Are you looking for a way to earn some extra money from home but aren’t quite sure how to do it with young kids?
Fortunately, you have a lot of work at home job options. These work at home jobs can be done during nap time so you don’t have to worry about childcare. These are a great place to start if you need to earn an income from home as a work at home mom.
Working from home is ideal if you have young kids at home but it can definitely be challenging to find a job you can actually do with young kids underfoot.
The best option is if you can find something that you can do during nap time. That has a few benefits.
- The house is quiet so you can focus.
- You don’t need to find (and pay for) childcare.
I’ve been working from home for over 15 years now and there are so many more options available now than there were when I first quit my teaching job to stay home with my oldest son.
There are absolutely still a few scams out there but there are also a lot of legitimate work at home job options.
We put together a great list of 20 real ways you can earn money from home that you should definitely check out. They are not all nap time friendly but they may give you a few ideas to help you get started.
First, let’s look at the types of jobs you can’t do when you have young kids.
- Avoid anything that requires set hours. This can be tricky if you have a baby wake up early from a nap or a toddler who decides he needs you immediately.
- Avoid anything that requires too much time on the phone. It is so hard to come across as professional if there is a child screaming in the background. Unless you have outside childcare, avoid phone-based jobs.
That still leaves you a lot of room to be creative. You can turn just about any hobby or professional experience into a paying work at home job with a little creativity.
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Work at Home Jobs that are Nap Time Friendly
Create a blog
I’m a bit biased since my blog is what has allowed me to be a work at home mom and stay home with my kids but there really are some great options to monetize a blog. You can blog about anything you are passionate about. Not sure where to start? Go here and we’ll walk you through how to start a blog, with step-by-step instructions.
Teach with VIPKid
This one isn’t exactly during nap time but you can do it while your kids’ sleep. I teach very part-time with VIPKid and earn about $1500 a month on the side. It’s a really great option if you want to avoid paying for childcare. The hours can be a little wonky because you are dealing with the time difference but that’s also a perk when you have young kids at home. I broke down the details of how to get hired with VIPKid here.
Work in direct sales
Direct sales gets a bit of a bad rap but it can be done very well. I know several moms who make an amazing living off of just their direct sales income. After seeing so many of them succeed, I jumped in and started selling LipSense. It has turned into a really lucrative side-business for me now. See how I’ve done it here. I will add that many moms have lost money working in direct sales. Be smart about it. Do not go into debt for an MLM business and avoid opportunities with a high start-up cost.
Work as a virtual assistant
Many small businesses, freelancers, and bloggers need some extra help with various administrative tasks. There are quite a few Facebook groups that are great for networking and finding virtual assistant jobs. You can always reach out directly as well if you are looking for work.
Transcribe with Rev.com
Rev.com is a company that pays you to transcribe audio files. It pays on a per-project basis so you are not locked into working set hours. The pay is fairly low but if you are a fast transcriber you can earn a decent hourly rate.
Taking on paid writing projects are perfect as a nap time friendly work at home job. If you limit the number of projects you take on you should be able to avoid working outside of nap time and it’s something that is flexible so if nap time ends up happening later in the day for some reason you aren’t going to get behind.
Work as a Freelance Voice-Over Artist
If you have a steady speaking or singing voice, you can work as a voice-over artist from home. Companies hire individuals to record audiobooks, corporate videos, commercials, and more. You can find entry-level voice over jobs on places like Upwork or Fivrr.
I would strongly recommend taking a course like this one before you start applying for voice-over jobs.
Create a product to sell
Do you have a talent or skill you could turn into a product? This can be a great way, not only to work during nap time, but also to create a passive income. You could write an ebook, create a video class, create educational printables, create a product to sell on Etsy, create WordPress templates, etc. The options are nearly endless.
If you have a good eye for design you can make great money working from home as a graphic designer. Since that work is project-based and generally just has one final deadline, it is perfect for working on during nap time.
Be a website tester
There are quite a few companies that will pay you to test out websites. Pay is anywhere from $8-20 per test which usually takes around 10-20 minutes. This is a great list of places that will pay you to test websites. User Testing is another popular option. The nice thing about being a website tester is your hours are completely flexible. You will need a quiet place to work but each project takes such a short amount of time that you could easily pause if your kids woke up from their nap.
Work as a recruiter
Many recruiters work from home. Others hire outside help to search LinkedIn for candidates that match what they need. Connect with a local recruiting firm and find out if they have any openings. Many jobs are filled before they end up being posted so it can be helpful to introduce yourself even if a job isn’t available yet.
Sell with Amazon FBA
Did you know you can buy products at a discount and ship them off for Amazon to do all the work? Amazon FBA (a.k.a. fulfilled by Amazon) will warehouse your product and ship them off when they are sold. They do take a fee but if you are good at deal hunting you can make some good money this way. Entrepreneur Girl is a great resource if you want to get started with this.
Do you have an idea we missed? Share it with us in the comments.
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