Being a mom is a wonderful gift. It's also stressful and nonstop and there aren't any paid vacations. But even if you're lucky enough not to be the main earner in your family, you might find yourself needing to drum up some extra cash without having the lack of flexibility of a nine-to-five.
Having a job can feel rewarding too and offer you a chance to talk to other adult humans or flex your creative muscles. With that in mind, we collected the top jobs that are flexible enough for moms that can also get some extra money in your pocket fast. Most of them allow you to set your own schedule and won't require endless amounts of time and effort.
Take a look and see which of these would fit your life best.
Real estate agents set their own schedule but typically must be available on nights and weekends. This is ideal for women who have husbands who work 9 to 5 and do not want their children in day care. An appraiser determines the value of a property based on comparisons of similar homes and an evaluation of the property itself. Though both jobs require certifications, both are extremely flexible and offer competitive pay and benefits.
Ideally, you’ll need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting but can always start out as an assistant to someone first. A career in accounting is one of the most-stable careers you can have — which is a top consideration for working moms. With accounting, you can work for yourself (for example, preparing clients' taxes), work for a company, freelance or work part time.
Since beauty likely won’t ever disappear, there’s always going to be a need for beauticians (hair dressers, makeup artists, aestheticians and more). Beauticians can work from home, work out of a salon, take time off when needed, set their own hours and work as much or as little as they’d like. They can also specialize in weddings or other formal events, which typically pay higher rates than strictly working out of a salon.
Maybe you’re looking to get out of the house for a bit and earn some extra cash. If so, consider being a waitress or bartender. Both make money instantly in tips, and the pay is significantly higher than minimum wage. Also, most restaurants are always in need of weekend servers, so you can plan on being home with your family during the week and picking up shifts on the weekends.
Have serious organizational skills? Consider being a virtual assistant. Tasks can include sending emails, organizing travel and other administrative tasks for entrepreneurs and executives. Pay varies and tends to average around $15/hour.
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A version of this article was originally published in January 2014.
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