6 Types of Part-Time Jobs for Moms
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It's hard being a mom, especially if you're a single mom. You have multiple responsibilities and one of them is having to pay the bills. Here are a few part-time job ideas to help bring in some extra income:
The most likely choice is retail. It gives you the chance to have a routine schedule, annual leave, overtime, wage increases, promotions, and there are many stores out there to apply for in different industries with the option to work day or night. If you don't want to worry about a forever-changing schedule and have experience in this sector, then retail could be the industry for you! You'll make many transferable skills, and if you don't want to work all-year-round, then you could even apply for seasonal roles.
Are you qualified in anything you truly enjoy doing? There are many freelance opportunities to build your own company and business, or get onto a website, such as Freelancer, Fiverr, Upwork or even building your own website. However, there's also smaller online markets, such as Facebook Market and Etsy. Freelancing means that you manage yourself, so you can choose the jobs you want, how long you spend on them, what hours you want to work, your hourly or project rate, and you generally work from home. Also, freelancers generally work alone or have a small set of staff to count on, but many freelancers also become CEOs and branch out.
Remote work means to work away from the workplace and is usually in the business or arts sectors. For example, working from home in marketing, or writing articles on a beach. Since the pandemic, companies have been promoting remote work and many have been returning to work or changing their fields. Working remotely doesn't have to align with companies hours as you can sometimes choose your own hours as long as you get the work done, but you'll still have online meetings with your colleagues. If working alone isn't for you, you can also do hybrid work, meaning remote and on-site work.
If you're struggling with your schedule (for example, you need to work 9 to 3 in order to pick your children up from school), becoming a teacher or teaching assistant may be for you. Perhaps teaching five classes everyday, including making and creating lesson plans, is too much of a responsibility, but you have the option to tutor online in your chosen subject. You can also choose your hours, how many students and subjects to take on, if you want to tutor online or in-person, and even the country, which could really help those learning English and students from developing nations.
5. Writing and editing
No matter where you are, you always have time to write. With writing, you have the opportunity to work remotely, hybrid or on-site, with a possible personalized schedule and writing about your true passions in life. Want to become an author, create your own blog or work for someone else's, work for newspapers or magazines? Even SEO content and captions, essays, resumés and cover letters, there's something for everyone.
Why not try podcasting? Everyone has something to tell and your advice and experience could really help others. Maybe you have a background in getting amazing grades in school despite life's issues, which could help students. Want to discuss your career or hobby in being a chef, then do it! Do you have parenting tips that could support other mothers? For example, listen to Jill Devine's podcast Two Kids and A Career where she discusses parenting and having a career at the same time.
Podcasting is something you can do without expensive, heavy equipment, and it's a great opportunity to interview and spend time with family and friends, and get to know new people too. If this is something you're interested in, read our podcasting blogs to help you build your new career.
Deanna (or "Nana Barratt") is an MA Creative and Media Enterprises graduate from the University of Warwick. She previously studied Popular Music, but decided to take a different career path into writing. She now writes about music, the TV and film industry, and East-Asian culture, and gives student advice and lifestyle tips.