For any mom, it takes a certain skillset to perfectly balance the home and work life. If you’re a mom who seems to run out of daylight, struggles to choose between watching your little one run and grow vs. reaching the next tier in your workplace, there are many satisfying careers mothers can now work while maintaining the elusive work-life balance. Working remotely not only allows you to curate that daily schedule which best fits your parenting goals, it can serve as the perfect outlet for when you just need some human interaction that doesn’t involve an emotional (but cute) toddler. Is that stain chocolate—or poop? Here are some of the best sustainable, online career options that offer flexibility for the mompreneur in you.
Social Media Manager
A social media manager is someone who manages all things social media; be that analytics, traffic, comment responsiveness and the like. A social media manager maintains a brand, a person, or a reputation. You already have social media where you post what best represents who you are and what you do, why not utilize your skills to help out that latest start up— and make some extra money while doing it? For the most part, companies will already have a game-plan in play that will help you get started and help familiarize you with the company culture or whatever it is that you are representing. It’s the perfect job to do from home; phone in one hand, bottle in the other.
In the past several years there has been a relative boom surrounding online counseling. Most people, as you may relate, are always on the go go go. Often times they turn to the internet for answers. How easy it has become to see a doctor, chat with a nurse, or get your symptoms diagnosed— all with the click of a mouse. Why wouldn’t these people also turn to technology for therapy and counseling? In order to build a steady client base, you may first want to begin with a platform which guides the right clients to you. Talkspace and Betterhelp are both highly rated in terms of customer and employee satisfaction and offer the counselor full control of her schedule and workload. Another option includes building your own business from scratch. This may cause some anxiety, but using a personalized website and strategic online marketing could easily get you where you want to be.
There seems to be an enormous amount of controversy surrounding this field, particularly in terms of the online ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching industry, but if you can find a good and reputable company this can be an extremely fruitful career. There’s always a demand for teaching ESL and if you commit with a passion and find a curriculum that works for you, this could potentially suit you very well. There are many great companies in this sector such as Kaplan. If your goal is to work full-time, however, it may be in your best interest to look into somewhere such as Connections Academy or research online universities.
With the growing number of bloggers, journalists and fully remote companies, there has been a steady rise in this field, and it will only continue to grow. Many companies offer this position on a contract basis, especially for growing businesses. This, however, can play to your advantage when the company expands, giving you experience helping grow a business which could lead you to bigger, better opportunities. Also, if you’re needing something more temporary, this could fit you. For someone who has a broad range of skills, this can be a dynamic and challenging career.
The home-based work life is not for everyone; and there is something to be said about keeping work and home separate. So, for you working moms who need some old-fashioned human interaction throughout your day, here are two more traditional careers which offer flexibility for moms.
This is a position in which motherhood can serve to enhance your client base with young patients. Parenting allows you new insight into early childhood development that you may not have experienced during schooling and helps you to understand the ever-growing minds of little ones. For the aging population, speech therapy will be required for those suffering from hearing loss associated with speech disorders. The demand is there and waiting to be met.
Becoming a yoga instructor is relatively simple and inexpensive compared to other training programs (aside from the years of practicing yoga). Most yoga instructors are considered self-employed which allows them to plan their own work weeks. Staying healthy and strong is just an added bonus!
Thankfully, the job market is getting better and better every year for mothers. Maybe one day there will be no need for lists like these!
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