10 Ways Mums of Brisbane Can Work From Home
10 Ways Mums of Brisbane Can Work From Home
With each child I have had, the realities of the office and the weekday commute have seemed less and less achievable.
Getting myself and three little people dressed, breakfasted, shoed and out the door has seemed nigh on impossible.
Let alone making it to my desk by 9 am (over an hour later than my childless colleagues). And then leaving at 4.55 to make sure I can get to daycare in time for pickup, to have said colleagues eye roll about ‘people who leave early’ (forget the fact I had no lunchbreak).
Add in exorbitant childcare fees, that chew up most of our salaries, and hardly seeing the kids – its easy to see why working from home starts to seem like an attractive and viable alternative to lots of mums.
‘But what will I do?’ I hear you cry! Well, I am glad you asked.
There are plenty of ways you can leave the ditch the coporate 9 – 5 and work from home.
Are they get rich quick schemes?
Ahhhhh, no. I am not going to sugar coat it.
They will ALL take hard work.
There is no guarantee you will be successful, BUT these are viable work from home options, that plenty of mums have used to build successful business that fit in around their family’s life.
So here they are!
Start a Blog
Obviously this is what I have done in building Mums of Brisbane.
There are plenty of things to consider if you are thinking about blogging, including website hosting, web development, social media, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), your ‘audience’ – who will you speak too? Your ‘value proposition’ – what makes you different?
You genuinely need to love blogging, and building a community. It will take a while to build your following, but the first step is getting started.
One of the questions that is common about running a blog is ‘how do bloggers make money?’. Well the truth is, not everyone does. But if they do it is usually through a combination of affiliate links, sponsored posts, brand sponsorship and advertising.
Start an Online Shop
Lots of Mumma bears are going this way, finding a great product (or several) and buying stock, or creating their own product and building a shopping website.
The pros are that it can really fit around your lifestyle. But it can be labor intensive.
Plus you will need a cash outlay for stock and a website to start with. You will need have similar considerations as a blog – who are you targeting, what makes you different, SEO, website design, product design.
Become a Social Media Manager
Time poor business owners are crying out for good social media managers.
A social media manager will manage (post and interact) on behalf of a business or brand on social media. Some specialize in certain platforms for example Facebook or Instagram, but many are able to post across all of the different platforms.
If you love social media, this could be the job for you. BUT it is probably best if you do look to do some training as if you haven’t done ‘business’ social media before there is a bit to learn.
Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistants (VA’s) are in high demand right now.
Usually a VA will specialize in a particular area of business administration. Some might be web designers, some will do basic administration tasks, respond to emails, some do social media management, really whatever is needed.
If you have skills or experience in administration, you could become a VA in whatever specialty you wanted. If it is a business aligned skill set that you have – then there would be a business that would need assistance with that task.
Become a Coach
Coaching is such a buzzword at the moment.
If people are looking for clarity or assistance in their life, whatever area it is, there is now a coach for that.
I know of life coaches, marketing coaches, career coaches, personal coaches, food coaches, body positive coaches, happiness coaches, business coaches, Mum coaches.
If you have a developed a skill set in a particular area,for example lots of successful business women have a coaching business on the side, you could set up a coaching business.
Join a Multi-Level Marketing Company
I know, I know, Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) companies can get a bad rap.
BUT I have included them in here as lots of mum find them to be a viable way to work from home.
With MLM companies you would be looking at businesses like Rodan + Fields, Scentsy, Tupperware, DoTTERA etc, etc.
I know plenty of mums in our group are really happy to be a part of a MLM business.
Family Day Care
This is a great option if you love kids and have the right set up at your house.
The demand for childcare is sky high so if you are in an urban area, there are usually lots of parents looking for great childcare.
Find work with an ‘online’ only company
Yes – these sorts of jobs do exist – but usually you would need to have an existing skill set.
You just have to find them. If they are an online only company then they do let you work remotely, which would likely be from home.
Keep checking Seek and Indeed and ask around – never under estimate the power of your network.
Got skills as a graphic designer, writer, bookkeeper or spreadsheet extraordinaire?
Get yourself a profile on some of the Freelancing platforms and you will be able to bid for jobs. Or have people request you for work directly.
You can truly choose your own hours and days with this one.
Negotiate to work from home with your current employer
Some workplaces are embracing having their staff work from home.
If you know it is an option, and you are happy in your job, then why not ask if you could do some or all of your days from home?
The worst they can say is no – then you have all of the other ‘work from home’ options above to work through.
Finally – for most of these ideas you will be working for yourself. Superannuation, Insurance, ABNs (Australian Business Number), bookkeeping, accounting software, and more these are all important considerations and things you will need to investigate before you get started.
Do you do any of these? How do you find it? OR is there a work from home option that we should add to the list?
Katie is the Creative Director at Mums of Brisbane. She loves reading, sleep and exploring, not necessarily in that order. Most days will find her drinking coffee, trying to keep up with the kids, and praying they will sleep. She lives with her husband and three children in beautiful Brisbane.