You want to stay home with your kids, but you’ve got to work … at least a little bit. The solution: Work from the comfort of your home computer! The online job market is booming, according to Ziprecruiter, so now’s as good a time as any to get snag one of these full-time or part-time online jobs that’ll let you stick around the house. Scroll down to discover 10 online jobs from home available right now.
If you've got a talent for wordsmithing, there are a slew of opportunities online for skilled writers. Granted, you probably won't make the kind of cash you need to pay the (big) bills, but collect enough small gigs, and you might be fine. Don't know where to start? First, try the blogs and sites you frequent (often there's a "contribute to" section somewhere on the website). To do a broader search, you can look at big job sites like Indeed, and filter your "writer" search for "remote." Or check with media-specific sites such as Mediabistro, ProBlogger, and Freelancewritinggigs.com.
Pssst: Red Tricycle is often on the lookout for good freelance writers or editors. Check our Job Openings page for details.
What it pays: Varies, but pay averages anywhere from a few cents a word to $75 an article.
Can you type as fast as you can talk? Use your speedy skills to transcribe audio clips for companies such as Transcribe Me or Speakwrite.com. It’s tedious work, but if you only have a few hours to spare, it's a good option since many jobs allow you to set your own hours.
What it pays: $12-20 per hour, according to Glassdoor.
Virtual Executive Assistant
Are your play dates and PTA meetings lined up neatly on your iCalendar so you never miss a beat (or a meetup)? If organizing is your forté, an executive assistant job is a natural niche. Help organize meetings, manage projects, update websites and manage schedules for busy executives—all from the comfort of your computer. These jobs are listed on job sites like Indeed and Ziprecruiter under the title "Remote Executive Assistant" or "Work from Home Administrative Assistant."
What it pays: Varies, but ranges from $12-20 per hour.
Online College Teacher
If you've got an advanced degree or tons of pre-baby work experience to share with the next generation, you can be a college professor without having to actually set foot on a college campus! Online colleges including DeVry, University of Phoenix, and Grand Canyon University are among those currently seeking faculty.
Where to find the job: Online job boards like Indeed.com or the teaching-specific job site higheredjobs.com frequently have remote teaching listings or try the colleges directly: Devry, Grand Canyon University, University of Phoenix.
What it pays: About $50,000 per year, according to Glassdoor.
Online K-12 School Teacher
If you were a teacher long before anyone called you mom, you can use that teaching degree to teach for online elementary and high schools. Instead of standing in front of a white board and looking for raised hands, you'll sit behind a computer and use e e-mail, chat and video conferencing to teach traditional public school subjects.
Note: These are full-time teaching jobs, which means you’ll still need to find someone to take care of your kids while you’re at "work."
What it pays: At least $37,000 per year, according to glassdoor.com.
Social Media Manager
If you know your way around Instagram, can roll with Snapchat and love a good tweet, now's the time to put your online social skills to good use. Social media managers are needed for anyone who has a website. In this role, you'll help companies get their brand out there by constantly updating their social media feeds and figuring out novel ways to get people to click and follow.
Where to find the job: Social media managers are in high demand, so you can find listings on just about any place there are job postings. Just type in "Social Media Manager" or "Social Media Writer" into your job search field, and see what's available.
What it pays: Varies, but somewhere between $34,432 to $56,571, according to this informative Business Insider article that lays out the minute-by-minute schedule of a social media manager.
Is calculus your jam? Do you love a good Shakespeare play? Use your academic prowess to remotely help kids who need a little extra help after school. Tutoring subjects generally include high school basics like algebra, chemistry, physics and geometry—but you can respond to whichever expertise you know best. All you need is a hefty knowledge of your chosen subject, a high-speed internet connection (with a webcam) and a few hours of time (job site says you can work as little as five hours to as many as 29 hours per week).
Want to teach something more unique, like mindfulness, video game design, or creative writing inspired by Pokemon (we're serious!)? Create your own outrageously cool class and teach for Outschool, an online learning aggregate where the class choices range from old standbys like math and science to more niche topics like sewing, veterinary medicine and Pokemammal. Outschool says on its website that it "welcomes classes on all subjects and in all formats, for learners up to age 18," so if you've got a hidden talent for something awesome, now's the time to teach it to the next generation. To start teaching, you must have a high-speed internet connection, be willing to undergo a background check, and live in the U.S. or Canada. Then, just sign up to teach with Outschool and get your first-class listing approved.
What it pays: For Tutor.com - $12 to $35 an hour; at Outschool, you get 70% of the total class enrollment fees (so if 10 kids sign up for a $100 class, you get $700).
If you've got an academic background or specialized expertise that makes you the go-to person for advice on a particular topic (i.e. "Doc. can you take a look at my baby's rash real quick?"), now's the time to cash in! At Justanswer.com, you'll get paid for your advice—at least, for good advice. There are more than 175 categories where you could lend your expertise, including health, cars, home improvement, law, tech, health, homework and “general.” Anyone can apply to be an expert—it’s up to the person who asks the question to decide whose answer gets the dough.
What it pays: According to the JustAnswer pay calculator, you can make anywhere from $20 to $100 an hour (but that’s, of course, only if you’re giving the “best” answers … and lots of them).
Apply here: justanswer.com
We know: everyone and her dog have a blog these days (just ask this cat). But you actually can make money if you know how to get lots of advertising, use affiliate links, and run sponsored posts. Just ask this mom blogger, who went from stay-at-home mom to stay-at-home mom blogger making more than $6,000 a month. She reportedly did it by getting readers—lots of readers!—to subscribe to her blog, buy her e-book, and follow affiliate links that made her money with every click.
Where to find the job: CREATE IT yourself! Step 1: Think of a great domain name and register it (this costs just $11.99 on GoDaddy); Step 2: Find a website building/hosting site (Squarespace and Wix are both super-easy); Step 3: Start blogging! Then, read this article on how to start making money with your blog.
What it pays: Varies, from negative (hosting fees) to several thousand dollars a month.
Sell Clothing, Art, or Other Things Online
Do you have a knack for knitting? Are you a polished painter? Can you repurpose a pair of shoes (like the above pic) and make them trendsetting? Sites like Amazon, Etsy and eBay make it super-easy to become an instant salesperson by listing your goods on the public marketplace. Here are some sites where you can get your goods online:
What you can sell: Pretty much anything (you can see a complete list of categories here), including unopened cosmetics, books, clothing (new only), handmade items (see the Amazon Handmade section of the site), electronics, CDs, and toys. Many sellers find these items elsewhere and sell on Amazon for a slightly higher rate to make a profit. Of course, Amazon makes a little of your profits (starting at about 99 cents per sale, plus a referral fee which is a percentage of the item's cost plus shipping fees)—but you get to pocket the rest.
To get started, go to services.amazon.com/selling
What you can sell: Handmade, vintage, and craft supply goods.
To get started, go to help.etsy.com
What you can sell: Gently used clothing.
To get started, go to poshmark.com/what_is_poshmark
What you can sell: Used children's clothing.
To get started, go to kidizen.com/seller-handbook