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21 Work from Home Jobs for Mums

The coronavirus pandemic has forced people and businesses to rethink how they work. In March 2020, the UK government instructed businesses and people to work from home where possible. A year later, over 60% of the UK workforce are working from home. Of these, 26% of Brits plan to continue working from home permanently even after the pandemic.

At home, you can work on a side hustle and make extra money. These side hustles you can do for yourself and on your own terms. Are you looking for work from home ideas?

Read on to learn the 20+ work from home ideas.

Blogging

There are over 600 million active blogs on the internet. Every 0.5 seconds, a new blog gets published. Blogging is easy to start and inexpensive. All you need to do is pick a niche. The top 10 niches that will set you up for success are:

  • Fashion
  • Lifestyle
  • Personal Finance
  • Travel
  • Health and Fitness
  • Technology
  • Gaming
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Food

Once you start writing on your favourite topics, you can monetise your blog and start making money. To start a blog, choose your blog name and get your blog hosting. You can select either Bluehosting or Siteground as your web hosting choices. Next, install WordPress, select a theme, add plugins and start writing compelling content that your readers will love.

Read: The Nine Ingredients That Make Great Content.

Freelance Writer

As a blogger, you can make extra cash on the side as a freelancer writer. You don’t need any formal training. Just head to freelancing sites such as UpWork and Fiverr. Sign up and start bidding for projects.

There are a lot of freelance writers on these platforms. To stand out, follow these tips

  • Perfect your profile
  • Focus on the client
  • Be active
  • Write compelling proposals
  • Pick portfolio pieces that reflect your work quality
  • Build relationships with clients
  • Be patient
  • Don’t give up

Alternatively, visit job boards such as ProBlogger and Flexjobs. Also, write and submit your stories to news sites and magazines.

Sell Your Crafts

Are you great at sewing, jewellery making, candle making, handmade crafts and more? Make extra money by selling your crafts online. If you’re new to sewing, handmade crafts, candle making and more, there are hundreds of tutorials online.

These tutorials have over 100 product ideas that you can make from home and sell online. Once you make your crafts, open your online store on Shopify or Etsy. These sites have responsive storefronts that are mobile-friendly. They also have marketing tools that will help you promote your store on social media and the internet.

Baking

It’s easy to turn your love for baking into a profitable business. But like any other business venture, it has its demands and pressure. To get started, register with your local council 28 days before opening. Registration is free.

Local authority officers will visit your kitchen and conduct a food hygiene inspection. Once they check your kitchen and receive your rating, you can display it on your window and online store.

In the UK, you also need to register as self-employed. As a self-employed individual, you’ll be paying tax through Self Assessment. Once you register, carry out a risk assessment. This will help to address the risks of COVID-19. The Health and Safety Executive has set rules on carrying out a risk assessment.

Remember, all food sold online is subject to UK food law. This covers product recall and withdrawal, labelling requirements, safety and good hygiene.

Read: Starting a Food Business from Home.

Virtual Assistant

In the UK, there are more than 2,500 virtual assistants working for more than 13,500 small businesses. A virtual assistant offers administrative services from a remote location. Typical tasks include scheduling appointments, making travel arrangements, making phone calls and more.

To get started as a virtual assistant, check out the following freelancing platforms…

  • Upwork
  • Fiverr
  • People Per Hour
  • Remote.co

Check job boards and online recruitment companies like LinkedIn and Indeed.

Accountant

Are you a certified accountant? You can make extra cash online as an accountant. An accountant prepares accounts and tax returns for clients. Other responsibilities include…

  • Budgets and monitoring spending
  • Financial forecasting and risk analysis
  • Compiling financial and budget reports
  • Auditing and analysing financial performance
  • Preparing accounts and tax returns

Most accountants hold a university degree. The degree can be in any subject, but to start your accounting career, get the qualifications you need. There are professional bodies providing courses at all levels.

They are…

  • Association of Accounting Technicians – offers four qualifications
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – provides chartered accountant status
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualifications – comprises of Fundamentals and Professionals levels
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountant – oversees Chartered Global Management Accountant award
  • Learn more about How to Become an Accountant in the UK.

Bookkeeper

Another way to help small businesses and entrepreneurs is bookkeeping. As a bookkeeper, you’re required to record transactions such as outgoings and income. You also need to process payments, produce financial reports, reconcile financial reports and many more.

To become a successful bookkeeper, have the following skills…

  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Problem-solving
  • Attention to details
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Tech savviness

If you’re interested in becoming a bookkeeper, join the International Association of Bookkeepers. Whether you’re learning online or through self-study, IAB can cater for all your needs.

Photography

If you’ve a passion for capturing the perfect moment, starting a photography business is an excellent idea. As a professional photographer, there are several niches.

  • Wedding
  • Sports
  • Fashion
  • Portrait
  • Photojournalism
  • Event
  • Lifestyle and advertising

To ensure success, pick one niche and stick with it. Next, invest in photography equipment. For the best shots, we recommend a mirrorless or DSLR camera. The camera should have a full-frame sensor, more megapixels, faster shutter speed, autofocus and an ISO range of 100 to 51,200.

While a camera with the above specs can help you take excellent shots, it’s expensive. The price range is £1,500 to £7,000. For example, a Canon 5D goes for £2,700 to £2,900. If you add accessories such as lenses, tripod, lighting kits, and others, your initial investment could range from £10,000 to £30,000.

We recommend starting small. For example, buy the camera and, with time, add an accessory after another. You can also try mobile photography.

Childminder

Another work from home idea you can start is childminding business. Childminding is an essential and rewarding role. As a childminder, you can make £30 to £35 per day on a part-time basis. On a full-time basis, you can earn £150 to £400 per week.

While it’s rewarding, it’s not something to enter without preparation and careful consideration. First, you need to register as a childminder. There are two registers:

You also need to…

  • Hold a paediatric first aid certificate
  • Have appropriate insurance cover
  • Complete a childcare course.

Matched Betting

Matched Betting is a technique offered by betting companies that guarantees a profit from free bet promotions. Tax-free and completely legal, matched betting can help you make extra money. Besides the welcome offers, betting companies offer reload offers that enable you to make more money. Since it’s risk-free, it’s extremely unlikely that you’ll lose money.

One of the best matched betting sites is OddsMonkey. The OddsMonkey matched betting software automatically finds the best odds helping you make over £1,000 profit. This saves you time. They have a learning area with over 100 step-by-step tutorials to learn more about match betting.

Another site to check out is Profit Accumulator.

Become a Tutor

Are you an experienced teacher looking for work from home ideas? If you’re, starting a tutoring business is a great idea. You can teach subjects such as Physics, Maths, Chemistry, English and more. There are several online tutoring services you can join.

The top ten are…

  • Club Z
  • Chegg
  • Khan Academy
  • Preply
  • Learn To Be
  • Skooli
  • VIPKid
  • SpecialEdTutoring.com
  • TutorMe
  • TutorEye.com

You can make up to £80 an hour as a tutor. To succeed as an online tutor, get certified, be professional, be available, start small and make it interactive.

Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer, you can create customised workout plans, provide physical and mental guidance. Other duties include making sure your customers don’t get injured while training.

To become a personal trainer in the UK, get a personal trainer certification. This course costs between £1,500 to £2,000, but it’s worth it. The National Register of Personal Trainers also offers an accredited personal trainer course ranging from £888 to £5,000.

As a part-time personal trainer, you can make £13,000, and as a full-time trainer, you can earn £75,000+ per year.

Become a Hairstylist or Beauty Therapist

If you have experience cutting hair, become a mobile hair stylist. Just open an online store or social media page, promote your services and start making money. Running your at-home salon is fruitful as you won’t have to pay rent for office space.

Become a beauty therapist and perform skin and waxing treatments, give pedicure and manicures. As a beauty therapist, your aim is to help your clients look and feel better. You can make between £15,000 to £20,000 a year working 30 to 40 hours a week.

Before getting started, have a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy and register your business as self-employed. For more information, read the GOV.UK webpage on becoming a Beauty Therapist.

Start a Massage Therapy Business

Another work from idea that helps people feel better is massage therapy. Massage therapy relieves pain, reduces stress, addresses anxiety and depression. According to Indeed.com, a massage therapist makes £15 to £30 per hour. The rates vary depending on your location.

To succeed as a massage therapist, complete a 6-month qualification. Types of certifications include ITEC Level 3 RQF Diploma. You can also choose to complete the International Massage Diploma or Level 3 CDP.

Per day, you can see around five clients with massage appointments lasting between 60 to 90 minutes.

Alternative Therapist

More and more people seek alternative medicine to relieve back pain, lose weight and solve other health issues. There are several reasons why people choose alternative medicine over traditional medicine. First, alternative therapists use herbal remedies and mind-body practices. Examples include yoga, Reiki, homoeopathy, aromatherapy, chiropractic medicine and more.

Second, alternative medicine boosts efficacy and reduces side effects common with traditional medicine. Lastly, it helps to calm your emotions, relieves anxiety and increases your sense of well being. To learn more about alternative medicine in the UK, check out the following sites.

Sell Custom Printed Products

Design and sell your custom mugs, cushions, hoodies, bags, sweatshirts, posters, and T-shirts online. This is a great opportunity for those who are arty. You don’t need any inventory to get started. Just join a site like Printful, design your custom products and start making money.

Printful handles shipping and warehouse services. Basically, Printful will import your order automatically to one of its fulfilment locations. It’s here where printing of the final product will occur before they ship under your brand.

Other print-on-demand sites include…

  • Printify
  • CustomCat
  • T-Pop
  • Lulu Xpress
  • Redbubble
  • Spreadshirt
  • Zazzle

To find success, set clear goals, be ready to promote your product and learn how much you want to control your brand.

Social Media Manager

Globally, 71% of small to mid-sized businesses are using social media. In the UK, over 60% of businesses are on social media. To effectively promote the brand, its products or services, companies need to work with a social media manager.

Social media managers are responsible for managing a company’s social media strategy. Basically, your objective is to increase sales, brand awareness and improve marketing efforts. The average salary of a social media manager in the UK is £30,771 per year.

To become a social media manager, complete qualifications through professional bodies such as…

Learn more from GOV.UK about becoming a social media manager.

Catering Business

If you love to cook and have an entrepreneurial streak, become a caterer. You can make homemade goodies at home and sell them online, at local farm shops and food fairs. To succeed, create a business plan, find your target audience, and take your skillset into account.

Since you’ll be running a food business, get a license and register as self-employed with the HMRC. When you apply for a food business license, your local authority health officers will inspect your premises. This is to ensure you comply with UK food safety laws.

You also need to get Level 2 food safety qualifications from the…

Rent Out Your Furnished Accommodation

Do you have a spare room in your home? You can make up to £7,500 per year tax-free by letting out your furnished room. The UK runs the Rent a Room scheme. If you’re a resident landlord or run a guest house, opt into the scheme. You can host tourists travelling on a budget or students from a local college or university.

For more information, have a look at the GOV.UK The Rent a Room Scheme webpage.

Dog Walker

As a dog walker, you don’t need any formal qualifications or training. All you need to do is understand canine behaviour. You can walk one or multiple dogs at once. To successfully do so, have the best interest at heart and know their needs.

You also need to have strong communications skills. This is useful in dealing with the dog owners’ as well as growing your network. If you’re an animal lover, check out Tailster or Dogbuddy for more information.

Start a Voice-Over Business

The voice-over business is booming, primarily due to the popularity of Netflix shows and YouTube. You can work as a part-time or full-time voice actor for national TV show commercials, documentaries, animations, and more in the UK.

Per day, you can make £269. Here is a list of UK’s Voiceover services.

Final Thoughts

Working at home takes time to get used to. It takes time to get used to your schedule and more. To avoid distractions, plan your day, have a home office and set your office hours. Improve your communication skills and limit access to social media and TV. Invest in the right equipment and brush up on your computer skills.