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Moms, building your career while taking on a hands on role in raising your kids is totally possible. It all begins with finding a home based job or business that is suited for you.
To get started, you will need a stable internet connection, among other things, because interviews are usually done over Skype. Then, your salary is typically sent through PayPal or straight to your bank.
Here are 12 ideas for home-based jobs that are perfect for stay-at-home moms, and even for working moms who are considering a transition to a work-at-home career.
If you have been blessed with the ability to turn ordinary words into interesting and meaningful statements, then writing is your best home based job option. Websites, digital publications, and print publications all have freelancers on their teams.
Not sure where to start? Polish your writing skills and build a portfolio by setting up a blog and sharing your thoughts. You can also sign up to be part of a team of online SEO content providers at websites such as Essays.ph.
Average starting salary: Php 600 - Php 1,500 for 300 to 600 word web articles
Virtual assistants offer administrative services including email management, scheduling and booking, and research. Technical skills can elevate your service, as you can provide remote technical support to your clients.
Hard work and dedication can really spell success for you as a virtual assistant. Marge Aberasturi, for instance, has been a home based virtual assistant since 2006, and now owns her own company, VASupportPro.
Average starting salary: Php 8,000 - Php 10,000 per month
Graphic artists create attractive visual support for marketing and advertising materials, websites, magazines, and more. Creativity and a keen eye for visual aesthetics are must-haves to succeed in this career.
Typically, this job also requires knowledge and experience in the use of certain design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop or CorelDRAW.
Outsourcing and freelancing site Freelancer.ph is one place you can go to look for home based jobs in graphic design.
Average starting salary: Php 12,000 - Php 17,000 per month
A transcriptionist is responsible for converting audio material into written form. At times, you may need to correct grammatical errors in your final transcript, so a good grasp of the language used is important.
Apart from general transcription work, there are also specialized jobs such as legal and medical transcription, which require backgrounds in law or medicine.
If you feel that transcription could be a good option for you, start out by exploring opportunities online with sites like Civimom.
Average starting salary: Php 15 - Php 20 per minute of audio
Content marketing means looking for ways to elevate a brand's presence online through various platforms like social media, blogs, e-books, etc., shares blogger and freelance content marketer, May Palacpac.
If you have a good eye for curating relevant content, this could be a good job for you. Setting up is easy, because you only need a computer and a stable internet connection to get started.
Average starting salary: Php 20,000 - Php 25,000 per month, full time
Do you spend a lot of time on social media? Make it worth your while by turning your online interaction into profit and try landing a job as a community manager.
This job requires you to engage with and grow an online community, advocating the brand you represent among its members. Start exploring this career by searching for community management options on 199Jobs.
Average starting salary: Php 5,000 - Php 8,000 per account handled
A good grasp of the English language and the ability to teach can pave the way for you as an online English teacher. You only need to invest in a computer, good Internet and a headset to start.
Passing a language proficiency test and a demo teaching class can get you hired on Rarejob, an online teaching portal that caters to Japanese students.
Average starting salary: Php 16,000 - Php 18,000 per month, full time
Do your dishes always receive rave reviews at home and in parties? It may be time to make a career out of cooking.
You don't necessarily have to go full-scale with catering right away. Instead, start with party trays, or bento box meals for kiddie parties similar to what The Bento Mommas offer.
Average starting income: Php 200 per bento box delivered
Stay at home moms who have a knack for party planning can turn this into a lucrative business. You can start by helping friends and family members organize their special celebrations, and eventually branch out.
Mompreneur Maricel Mendoza offers her services as a home based party planner and stylist. She recently launched her new project, a DIY Party in a Box for clients who want to DIY but don't have the time to do it all.
Average starting income: Php 10,000 - Php15,000 for on the day party coordination
Jobs for freelance web developers can be found on Remote Staff, which offers various home based jobs for Filipinos.
Average starting salary: Php 13,000 - Php 30,000 depending on the complexity of the job required
Several companies here and abroad are now offering home based jobs as call center agents. The online work platform oDesk.com is a good place to go if you want to check out home based jobs like this.
The necessary software is installed into your home computer. This is where you log in and out, and complete the work assigned to you for the day.
Average starting salary: Php 15,000 - Php 25,000 per month, full time
If you excel in coordination and managing a team, then becoming a project manager is a good choice for you. This could be for an event, a product launch or even the development of something new.
With the help of technology, you can now communicate easily via mobile or email, making this a job that you can now do from home. Elance.com usually has several project manager jobs listed on their site.
Average starting salary: Php 5,000 - Php 8,000 per project
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