Being a stay at home dad or mum is a full-time job but unfortunately, it doesn’t always come with full-time paycheque. As a result, the time of relying on just one income is long over for many people. We have put together 8 online jobs for stay at home dads and mums. These money-making ideas can be pursued when your children are at school or asleep, or possibly even when they are awake and demanding your attention. The earnings potential is modest, and not every opportunity will be right for you, but every little helps and it soon adds up!
The best jobs for stay at home dads or mums allow parents to actually spend time with their kids and generate enough income so they don’t have to depend on anyone else. This can range from a Youtube channel superstar to, tutoring, or freelancing.
1. My dad is a YouTube superstar
Possibly one of the best online jobs stay at home dads and mums can do with the children. Turn your life/hobby into Youtube videos. If you enjoy life, it’s likely other will enjoy watching you.
You can apply for monetisation on Youtube once you’ve hit 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours over the past year. As a benchmark, you can expect to make around £1.10 per 1,000 views (at the time of writing). This means that one million views, equal around £1,100. Maybe a new family activity?
Let me introduce you to the Atwood Family, they currently have an astonishing 15.6M subscribers on YouTube!
2. Start Freelancing Today!
Freelance no longer means unemployed. From proofreading and translations to consultancy to design, when using your skill set in a flexible and self-directed way, you can freelance for almost anything and make a limitless amount of money.
Pay varies project-by-project and profession. The income probably won’t start steady, but freelancing allows the stay-at-home parent the opportunity to keep career skills sharp and can eradicate those gaps in your CV. Great sites to find freelance work are Upwork, PeoplePerHour, and Fiver.
There are many different at-home businesses that can be launched for a very low startup cost and can be maintained around your family’s schedule.
Party planning, reselling Lego, professional organising, and baking are just some business models that can be easily managed from home with kids. If you enjoy art or handmade crafts you could also start selling on Etsy, a platform that makes selling easy. Your startup could be the next apple!
4. Virtual Assistant
If you are naturally an organised stay-at-home Mum or dad, this one maybe for you.
A virtual assistant helps with a number of tasks, all which can be done from home. Some tasks include; handling calls/emails, bookkeeping, and organising meetings and appointments.
This is a great job in terms of steady income. Virtual assistants often stay with their clients long-term because relationships in this industry are very important. Being a virtual assistant can be less flexible than other stay-at-home work, however it can be very rewarding and more regular than most stay at home jobs.
If you have any type of background in education, you can find a job working as an online teacher for children, teenagers and even adults. iTutor is a great platform for teaching both Chinese adults and children English online. Classes run between 25 and 45 minutes.
Since this work is entirely virtual, you do not have to be in the same part of the country as the school employing you. You can often plan your virtual classroom schedule around your family’s needs. The bonus with teaching kids is that you will already have the toys and props for the class, your own children can play with them as well!
A great thing about teaching English Online is that most platforms supply all the teaching materials, so all you need to do is teach!
There has never been a greater need for stock photography. You can submit photos from your mobile phone and make money every time they get downloaded.
While it takes time to build up a large enough portfolio to make serious money from stock photo sites like Shutterstock and DepositPhoto, is an excellent option for anyone who is already an avid photographer or hobbyist and is willing to make their images public. Pictures of your family could even be uploaded, one day you may see your family on a billboard!
7. Professional eBay Seller
Many people want to declutter their homes, but hate the idea of having to set up their own eBay store. That’s where you could come in. For a commission (commonly 15% to 25%), you could do all of the legwork of selling their items, to mailing the sold items out. Successful resellers can specialise in a niche and leverage their social media contacts to find customers.
8. Use your Voice
Audiobooks are becoming more popular, especially in the busy work that we live in. Voiceover work in TV shows and movies is also in demand. People with interesting voices make for great voiceover actors. It’s not easy work, but voiceover jobs can lead to great money if you stick with it.
If you have interesting opinions and a lot to say, you could start podcasting. This industry is becoming increasingly popular as technology advances. Podcasts are a great way to learn. There are so many types of podcasts available, all with different hosts and subject matter.
These are just some online jobs for stay at home dads and mums. Working from home may seem like a daunting prospect, especially when you have children running around. But with a little creativity, parents from any type of job background can find something that will keep them from happily changing nappies and wiping noses for years. Some more online opportunities can be found here