What kinds of work-from-home jobs can moms get working on a computer? Lots. If you have a computer and a relatively fast internet connection, you are in a good position to take on freelance work or even land full-time work.
We pulled together this list of 14 jobs you can do from home on your laptop, most of which fall into the category of Learn Quickly, Earn Quickly. These are jobs that are always in-demand, pay relatively well, and they won’t take you years and years to learn.
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What Kind of Jobs Can You Get from Home on a Computer?
A copywriter creates sales and marketing content. These include ads, advertorials, emails, direct mail letters/postcards, landing pages – anything that helps brands sell their products and services to the general public.
What’s cool about copywriters is that because they create content for the sole purpose of getting conversions (clicks, opt-ins, sales), they are able to create a fee structure that includes an upfront fee PLUS royalties on all future sales generated from their copywriting work. Yasss!
Copywriters to follow online: Joanna Wiebe of Copyhackers, Frank Kern, Brian Clark of Copybloggers, Jen Havice of Make Mention, Dan Kennedy of No BS Marketing (he’s old school and does a lot of stuff via direct mail).
#2 Social Media Manager
As a Social Media Manager, brands bring you in to manage one or more of their social media accounts. Not just funny memes, sis, but working with the brand to come up a content strategy that will support their other content marketing efforts. This way, what you post to social media lines up with their other marketing campaigns and what goes on the blog, and what’s happening in the company and what’s happening in their industry.
After you have the social media strategy, you’ll also research the right hashtags to use for your client, create content (or have content created) to post, use a tool like Publer.io or Hootsuite to schedule the posts AND – and this is usually one of the most important aspects of being a social media manager – get active on that social media platform so you can grow your client’s followers on that account.
And brands will pay you pretty well to do that because it’s so important to a content strategy… but it’s takes SO friggin’ long to do when you have a bunch of other content to create!!
#3 SEO Specialist
SEO is search engine optimization. It’s a process of structuring websites and content so that search engines like Google, Pinterest, YouTube and Bing can find it. SEO is what helps you find your favorite pizza spot on Google so you can call and order a pizza and a Greek salad. SEO is what determines which pins show up on Pinterest when you do a search for “homeschool setup ideas”. Basically, without SEO, websites (and thus, brands) are pretty much invisible.
As an SEO Specialist, clients will hire you to tell them how they’re doing with their SEO (usually in the form of a report, tell them how they can improve (also in the form of a report), and probably do all the stuff you’ve recommended.
#4 Facebook Ads Manager
A Facebook Ads Manager is the genius behind successful Facebook ads. Brands that do not have in-house Performance Marketers will usually go to Facebook Ads Managers on an a la carte basis to handle specific campaigns that will allow them to reach specific goals.
The Facebook Ads Manager will generally come up with the creative for the ad (images, illustrations, video, or whatever) and the copy for the ad (the convincing text that gets people to click or watch or do whatever action the brand needs them to take).
#5 Photography (Product/Food/Fashion)
Photography is HUGE. My teenager had a photo shoot in Downtown Atlanta over the summer JUST to post cool pics to Instagram.
So, if you have a knack for capturing moments or creating moments with the pictures you take, there are a number of ways you can use this talent. Of course, you can offer photography services. BUT you can also photograph your meals and your meal prep because there are Facebook groups where recipes with original pics can garner $25 a picture. Can you imagine that – someone paying you to take pictures of your dinner?? You can also upload your random pics to subscription (not free) stock photo sites and earn money each time someone downloads your pics.
#6 Digital Marketer
Digital marketers use content across different digital channels (like Google ads, Facebook, blogs, etc) to help brands achieve specific goals. Most brands will be interested in building authority and getting more customers, so it helps to understand digital marketing and buyer behavior. Don’t fret – you can grab those insights and literally have them sent to your email inbox.
In the marketing agency where I work, the Digital Marketer and the Content Marketer (that’s my role) work together to map out marketing strategies for the company based on what the founders want to accomplish for a given time period. Digital Marketers have pretty solid understanding of both content marketing, social media, and paid ads and oversees the way in which those three areas fit together.
Bookkeepers track the financial transactions for businesses, often as a way to either keep things nice and tidy for the accountant to review every three months OR to keep things nice and tidy for the small business owner brave enough to do her own small businesses taxes.
Sorilbran, you can literally put accounting apps in your phone to handle this. Yeah… but who wants to wrap up a hard day of work with the obligatory bookkeeping? I’ll answer that for you – no one. No one wants that.
Becoming a certified bookkeeper actually takes a bit of time if you’re going to get certified with a national organization like the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB) because before you can take the four-part exam to become certified, you need a year of experience as a bookkeeper.
So, the best place to start here is to get that training through an online training program like the one offered by Quickbooks (I did that a few years ago and was certified in 1 day). Going this route will give you the training you need to land your first few freelance bookkeeping jobs and you can plan to take the exam with one of the national certifying bodies in 18 months or so.
#8 WordPress Developer
WordPress is a content management system that helps publishers, bloggers, and writers like me quickly set up websites without knowing how to code, and the way that’s done is through WordPress Developers.
WordPress Developers create plugins for WordPress that expand the functionality of the platform. Ever been to a website and clicked a colorful icon to follow that person on a social media platform? Well, a WordPress Developer created that function. Or have you ever checked out a strip of photographs from someone’s Instagram feed at the bottom of their blog post? A WordPress Developer created the plugin that allows bloggers to do stuff like that.
Becoming a WordPress Developer requires training because unlike the bloggers who use WordPress, you absolutely will need to understand how to code stuff. But, WordPress isn’t going anywhere. Half the sites you see on the Internet are WordPress sites.
#9 Software Developer
Years ago, we called these ladies computer programmers. Today, they’re known as software developers or coders. Software Developers create the operational systems and programs you and I use on our computers and tablets.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for this particular job is on track to grow by 22% by 2029. Do you need a college degree? No. You can teach yourself programming languages just as you would any other language, and have a pretty good handle on a few of them in the next 6 to 12 months if you’re committed. But keep in mind, there are literally hundreds of programming languages.
Now, when I say “teach yourself”, I just mean you can learn it outside of a traditional college classroom. Heck, over the summer, I saw Instagram ads for kids ages 6 to 12 to learn coding. Seek them out, and you can find ways to learn the most popular languages.
#10 Project Manager
A Project Manager is the person who plans, executes, and manages projects. It really doesn’t matter what kind of industry you’re in, there are Project Managers somewhere in the mix who are responsible for plotting the path forward.
What’s cool about Project Management is that the skill set is transferrable, so once you learn it (which you can do on platforms like Coursera and Udemy) and you’re certified in the Jack Donaghy-styled-Six-Sigma stuff and being agile and that whole thing, you can join teams in the role of “Project Manager” or you can join a team that actually needs a project manager, but may not know to hire one (I’m a huge fan of providing more value to startups than they can actually afford to buy). Here’s a really good article on Project Management if you’re interested.
#11 Video Editing
Video is HUGE. Whereas Web 2.0 was all about blogging, the current digital landscape is all about video. Here are a few stats for you:
- 87% of online marketers use video content.
- Globally, 51% of marketers say video is the content that provides the greatest return on investment.
- 40% of social media users who follow influencers are most interested in getting tutorials and how-to content from influencers.
- 85% of internet users in the U.S. watch video content online.
- 54% of consumers want to see more video content from brands.
Video editing is another skill that you can teach yourself, and there are lots of low-cost software options you can subscribe to so you’ll be able to practice your editing skills.
#12 Content Writer
Content writing is my jam. I’ve literally been doing it my entire life, and professionally the last 10 years. For nearly three years, I’ve been working in #agencylife as the head of a creative team.
The core responsibility of a content writer is to write content to build authority online. What does that mean? It means writing long-form articles, blog posts, books, scripts etc. that will help brands establish themselves as being experts on specific topics.
Content writers employed by a single employer as part of a team will usually work with SEO specialists and copywriters, sales teams, and account managers to get a clear understanding of what customer pain points are so that they can write content that answers those needs.
Content writers who maybe freelance or are hired on an article-by-article basis will usually have a point person that tells them what to write about.
Content writers get paid by word, by the project, or by the hour.
#13 Web Designer
Website Designers build websites for brands and clients. These are usually creative individuals who have an eye for matching colors and adding the right images, and building sites that are both functional and beautiful. Web Designers create the look and feel of websites using programming languages like HTML, Java, and CSS to build websites from scratch.
Learning code is no longer necessary for building websites. Platforms like Wix, Squarespace, and even Website Builders that are part of different hosting services make building a website pretty simple.
If it’s so easy, why don’t people just use those website builders? Well, because it still takes a ton of time if you’re trying to build a site and run a business!
But as a Web Designer, you can take a month to learn the ins and outs of each of these platforms then you’ll have the flexibility to create whatever your client needs.
My favorite platform for building websites is WordPress. There are tons of free and paid WordPress themes. A theme is a design template that’s basically ready-to-use. All you have to do is drop your content in there. I love templates because I’m not super-creative with dreaming up visual stuff.
#14 Graphic Designer
A Graphic Designer creates visual concepts, usually for brands and individuals to use as marketing collateral.
For instance, The Shelf has an illustrator on the team who creates social media posts, thumbnails, and social media graphics for every single blog post. He draws them by hand then recreates the designs using computer software.
He also designs the infographics, book covers, artwork and branded charts that the content marketing team uses to get the word out about new posts.
Graphic Designers come up with the concepts for ads, business cards, flyers, rack cards, postcards, mailers, magazines, newsletters, brochures, and other marketing assets that brands use to get customers.
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I hope that list gets you at least thinking about the different ways you can make money from home if you’re looking for ways to have the flexibility you need AND earn money from home. Right-click on this infographic ??to download this list as a pretty illustration. 🙂