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Freelance Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

Freelancers can choose clients or projects to work with; they may be employed by a company, but can determine their workload and schedule. This article discusses the duties and training requirements for some freelance options for stay-at-home moms.

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Freelance Career Options for Stay-at-Home Moms

Stay-at-home moms may want to consider freelance work so that they can set their own schedule and work around the needs of their family. They can consider work options in fields such as education, communications or personal care. Those who have worked as a professional in their field before having children may find that they have clients who wish to continue hiring them on a contract basis. Stay-at-home moms may also advertise their services to build up a client base or work for a consulting service that allows them to set their schedule.

Job Title Median Salary* (2016) Growth* (2014-2024)
Tutor $39,570 5-8%
Editor $57,210 -5% (Decline)
Photographer $34,070 3%
Graphic Designer $47,640 1%
Technical Writer $69,850 10%
Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists $24,260 10%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Freelance Career Information for Stay-at-Home Moms

Tutor

Tutors work with students to help them improve their academic performance. They may focus on a specific subject area or may teach students skills like how to study or prepare for an exam. A bachelor's degree is usually required to work as a tutor. Some tutors work for companies, while others offer their services to anyone and/or work from home.

Editor

With a bachelor's degree, it's possible for stay-at-home moms to consider freelance opportunities and work as an editor. Editors can perform a range of tasks, such as deciding what will be included in a publication or reviewing writing to identify errors that need to be corrected. Some editors perform those corrections themselves. Editors may also be involved in reviewing or revising material that's published online and work via the Internet.

Photographer

Photographers use technical equipment and combine various elements, such as lighting or lenses, to produce photographs. While photojournalists are usually required to have a degree, it's possible for photographers to have no formal training, or learn through experience or short courses. Stay-at-home moms who are skilled in photography may opt to set up their own photography studio and work on a freelance basis.

Graphic Designer

A bachelor's degree can prepare individuals to pursue work in graphic design. Graphic designers create designs that are intended to serve a specific purpose. They could design a logo for a company or an illustration that will be used in an advertisement. Since graphic designing can be done anywhere and anytime, this a viable career option for stay-at-home moms who want to pursue freelance work.

Technical Writer

Technical writers produce instructional materials and other technical documents. Their goal is to break down information in a way that people can follow and easily understand how to use or assemble a product. With a bachelor's degree, there are freelance opportunities for technical writers. Freelance work is also available to those who work for a consulting agency.

Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists need to earn a license by completing a postsecondary program. Stay-at-home moms interested in this field can consider working with clients at their discretion. Hairdressers cut and color hair while hairstylists may arrange hair in a desired manner for a special event, such as a prom or wedding. Cosmetologists work with makeup or add extensions to a client's hair.

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