Part-time Jobs for SAHMs and SAHDs
If you’re anything like me it didn’t take you long to realize that even though the family could certainly survive off one income, there is just something really nice about having some extra money sitting around. Or maybe you really need to work out of necessity, but the thought of putting your baby into someone else’s care makes your stomach feel queasy. Whatever the reason, it’s possible to find a part-time job that won’t infringe on your status as primary caregiver to your baby.
One of the best ways to earn some money without even leaving your house is by doing some freelance work in a field you’re already good at. Plenty of writers, web designers, photographers, and other creative professionals make a decent wage while also choosing their own projects and schedules. If you haven’t worked professionally within the field you would like to freelance in, then prepare yourself to pay your dues. You’ll find yourself working really hard to get a resume’ built up and to make a name for yourself, but once you reach a certain level you may find yourself in the position of actually turning work away because you have enough to do.
If you do well with other people’s children, you can always consider taking on one or two other kids during the day by offering daycare out of your home. There is some licensing involved in this sort of job, but it can be a lucrative business. The drawback to all this is…well…you have to deal with other people’s children all day.
You might also want to seek out a part-time job that corresponds with your spouse’s schedule to where you can work while he or she stays home with the kids. This is great because you earn some extra money, you get out of the house, and your spouse gets to spend one-on-one time with the baby. Just be sure to not take on a job that will cost you more money in the long run than what you’ll make. For example, if I got a part-time job at my favorite clothing store, I’m afraid my paycheck would be spent on clothes in about two seconds.
One last option is to work from home from a viable company that allows employees to telecommute. Plenty of companies offer this sort of thing, but it’s better to apply directly with the company instead of paying some ridiculous fee to access a database of at-home employers. If you were a customer service representative for a bank before having a baby, apply for jobs within the financial sector and let them know you’re looking to work from home. You may be surprised at how flexible some employers can be.