It’s getting harder than ever for a family to survive on a single income. If you’re a stay-at-home mom on a tight budget, you’ve got a tough decision to make. You’re committed to giving your children the best possible upbringing, but you also need to make ends meet. Thankfully, the Internet has made it possible — with some careful scheduling and lots of hard work — to do both. There are plenty of legitimate jobs available for stay-at-home moms. Which jobs give you the best return for your time investment, though? These are some of the [best paying jobs for stay at home moms].

Online English Teacher

Would you like to give a child the tools that can help to make him or her a more successful adult? Parents around the world know that learning to speak English is a great way to get ahead in business, and they’ll happily pay to give their children a head start.

You can offer online English tutoring independently of an organization, but the best way to get started is with an online language academy. When you teach through an academy, you’ll receive a curriculum and access to an online teaching portal. Since the academy handles marketing, you won’t have to spend a great deal of time advertising your services. If you make yourself available through the academy’s portal as often as possible, students will find you.

Working through an online language academy is also perfect if you think that you’d enjoy teaching English but have no prior teaching experience. Since you receive the curriculum from the academy, you can focus your energy on developing relationships with your students rather than trying to decide what to teach.

In most cases, online language academies look for teachers with bachelor’s degrees. However, the type of degree is usually unimportant. A teaching certificate usually isn’t necessary, but it can help you land a position.

As an online language teacher, you typically won’t need to create your own lesson plans. However, you may need to provide your own whiteboard and other teaching aids to improve the learning process for your students. Any teaching aids that you purchase are business expenses that you can deduct from your taxes.

Typical Pay: $14-22 per hour

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Freelance Writer

Do you have the ability to write with proper grammar and research unfamiliar topics? Written content is the most important asset that any website can have. Content helps websites receive traffic from search engines. It also engages website visitors and encourages them to buy products and services. A business website often requires so much content that writing all of the text would be impractical for one person — so website owners often outsource writing duties to freelancers.

You need no prior experience as a professional writer to begin accepting work as a freelancer. Websites such as the ones listed below will accept you on the basis of your writing samples alone. Before you apply, set aside a few hours to write some short articles — around 500 words each — about familiar topics. Since virtually every type of website uses freelance writers for content creation, you need no specialized knowledge. You can write about saving money on home expenses, fixing common computer problems, raising healthy children — anything you like.

The one requirement for success as a freelance writer is that your spelling and grammar must be nearly perfect. If you make mistakes when typing, you’ll need to catch and correct those mistakes during the proofreading process. Being a quick learner also helps. When you browse assignments, you’ll see many unfamiliar topics. If you can research online, assimilate information quickly and write like an expert, you’ll have great success.

Freelance writing is one of the most flexible jobs that you can find online. When you accept an assignment, you’ll generally have at least 24 hours to complete it — so it’s okay if an interruption pulls you away from the computer for a while.

Typical Pay: Varies

Many freelance writing opportunities pay writers per word — and the pay for inexperienced writers is often very low. As a new freelance writer, you may earn as little as $5.00 per 500 words. Your pay will increase quickly, though, if you produce excellent work and manage your relationships with customers effectively. If you can find clients willing to pay what you think you deserve, there is no limit to how much you can earn as a freelance writer.

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Virtual Assistant

Have you ever worked in an office as a secretary or administrative assistant? Do you have excellent organizational skills and the ability to remain productive when switching between tasks? Small businesses often hire online freelancers to handle administrative support duties. Some of the common tasks that virtual assistants perform include:

  • Answering and routing after-hours customer service and technical support requests
  • Writing or proofreading documents, sales materials and website text
  • Writing and scheduling social media posts
  • Extracting data such as email addresses from websites and entering it in spreadsheets
  • Entering information in customer relationship management software such as Salesforce
  • Organizing meeting schedules and arranging travel plans
  • Reading and responding to email

The flexibility of a virtual assistant position varies depending on the job’s requirements. If a job consists primarily of data entry, for example, you may be able to set your own hours as long as you can adhere to a deadline. If a client needs your services during specific times, though, you may need to coordinate with your spouse to ensure that you’re always available when you’re needed.

Typical Pay: $12-50 per hour depending on skills required

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Call Center Agent

Have you ever needed to call a company for help with a product or to resolve a problem with a bill? In the past, you would have spoken to someone in a call center. Today, though, the Internet has made many brick-and-mortar call centers redundant and created thousands of online jobs for people just like you. As a virtual call center agent, you can work from home answering calls through your computer.

Virtual call center jobs are among the best [jobs for stay at home moms] because they generally aren’t freelance positions. As a call center agent, you’ll most likely be an employee. You may receive benefits such as health insurance, retirement contributions and tuition reimbursement. You’ll also receive training, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t have prior experience as a technical support representative.

To have success as a virtual call center agent, you’ll need a stable Internet connection. Some companies may also require you to have a terrestrial phone line. You’ll need to type quickly enough to document calls while speaking to customers. You’ll also need the patience and friendly demeanor to handle people who aren’t happy that they need to call customer support.

The duties that you may perform as a virtual call center agent include:

  • Resolving technical issues with phones, computers, appliances and other products
  • Documenting customers’ issues and routing calls to higher support levels
  • Processing payments and handling billing issues
  • Answering basic customer support questions
  • Handling inbound sales inquiries or placing outbound sales calls
  • Processing insurance or warranty claims

Typical Pay: $10-18 per hour

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Freelance Artist

Do you enjoy creating artwork on your computer or tablet? Small businesses regularly hire freelance artists for design projects. Some of the types of artwork that businesses need include:

  • Visual templates for website designs
  • Company or product logos
  • Product labels
  • Headline images for blog posts
  • Infographics
  • Character designs, 3-D objects and other visual assets for games
  • Icons for desktop or mobile applications

Variety is one of the greatest benefits of working as a freelance artist. You’ll never complete exactly the same project twice. As long as you can adhere to a client’s specifications for file type and resolution, you can use whatever tools you like.

If you have no prior experience as a freelance artist, you may face an initial adjustment period when you realize that freelance design can limit your room for creativity a little. You may work with clients who have existing brand identities. You’ll need to create designs that mesh with those clients’ other visual assets. You may also have to handle frequent revision requests.

Most potential clients will want to see examples of your work before they hire you. You’ll need to build a portfolio that illustrates your style and capabilities. If you’d like to turn logo design into a high paying online career, for example, you should create a varied portfolio of logos for fictional companies.

Many marketplaces for freelance artwork use a contest format to attract designs from as many different artists as possible. Logo design projects often use the contest format. The winner of the contest receives the entire prize — usually around $200 — but hundreds of designers may participate. The contest format is a great way for new freelance artists to learn what clients want. No designer wins every contest, though, so it’s good to have a plan for reusing the designs that don’t sell.

Typical Pay: Varies

As a freelance artist, you’ll need to decide whether you’d rather earn smaller payments for completing designs quickly or focus on trying to land higher paying contracts. Selling designs through a website such as Fiverr can be profitable if you can complete several designs per hour. Design contests can also be profitable, but you have to account for the fact that you won’t earn anything for contests you don’t win.

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Freelance Programmer

Programming jobs are some of the best paying jobs that you can find online. Companies need to provide online experiences that engage their customers. Websites also need to support mobile devices. Mobile apps have become important promotional tools for many companies. The current digital marketing landscape has generated an unprecedented demand for programmers, and many of today’s programmers work as freelancers.

Some of the most common jobs for freelance programmers include:

  • Plugin or module development for WordPress or Drupal
  • Development of new website themes or customization of existing themes
  • Mobile application development
  • Desktop PC application development
  • Development or customization of back-end business software

You can specialize in a specific language as a freelance programmer, or you can try to become familiar with as many languages as possible. Some of the languages that freelance programmers commonly use include C, HTML, PHP, SQL, JavaScript, Python, Ruby and Swift. Learning many languages — and keeping up with emerging trends — will help you remain marketable as a freelance programmer.

Typical Pay: Varies

As with many other freelance jobs, you’ll compete with overseas freelancers who will work for less than what you consider a fair wage. Some clients may offer as little as $30 for the development of a simple web-based application. If you can manage to land a development job for a Fortune 500 company, though, you can expect to earn thousands of dollars for your work. Before you can attract the high paying jobs, you’ll need to spend some time building a brand for yourself and collecting references from happy clients.

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