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Here are 31 work from home jobs for mums including tips on how to get started and which jobs to break into if you want to go self employed by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums #makingmoney #moneymaking #workfromhome

Here are some of the most profitable work from jobs for mums

Anyone else think that flexible working is a myth? When it came to looking for a part-time job after having our second baby, it was a minefield of either badly timed part-time jobs or full-time roles that did not work.

With spiraling childcare costs and raising debts, I still had to work, but couldn’t find anywhere flexible enough.

After the recent budget, that mentioned 5 million pounds being injected to help mums like me back to work, and to help us stop being so underrepresented in the workforce, the main question is, will this make any difference at all?

There’s a growing need for flexible working, which is maybe why so many women turn to self-employment to fill the void.

Working from isn’t for everyone but if you’re looking for flexible working and to earn extra money then this may be for you.

I’ve been self-employed for over four years now and couldn’t imagine going back to employment.

Instead of rushing out the house at 8 am for the gridlock that is the M3, I now work for myself, when and if I can.

Does work from home jobs really work?

Yes, working from home works. I’m a home-based blogger, drop shipper and SEO Consultant. All these things I’ve learned while in my past employed roles and as self-employed.

Picking what you do can be tricky. List your strengths and use your past experience you have to start your job hunt from home or your new business. Whatever would work better for you.

Are work from home jobs real?

Yes, working from home jobs are real. If you don’t like the idea of going self-employed but need home-based working then these roles are for you.

Start by building your CV. Don’t worry about any gaps in employment. Be honest. As a stay at home mum you have loads of skills that every employer wants.

You are organized. Motivated and can still function on very little sleep!

Then start building up your portfolio. You can do this by in a number of ways depending on which role you are looking for.

I started as a Freelance Writer so I wrote as much as I could. I put my writing online and then started looking for freelance roles while looking for a part-time home-based job. (More on where to look for these roles below)

In the end, I loved being self-employed and have been ever since but it doesn’t work for everyone.

There are loads of opportunities out there. You just need to go looking for them.

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How can mums manage to work from home with a newborn?

Now, this is a tricky one. You can work when you have a newborn but everyone including the NHS England suggests that you have at least 6-weeks off with your family. Rest. Recover and enjoy your family.

Working around a newborn isn’t easy especially if you have another child at home.

Start small. Work when you fill up to it. Don’t stress about money coming in. Everyone including those who work self-employed get maternity pay so please make sure that you’ve applied for ALL the benefits that you are entitled too.

Finding work will still be here when you are ready.

What are the best jobs for mothers looking to work from home

If you’re looking for employed based roles then our advice would be:

1. Write a complete CV that sells your skills. Have a few different one’s depending on the roles you are looking for.

2. Using transferable skills is a great way to get an idea on what you want to do going forward. I realized after freelancing for a while that I wanted to stay self-employed.

You may not like it and know that you need a role that means you can be home-based and office-based. Play the field and see what fits in with you.

3. Build a portfolio so a future employer can see you know the industry. So if it’s web design then build a website. Writer; start a blog. You get the idea.

Trying to build a portfolio isn’t easy though if you have no contacts.

We started with People Per Hour* and Fiverr*. Both are content mill websites. this means that people advertise work and you bid to do it.

It is a race to the bottom so we wouldn’t suggest using them all the time. They are great for getting experience a few reviews under your belt.

4. Set up Google Alerts for the roles you are looking for.

That way you don’t have to keep looking at the same roles. They will come to you.

5. Keep going. These jobs are like gold dust but if your skills are right you can get one.

While you’re looking keep your skills up. Freelance to build your skills and keep your name in the industry.

What are some of the best high paying work from home jobs

This depends on what’s out there completely.

Sales jobs are normally quite high so look at Travel Agent work which is normally high commission-based or even Telesales.

Some will still class you as self-employed though so make sure you find out all the details first.

If you are happy with commission-based earning then have a look at:

1. Affiliate based earning. This means that you get paid every time someone clicks on a link that you’ve advertised.

2. Blogging can be commission based. You would use the affiliate links while building your audience. You could even set up a shop on your blog to bring in money.

3. Dropshipping. This is when you sell someone else’s product on behalf of them. Think of it as an online shop. You don’t have to worry about holding the stock as your supplier does that.

You make sure that the customer is happy and gets their item. The profits are made from the mark-up and the amount you sell.

Read more about how dropshipping works here.

What are some of the most profitable work from home jobs for mums to engage in?

This is hard as it does depend on skill level and the industry you are in but if you want to stay at home while working have a look at:

4. Becoming a Virtual Assistant. This is when you assist someone in admin activities. It could be bookkeeping, email management or social media. Whatever that business needs.

I was a Virtual Assistant for the first couple of years self-employed. It paid very well and really helped me build my skills up for my own business.

Read more about how to become a Virtual Assistant here.

A good way to get clients is to network within your local business community. Get your name out there and show them the skills you have.

5. Become a landlord. If you have some savings in the bank then investing in property is a good bet. You can manage your properties from home without the use of an Estate Agent.

6. Teach English online. There are loads of sites that offer real English speakers the chance to teach online. It’s true you may not make as much as a UK teacher makes but it’s a great income if you want to work from home around the kids.

7. Freelance writing can be paid quite well. Have a strong portfolio and maybe a website to show off your skills. If you know about SEO then you’ve got your foot into the door of many online businesses.

8. Social media manager is great for any mum who knows her way around the online world. If you are always on social media then this may be the career for you.

Start by showing employers how you have grown your own accounts to get started. Starting freelance may also be a way to get your foot into the door or an office-based role.

What are some good work from home jobs for a stay at home mums?

These do pay less but can be profitable when done daily.

Like every role, you get back what you put in! Some of these only take a few minutes a day to do too.

9. Paid Surveys

It may sound like a drag, but by signing up to sites like OhMyDosh* you can answer questions and complete competitions while looking after the kids.

Read more about OhMyDosh here.

Sign up for free here and get £1 added straight to your OhMyDosh* account.

Joining these sites cost you nothing but time and can be done anytime you have a few minutes’ spare.

The surveys are really easy to complete and can fit around whatever is happening from one day to the next.

The only downside is that you can’t take every survey, as some they are just looking for people who have bought a certain product.

Spend time getting your profile up together so that you’re selected for more targeted surveys.

Payment comes in anything from £5 Amazon gift cards to cold hard cash!

The best thing is, you don’t have to sit around checking the site for new surveys. They email you when they are up!

Our top 3 favorite survey sites are:

Quidco

Quidco* is a great way to save money. We’ve saved over £200 in the last few months and their site is really easy to use.

Use our link here and get a £10 cashback bonus when you make your first purchase on Quidco*.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks* is free to join and like Quidco you can save money while shopping online. The good thing about Swagbucks is that you can also earn money by watching videos, playing games and taking part in surveys.

There’s an option to download their SwagButton* for free which pops-up and reminds you about the cashback you could earn.

TopCashback

TopCashback* is a great place to start if you’re new to cashback sites. New members get free offers and high cashback on spends.

TopCashback* is the largest cashback site with over 5,000 retailers onboard. You can get money back from switching your car insurance to buying your weekly shop.

Read more about cash back sites and how they work here. 

10. eBay

It may be a crowded marketplace, but eBay is still the top place to sell.

You can sell anything! From your old clothes or furniture to homemade crafts and toilet roll inserts. (Yes, that’s a thing!)

I started by going through the house one room at a time and boxing up everything we know longer use.

Search eBay itself for inspiration. Someone’s rubbish is another person’s treasure, right?

Once I’d sold everything unused at home, I started to pick up bits and pieces from charity shops, school fairs or car boots that I thought would sell for profit.

If you have a good eye and like to haggle, then there is definitely money to be made.

You can also start dropshipping on eBay. Read more on dropshipping here.

Other jobs or side projects can make you money too. You don’t have to earn money one way. Having a diverse income stream is actually a good way to work.

Remember that everything you earn must be declared through HMRC.

11. Matched betting. This is when you are using the free trials and offers you receive to pay the bookies at their own game.

It’s completely legal and if you do it right then you won’t lose any money. It’s also tax-free.

Read more about how matched betting works here.

12. Recycling

Instead of giving your local council your cans for free, hold on to them and swap them for cash.

There is around 300 Cash for Cans centers around the UK, who pay between 40p-60p per kilo of cans. (That’s around 65-70 cans.)

Yep, you won’t become a millionaire overnight, but for something you would normally give away, it may just be worth keeping.

13. Clothes are another one.

You can drop them off or have them collected and earn 50p Kilo. So if like me, you just don’t have time to label them all up for your local Facebay, then this will be a dream come true.

As you can see, you can pretty much recycle anything for cash. Used up ink cartridges will get you a £1 an empty while your own hair could fetch up to £200 for 19 inches!

14. Customer Service Agent

15. Appointment Setter

16. Project Manager

17. Call Center Agent

18. Web Developer

19. Phone psychic

20. Online tutoring

21. Mystery shopping

22. Fulfilled by Amazon

23. Esty Seller

24. Product Tester

25. Photographer

26. Forum Moderator

27. Game Tester

28. Jewelry Maker

29. Ironing Agent

30. Voice Over Artist

31. Adult Chat Line Host

If you decide that setting up a business is for you then have a look at our 101 online jobs post here.

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Our tips for beginners are:

1. Look for a need in your chosen market.

Is there a gap in the market? Could you do something better? Make a list of the things that you dislike about your competitor and make sure you do them better!

2. Build a website.

This is easier than it sounds! 

Use a system like WordPress that has thousands of YouTube videos that walkthrough you step by step how to build it. Use a free theme to start with to get the hang of it.

You do need a URL and a hosting package though. They are a lot cheaper if you use an external company like TSO. 

You can buy your domain name from them too. 

Try to think of a name that is as close to your business as possible. Have a quick Google to check that no one has it as well. Remember to check social media feeds as well.

You can check and purchase domains easily using a site like TSO*, who we buy ALL our domains from.

TSO also offer web hosting. You want a company that you can trust as they are going to have access to your website. 

We’ve used many over the years but TSO Host* are a good place to start when you need your online store hosting*. You get 10% with TSO Host by using our code S4SM10%OFF.

3. Make yourself an expert in your field. Start doing some online videos or social media lives to show people that you know what you are talking about.

So What’s Next?

Of course, these ideas won’t be for everyone, or are seen in mainstream society as “jobs.” But to me, if they bring home the bacon and take the time to perform, then it’s a living.

Get creative. 9 to 5 is no longer the only option!

Laura x

If you enjoyed this post and would like some more money making ideas from home, including ways to freelance, start a blog or even earn from your phone, then head over to my making money section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 30 money making posts dedicated to helping you earn more from home and become more financially stable as a family. There’s also tips in my Money Saving Mums Facebook group. You could also pop over and follow my money making Pinterest boards for lots more ways you can earn money from home; Money Making Mums and Working from Home Jobs for Mums.

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