4 Popular Online Jobs for Stay-at-Home Parents

Since having two children, life around the SPF household has gotten busier than ever.  This seems to be the case with most families.

While many dual income families can remain so after the birth of the first child, the birth of the second child often necessitates change.  Day care costs are doubled, and one of the spouse’s paycheck may not stretch far enough to make it worth the expense of working outside the home.

If one parent decides to stay home with the kids, she or he can still make money.  When caring for young children, days are busy, but there is plenty of down time because the children nap and also go to sleep early and/or wake up later in the morning.  This time can be used to make a little extra money.

Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of ways that stay-at-home parents are becoming work-at-home parents.  Here are some of the best making money online work-at-home jobs for parents of young children:

Virtual assistant.  With so many busy bloggers looking for someone to help ease the load, you could earn a good living as a virtual assistant.  Jobs might include coordinating with writers, editing posts, and setting a publishing schedule, among other tasks.  Again, with this type of task, you are free to work on your own schedule as long as you get the work done by a certain deadline.

Social media consultant.  Each year, having a social media presence becomes more and more important to bloggers and businesses, big and small.  If you have a knack for Pinterest or spend all of your time on Facebook, this may be the job for you.  Depending on the job, you will need to promote the business across various social media platforms, engage the audience, and possibly respond to customer comments.

Freelance writer.  Do you enjoy writing?  Are you good at catching the reader’s attention and proofreading your own work?  If so, you may be able to find work as a writer.  Becoming a freelance writer is not as difficult as it sounds.  There are plenty of job boards and online forums where you can look for a job.

Even better, while the writing jobs have a deadline, you’re free to work on them when you’re able, which may mean 2 p.m. during nap time or 10 p.m. while the little ones are sleeping.

Online tutor.  Many former teachers stay home with their kids.  Working as an online tutor is a natural fit.  You will need some supplies like a microphone and headset as well as a quiet place to work.  However, you will need to schedule your work when your spouse is home to watch the kids so you won’t be interrupted.  Some online tutoring companies let you work as few as 5 hours a week, while others require more time.

Of course, this is just a sampling of the many online jobs available.  If you’re a stay-at-home parent interested in making some money for your family, there is no reason why you can’t.  There are plenty of online jobs available.

Are you a stay-at-home parent who works online?  If so, what jobs do you do?

How to Reduce Distractions When You Work from Home

One of the things I love about what I do is the fact that I get to work from home. I enjoy sitting at my home office, setting my own hours, and being home for my son if needed. It’s a great setup. Unfortunately, working from home also comes with distractions. The kitchen is a few steps away, and if I’m working while my family is home, it’s a little harder to get things done.

I’ve learned a few things in the last 10 years of working from home, however. Here’s how I reduce distractions while I work from home:

Create a Dedicated Work Space

It’s much easier to get distracted when you are sitting on the couch, or at the kitchen table. Create a dedicated work space that creates a feeling of separation from the rest of the house. My work space is my desk. It’s set up so that I face a window in our spare room. This means my back is to the room door. We have other items in the room, including an electric piano and storage. But my work space gives me a feeling that now it’s time to get down to business, and it helps me focus my attention on the task at hand.

You can also create your own space by taking over a corner of a room in your home and adding a few work trappings to make it clear that you have a space meant to remind you of what you should be doing. You can even purchase decorative screens if you need to block off an area.

Set Up Away from Distractions

My work space is set up away from distractions in the house. It’s not very convenient to the kitchen, and it’s not near the TV. If someone is watching TV, I can shut the door. Being away from distractions is a good way to minimize their effects. I like to set boundaries as well. My son and husband know that when I shut the door I’m doing something that can’t be interrupted. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, my family respects my boundaries.

Try to Work During a Time with Fewer Distractions

Another important trick is to attempt to work during a time when there aren’t as many distractions. I like to work while my son is at school and my husband is at work. Sometimes I work on Saturday morning while my husband sleeps in and my son watches TV. Even if I don’t feel like working during these times, I force myself to do so, since I know I won’t get anything done later when my husband and son are more interested in engaging my attention.

Sometimes, you have to remove the distractions from your environment. When my son was younger, and not in school for six hours a day, I took him to day care for a couple hours a day. It seems counterintuitive to take your child to daycare or preschool when you work from home, but it was good for both of us. I got work done, and he was able to play with children his age.

Monitor your work time, and pay attention to when you are most productive and least distracted. I try to accomplish the bulk of my work between 9 am and noon because that’s when I’m most alert and my mind is least likely to wander. It’s best to work when your mind is better at resisting distractions.

Consider Going Somewhere Else

Sometimes you just need a change of scene. If I find myself stuck in a rut, I’ll pack up my laptop and head to the local coffee shop. Often, the change of scene helps me get back into work mode, and I’m not longer distracted. There are also coworking spaces you can try. Many of them offer rooms and environments designed to reduce distractions. If you can’t seem to focus while at home, get out for a little bit.

Take a Break and Refocus Your Mind

There are times that you might just need a break so you can refocus your mind. If my mind starts wandering and I can’t beat the distractions, I take a break. I meditate for 15 minutes, do some yoga, or fix myself a healthy snack. Just taking a short break to do something that can help me refocus my mind increase my ability to ignore distractions and get back to work.