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Being a mum doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams or put your career on hold. In fact, it’s probably the perfect time to take up freelance work. With childcare costs mounting and with school pick-up and drop off times, as well as school holidays, being a mum gives you more opportunities to focus on working from home. With so many people looking for ways to make an extra buck from home, the freelance world has exploded with great ideas that can be done from anywhere. While most of these jobs are not going to pay you enough to quit your day job just yet, they can be great for boosting your savings account or paying for things like Christmas presents or that vacation you’ve been putting off because of money.
Remote Transcription Jobs
One of the most popular work from home jobs out there is remote transcription. Remote transcription is when you listen to audio recordings that have been taken in the workplace and transcribe them into written text. This can include anything from auditing meetings, transcribing interviews, to customer feedback and focus group discussions. You’ll usually be given a certain amount of time to finish each recording, so you’ll need to work relatively quickly. With many companies, you can work remotely as long as you have a computer with a sound card, headphones and a foot pedal. There are a ton of remote transcription companies out there, so you should be able to find something that fits your skill set. Depending on the company, you can expect to earn anywhere from $10 to $30 per audio hour.
## Virtual Assistant Jobs
Another type of work from home job is becoming a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants are people who provide services to businesses or organisations remotely, usually over the internet. Once again, you can find a wide range of companies looking for virtual assistants. Some common jobs for virtual assistants include scheduling appointments, making phone calls, creating spreadsheets, writing emails, and managing social media accounts. Usually, the companies that hire you as a virtual assistant will have a set fee they will pay you per hour. Depending on the company, you can expect to earn $10 to $50 per hour. Some companies may even offer benefits along with your pay. Some common benefits include health insurance, a 401k, paid vacation time, and a company car.
Blog Writing and Content Creation Jobs
If being creative is your strong suit, then you can try to find a blogging job that will allow you to write articles, create content, and even create podcasts for other companies. Some websites, like Forbes, may pay you for your articles, but most other sites will pay you in exposure.
Some websites that hire bloggers may offer payment, but most will offer you a percentage of the profits from the ads on your site. Just be aware that this isn’t an instant way to make money; it can take a while to get your blog to a point where it actually generates a profit.
Online Advertising Moderator Jobs
If you have a background in marketing or PR, then you can try to find online marketing moderator jobs. These are usually short-term jobs where you are paid per hour to go to various websites and either take polls, ask questions, or simply discuss the product that the company is trying to sell. You can generally find these jobs on sites like Amazon, Clickworker, and Indeed.
These jobs are great because you can do them whenever you have a few minutes to spare. And you don’t have to worry about being on the clock since there is no minimum or maximum hours that you have to work.
The downside is that since these are short-term jobs, you might only have one or two jobs that you can work on at a time.
Internet Research jobs
There are many research companies out there that do marketing research, product research, and focus group studies. They usually hire people to conduct research online and on social media. The benefit of these jobs is that they are flexible; you can work whenever you want. Another benefit of doing internet research is that the pay can be pretty good. Some companies may pay $20 to $50 per hour, while others will pay $30 to $100 per hour.
As a mum, you have the advantage of having extra time during the day when your kids are at school. You can use this time to work on freelance work from home, whether it’s transcription, writing articles, or hosting social media polls. If you have a background in marketing or PR, you can also take surveys or participate in focus groups. These jobs are great for boosting your savings account or paying for things like Christmas presents or that vacation you’ve been putting off because of money.