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Stay at Home Jobs Can Be a True Blessing
Whether you’re a homemaker looking for a way to supplement your family’s income, a homesteader looking to fund a bigger piece of land, or an empty nester looking for a new interest; stay at home jobs can be hard to find. And legitimate work at home opportunities are even harder to come by.
The benefit of working from home is second only to working for yourself when it comes to employment. The freedom it can give you to manage your work/home balance is immeasurable. That’s why it makes sense for homemakers and homesteaders to want to find work at home opportunities. I mean why wouldn’t you want to keep your independence and bring in some extra money?
What Job is Right for Me?
I think trying to decide what the best type of job you apply for should depend on what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing. This will make trying to find the right type of work at home position a little easier. I looked for freelance writing jobs when I was younger because it was something I enjoyed doing that I knew would have a variety of positions available.
There is some limitation in the variety of fields that lend themselves to work at home opportunities. Can’t exactly be a microbiologist at home. So I have listed some of the most common ones below with their benefits and drawbacks. Each will have links so you can research them yourself to see what best fits your needs.
Fields of Opportunity
In my article “Homemaking – How to Make the Dream a Reality“, I mention some of the opportunities below but I didn’t really go into detail about their positives and negatives. I will outline that here so that you can make a more informed decision about which jobs or opportunities you should be considering.
Writing can be a pretty great way to work from home, especially if you enjoy and are reasonably good at it. It is definitely more for those who have a passion for it. There are many different types of jobs for writers out there. You can guest post for blogs, write articles for publications, work as a copywriter, or do small piece jobs. I once worked with Zerys and I was doing everything from writing Amazon product descriptions, reviews of products for websites, and complete articles for different companies. The drawback is most times you need to get some work under your belt before you start seeing the good pay.
- Freelancewriting.com: The link I provided here is for remote freelance opportunities on their website.
- Remoteco.com: These are listings of different companies that are looking for all different types of writers to work remotely.
- writeraccess.com: A website for freelance content creators. You sign up, take a test, when they approve you they give you access to the job board, you apply for the different jobs and up your rating. The better the rating the better jobs you get.
- HARO: This is a website that journalists and publications use to search for sources for their articles. They cover all different types of topics and if you have the experience or knowledge they’re looking for they will use you. It is not a paid gig, but you can use it to pad your resume for other freelance jobs. It helps to build your credibility. Think of it as networking.
- Constentcontent.com: Another writing clearing house type company. Similar to Writeraccess.
If you love to teach others how to do things, you are really good at certain subjects, and like working directly with people this is the job for you. The only drawback is there is usually a higher level of requirements to get hired. Some of the positions will most likely require you to have a degree in the area that you are tutoring. Although some will just require you to show proficiency.
- VIPKID: This is one of the top companies that hire teachers to teach English to kids. Full disclosure this is an affiliate link as we believe it is a great company that does a great service to help young children learn English.
- Tutor.com: Tutor.com hires all kinds of tutors, this link is for math tutors. So if you know your stuff when it comes to math this is a great opportunity for you.
- Chegg: Another online tutoring organization that you can work for remotely. They have many different subjects that you can choose to teach. Similar to many of the freelance writing jobs, you build up a reputation to increase your pay and job access.
- Pearson: Frequently has job listings for remote tutoring positions.
The virtual assistant is one of the more broad areas available for work at home jobs. They range from managing someone’s social media accounts to doing graphic design for big-name corporations. So this is one of the more diverse opportunities when it comes to remote positions. It’s also great for those really techy types. Also if you really love working behind the scenes and being available to help someone at the drop of a hat this type of job is for you. That can also be a drawback as you will most likely be in high demand and that can mean odd hours.
- Belay: A great virtual assistant recruiting company. They have a simple application process and a variety of virtual assistant positions.
- Virtual Gal Friday: They have a variety of different VA positions, but they can take time evaluating your application.
- Fancy Hands: Fancy Hands is more traditional type assistant work but done remotely. If hired you would be doing work like calling for appointments, setting up reservations, data entry, or making phone calls for clients.
- Vickyvirtual.com: This company hires people to be virtual receptionists. You can make $10 an hour with Vicky virtual. This is a perfect remote position for people who have good customer service skills or experience.
- Guru: Is a website that provides a service similar to classified ads. People create ads to look for virtual work to be done, you bid on the job, and you work with the client. The only drawback is sometimes jobs are posted that might be less than legitimate. I would just use your best judgment or use a different service. I left this one on here anyway because I think Guru offers a ton of good ads that shouldn’t be dismissed.
There are tons of jobs that are available for translators to work from home. Do you speak a second language? Do you know sign language? This is a great opportunity to use your skills. The only drawback I can see to this is if you have kids or are unable to have quiet in your home to record or perform your duties.
- Language Services Associates: LSA hires people to provide their clients with many different types of translation services. They offer competitive rates and a variety of job types.
- Vocalink: This company has a variety of translation and interpretation positions available. They also have needs for many different types of language interpreters.
- Viagogo: Viagogo is a company specializing in event tickets. They need translators for their content due to the global nature of their clients. If you scroll to the bottom of the page there are the open listings for their translation needs.
Find Your Fit
Whatever type of work from home opportunity you choose to pursue the benefit to you and your family is immense. Being able to control your hours and create a balance is so vital when you value your home life. Not to mention the ability to grow creatively with a job that fits you and your family’s needs best. Hopefully, these resources will help you be able to put your family first and create a better life for you and them.