If you’re a parent, you already know you’ve got one of the best jobs around, with highly demanding (but adorable) bosses. But if you’re also in the market for a paying gig that balances with your mom life, there are lots of great options out there for you that don’t involve a cubicle and a 9-to-5 weekday grind. Flexible and part-time jobs are great because they give you more power over your own schedule, and can really help balance your home needs with your professional ones.
We’ve compiled a ton of resources for you to explore as you start down the path of finding a part-time job that lets you work and earn money while still leaving time to concentrate much of your week on parenting.
First, Prepare Yourself
Once you’ve zeroed in on the job(s) you want, make sure you have your job application package in order. You’re ready to take the plunge into the part-time working world—make sure your toolbox is stacked with all you need to conquer the job application process.
Then, once you’re all set to apply and get that part-time gig, it’s time to start exploring your options.
Jobs Where You Might Not Have to Leave the House
As you look for your part-time gig, it’s also important to consider how you want to be working. Are you able to spend some hours away from home? Would you prefer to work at home? If you ideally want to aim for a gig you can do from a home office (or a home laptop on your bed!), there’ are a lot of opportunities out there—you just have to be smart about knowing what’s out there.
The good news here is that with so many telecommuting tools online, many jobs can be done from virtually anywhere—especially digital-focused jobs. It is absolutely possible to sneak in a few hours of work during naptimes or drop-off playdates.
Here is some inspiration to get you started.
Jobs Where You Can Earn a Lot by the Hour
Parenting is a time-consuming and difficult job. If you’re looking to supplement your mom gig with another paid job, you ideally want to make the most of your precious time—and that means finding a job where you’re paid well for your work. Take a look at the following, which offer options for jobs that are both part-time and come with a high rate. The best of both worlds is definitely possible—you just have to know where to look!
Jobs That Let You Enjoy Your Non-Work Life
Parenting is lovely and amazing, but we know it’s hard enough as it is (and it’s already an all-consuming full-time gig). Adding an outside job on top of that has the possibility of making you feel overwhelmed and unable to focus on your family, your hobbies, your relaxation, and yourself. Check out some jobs that offer the promise of a nice balance of work, family, and life outside of your many obligations.
And on top of finding a part-time job that leaves time for you to enjoy your life, you also might want to be on the lookout for one that comes with perks. You don’t need to have a full-time, salaried gig in order to enjoy the benefits of the working world. Check out some of the following companies, who are known to reward all employees handsomely.
Jobs That Use Your Parenting Skills
And don’t be afraid to think outside the box a little. For example, nannying/daycare might seem like a little too much parenting, but it would allow you to spend time with your own children while also earning money. After all, as a parent, you likely already have the kid-wrangling skills that would make you an awesome caregiver for other children as well.
Jobs Where You Work For Yourself
It might also be time to think about whether you want to start your own business, as a side hustle to your primary priorities. Talk about working on your own terms—these jobs let you design your own schedule and hours. They likely require a lot more energy upfront and all the accountability falls on you, but you are the boss here and you call the shots.
The Job of Your Dreams
Finally, if you’re trying to live the dream (and have a job that will not only be the envy of your peers, but also your kids), there really are jobs that allow you to watch Netflix for a living. Seriously.
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