Best high-paid, work-at-home jobs for moms

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Since becoming a mom eight years ago, I have felt so grateful that I have control over my time, location, client base and professional happiness. 

One of the most common questions I get from readers is how a single mother can find a work-from-home job.

Here’s how!

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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 push-back. 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 to have found a career early on that allows me to work hard while also supporting a family. However, I am not so unique. 

Nearly every industry is moving toward 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. 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 as including more family time and a flexible schedule. Where do you find these jobs? The answer surprises many people. 

Most people already know that customer service and data entry jobs are largely done virtually. However, 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? It’s true! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

I’m thrilled when single moms report that they’ve found work-at-home jobs. If you’re a single mother who’s looking for that opportunity, I want you to find it, too. Thanks to the internet (and technology in general), there are a lot of jobs that are becoming strictly online. This translates into a lot of opportunities for moms to work at home. 

The following 13 jobs include most of the highest-paying options that nearly any mom can start. These jobs range from entry-level to advanced, too, so there’s something for everyone.

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1. Virtual assistant

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 on either a freelance contract or telecommuting employee basis.

Moms who are interested in working from home as virtual assistants can also create their own businesses and offer a variety of virtual services, such as 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 for open positions. If you need to build up your skills first, explore the idea of taking a virtual assistant course. 

Virtual assistants can earn a lot more than you think. While most VAs start in the $15-$25 per hour range, experienced VAs can earn upwards of $75 per hour. 

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2. 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 that type of marketing for companies, virtual social media management jobs are a great option. 

People who do well in these jobs like to engage others in lively conversation and provide interesting links to articles, videos and other media to attract website visitors. 

Excellent customer service and communication skills are a must for these positions, many of which offer both part-time and full-time schedules and freelance options.

As you search 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 (she was really into Pinterest). Fast forward a few years, and today her social media agency makes her the family breadwinner. She is even poised to bring in $400,000 this year!

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3. Copywriter

Copywriting is a special form of writing that involves crafting a promotional website or print content to help a business earn more revenue.

When you think of copywriting, remember that every online ad, brochure or mailer you receive was written by someone. Chances are good that the copy you read on various advertisements was written by a copywriter. 

Copywriters are expected to provide useful information about a particular subject or product. As you search job boards for copywriting positions, similar job titles to keep your eye on include copy editor, online marketer, content writer and freelance writer. 

If you’re a mom with a strong sales background and excellent writing skills, 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, though, is that you can usually perform this job at home and on your own time.

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4. Grant writer

Grant writers craft the applications that businesses and nonprofits use to apply for public and private grants. 

These individuals read through grant applications, draft intriguing and informative proposals, and work with donors to ensure that their clients 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 abilities, since they need to interact and chat with clients and potential donors frequently.

According to Payscale, grant writers currently earn approximately $46,162 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 and CareerBuilder. You can also reach out to local nonprofits and organizations that are likely to qualify for grants. Last, but not least, set up profiles on job boards so that you can connect with businesses and individuals who might be applying for grants. 

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5. Corporate travel consultant

Credit card companies, travel firms and hospitality 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 the 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 one that you can perform from home. Another perk: This job makes it easy to keep your eye on travel deals!

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6. Translator or interpreter

Interpreters and translators are hired to translate one language into another. 

These individuals 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 navigate language barriers.

For medical and legal translation, experience in those 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 can easily be done from home.

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7. Blogger

Thousands of moms make a good living as a blogger. I am one of them! 

The best part of blogging is that the upside income is enormous, while the startup fees and time are manageable. You can start small and scale up to hiring a full staff if you want. The best part about blogging is that it’s a fun, creative and extremely flexible career path. It allows you to spend time on topics and skills you care about, as well as try out new ones. 

Blogging’s bonus is that the skills you learn by doing it easily transfer to other careers, including social media, digital marketing, freelance writing, project management, copywriting, designing, coding and many others.

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8. Event planner

Event planners are the professionals who 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 plans, meals, travel plans, décor and entertainment. 

While job duties can vary depending on the type of events that these planners work on, a lot of events can also be planned from home. You can contact vendors and set meetings with clients from home, for example. You will likely have 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 income 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. Additionally, explore job boards such as Indeed and CareerBuilder for opportunities in your area. Finally, make sure to set up a job board profile so you will be notified when work-from-home event planning jobs become available.

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9. Bookkeeper

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, it’s the bookkeeper’s job to fix 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 who work virtually, as do companies that don’t work out of a brick-and-mortar office. Because most bookkeeping tasks are performed online, many small businesses also hire work-at-home bookkeepers to keep their overhead costs down. 

To be qualified for 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 that bookkeepers who work from home can earn up to $60,000 or more with enough quality clients. 

To find bookkeeping jobs, update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your skills and desire for work. Additionally, create a job board profile so that you can connect with businesses that need bookkeepers.

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10. Graphic designer

Graphic designers create the visual effects and artwork that businesses use in brochures, print media and web pages. 

These professionals need to have an eye for creativity, as well as at least some experience using software. You don’t necessarily need a college degree, but you do need to master photo editing programs and software. 

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 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 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 websites and other media, start with online job boards such as Indeed, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter and CareerBuilder.

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11. 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, as well as conducting interviews to find out which experiments may be feasible. Finally, they follow up after experiments to report any findings. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that natural science managers (the official term for this career as chosen by the BLS) earned an annual median wage of $118,970 in 2017. However, many clinical research coordinators earn a lot more. 

If you’re interested in medical research and think that 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 for open positions.

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12. Childcare provider

Childcare providers take care of kids in their own homes, daycare centers or in client’s homes. They keep children safe, entertain them and foster educational activities to nourish their growing minds. 

While some childcare providers prefer to work for an employer, it’s common for individuals to open their own daycare centers 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 the rates charged in their area. 

To find at-home childcare jobs, start by asking people you know. Also, check online websites or sign up for a profile with Care to look for local nanny jobs.

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13. Coder

coder is a specialist who uses computer language 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. Alternatively, you can 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 practice and learn as much as you can through trial and error. 

To find coding jobs, check out job boards such as Indeed and CareerBuilder. You’ll also want to create profiles on Fiverr and Upwork in order to find your first few clients.

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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 that you may need to be willing to try. 

If you could somehow find a way to work from home, you would find that the benefits are nearly endless. You can spend more time with your kids, find some time to relax and ditch your commute altogether. Who knows? You may wind up earning more than you did at your day job.

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How to carve your own path (start today!)

Interested in being a work-at-home mom? Not sure where to begin because you’re now discovering that 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 I then signed up with BlueHost, one of many server services out there.

Like most personal blogs, mine is built on WordPress. If you pick this platform, make sure you go with (not .com). This is really important. It would be lame if my URL was 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 pretty ones. After that, sign up for a service that you can use to collect email addresses and send messages.

Images on your blog are at least as important as 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, though there are many stock photo options. 

When it comes to building the actual business, I started using QuickBooks, which is awesome (I had a ghetto accounting system involving an Excel worksheet, Word doc invoices and email for years and years).

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A wealth of opportunities

Are you a stay-at-home mom who is terrified of re-entering the workforce? Don’t be. Take that first step into a professional career that you can love while staying at home with your children.

Perhaps you want to start your own business? That’s great, too! Whether it’s starting your own company or getting a great stay-at-home position, I’m your advocate.

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