Blogging Career Options for Stay-at-Home Moms
Bloggers, who generally work remotely (from home), develop online content--text, photos, sound, videos, and animated graphics--for different purposes and target audiences, on a variety of topics: news, cooking, travel, parenting, interior design, politics, entertainment, and fashion, among many other subjects. Some blogs report news and current events, others feature creative writing such as fiction and poetry, and still others highlight photographs or animated graphics; bloggers generally have expert knowledge of their subjects. This article describes several career options stay-at-home moms might pursue to get started as bloggers, as well as the average salaries and projected future job growth for these careers.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2014-2024)*|
|Writer||$61,240 (for all types of writers/authors)||2% (for all types of writers/authors)|
|Journalist||$38,870 (for reporters, correspondents, & broadcast news analysts)||-9% (for reporters, correspondents & broadcast news analysts)|
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Blogging Career Information for Stay-at-Home Moms
About two-thirds of all writers and authors are self-employed, making this an excellent career for stay-at-home parents. Writers and authors research, write, proofread and edit content or copy for print and online publications, including blogs. Many writers and authors develop written content for blogs on specific topics such as food or exercise. To become a writer or author, a stay-at-home mom should hold a bachelor's degree in English, journalism, or communications, and have some experience writing, either as an intern or a guest blogger.
Another great career option for stay-at-home moms is online journalism. Journalists, including reporters and correspondents, report local, national and international news and events for print and online publications, including blogs. Most jobs in journalism require a bachelor's degree in English, communications, or journalism, and working as a journalist for a news site or blog often requires experience as a print reporter or correspondent.
Stay-at-home moms with technical skills and the ability to translate complex information for lay readers make excellent technical writers. Technical writers write how-to guides and manuals explaining technical and complicated information. They may blog about new hardware or software, for example, and distribute what they write online in blog form. Technical writers need to have a bachelor's degree to work in this field.
Bloggers with the creativity and technical skills needed to compose, shoot, edit, and upload images are in great demand. What's more, most photography jobs require only a high school diploma. Stay-at-home moms who enjoy taking pictures could turn their hobby into income by contributing photos to an existing blog or starting their own photography blog.
More and more, bloggers need to be able to create and edit not just text, but also multimedia content, such as audio, video, and animated graphics. Creative, technologically savvy stay-at-home moms with these skills can make good money as multimedia artists or developers of multimedia content for blogs. Multimedia artists should have a bachelor's degree in communications, audio/video production, computer graphics, or art, and a strong portfolio showcasing their work.