Sure, it may only be March (and there may be snow on the ground in several parts of the country!), but parents already know that there are about a dozen or so weeks left until school is out for the summer. And while you want to be home to take care of your kids, you also need to earn some extra cash to pay for camp, too! If you’re looking to find work but be home with the kiddos, too, here are just three alternatives to jobs with full-time schedules.
1. Professional-level part-time jobs
If you thought that the only professional-level jobs were of the full-time sort, think again. Now more than ever, it’s easier to find part-time telecommuting jobs that are for professionals, too. This is a good option for many work-at-home moms, particularly if you’re looking to earn an income without the need for benefits such as medical or dental.
2. Freelance project work
If you’re looking to pick and choose your projects, then a freelance career is ideal for you. Freelancers have complete control over their schedules, getting to choose exactly when they work, which companies they work for, and the types of projects they want to work on. Freelancers tend to work in specialized industries.
3. Occasional jobs for supplemental income
If you’re looking to pick up work once in a while, a seasonal occasional job might fit in with your work-life needs the best. Typically known as contract work, this type of job has a definite start and end date.
You’ll need to assess which type of work-from-home arrangement will work best for you and your family’s needs. Some of the factors that can go into your decision include the level of income you’d like to earn and how much time you’re willing to dedicate to your job. You’ll also need to decide if you want to turn this job eventually into a career, in which case you might want to find a job that offers you more hours and stability, such as choosing a part-time job over a freelance or contract gig.
Once you’ve determined what type of job you want and the reasons behind it, you’ll need to go out and get one! If the thought of finding a flexible schedule job is overwhelming to you, you’re not alone. You just need to take it one step at a time. Figure out what your ideal job would be, and then look for companies that you’d like to work for. But since you need work flex, too, you’ll need to check out the companies’ websites to see if they already have a flexible work program in place. If you can’t find anything on their sites, you can reach out to the company directly and speak with someone in the HR department.
Another alternative is to use niche job search boards that offer jobs with some sort of flexibility built into them. When reading over job postings, you should look for keywords such as “telecommute,” “remote work,” or even “virtual job.” But be wary if you come across job postings with the words “work from home” or “work at home” in them; more often than not, they’re job scams. Using a reputable job board (such as FlexJobs!) can help you weed out the fake jobs from the legitimate telecommuting jobs, though.
It’s easier than ever to find a flexible schedule job that fits all of your family’s needs—and yours, too. Simply decide what you’d like to do and how you’d like to do it, and a flexible job will be yours in no time!