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6 Great WFH Career Options for Stay-at-Home Parents

In the era of digital connectivity and remote work culture, the traditional boundaries between the home and the office have blurred. But for many stay-at-home parents with several responsibilities to juggle, this is a good thing.

The option to work from home, or WFH, often lets parents stay close to their families and be proactive in raising their kids while still being able to generate income. And while balancing parenting with any professional career has its challenges, the WFH setup makes it easier to achieve financial stability and develop one’s professional identity without compromising on family time, which is precious especially in the early years of a child’s life.

If you’re a stay-at-home parent who wants the best of both worlds, career-wise and family-wise, here are six viable work from home jobs that you can explore:


1) Virtual Assistant
In our increasingly digital world, businesses worldwide are now turning to virtual assistants to take charge of various administrative tasks. Some examples of responsibilities that virtual assistants or VAs handle include the following:

  • Handling emails
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Basic data entry
  • Drafting correspondences

Because so much of it can be done online, this job can be an excellent fit for stay-at-home parents, as long as they have good communication and time management skills. Parents can typically apply for VA jobs with offshore small- and medium-sized companies as well as solo entrepreneurs based abroad.

2) Online Tutor
Students of all levels now seek out online tutors to help them gain proficiency at technical subjects like science and mathematics or language subjects like English. Stay-at-home parents with a strong knowledge base in a particular subject, or even multiple subjects, can consider online tutoring a promising and flexible career path.

Most online tutoring engagements allow you to choose your working hours. As a stay-at-home professional who has family obligations to meet, this will make it easy for you to tailor your teaching hours to your family’s schedule.

If you are interested in pursuing online tutoring as a career path but are unsure how to attract potential clients to your business, consider purchasing a tuition franchise from a website such as Franchise UK. This will help you attract clients as early as possible, as you will be following a proven business model and trading under an already-established brand name. If you want to buy a business but are worried about obtaining the necessary capital to invest in a franchise business, you should read this guide explaining how to finance your first business purchase.

3) Freelance Writer or Editor
For stay-at-home parents who have a way with words, freelance writing or editing is another excellent career choice. The scope of freelance writing jobs out there is vast. Your job may call for you to craft engaging blog posts, write informative articles, create compelling marketing content, or even ghostwrite a novel.

As an editor, on the other hand, your role could range from proofreading content for grammatical errors to substantial editing for clarity and structure. With flexible and output-driven schedules and your ability to choose projects that align with your interests, freelance writing or editing may be a fulfilling endeavor to you both personally and professionally.

4) E-commerce Store Owner
E-commerce has revolutionized the retail landscape, and it’s given many individuals the opportunity to become entrepreneurs from the comfort of their homes. Knowing that, if you have the skills and business sense, why not open your own e-commerce store and sell products in your own time?

As a stay-at-home parent with their own online business, it’s possible for you to sell handmade crafts, preloved items, or even new products through a drop-shipping model. You just have to be prepared to wear many hats, from sourcing and managing inventory to marketing your products and providing customer service.

While it may sound daunting, various platforms like Shopify simplify the process by providing an integrated platform for you to manage your store. If you’re your own boss, you also have full command of your working hours and income opportunities. For these reasons, you may definitely want to consider this career option.

5) Social Media Manager
If you’re the kind of parent who considers themselves social media-savvy, you may be able to capitalize on your skills as a WFH social media manager. A typical day in the life of a social media manager might involve creating engaging content for a brand page, scheduling posts, responding to comments, and analyzing the performance of different posts.

To find success as a social media manager, remember to stay updated on the latest trends and study what kind of content resonates with your target audience. It’s also an option to upskill by enrolling in a social media management course.

6) Graphic Designer
Lastly, for those with an artistic flair, graphic design could be a fulfilling work-from-home career. As a freelance graphic designer, you’ll be regularly creating visual content for clients, ranging from logos and branding materials to infographics and social media graphics.

The success of your graphic design career hinges on your creativity, eye for detail, and skills with various design software. It’s a good idea to demonstrate these by building a portfolio. Take the time to compile your best works, which showcase what you feel is the core of your artistic vision, to send out to potential clients.

Takeaway: Factors to Consider when Choosing a WFH Career

Choosing the right WFH career requires careful thought. You’ll definitely need to consider the age and current needs of your children, as younger kids often need more hands-on attention throughout the day. Your older children, on the other hand, might need help with their schoolwork.

Next, you should also think about your existing skills and any training you might need to undertake for a new career. After these, ensure that you have a quiet workspace at home that can serve as the ideal work environment and help you compartmentalize your work from the things you do with your family. After all, it’s essential for you to maintain work-life balance as a parent. It’s important for you to earn income, but also to be in the moment with your partner and your kids as much as possible.

All in all, thanks to the rise of remote work culture, stay-at-home parents like you have a variety of career opportunities to explore. Each of the examples listed above offers a degree of flexibility as well as good income potential. Check out options like these, and find a fulfilling career that won’t require you to leave the comfort of home.

**This was written by Catelyn Isley



    I have been a Virutal Assistant and an Online Tutor during pandemic and it helped me bigtime to sustain the needs of my family.
    Nowadays, almost 90% of the Filipino applicants are in search for “Work From Home” job opportunity. It completely made us realize the beauty in it and proven that we can still be productive even at home. Time management is the key! Plus, improving and learning new skills to qualify to different online job offers.

  • Beeb

    These are great ways to build and grow side hustles. Its a good way to pave your path towards financial freedom even if you are just at home parents.

  • Alita

    As parents know, juggling life’s responsibilities on a daily basis often makes them highly skilled at multitasking–especially during the pandemic. Thank you for these ideas.

  • Gervin Khan

    I am working as a Virtual Assistant since before the pandemic.
    Working as a Virtual Assistant gives me more time with families and friends, especially with my kids.

  • Marysa

    It is such a nice option to have the flexibility to work at home as a stay-at-home parent. I juggled the kids and work for many years, and it is much easier to stay at home when possible. These are great options.

  • Ntensibe Edgar

    As someone that has worked from home for a while now, I endorse all these. Though, I am yet to be an e-commerce store owner! Where you could have lost time sitted in the traffic jam, is compensated from the time you work on your machine from home.

  • Rosey

    I admire the people who can get the ball rolling on this… I tried all summer to get some freelance work up and running. I made zero dollars and zero cents, lol. Looks like I’ll be going back to my day job when summer break is over. 😉 I don’t mind, I love my job, but I also would love to work from home more.

  • Sheryl Gim

    You’re absolutely right. Choosing a work-from-home career is indeed a delicate balance, especially for parents. You need to consider not just the professional aspects but also the needs of your children.

  • Lesa

    Love this post, 6 of the top most online work at the moment and anyone can get into it. It’s best to choose one that align with your skills and the structure of your day-to-day like. WFH should bring more ease to your life while making extra money.

  • ann

    This is totally relatable. I went through almost all the jobs mentioned (except online tutoring). WFH gave me the freedom and lifestyle that I needed. Starting as a graphic designer, then moving on to social media posts, and now venturing into E-commerce. I’d say I’m a real tech geek through and through haha.

  • Nyxie

    Great ideas! I personally love the idea of being a tutor. I was a freelance writer for a while, and although I still write, coming across work has been difficult lately.

  • Sonia Seivwright

    As a young single mum who just completed a diploma at college and is now looking for work, I would like to say Thanks for sharing how working from home helps stay-at-home parents balance work and family commitments. This list of six feasible WFH jobs is a valuable resource. Hopefully, more parents can explore these options and find a career that lets them be present for their loved ones.

  • Dang

    One of my first WFH jobs was as a virtual assistant. Until I learnt how to set up my own e-commerce shop. It is a great way for women to make money while spending time with their children and taking care of home duties.

  • Blair villanueva

    If you have the right skills plus diskarte, many Moms will enjoy WFH. You mentioned about online tutor… it is truly a lucrative business especially in STEM subject. Currently, i am paying $65 per hour for my daughter’s VCE Math tutor session. I was so grateful I found her tutor coz the demand here is crazy… with looong waitlist.

    Many Moms can also offer daycare or childcare services. The average rate per day here in my area alone is $125 per day… again with long waitlist.

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