Balancing work and family is more challenging now than ever, thanks to ever-expanding workdays and lack of programs to support families (at least, here in the U.S.). Working from home can provide a solution for stay-at-home moms. Remote jobs offer the chance to earn money, avoid resume gaps and continue building a professional network while allowing working parents to still spend quality time with their kids.
Of course, not all work-from-home jobs are created equal. The best gigs for stay-at-home moms combine flexibility, adequate pay, and job satisfaction. Whether you’re a teacher or a tax preparer or a tech support specialist, there’s something on this list for you.
Top 10 Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms
1. Accountant: Unlike tax preparers, accountants typically work year-round, and their pay reflects that: PayScale’s data show a median annual income of $50,322 for this occupation. Accountants analyze financial data, prepare reports, and maintain records. A bachelor’s degree is generally required for this job.
2. Actuary: Actuaries analyze risk, generally for insurance companies, and they seem to have a fantastic time doing it—they typically report high job satisfaction. Actuaries also earn top salaries, with the highest earners making upwards of $150,000 per year, according to PayScale. (Median pay hovers around $85,000.) This occupation also boasts an impressive job outlook; the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that it will grow 22 percent between 2016 and 2026.
3. Curriculum Developer: Former teachers who want to earn a good living while working from home would do well to consider curriculum development for the next stage of their careers. This job, which typically requires a master’s degree and teaching experience, involves developing instructional materials for classroom use. The median annual salary for this position is $58,701, according to PayScale data.
4. HR Recruiter: Experienced human resources recruiters can sometimes arrange to do their jobs from home, via the phone or video conferencing. This job pays a median annual salary of $47,760 and typically requires knowledge of recruiting software and excellent communication skills. A degree isn’t always required, but some employers will give preference to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in human resources.
5. Nurse Case Manager: Registered nurses have a lot of options for flexible jobs. They can work per diem in hospital settings, go part-time at doctors’ offices and clinics, or opt for the telecommuting route by becoming nurse case managers for insurance companies or healthcare organizations. (Note: not all nurse case manager jobs are work-from-home jobs. When you’re job searching, scan ads carefully to determine whether the role is remote.) This job typically requires a bachelor’s degree and experience and pays a median annual salary of $69,876.
6. Tax Preparer: Tax preparers typically work long hours during tax season—roughly January through April in the U.S.—and then have a lot of time off during the rest of the year. Contrary to popular belief, an accounting degree is not necessarily required for this role; preparers can also become enrolled agents by passing a comprehensive IRS exam or work as a supervised preparer under an attorney or CPA. Tax preparers made a median annual income of $36,550 in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
7. Tech Support Specialist: Educational requirements for this job vary by employer; some big software companies will insist on a bachelor’s degree, while others will accept candidates with an associate degree or some computer classes. Regardless, tech support specialists obviously need two essential things: computer knowledge and a great deal of patience dealing with people who’ve lost theirs a few hours ago. If you have both of those things, you might be a perfect fit for this job, which pays a median annual salary of $49,307, per PayScale.
8. Tutor: Another job for former teachers, tutors work with students one-on-one to improve their academic skills. Tutors may work with students in person or remotely via video conferencing. This job typically pays around $18 per hour and has the advantage of being very flexible—tutors can often adjust their schedules as time permits, working more or less as needed.
9. Virtual Assistant: This job requires excellent organizational, communication and people skills, as well as knowledge of popular software programs like Microsoft Office. However, the role does not generally require a degree, making it more accessible to workers who have administrative experience but no formal postsecondary education. Median hourly pay is $15.59, per PayScale.
10. Web Developer: Jobs that rely on the internet and mobile technologies are supremely adaptable to the work-from-home lifestyle. Web developers are definitely in this camp. This job pays a median annual salary of $58,340, per PayScale, and a lot of potential for job security: the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the occupation will grow 13 percent between 2016 and 2026—much faster than average. Best of all, this position doesn’t typically require a four-year degree to get started. Many web developers have associate degrees, but skills alone may be enough to get your foot in the door at many employers.
Writer/Editor: Former reporters, PR and marketing writers, and editors can often keep their careers going while working at home as a freelancer. These jobs pay median wages of around $48,000 to $50,000 per year and offer a lot of flexibility for working parents.
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