There used to be two choices a parent had after children: leave them in childcare or quit their job to stay at home with them. Not anymore. Today’s parents are able to juggle the best of both worlds with the ability to work from their laptops anywhere if they have the skills to do the job and know how to find the work.
Yes, there are a lot of scams out there. But if you can weed through those and find the gold, you may be able to hit the jackpot of great work opportunities. Here are 3 proven ways that any stay-at-home parent can stay flexible with their children’s needs and still bring in an income.
3 Ways to Work From Your Laptop
- Phone apps really do work. While you shouldn’t expect to make your mortgage payment off of your phone apps, you can definitely pay some bills with your effort. With grocery store apps, you can upload your receipt and get money back just for buying items that are in their partnered list for that week. Many places are included, like Target, Walmart, and grocery stores. You may even be eligible for a welcome bonus.
- Distance work with your skills. Virtual work is everywhere today. Big companies know there’s an entire market out there of untapped skills for parents who have the knowledge and drive to be great employees if they just had the flexibility to be there for their kids, too.
You can look at job search sites, scour the Facebook jobs page, upload your resume to Indeed, or use this guide to learn how to make an income with your own website, even if you have no experience.
- Sell your unused items. The online revolution is moved far beyond eBay to get rid of your junk, although that site is still widely used. If you have DVDs, video games, or even Legos just collecting dust in your home, you may be able to sell them through your local Facebook Marketplace, sites like Letgo and Decluttr, and many other legitimate sales venues.
Whatever you want to sell, there’s an audience for it somewhere. It may take a bit of research to find the best app for your items, but with the entire world as your target market, it’s likely that you will be able to make some side money on the unused items you have in your home.
No More 9 to 5
Businesses understand that their best employees want to be great parents, too. Your job may offer you the flexibility of working from home if you are a solid, dependable worker. Or you may be able to find something else that is suitable for you so that you can work from your laptop anywhere.
With a little research, the right knowledge and skills, and your perseverance, you can say goodbye to the 9 to 5 grind and hello to working from the comfort of your own home.