don’t have a background in tax prep? Take a federal income tax course, like this free one, first. H&R Block also offers a virtual income tax prep course, which runs for 12 weeks. (The course is free, but course materials cost $149 in most states.)
As a remote, online or virtual tax preparer, you’ll be walking customers through their tax documents on the phone or video, so you’ll want to carve out a quiet space to work at home while you’re on the clock. Some companies, like Intuit, provide you with equipment such as a video camera and headset.
If you’re working for yourself, you’ll need to register with the IRS for a Preparer Tax Identification Number, which costs $35.95. You’ll also need a computer, printer, copier, professional tax software, and office supplies for your home business. Most people spend between $300 and $500 out-of-pocket for initial expenses to launch their self-employed tax prep business.
Project manager jobs
Project managers oversee projects from start to finish. They set the overall scope of a project, coordinate deadlines for all individuals involved, monitor deliverables to make sure work is completed on time, communicate with stakeholders, and provide administrative support as needed.
You’ll excel in this kind of position if you’re super-organized, enjoy collaborating with others, work well under deadlines, and have great time management skills. You’ll also need to be savvy with workflow tools, such as Trello and Asana, which are commonly used by project managers. Other tools that are good to be familiar with include Slack (to communicate with teammates), Evernote (to organize your notes), and Dropbox (to share files).
Project management is in-demand. Per the Project Management Institute, by 2027, employers around the world will need more than 87 million people in project management roles (yes, you read that right!).
According to FlexJobs, a job listings site, some of the most popular industries in which you’ll find project manager positions include construction, software development, information technology, healthcare, and marketing.
Per FlexJobs, the current median annual salary for open construction project management positions is $93,370, while you can expect to earn around $86,372 in software development and $75,474 in the healthcare industry.
Although you don’t need a specific degree in project management, a college diploma and any previous experience in project management is definitely a plus. There are also certification courses you can take from the Project Management Institute (PMI) that can help you stand out from other job candidates.
You can find part-time and full-time roles in project management. Look for jobs on sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter, as well as the Project Management Institute’s career site. According to Glassdoor, the average annual salary for a full-time project manager is around $66,000. Rates start at $46,000 on the low end but can go up to $107,000 on the high end, per Glassdoor.
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Transcription, typing and data-entry jobs
If you are an accurate, fast typer and can meet deadlines there is unlimited work for you in the field of data-entry and transcription.
These jobs can involve a variety of tasks and require fast, accurate typing, fast internet, familiarity with software like Microsoft Office and G Suite.
Translator or interpreter jobs
Interpreters and translators are hired to translate one language into another, either by listening and reporting in another language verbally or by translating a language using the written word by hand.
These people work 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. However, the biggest requirement for this job is absolute fluency in at least two languages.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, through the decade ending in 2026, jobs for interpreters and translators should increase by 18%. Approximately 22% of interpreters are also self-employed since this job is one that can easily be done from home.
If you have solid proficiency in a school subject, including English, math, science, a world language like Spanish or Mandarin, you can find tutoring jobs near you. Other in-demand specialties include English as a Second Language (for both children and adults), GED, and SAT/ACT test prep.
Consider joining and/or getting certified from the National Tutoring Association, the American Tutoring Association, or the Association for Tutoring Professionals. A college degree and education experience is helpful.
You may be able to find gigs through people you know, CraigsList, Facebook groups and NextDoor, or community organizations that serve low-income students. You can also apply to be a teacher's aide or educational paraprofessional at a public or private school near you.
Virtual assistant jobs
While most entry-level VAs start earning around $20 per hour, experienced Virtual Assistants can earn upwards of $75 per hour. Keep in mind that salaried executive assistants at top corporations can earn $200,000 per year or more — these are important jobs!
These professionals perform virtual services like customer service, accounting, scheduling, word processing, and sales-related support tasks. Virtual assistants can also be social media managers, create content for Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, as well as email campaigns.
Learn more about what it takes to become a virtual assistant in this post.
(Virtual) event planner
Event planners are the professionals hired to coordinate large office parties, corporate retreats and meetings, weddings, and other events for large groups.
These workers handle the intimate details of each occasion, booking guests, speakers, vendors, sponsors, meals, travel plans, décor, media production, public relations, sales, and entertainment.
Virtual social media manager jobs
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.
Like a blogger, a YouTuber can take on many forms — from posting funny videos about your kids, to teaching your audience how to do a certain professional or creative skill, to social activism.
YouTubing is very competitive, but those who stick it out long-term and invest time and money in their platform can earn six-figures our more through advertising, affiliate revenue, selling a product or course of their own — or a combination.
Many YouTubers take the audio from their videos and turn those into podcast episodes, and repurpose their material on a blog and social media accounts like Tiktok and Instagram.
Why moms should work from home
When I urge moms to keep one foot in the professional world, I often get a lot of pushback.
I hear that it’s impossible to maintain a career if you work less than 50 hours per week, or that childcare is prohibitively expensive.
I am fortunate that I found a career early on that allows me to work hard while also supporting a family. But I am not so special.
Nearly every industry is moving towards contract and freelance work, while part-time and telecommuting positions are on the rise. There are tons of opportunities out there — and countless ways to make your own opportunities.
Don’t get me wrong; it is always a struggle to do the single-mom juggle. But if you have a grip on your time, the chaos goes down and your quality of life goes up.
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. 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 their own homes? Virtual nurses–it’s true! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
I’m thrilled when women report they found work at home jobs for single moms.
I want this for you, too.
Here I am speaking to Yahoo! Finance about why work-at-home careers are so great for mothers — and how to get started:
30 reasons why working from home is great for moms — especially single moms:
- When the school calls to tell me my kid is sick, I rarely panic. Instead, I pick them up, drive them home, tuck them into bed with the various remedies, videos, and books. While they recuperate or nap, I can usually work nearby.
- A bazillion snow days last year did not ruin my life.
- Countless half-days of school (really, can’t the schools be open for a full week already!?) don’t require Olympic feats of schedule re-arranging.
- When my mom came to visit last month I skipped out of work in the middle of the morning to pick her up at the airport. Nothing like working your own hours, on your own terms.
- When my mom came to visit I kept Lucas home from school that day. He joined me at La Guardia Airport (super-exciting for a 4-year-old!) and then spend the day with his grandma.
- I can throw the requisite piñata birthday party at the daycare at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday. How to find free child care or preschool in all 50 states
- Every day I enjoy making myself a chopped salad lunch in my own kitchen. Not only does this make me happy, it saves money from eating out with co-workers on a daily basis.
- I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes or time shopping for clothes because I don’t need them. The cat could give a crap what I wear to work.
- I can run to the post office in the middle of the morning when there are no lines.
- I exercise almost every day during business hours.
- I use business hours to get my hair cut.
- I use business hours to go to the gyno.
- I use business hours to shop for the kids’ birthday gifts and hide them throughout the house.
- I can meet a friend for breakfast and didn’t have to lie to the boss about my car not starting.
- I drop off my kids at school most days.
- I pick up my kids from school most days.
- I’m room-mother for my daughter’s class and chaperone them on school field trips once or twice per year.
- Because I’m home all the time I’m friendly with the mailman. And FedEx guy, my super, the servers in the cafe downstairs from my apartment and my elderly neighbors — all of which makes my neighborhood feel like home.
- I sign for my neighbor’s UPS delivery which makes me happy.
- When I have a hankering for pasta e Fagioli soup in the middle of the morning I start simmering the beans right then and there so it was ready for that evening’s supper.
- Because I’m self-employed I have total flexibility to try out new things in my business like building out my radio show and list-building promotions. I have total freedom and the resulting fun. Also:
- Last year I spent a bunch of money on a redesign, marketing course, and new headshots. And I don’t have to validate those decisions to anyone.
- This month I signed a few new clients and can afford to set really, really high-income goals because I don’t have a boss to tell me what my salary is limited to.
- Helped out a half-dozen professional contacts in varying capacities because that is what I like to do and that is how you grow a business (but is harder to do when your time is committed to an employer).
- Every week I spend business hours investing unbillable hours in my business: receiving media training, hosting a radio show, blogging, joining networking meetings — all things that, again, can be tough to justify to a boss but are critical to professional success.
- Do what I want to do at work to do every day.
- Make pediatrician and dentist appointments for my kids and didn’t worry about taking off work.
- Felt my heartbreak when a mom told me she “doesn’t really know what is going on” in her daughter’s life because she and her husband get home from work at 6, and even that doesn’t leave much time for casual chatting.
- Wore comfortable (or no) shoes nearly every day.
- Feel proud that I set a positive example of work and business and life for my children.
FAQs about Careers and jobs for single moms
What is a good career for single moms?
There are countless ways for single moms to make good money, with flexible schedules. In-demand jobs that do not require a degree that we recommend include coders/programming, project management, bookkeeping and proofreading — depending on your interests and skills.
What can single moms do to earn money?
Single moms can make more money through a raise, promotion a new job, a side gig, starting a business or sell things you no longer need.
How do I get a job as a single mom?
Often, single moms feel like they need to hide the fact that they have kids when they apply for work. Instead, focus on promoting your skills, great work ethic and the fact that having kids has helped you learn to manage your time.
How can a single mom work full-time?
Nearly all single moms need to work, which is possible by way of quality and affordable child care, a reasonable commute (or work-from-home position), and ideally, a flexible schedule. Thankfully, increasingly employers are creating exactly these sorts of opportunities to attract more moms.
Bottom line: What is the highest paying job for a single mom?
Project managers can start their careers earning more than $80,000 and go way, way up from there. You can quickly earn a certificate to start this work, though no degree or qualifications are required for these positions which can often be done from home, and are expected to grow in demand.
Don't have time to start a new business, or still building the skills to start a freelance career? Check out this list of side hustles.
Single moms want what other moms want in a job — but maybe even more so: hood pay, flexible schedule, remote (at least partly), fair boss, interesting work, and room to grow.
In-demand jobs that do not require a degree that we recommend include coders/programming, project management, bookkeeping and proofreading.
Single moms can make more money through a raise, promotion a new job, a side gig, starting a business or sell things you no longer need.
Prioritize finding the child care you need to build your career, and forging a positive co-parenting relationship or otherwise sharing child care time with your children's dad.