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Today, many businesses allow employees to work remotely, but this was not always the case. For decades, women with children often had to choose between staying home to raise their families, or paying for expensive childcare. To help working moms not have to make this choice, Whitney Bonds created Tried and True Mom Jobs. According to the company’s website, it “provides stay-at-home moms legitimate job opportunities that pay well and offer the flexibility to raise their children.”
“I was looking for an option to work from home, but couldn't find one due to all the scams,” Bonds tells CircleAround. Many jobs advertising high salaries for work-from-home jobs like stuffing envelopes, product assembly, and even mystery shopping, end up costing job seekers more time and money than they earn.
Scams aside, Bonds knew remote work for ambitious professionals was in short supply. “I was climbing the corporate ladder and missed out on so much of my son's life that I didn't want that lifestyle with my second child,” she says.
Bonds found moms working from home, interviewed them, and shared their stories on a list to help create a safe space online for other moms searching for legitimate work-from-home jobs. The website also offers personal finance advice and strategies Bonds has used to help her family become debt-free.
Bonds finds great joy in “helping more women learn about remote jobs, and how it's possible to live with the best of both worlds: making money from home while raising kids.” Currently, she makes most of her money from blogging on the website, and through affiliate marketing. Her most popular blog article lists 25 examples of jobs moms can do from home. Here are a few examples from that list.
Bookkeeping is a great place to start for women with backgrounds in accounting or management. But even without experience, anyone can learn the ropes and work as a freelance bookkeeper, or can work remotely full-time. The job requires someone to record financial transactions for business owners, and there are lots of software options available to help keep things organized.
Another job that nearly anyone can do is transcription. Employees are provided audio files from medical, legal, and other professionals, and provide a written transcription for documentation purposes. Bonds also states that transcription is advantageous because “you can work around your own schedule as long as you can meet your deadlines.”
3. Online Tutoring
Teachers on maternity leave, or looking for some extra income, can use virtual video software to provide tutoring services. This is also a great option for anyone with a knack for teaching or who is skilled in math, reading, or writing. Especially now that so many schools offer remote learning, moms can be sure that their tutoring clients will feel more comfortable learning remotely, making the experience easier for everyone.
4. Virtual Assistant
It’s possible to work as a virtual assistant or receptionist thanks to new communication technologies, like call forwarding. As long as you are available during the same hours as the company you work for, you can assist in most professional matters from anywhere. Many moms use their organizational and communication skills to provide virtual assistant services for business owners who need help managing their day-to-day calendars, meetings, and travel plans.
5. Graphic Design
Those with creative backgrounds can use their talents to freelance on graphic design projects for companies around the world. More entrepreneurial types can even make money selling their designs online, in places like Etsy. Bonds swears by the printables market, which includes anything from designing lists, worksheets, holiday templates, and more. “The best part about printables,” Bonds adds, “Is that you make a printable ONCE and can earn money from it FOREVER!”