I have been a work at home freelance writer and media professional for the past 15 years.
There is no way that I could manage my family life, business, and personal care without the flexibility my WAH schedule affords me.
Since becoming a mom eight years ago, 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:
“How do I find a work-from-home job for single moms?!”
I always tell these women to start with FlexJobs, the leading job board for telecommuting, part-time, flexible-time, work from home, and other alternative work arrangements that make such a big difference in families’ lives.
13 high-paying work from home jobs
- Virtual assistant
- Social Media Manager
- Grant Writer
- Corporate Travel Consultant
- Virtual Teacher
- Event Planner
- Graphic Designer
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Childcare provider
Why work from home as a mom?
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.
Work at home jobs for moms
Thanks to the internet and technology in general, there are a lot of jobs which are going strictly online. This translates into a lot of opportunities for moms to work at home, and there are more jobs going online all the time.
This list includes most of the highest paying options that nearly any mom could get started in. These jobs range from entry-level to advanced as well, so there’s something for everyone.
When I hired my first virtual assistant Jess, she changed my life.
Virtual assistants (also called VAs) provide administrative support to companies, agencies, or even individuals (like me!), either on a freelance contract basis or as a telecommuting employee role.
Moms interested in working from home as virtual assistants 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. Make sure to check job boards like FlexJobs.com for open positions. If you need to build up your skills first, explore the idea of taking a course for virtual assistants, such as 10K VA.
Virtual assistants can earn a lot more than you think. While most VAs start in the $15 to $25 per hour range, experienced VAs with a lot of skills can earn upwards of $75 per hour.
Social media manager
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.
As you search FlexJobs.com and job boards for social media management positions, other job titles include community manager, multimedia coordinator, social media specialist, and social media copywriter.
One of my best friends was a full-time stay-at-home mom for a decade before she started freelancing as a social media manager since she was really into Pinterest. Fast forward a few years, and today her social media agency positions her as her family breadwinner. She is even poised to bring in $400,000 this year. BOSS BITCH.
Copywriting is a special form of writing that involves writing a promotional website or print content to help a business earn more revenue for their products and services. When you think of copywriting, remember that every online ad, brochure, or mailer you receive was written by someone. Chances are, the copy you read on various advertisements was written by a copywriter.
Copywriters are expected to provide useful, informative information related to a particular subject or product. As you search job boards like FlexJobs.com for copywriting jobs, similar job titles to keep your eye out for 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.
Some of the top copywriters earn more than $100 per hour, and even beginner copywriters can easily bring in $30 to $60 per hour. The best part about copywriting, however, is that you can usually do this job at home and on your own time.
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 significantly more.
If you’re considering a job as a grant writer, check the big online job boards such as Indeed.com and CareerBuilder. You can also reach out to local nonprofits and organizations that are likely to qualify for grants to see if they need help. Last but not least, set up profiles on job boards such as Fiverr.com and FlexJobs.com so you can connect with businesses and individuals who might be applying for grants.
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!
Translator or interpreter
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.
Moms with experience in teaching and education should consider working at home in their field for a company called VIPKID. This dynamic and online education firm provides an international learning experience to children in China between the ages 4-12.
Headquartered in Beijing, the company offers fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction provided online by highly qualified teachers.
One perk of VIPKID is that no lesson planning is required. Instead, teachers prepare for class by reviewing the class materials beforehand in the teacher portal.
The typical certifications and teaching experience are required for virtual teaching jobs, and related job titles include a high school teacher, virtual teacher, course mentor, student mentor.
To apply for VIPKID, you must at least have a bachelor’s degree.
When applying for online teaching jobs, you should be able to relate well to students and be able to utilize the phone, internet, computer, email and instant messenger to communicate.
Read my VIPKID review here.
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, including seating charts, meals, travel plans, décor, and entertainment.
While job duties can vary depending on the type of events they work on, many event planning duties can be completed from home. You can contact vendors and set meetings with clients from home, for example. You will likely have to travel to be on-site often, however, since you’ll need to help choose locations for your event. You’ll also need to be present to coordinate the details of each event as it unfolds.
The BLS reports that meeting, convention, and event planners earned a median annual wage of $48,290 as of May 2017. However, event planners may earn more (or less) depending on how many clients they take on.
To find event planning jobs, make sure to update your LinkedIn profile to note your interest in this field. Also explore job boards such as Indeed.com and CareerBuilder.com for opportunities in your area. Finally, make sure to set up a profile on FlexJobs.com so you will be notified when work from home event planning jobs become available.
Bookkeepers keep track of 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 online personalities 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.
To be qualified in this career, you need accounting experience and a knack for balancing numbers and figures. You also need extreme attention to detail and the ability to communicate effectively with clients. The good news is, bookkeepers who work from home can earn up to $60,000 or more with enough quality clients.
To find bookkeeping jobs, make sure to update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your bookkeeping skills and desire for work. Also create a profile on FlexJobs.com so you can connect with businesses who need bookkeepers who work from home.
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. Also take the time to set up a profile on FlexJobs.com so you can find out about graphic design firms hiring remote workers.
Clinical Research Coordinator
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.
If you’re interested in medical research and think this job could be a good fit, an online position could be ideal for your lifestyle and goals. Make sure to check out traditional job boards to check for open positions. Also make sure you set up a profile with FlexJobs.com to find out about new jobs online or in your area.
Childcare providers take care of kids in their own homes, daycare centers, or client’s homes.
They watch over them and keep them safe, entertain them with games and toys, and foster educational activities to nourish their growing minds.
While some childcare providers prefer to work for an employer, it’s rather common for individuals to open their own daycares out of their homes. This strategy allows providers to be their own boss and build their own business, but it also helps them earn significantly more. While a typical babysitter may earn only $15 per hour or more, in-home childcare provider incomes are limited by how many children they can care for and rates charged in their area.
To find at-home childcare jobs, start by asking around among people you know. Also, check online websites like craigslist.org or sign up for a profile with Care.com to look for nanny jobs in your area.
A coder is a specialist who uses computer languages to create visual effects and functions online.
They design web pages, create websites, and build visual concepts for businesses and clients they work for.
This is a hot, growing industry. The BLS reports that, due to the high demand in this field, coders and other computer programmers can earn over $80,000 per year. The highest paid percentage of coders also earned upwards of $130,000 per year in 2017.
To become a coder, you can earn a college degree in computer science or a related field. Or, you could opt for a more targeted education and take free or paid online courses via Harvard’s edX or Code Academy. From there, you’ll want to learn how to build websites using source code. The best way to learn is through doing, so you’ll want to get a lot of practice and learn as much as you can through basic trial and error.
To find coding jobs, check out job boards such as Indeed.com and CareerBuilder. You’ll also want to create profiles on Fiverr.com and Upwork.com in order to find your first few clients. Finally, create a profile on FlexJobs.com. This portal connects individuals seeking remote work with companies who need coders and computer programmers.
The benefits of working from home
If you’re considering a work-from-home job, be open to the variety of surprising opportunities out there. You could wind up in a remote position you didn’t even know existed, but you may need to be willing to try something new.
If you could somehow find a way to work at home, you would find that the benefits are nearly endless. You could spend more time with your kids, find some time to relax, and ditch your commute altogether. And, who knows? You may wind up earning more than you did in your day job.
30 reasons why working from home is such a great arrangement for moms — especially single:
- 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 the 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.
- 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.
How to carve your own path (start today!)
Interested in being a work-at-home freelance single mom? Not even sure where to begin because you’re now discovering there are almost too many opportunities?
Here is the rundown of how I got started:
I bought a domain name (that is the URL of your blog, like WealthySingleMommy.com) at GoDaddy.com
I then signed up with BlueHost as my server (if your blog is a house, the host/server is the town in which it resides).
Like most personal blogs, mine is built on WordPress. Make sure you go with WordPress.ORG (not .com). This is really important. It would be really lame if my URL was www.wealthysingleommy.blogspot.com. You don’t want that.
Then you need a basic design. No need to spend a bunch of money when you start out. I bought an affordable one at Elegant Themes — they have lots of really pretty ones.
Sign up for a service to collect email addresses and send emails. I use Aweber, one of the most popular services. I like it because it is easy to use and has lots of design options.
Images on your blog are at least as important as the words. People are visual before they are linguistic (think of your kids – they could identify stuff by sight before words). I like DepositPhotos for buying photos and other images.
When it comes to building the actual business, I started using QuickBooks, which is awesome (for years and years I had a really ghetto accounting system involving an Excel worksheet, Word doc invoices, and email. Negative!).
Seriously, Quickbooks looks awesome, is super-easy to use and helps me keep track of all the money I make.
If you’re not a fan of creating your own business or working for yourself, there are PLENTY of options for working at home as a single mom.
TOP 100 COMPANIES OFFERING WORK AT HOME JOBS (WHICH ARE MOMMY-APPROVED)
Most of these companies post positions on FlexJobs, which reports the top industries with telecommute positions are IT, healthcare and sales.
These run the range from entry-level gigs to full-time staff positions with high salaries; all that you can do mostly from home.
- Working Solutions
- LanguageLine Solutions
- Kelly Services
- UnitedHealth Group
- Cactus Communications
- BroadPath Healthcare Solutions
- Commonwealth of Virginia
- Robert Half International
- Anthem, Inc.
- BCD Travel
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Connections Education
- PRA Health Sciences
- Vivint Smart Home
- Wells Fargo*
- Grand Canyon University – GCU*
- World Travel Holdings*
- Magellan Health*
- First Data*
- Carlson Wagonlit Travel
- Haynes & Company*
- Cornerstone OnDemand
- Enterprise Holdings*
- A Place for Mom*
- ACTIVE Network
- The Hartford
- Real Staffing*
- Western Governors University*
- Alight Solutions
- McKesson Corporation*
- American Express*
- Direct Interactions*
- Crawford & Company
- Walden University
- JPMorgan Chase
- PPD – Pharmaceutical Product Development*
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*
- JLL – Jones Lang LaSalle*
- State of Washington
- Chamberlain University
- University System of Maryland – USM*
- CVS Health*
- IT Pros*
- HD Supply*
- State of Florida
- NCH Corporation*
Are you a stay-at-home mom terrified about re-entering the workforce?
Don’t be. Here’s some practical advice about getting into the game — and into a professional career that you love after staying home with children.
Want to explore more work at home jobs? Check out FlexJobs deep listings here.
These are only a handful of the hundreds of companies who will allow you to work-from-home, but maybe you don’t want to be tied to the company.
Maybe you want to start your own business. That’s great, too! I’m obviously an advocate.
DO YOU HAVE A GREAT WORK AT HOME JOB? WHAT IS THE COMPANY? ARE THEY HIRING? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS!
Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post’s ‘Must Read” list.
Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.
A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.