We live in a world that is more connected than ever, which means that working from home has never been easier. But that doesn’t mean that it’s all plain sailing when it comes to juggling your own and your kids’ commitments while trying to build your career – especially if your company does not believe in flexi-time. If you are looking for more flexible working options, take a look at this list of possibilities:
An editor usually oversees a team of writers and is responsible for making or suggesting changes to a piece of content to improve its clarity, impact, flow, and readability. Although regular team meetings are important, you don’t need to be in the office to guide your team. They can easily email their work to you: you can then edit it and return your feedback via e-mail. You can hold monthly meetings to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
Writer & Blogger
Do you enjoy writing? Writers can work from any location – whether it’s from home, from an office, or from a coffee shop down the road. All you need is a laptop, an internet connection and some inspiration, and you’re ready to go! You can use your writing skills for writing blog posts for your own blog or for company blogs. People on the web are always looking for new content. It allows you to focus on a topic that you enjoy most and to work around your own schedule. And yes, you can make decent money if you know what you’re doing.
A few years ago, project managers had to be office based, and were required to spend long hours in the office to make sure that every project went according to plan. Today, project managers can easily manage their projects from the comfort of their home offices – as long as they keep everyone involved in the project in the loop. Online tools like Asana will help streamline the team’s tasks, progress, and deadlines. Remember – communication is key to your success as a project manager.
Social Media Manager
Almost every business is using social media in some shape or form. Bigger companies will employ someone full-time to manage their social accounts, but smaller companies often outsource their social media management to freelancers or small agencies. If you’re considering this option, make sure that you are on top of things happening in your industry, and that you have some experience in moderating and interacting on social forums. There are also a number of great tools available to help you manage your different social accounts, such as Hootsuite and Tweet Deck.
Researching today is very different to what it was ten years ago. If you find yourself spending a lot of time surfing the web, and if you’re looking to start your own business, consider providing an internet research service, so that you can get paid for the time you spend surfing. Besides setting your own schedule, you can also contribute towards your family’s finances.
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Beautician & Stylist
If you are passionate about make-up and styling, you can use your passion and skills to make some money. The great thing about working as a beautician or a stylist is that you can work from home, from a salon, or from a studio. You can decide how and when you work, giving you lots of flexibility. You could do make-up for special events like weddings and balls, and you could freelance as a stylist for photoshoots.
Tap into your creativity and work as an independent contractor. Although deadlines are generally dictated by clients, stay-at-home moms can set their own work schedules within the given deadlines.
As a freelance bookkeeper, you can control your hours by limiting the number of clients you take on. Tax season is always a busy time, but otherwise, this job will put you completely in control of your work-life balance.
Moms are great at identifying needs and telling stories – exactly what you need to become a graphic designer. Today, you don’t need to be office-bound to work as a graphic designer – you can work from home. If you’re a creative mom who would love to tell stories visually, graphic design could be the perfect career path for you!
Simply put, a business consultant will help companies to pinpoint problems, find solutions, and develop strategies for growth. Often, small and medium-sized businesses don’t have the money to employ someone in this position full-time, so it’s the perfect solution for a business that needs the knowledge, but doesn’t want to take on an additional employee. If you’re great at coming up with strategies, brainstorming ideas, and finding solutions to problems, and still want to have flexibility in your career, this is the choice for you!
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Note: This article was originally published on 8 December 2014, and has been updated for comprehensiveness and accuracy.