Holding down a career while raising children is a huge challenge for any working parent, but as a single mom the challenge is even greater. You need a job that allows complete flexibility so that you can give your kids the attention and care they need while still completing your work and providing for your family.
- Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing programs allow for bloggers to make commissions on sales through links from their blog posts to the affiliate’s website. One of the most popular affiliate marketing programs is offered by Amazon.com. Because Amazon is such a well-known and trusted e-commerce company, conversions tend to be higher than with lesser-known affiliate programs. With a typical commission rate of 6% or more, mommy bloggers with a lot of content and a large readership can earn hundreds of dollars in passive income per month.
- Real Estate
Few part-time careers offer the kind of income potential that is possible with real estate sales, with commissions around 6% of the selling price. There is a lot of paperwork involved, and you must keep up-to-date with the constantly evolving laws that regulate the industry. But if you are highly organized and have the people skills and marketing savvy that the job requires, you could make a very comfortable living for your family.
- Health Care
There are some health care jobs that offer flexible schedules, particularly those that offer in-home care or work-from-home options such as massage therapists and medical transcribers. Radiology technicians working in hospitals may have to work a variety of shifts which wouldn’t be ideal for a single parent. However, radiologists are also needed in medical and dental offices, which offer much more reasonable and predictable hours. Plus, many medical office settings allow for part-time work with higher-than-average pay, which may be even better for some working moms. However, if you are planning to become a radiologist, it will likely require you to have a radiology bachelor’s degree.
- Freelance Writing
With the demand for written website content on the rise, there are many freelance writing opportunities available for single moms. As a freelance writer, you have tremendous flexibility in scheduling your work hours. Since most clients pay on a per-item basis rather than an hourly rate, you are completely flexible in choosing when to work and when to take a break. And the best part is that you can work from home; all you need is a computer and Internet connection.
- Network Marketing
Many single moms make a pretty decent living by selling products and services within their own social circles. Avon, Melaleuca, Amway, Mary Kay and Tupperware have been some of the most successful and popular companies offering such sales models. If you have a fairly large group of friends that would be interested in these products, then you could do pretty well in home-based selling.
Single moms have a tough job to do, and balancing family and work responsibilities is no easy task on a single income. But hopefully these five careers have sparked your interest and given you some ideas about the possibilities that are open to you.
About the Author
My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University and studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3 year old husky Snowball.