Want to be your own boss? Ideas for jobs you can do from home

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say every working mum would rather have a job where they could work from home. Whether it’s to allow them to work around the school day, or work when the little ones nap and not have to pay for childcare, it’s a dream for most working parents.


Like many other mums I’m on the quest for that perfect work-life balance and have chosen to do freelance social media management during the evenings, with the aim of building it up to a level where I can eventually work from home rather than having to go into an office every day.


A few friends have commented to me that they wish they could also find something they could do on a freelance or self-employed basis from the comfort of their sofa, and it got me thinking about ideas for jobs you can do from home. Here are my suggestions…


Writing – there are all sorts of things you can do if you are good with the written word. You could write blog posts for other people, write website content for businesses, or proof read.


Virtual Assistant – more and more small businesses are hiring Virtual Assistants to help out with admin rather than employing someone to work in the office. You might be asked to monitor emails, do a bit of data entry, or process payments. None of which necessarily need to be done on-site anymore.


Design – if you’re creative then designing logos, flyers or websites is the perfect job to do from home. It’s quite a competitive area but a good online portfolio will win you clients.


Translation – if you’re clever enough to speak more than one language you could provide translating services to a number of business in a wide range of industries. This is a real specialist subject so pays well.


Tutoring – if you have experience of teaching you could offer private tutoring in whatever your specialist subject is. The hourly rates are quite high for tutors but I suppose you’d only be able to do it outside of school hours so wouldn’t suit everyone’s circumstances.


Social Media Management – there’s a massive difference between using social media for personal use and using it for business, but if you know the difference then there are a lot of companies crying out for help as more and more people realise that it’s one of the most important marketing tools out there.


In all cases you will need to be able to showcase your work, whether this is by having your own website with a portfolio, or linking to your work elsewhere on the internet.


Good luck if you are thinking about doing some freelancing. Let me know if you have thought of any other ideas for jobs you can do from home.


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