Whether you are a working or a stay at home mom, or just want to earn some extra money – doing some extra work can help you make money from home. However, there are several clear roads ahead, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to what your goals are and just how much time you’re looking to invest in making money from home.
If you are looking for a comfortable way to earn an extra couple of dollars, you can answer online surveys and make money from home. What about applying for Amazon micro-tasks or grocery deliveries? You can easily make an additional $250 a month while watching T.V. or scrolling your social media feed.
If you are an introvert like me, who loves to have online meetings, working from home is a blessing. Choosing your clients and working hours is a plus. However, not everyone is cut the same way. Even after the kids go back to school (sometime soon), the job market will never be the same due to the sluggish economy and because freelancing is taking over full-time jobs in specific sectors. In 2109, 57 million freelancers, 60% said they were freelancing by choice, and now with the pandemic, freelancing membership websites like Fiverr, Upwork, Contra, Toptal, and Contena have seen an increase in memberships.
Pros and Cons of Freelancing
Everyone knows the sweet benefits of having a job: paycheck, medical benefits, 401 retirement fund, maybe dental plans, and a career path. In other words, security and stability. However, the downside of a 9 to 5 office schedule is the long commute, missing kids’ conferences, shows, or meet-ups, not mentioning the uncomfortable eye-rolling every time we request a schedule change because of a doctor’s appointment or school emergency.
Freelancing, on the other hand, has bittersweet moments, the main one is a steady paycheck. No matter how much we work, and how good the business is going, the stress is there, home-based businesses depend on development leads and state of the art customer service to have good sales and increase personal income. No safety net here 🙁
Top Part-Time Job Websites
These are the best job search websites for a career change, women-focused, part-time employment, flexible schedule, remote, and online jobs.
- Flexjobs I love this platform, I am a member since 2013 and got my part-time jobs as a transcriptionist, and a translator, no scams and 100% legit.
- Indeed Mix feelings about this one, swift and excellent search engine. However, the resume builder is a pain in the neck, slow and not user-friendly, if you are looking for “boxed” jobs (your resume must match the description), then Indeed is for you.
- Monster. I get the best info for job descriptions and salaries, but the spam is unbearable! Not from Monster but from H.R. agencies that seem sketchy. Again, just be careful.
- The Fairygodboss is the “largest career community for women, providing free resources and a safe, inclusive environment for highly motivated women to connect with other career-minded individuals and help one another to succeed.” Great place to find jobs and online networking.
From Freelancing to Business Owner
If you are working on multiple projects at the same time, you need a virtual assistant to help you schedule meetings, do some bookkeeping, and maybe outsource social media managers. Think about taking the next step and start growing your freelance career into a stable, profitable business.