The Best Work-at-Home Jobs for Moms

Did you know that about 43 percent of Americans are performing at least part of their jobs from home these days?

With the ever-increasing costs of fuel and daycare, among other reasons, work-at-home opportunities are very enticing — especially for moms.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work from home at least part of the time, on and off, over the past several years.

This arrangement has allowed me to:

  • stay in the workforce and contribute to the family income
  • save money on childcare
  • have more flexibility and time with my kids during the day.

While researching a wide range of work-at-home ideas in recent years, what I’ve learned is:

There are LOTS of ways to earn extra income or even a full-time replacement income.

That is, if you have an internet connection and are willing to put in the time to learn new things.

In fact, I believe that today there are more opportunities than ever to earn money from home.

It’s all a matter of matching up your particular set of skills and talents with the right tools and determination!

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Compiling the Best At-Home Job Options

Below is a fairly detailed list of ideas which could land you anything from a part-time “side hustle” to a full-time work-at-home career.

Because I have spent considerable time studying various work-at-home ideas-

– I decided to really narrow down this list to ones that I think a variety of people could benefit from and those that would particularly fit moms who have kids at home.

For example, handling customer service calls all day probably isn’t the most logical career when you’re going to have background noise.

And online jobs that require a set schedule aren’t going to be the easiest choice if flexibility is your goal in the first place.

Realistic Work at Home Job Ideas

How do I know these are good options?

I’ve done and/or tried several of these out for myself!

I also have friends and other moms that I know who have used these ideas to successfully find online work.

Take a look at each of these ideas and see which ones might work for you!

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1. Telecommuting

Depending on your job responsibilities, taking your current job home (part time or even full-time) is the first idea you should consider.

That is — if you already have a great job that you love — but you’re looking for more flexibility, a change of pace and/or the ability to cut back on childcare costs.

By staying in your current position, you won’t have to learn new skills or a break into a completely new field.

Of course, you get to keep your benefits and other perks that come with being an established employee.

Telecommuting might fit you if:

You work in a professional career or if you have the type of job that doesn’t require constant face-to-face contact with clients or customers every day.

Typically, you need to have worked at your job for a decent amount of time.

At first, you might want to pitch working so many days at home, versus a certain number in the office each week.

If you are an outstanding, reliable and trustworthy employee and have great time management skills- you might be a great telecommuter in your employer’s eyes.

A few examples:

  • Paralegals
  • Engineers
  • Accountants
  • Graphic Designers
  • Consultants
  • Certain State and Federal Employees
  • Data entry / Misc. office positions


Think about how you will balance your at-the-office tasks versus at-home tasks.

If you have kids at home, you may want to save phone calls for the days you’re in the office.

Computer-oriented tasks such as data entry and research can be easily done at home.

Also consider how you will stay organized, transferring your work materials between the office and home.

You will also need to make sure that client information is kept confidential while at home (if you have clients), and follow protocols for file security (antivirus etc).

If you think your job could be performed at home – even just part of the week – it’s worth discussing this option with your employer!

Also, check out Career Contessa’s tips for pitching a flexible schedule to your employer.

2. Direct Sales

Who doesn’t love learning about new and innovative products while hanging out with a few friends?

Most people do.  Especially if snack foods are involved (or maybe that’s just me).

I have to admit something first:  I have not been very successful as a direct sales consultant in the past!

It just wasn’t the right fit for my personality.

However,  I can think of at least 3 people that I personally know that have carved out very successful careers from their direct sales ventures.

So I know that it can be done, and it’s worth listing here.

Direct Sales might be a fit if:

  • You love to socialize and are great at networking
  • You have marketing skills (especially internet marketing)
  • You’re willing to learn how to promote products effectively
  • You thrive on setting and reaching personal goals
  • You’re looking for a very flexible work arrangement
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Is Direct Sales for You?

Where to start

A few of the top-grossing companies according to Business for Home’s 2023 Statistics include: 

  • Amway
  • Avon
  • HerbaLife
  • Mary Kay
  • Young Living
  • Tupperware


Think about products or categories of products that you LOVE and can’t stop talking about.

It will be easy for you to promote products and services that you’re most passionate about.

Do research on what is required as a consultant such as:

  • Start-up costs
  • Minimum sales required to maintain consultant status
  • Equipment/inventory you have to purchase
  • Required training

Because of the very flexible nature of these jobs, if you’re looking to make direct sales a full-time career, you’ll need to treat it like such.

That means:

  • Set regular hours to work on sales and strategy
  • Keep a schedule book outlining daily tasks and goals you want to reach (along with a solid plan to get there)
  • Learn how to give your customers the red-carpet treatment if you want to turn them into lifetime customers.

Also make sure to join online communities such as Facebook groups to connect with your team.

Networking can also help you learn about training opportunities (videos, in person meetings).

Find a mentor that has been a successful consultant with your company and do what they do!

3. Teaching Online

Online education doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Adjunct (or non-tenured, often part-time) college instructors are needed across the country to meet this need.

Teaching English as a second language to students in other countries is another option that usually doesn’t require an advanced degree.

Still other platforms allow for teaching on a HUGE variety of subjects that doesn’t require a teaching degree at all (think: Outschool).

Online Teaching may be a fit if:

  • You have an advanced degree (for college level courses)
  • You have experience in your field of study and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others
  • You have prior teaching experience at any level
  • You have excellent grammar and written communication skills
  • You can adapt to new technology and web-based platforms.

Resources/Where to Start:

A multitude of online universities such as University of Phoenix and Kaplan University offer teaching positions at the College level.

Most brick-and-mortar universities and colleges also have online courses or even full online degree programs so it’s a good idea to have your resume on file at a variety of institutions.

Be sure to read reviews on any online institutions you’re planning to apply to but are not not familiar with.

For teaching at the college/university level, check out Higher Ed Jobs;, and for job listings and Best Colleges.Com’s List of the 50 Best Online Colleges.

As I mentioned, teaching English as a second language (ESL) online is another great option for teachers.

Check out this list of companies you can Teach English online with.

For more specialized classes that typically don’t require a degree, see the teaching requirements on Outschool.

Teaching at Home


Find out ahead of time how you will be paid – a flat salary or by percentage based on number of students enrolled.

A percentage-based salary can mean a big variance in your pay that you will have little control over.

For teaching that requires streaming video, you will need to make sure you have a very fast, reliable internet service.

You’ll need to ensure that you can have at least a small block of time without interruption from your tiny “helpers” in the house.  🙂

I’ve known many moms who teach online, and have been able to work around their children’s schedules, though.

4. Freelance and Contract Work

Do you have marketable skills that are in demand?

If you are (or you want to be) a writer, designer, editor, virtual assistant, transcriptionist or have a background in computers, sales – just to name a few –

– it is likely you can find work online!

Freelancing might be a fit for you if:

  • You are comfortable working independently
  • You’re ok with relying on written instructions (often communicating via email only)
  • You are very detail-oriented
  • You are self-driven to meet deadlines
  • You can accept constructive criticism
  • You are willing to market yourself and work your way up as you establish your reputation as a freelancer.

Resources/Where to Start:

At job board platforms such as UpWork, Guru, Freelancer and Fiverr, you can create an online profile and start peddling your services within minutes.

Even if you don’t think you have “marketable skills” — check out some of the listings on these sites for research purposes.

You might be surprised that your experience or training could match up exactly with a job posting you didn’t know existed.

The “pros” in the freelance industry recommend that if you really want to make a career out of freelancing–

–start by building your portfolio of skills and recommendations first.

Related postThinking About Becoming a Transcriptionist? (What you should know first)

However, if you can start your own freelancing business and bring the clients to you via your own website…

…you can earn a much higher income and have the ability to set your own rates.

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Freelancing Freedom

Transcribe Anywhere offers a free workshop on their general and legal transcription courses.

These free resources can help you decide if a transcription career may be a good fit for you.

Or, interested in freelance writing?

See:  The Quickest Way to Start Freelance Writing and Make Money Doing it.


Freelancing can be a feast-or-famine way of life.

Your ability to earn will largely depend upon your drive to find clients who are looking for you.

You need to have a killer resume that highlights any and all relevant experience along with references or samples of your work.

You have to find ways to distinguish yourself from all the other fish in the freelance sea, so you’ll need to get creative!

But it’s very possible to earn a living this way, as Forbes reports that freelance work now accounts for 35% of the US workforce.

5. Search Engine and Social Media Evaluation

These are two types of contract jobs that are not well-known by many, but are gaining popularity as a side hustle or part-time venture that are somewhat in a category of their own.

So what in the world is a Search Engine Evaluator?

Well, because technology and search engines aren’t perfect – believe it or not –

– big companies like Google contract with other companies who will hire people to evaluate the effectiveness of their search engines.

Basically, they need real humans to perform web searches, poke around websites (yes, that’s the technical term) and perform specific tasks.

This helps them to see how well the search engine results match up with what people are actually looking for when they type a question or command into the web browser search bar.

Social media evaluation is much the same, except it is done on a variety of social media platforms.

This might be a fit for you if:

  • You are extremely detail-oriented
  • You have excellent written communication skills
  • You don’t mind tedious tasks
  • You have the patience to do internet research on a very wide range of topics

Resources/Where to Start:

One of the top companies to look at in these fields is Appen.

You can also find similar companies through places such as FlexJobs.


Some of these positions require a Bachelor’s Degree due to the research and writing that is required as part of the evaluation process.

You will need a fast, reliable internet connection.

Project availability usually varies greatly (they cannot guarantee you a certain amount of hours or work).

Also be sure to read your contract closely as most have a no-compete clause.

This means you can’t work for more than one company in this specific field at once.

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6. Blogging

You saw that coming, I’m sure.

Of course, I have to add blogging to this list!

There are so many reasons that blogging could be a great side hustle or even a full-time career for you.

As far as what exactly blogging entails, it really boils down to a few things:

Having a passion to communicate, in writing, helpful information and/or inspiration to other people.

It involves sparking conversation and (online) community around a particular set of ideas: a “niche”, if you will.

Then it’s up to you to continue to build this momentum as you learn how to build a business with a strategic marketing plan that meets the needs of your established community.

Sounds simple, right?  😉

Well, maybe not so simple, but that’s the concept.  And it can be truly rewarding for those who are seriously invested in the challenge.

This might be a fit for you if:

  • You love to write
  • You have excellent written communication skills
  • You love the idea of your own creativity becoming your work product
  • You have some basic tech/web skills OR are willing to learn those tech skills
  • You have marketing skills and/or are willing to learn
  • You enjoy researching topics and enriching the lives of others through your work.

There are literally a million different subjects you can write about so the possibilities are endless here.

Resources/Where to Start

When you launch your own self-hosted blog, you work for yourself.

You control the content on your website:

You get to make all the decisions about what to write about, what products you might want to promote…

…who you want to collaborate with, what type of marketing you will use to get your blog in front of your readers…

…and the list goes on.

If you’re going to build a blogging business, there are many ways to “monetize” your site:

  • Display ads
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Writing sponsored posts
  • Developing and selling your own products and courses
  • Consulting or coaching

Before you get ahead of yourself, there’s a few basic steps to begin with:

You need to choose what you’re going to write about (your niche), first of all.

Next comes choosing a domain name and then web hosting (I recommend BigScoots).

You can start a website for just a few dollars a month with most hosts.

There are many free step-by-step guides for starting a WordPress blog for beginners which can help minimize the overwhelm of launching your blog.


The best advice that I’ve read is that blogging as a business is a “marathon, not a sprint”.

It is going to take a while to gain momentum and start earning income (that timeline can really vary).

But the possibilities for how far your blog can go and how much you can make from blogging are really exciting –

– if you decide to take the plunge and get to work!

Similar to freelance work, you have to be willing to market your blog and your content on social media.

There’s always something new to learn and implement.

Other Work at Home Resources

These websites are some of the best places I’ve discovered for work-at-home job leads, ideas, and income-generating information:

What jobs or business ideas most interest you (especially while juggling kids)?

Leave a comment below!

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Post Last updated: 5/11/23

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1 thought on “The Best Work-at-Home Jobs for Moms”

  1. Mary Jane Estacio

    There is really a lot of work from home jobs. All we really need to do is find what really suits us and where we are comfortable. I am also a newbie for a work from home jobs and still adjusting.

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