When you are the mother of a toddler, you don't want life to pass you by. The good news is that you don't have to. There are certain jobs that make it possible for you to raise young children and still work.
Proofreader and Editor
Because it’s easily done remotely through technology, being a proofreader and editor is one job you can easily do from home or while you travel. It’s best if you have a degree in English or a similar field and have taken some specialized classes on editing using different style manuals. This will help you to find and correct mistakes quickly and efficiently. If it’s been a while since you’ve graduated from college or worked as an editor, you can take some online courses to refresh your knowledge of grammar and test yourself on it.
These jobs offer you the freedom to be a mom while still earning money to support your family. When you do it on a freelance basis, you designate your own work hours so that you can get the most out of life.
There are many jobs in the travel industry that are perfect for working moms. You can choose to become a travel agent or even a travel consultant, especially for other moms. Just be sure to check the qualifications for travel agents in the place where you live. Many states vary on if you need a license to run your travel business. Once you've determined this, there's nothing stopping you from embarking on your own travels while assisting clients with theirs. Licensing for this job can easily be obtained. In addition to, or instead of, working one of these jobs, you could run a travel blog. The ad revenue from a successful blog has helped many moms around the world to keep working while raising kids.
If you enjoy teaching others, consider establishing yourself as an online tutor. Certifications or advanced education in a particular subject will help qualify you for such a job. One of the easiest ways to offer online tutoring services is through video conference software, such as Skype. All you need is a webcam and a microphone for your computer. This allows you to teach from wherever you are, so you can take the kids on vacation and still work. Marketing your services on social media can be a great way to build a business you can run from virtually anywhere.
Everyone is extremely busy these days. Tap into that by becoming a virtual assistant. The key to being successful in this position is being available to offer these types of services when your clients need them the most. With the right equipment, you can offer your services no matter where you are. To be an exceptional virtual assistant, you need to be comfortable being in charge, an effective communicator and open to acquiring new skills. You can work as an assistant to someone in almost any field, as long as you have an understanding of what their daily responsibilities and priorities are.
If you want to travel the world with your toddler in tow, consider working as a multi-language translator. Almost everywhere you go, language barriers have the potential to be an issue. Certain languages are more in demand than others when it comes to the need for translators. Fluency in Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, or French can help you earn money without being confined to a 9 to 5 job. In order to be a successful translator, you need to be proficient in writing and speaking the foreign language.
There is a high demand for translators to work with audio/video or written files to translate from one of these languages into English. As long as you can commit to meeting deadlines, this is a job you can easily do while traveling. Just make sure you have access to email so that you can return translated material in a timely manner.
Customer Service Rep
Many companies hire remote customer service reps. Depending on the company, they may hire you as an employee or take you on as a contractor. If you want to get benefits out of the deal, you'll need to find a company that hires you as an employee. However, you will have more flexibility to travel if you accept a contract position. You can generally negotiate for a more flexible schedule that way. Though you may have to spend some money upfront, the freedom of being able to work and travel will make it fun to earn back.
These are just a few of the mom-friendly jobs you can find. They allow you to work from where you are, helping you combine the best of both worlds. You and your toddler will be well-traveled while you continue to work.