Working from home is ideal especially for mothers with young children. There are numerous job opportunities that you can take which allow you to work in the comfort of your own home. However, most of these are online and you don’t necessarily get to meet your employer in person.
This fact makes it easy for people to get conned so you do need to be wary of any ‘get rich quick’ schemes. The maxim still stands – if it looks too good to be true, it probably is! One huge red flag is that you have to pay money upfront before they will hire you.
Also be wary of multi-level marketing schemes (MLMs) such as Younique, Forever Living, Herbalife, Arbonne, Body Shop and the like where the real money is in recruiting others to the scheme, rather than selling the products. It’s only a select few at the top who live the six-figure lifestyle whereas those at the bottom struggle to even recoup their start-up costs.
There are some jobs, however, which are worth considering if you want to work from home.
1. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants help entrepreneurs and business executives in administrative work such as correspondence, making appointments, travel arrangements, and planning events. Basically, you are working as a secretary but via the internet.
These functions can be done through the phone or through email; you don’t have to be at the office. Fees vary enormously depending on your experience and the needs of the client so you may be paid for a set piece of work or on an hourly rate. Make sure you do your research so you know what others charge for similar tasks.
2. Writer, Proof-reader, or Editor
Any business that wants to keep its customers up to date needs to have a website and that website needs to have appealing content to anyone who views it. Not everyone can write an article that will generate views online, hence the need to hire article writers, proof-reader, and editors.
If you know you can write appealing content, then this is the job for you. There are many companies who need people to write articles for their blogs which makes copywriting services a great opportunity if you have a flair for words.
You can search for a company that offers online writing jobs on the internet. There are many companies that offer online writing jobs. Also check out Fiverr but be aware that the company will charge a fee on top of any payments you receive, and due to the budget nature of the site, you may not be able to charge as much as you would on other platforms.
You may think, by the way, that bloggers are a huge target audience for selling content. This is, in my experience, not the case. Bloggers write their own content – it comes with the job description! Look to small to medium enterprises, business start-ups or even charities who need some help to learn the ropes and get some experience.
3. Online Expert or Guide
If you are a retired professional or you are stuck at home due to illness, you can still work as a guide or an expert in your field of expertise. What you must do is register as a service provider in a company that offers answers to any questions about any profession. Once an individual contacts the company with their query, they are automatically connected to you if you fit their profile; the information is paid for by the user where you receive a percentage of the total cost. There is no need to be idle at home when you can be an online expert. If you want to practise your skills, Quora.com is a great place to start.
Not so much of a job, but certainly a way to make a little spare cash. You can get paid to take surveys on any issue. All you have to do is register, add your details and wait to receive the surveys that are the best match to the information you have entered. Payment is per survey and the amount varies widely.
There are plenty of companies to choose from but avoid the ones that make you take lengthy ‘pre-qualification surveys’ where they get lots of information but then decide you are not the right ‘fit’ to continue the survey for payment. It is worth setting up a separate email account for this to avoid any possibility of spamming.
5. English Teacher
Find a job teaching English to people who do not learn English in school as a primary subject. You can find more information about teaching English as a foreign language here. You may find you need to have a formal teaching qualification for some jobs.
If you decide to work from home, you have to create a small office as you cannot work from your sofa or bed all day. You will need office stationery and furniture such as an office chair, table, and files for your home office as you have to be organised to prevent other members of the household from interfering with your workspace.
Don’t forget that you will need to declare any earnings to HMRC if you are going to be self-employed and you will need to complete an annual tax return if your income exceeds £1000 (as of August 2020).