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5 Types of Work-From-Home Jobs New Freelancers Can Do with No Startup Fee

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I would venture a bet that most of the moms who land here have the same goal – generating income from home with work that doesn’t disrupt whatever household harmony you’ve created for your family. As a working mom, I get it. So, in this post, let’s talk about five types of work at home jobs you can do as a stay-at-home mom EVEN IF you don’t have experience.

These are jobs that don’t have steep learning curves or months-long training programs. In fact, most of the skills you’ll need to do the jobs on this list, you can learn the fundamentals in an afternoon. And the great thing about freelancing is that clients with smaller budgets will pay you to work for them as you learn the skill. Yay!

It’s Not That Hard to Land Your First Freelancing Gig

Job hunting is difficult enough for a “qualified” person with a several-page-long freelancer resume. We’re living in a time when 55% of moms who have kids under the age of 18 are also in the workforce, according to Pew Research. But our case is different, isn’t it?

If you’ve been trying recently, it might feel a bit of a double whammy, being a stay-at-home mom and having limited experience (and we won’t talk about the remote learning situation, will we?). Where do you fit in, and how do you convince people to hire you?

I have some good news. You don’t need to. 

That’s right. There may not be an index full of jobs for moms with limited experience, but there are enough for any mom who wants to get a foot in the door to jump start her career. And it gets better. Most of these don’t require any special skills—you probably have them already.

Curious? Intrigued? Excited?

Well then, I shall tease you no more!

5 of the Best Types of Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Have No Experience

1. Proofreader, Writer, or Blogger

If you have a way with words, can spin a fantastic story, or are wonderful at catching errors, this might be the industry for you. As a writer or blogger, you get to share your thoughts and ideas about a wide range of topics ranging from travel to relationships, finance to mental health, skin and hair tips, to raising children and pets—the sky’s the limit.

As a proofreader, you fix other people’s grammatical and style-related mistakes and get paid to do so. And all you really need is a subscription to Grammarly and a keen understanding of your client’s writing style and their audience.

I’ve done this for companies, as well as individual authors. Yep, you heard me. Many aspiring authors self-publish and need help refining their work. I also hire proofreaders to be a “second set of eyes” for content before we publish it.

There’s a tremendous amount of flexibility in this niche; you could work a few hours a day or several. It is entirely up to you.

Check out Upwork, Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, and Freelancer.com for jobs like these. 

(FYI, we published guides on how to succeed on Fiverr and PeoplePerHour penned by top-rated freelancers on each platform. Check them out.)

2. Mentoring, Teaching, or Coaching

Do you have oodles and oodles of patience? Perhaps you love being a mentor and guide?

As an online teacher or tutor, you’ll revel in the joy of helping someone achieve milestones like conquering the algebra monster or developing a whole new perspective about Science.

Don’t fancy going back to school or college-level academics?

There are more options! 

Look eastward. English is not a native language for many countries. While the language is taught in schools, the focus isn’t on conversational or spoken English. What’s the point of learning Shakespeare or reading Dickens if you cannot string together several sentences fluently? TESL or Teaching English-as-a-second-language is a great career path for stay-at-home moms. All you need is a graduate degree, fluent English, and a TESL certificate.

Still not interesting enough? How about being a Yoga or Pilates teacher? A personal trainer and dietician? You could be a life coach or lifestyle guru too.

Danielle Leslie has a course about launching successful courses. Linda Chatmon runs a membership community for people/companies that want to learn about government contracting. Brittne Babe offers access to her fitness platform for $21, or you can buy one-off workouts for $5 and $10. Nardia of Get Up Nation offers access to her fitness community for $5 a month.

3. Designer

Several occupations fit under this one umbrella. Let me break it down for you.

Web Designers – If you have a knack for design and related elements, you could take a few HTML lessons and become a web designer. You’ll help your clients create inviting web pages.

Graphics Designers – This is another excellent design-related job but without most of the computer language knowledge. You’ll work on creating signs, logos, leaflets or brochures, and other informational material.

Don’t be scared off by something that may seem technical. Graphic design programs are a lot more intuitive than they were years ago, and many of them are drag-and-drop. IF YOU HAVE A CREATIVE EYE (so important), it would only take you a few days to learn the technical aspects, build yourself a portfolio and be on gig platforms bidding jobs in just a week or two.

The beauty of a job like graphic designer is that you don’t have to wait for some big company to come along needing a bunch of marketing materials. You could work with individuals, agencies, influencers and regular people who need content for their social media feeds. You could even pre-make templates and designs and sell them over and over again on platforms like Fiverr and Creative Market.

Creative Market is my go-to for creative stuff because I am what I like to call “design-challenged”. It takes me forever to design even the most mediocre visuals. If you’re interested, I actually talked about Creative Market in this post, and there’s a 5-minute video walk-thru of the platform.

Interior Designers – Do you get a lot of compliments about how you’ve decorated your home? Some people study for years to become interior designers, while to others, it comes naturally. If you have such an ability, you can consider interior design as a career path.

Interior design translates really well on platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and TIkTok. So, you also have the opportunity to increase your income if you can grow your social media audience.

Fashion Designers – Do you love working with needles, threads, and sewing machines? Do you embroider little cherries or hearts on jackets and t-shirts? Or is it adding a little patchwork or ribbons to clothes? Perhaps you love upcycling old jeans into kids or adult wear? If this sounds like you, try fashion designing as a side hustle.

4. Social Media Specialist

Believe it or not, there are different jobs you can do with social media. As individuals, a lot of us have our favorite platforms where we spend tons of time. I have thousands of pins on Pinterest and legitimately use it as a shopping list. And I’d say the platform I spend the new most amount of time on is LinkedIn. So, if I want to do something with Instagram, I usually have to bring someone in to handle that.

I’ve hired people who specialize in creating content for social media. Others are growth specialists – they grow your social media account. Others will manage your social media – meaning they do everything.

If you’ve grown your own Instagram account or designed it in a really pretty way, or you’re a wizard on Pinterest, you, my dear, have HIGHLY a marketable skill (I’m literally on the hunt for a Pinterest growth specialist RIGHT NOW). 

Do you “get” TikTok? You’re ahead of a lot of pedigreed marketers and you have skills that can fast-track your earning potential. TikTok is currently the second most popular platform brands use to run influencer marketing campaigns after Instagram, so it’s no small thing to understand TikTok. 

Market your services on Instagram (some people drop this kinda stuff in the DMs, but that just seems creepy), LinkedIn InMail, Fiverr, Upwork.

5. Sell Art (or crafts)

Fancy being your own boss? Love working with your hands? Have a lot of crafts sitting at home, gracing every horizontal or vertical surface? Then this might be the job for you!

During the pandemic, my teenager discovered for the first time that she knows how to paint. At first, she was just painting stuff for me and her sisters – Rainbow Rangers, Trolls, something to go over the mantle. But once people saw her art on social media, she started getting custom orders, and painting actually became a revenue source for her. Who’da thunk it, right?

For Mother’s Day this year, the kids got me a David Rose (Schitt’s Creek) tumbler that reads, “So…..”. My daughter’s science teacher makes them as a side hustle.

I’m saying that to say this – don’t overthink it. Just do what you do. Whether you make or alter dresses (my kids’ aunt does this), sketch (my oldest daughter does this), are an expert in homemade soaps and candles, specialize in pottery, jewelry, or knick-knacks like scrunchies and headbands—you could make money by selling your creations online.

Etsy is a great platform but very competitive. You could try alternatives like Amazon Handmade, Ruby Lane, Aftcra, Folksy, and Spoonflower.

Turning hobbies into small business ideas is a great way to stay home, have bonding time with your little one, and make some money.

How To Pick A Job That’s Perfect For You

I know, I know. You came here for a few ideas, and I’ve given you so many that you might be feeling a little overwhelmed and undecided. Here’s a simple set of criteria to help you find the perfect job for you! 

Interest: Only spend time researching the role if the job description sounds interesting. I know you need the income, but forcing yourself to accept a job that doesn’t appeal to you isn’t going to work out long-term. You will need to stick with the work for several months or a year to see an investment return on the skills you had to learn or the raw material purchased.

Money: Are you looking to supplement your spouse or partner’s earnings, or are you the sole earner for your family? Pick a job depending on your need. Sometimes the work we want pays lower than what we consider ideal. If so, you must ask yourself if you can stick with it for a while. 

Flexibility: You have a lot going on at home, Mama, the most important being your young ones’ health and welfare. Your ideal job needs to offer flexible timings for it to work with your current schedule. Since you’ll have kids running around demanding your attention, don’t pick something you cannot do without locking yourself in a room for hours.

I hope you found these ideas helpful. What are some of the other ideas you’ve thought of?