Being a housewife is a pretty busy endeavour.
You have to juggle from task to task on a daily basis — things like cooking for your family, picking up your kids from school, going grocery shopping… the list goes on, and it only gets worse if your kids are toddlers.
Sadly, taking care of the kids barely leaves time for having a job on top of your full-time mom duties, and it doesn't exactly come with a paycheck. Fortunately, though, there's actually a pretty simple solution to this.
Thanks to the internet and the rise in popularity of remote jobs, there are now plenty of job opportunities that pay very well and allow for flexible scheduling that lets you work around your duties.
In this post, we'll go through some of the best remote job opportunities that you can try as a housewife who's currently staying at home — but first, here are answers to a few questions you may be asking yourself.
What Work Can I Do Sitting At Home?
When evaluating any remote job opportunity as a housewife staying at home, you should keep a few factors in mind. These factors will help you choose the best remote job for you and your schedule.
Considering that your duties as a housewife create a pretty tight schedule (especially if your kids are toddlers and don't go to school yet), one of the first things you'll need to consider is your availability.
You'll need to carefully consider the number of hours per week you can commit to a remote job while also giving yourself enough time to rest throughout the week.
Naturally, you'll also want to consider the skills you can put on the table.
There are plenty of remote jobs out there, and you can't really pick one if you don't ask yourself a few preliminary questions.
For example, would you like a job that requires little to zero training, or if you have a career, would you prefer a job that allows you to develop your current skillset further?
Based on the kind of job you choose, you might have to implement more or less structure in order to help you be as productive as possible.
You could do this by converting one of the rooms to a home office where you can work without any distractions.
Also, if the job you choose ends up being demanding, be aware that hiring a sitter during your work hours is a great way to get a solid amount of work done under a limited timeframe.
Even a simple job can feel overwhelming if you’re still taking care of your kids — this is a perfectly normal thing to experience.
Making money from home is a great thing, but it comes at the cost of a fair amount of stress, especially during the first few days — you need to allow yourself some time to adjust to this new job and the schedule changes that it will bring.
After considering the previous points, you can start looking for a stay-at-home job that meets your schedule and specific needs.
If you’re looking for work around the neighbourhood, you can ask friends, family, and neighbours for any opportunities. Social media is another great way to find opportunities close to home.
On the other hand, if you had a particular line of work you used to do before you became a stay-at-home mom and would like to engage in the same field, you could ask your former colleagues as well.
The Best Remote Jobs For Housewives
Now that you know what you should consider before comparing and evaluating these job opportunities, here are our top 15 remote job opportunities for housewives or homemakers sitting at home:
Bookkeepers keep track of financial transactions, update statements, and review the accuracy of financial records for clients.
Since most of this work is done individually and you can meet with clients over the phone, it's a great option for housewives.
Getting started on bookkeeping doesn’t require a lot of setting up either — the bare minimum you need is a laptop, a stable internet connection, and bookkeeping software.
The average pay for bookkeepers in India is around ₹1,339 per hour.
As a proofreader, you'll be making sure any written content given to you is free from errors (including grammar, spelling, typography, formatting, and syntax). You can also do additional services like editing the text provided or even suggesting improvements to it.
A great upside to proofreading is that it doesn't really matter how many hours you put in to complete a project. This gives you a little more wiggle room that you can use to spend time with your family, and it also allows you to work during nap times and evenings.
The average pay for a proofreader in India is ₹2,382 per hour. If you'd like to learn more about remote proofreading jobs, we also have an article that you can check out here.
As a transcriber, you will be tasked with writing a script based on what another person is saying.
Be warned, though, that it's a job that sounds deceptively easy — to do well as a transcriber, you'll need a solid set of typing skills, and you'll also need to have a very attentive sense of hearing.
As a transcriber, you can earn around ₹1,116 per hour. However, this rate can increase depending on your location, and if you choose to specialize in certain fields — for instance, medical and legal transcription work pays more, but they also require far more prep time.
#4 Freelance Writer
As a freelance writer, you’ll write articles for clients either as a ghostwriter or under your name.
In ghostwriting, your name will not be attached to the article once it's given to the client. On the other hand, some businesses hire freelance writers to post on their sites with an author byline (a short paragraph that tells readers a little bit about the author and how to contact them).
The average pay is around ₹2,679 per hour, but sites will often pay you more if you have a specialty or a credential such as a Ph.D.
#5 Online Tutor
Another good work-from-home job opportunity is online tutoring — if you're an expert in a particular subject matter, you can use this to your advantage.
You don't need to have an in-state teaching certification to become an online tutor, but most companies that hire virtual tutors do ask for a bachelor’s degree and tend to test your abilities in order to demonstrate your knowledge of the subject matter.
The average pay ranges from ₹1,116 to ₹1,637 per hour. Tutors in math are almost always in high demand, as are those in natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology and earth science). Another area you can specialize in is offering to teach English to students abroad.
If you'd like to learn more about online tutoring job opportunities, you could read our article here.
#6 Virtual Assistant
As a virtual assistant, you'll be tasked with assisting clients when setting up appointments, answering emails, arranging travel, and plenty of alternative administrative tasks. This administrative support could be for another individual, a team, or even a company as a whole.
Virtual assistant jobs are done completely from home and can be found on a part-time or full-time basis.
The average pay for a virtual assistant is around ₹1,339 per hour.
#7 Web Search Evaluator
The role of a search engine evaluator is to determine whether a web search gives you a relevant outcome based on the keyword or phrase entered in the search box. You'd also be taking care of evaluating how relevant paid ads that use pay-per-click programs (like Google Adwords) are for users.
It's an interesting and rather uncommon remote job, which means that your skills will be in demand if you're an expert in this field. Another advantage is that it doesn't have a high initial investment either — all you need is a high-speed internet connection, an anti-virus protection program, knowledge regarding how search engines operate, and fundamental research skills.
Lastly, it's another not-as-demanding remote job, meaning you’ll still have plenty of time to spend with your kids.
The average pay for a web search evaluator is around ₹1,116 per hour, but different companies pay different rates depending on factors like expertise and the scope of your work.
#8 Travel Consultant
A travel consultant is tasked with understanding their clients' travel requirements and providing recommendations based on said requirements.
If you choose this job, you'll be helping clients plan their trips (whether local or international) as well as helping them plan tours, accommodation, means of travel, and insurance.
It's a pretty common practice for travel consultants to book tickets on behalf of their clients and give them travel materials such as maps, guides, and event programs as well.
Travel consultants can decide how many clients they help at a time, just like virtual health coaches. Also, depending on the company you work for, you might even get travel credit too, which is a big plus.
The average pay you can expect as a travel consultant is around ₹1,488 per hour.
#9 Freelance Interior Designer
Remote interior designers usually find clients by sending job proposals, hearing their prospective clients’ requirements and coming up with decorative ideas for their home or office based on these requirements. After both of you agree on a price and once you and your client have had the right amount of feedback, you'll move forward to the design phase.
You could also be tasked with providing estimates, whether it's for materials, designing, or both.
Freelance interior designers can expect to make at least ₹1,860 per hour, but this depends on their experience.
#10 Brand Ambassador
Brand ambassadors engage in partnerships with companies to advertise their products and services on social media.
Like proofreading jobs, you’re given full control of your schedule as long as you achieve the targets set by the company you're working for.
The only downside is that you’ll need a strong social media presence in order to get hired for a brand ambassador job — this means that you'll need plenty of followers and a lot of engagement with your audience.
The average salary for a brand ambassador tends to be around ₹1,265 per hour.
#11 Customer Service Rep
Customer service reps are tasked with talking to customers to handle complaints, process orders, and provide information about a company's products and services.
Depending on the company you work for, this requires very little training and doesn't need a big initial investment to get started. Remote customer service positions are also among the most abundant work-at-home jobs, so finding an employer won't be hard.
One downside to this position worth keeping in mind is that getting distracted is a big no-no. If you have toddlers that aren't going to school yet, you might want to hire a sitter or work during their bedtime.
The compensation you can expect as a freelance customer service rep is around ₹1,041 per hour.
#12 Social Media Manager
A social media manager is someone who's tasked with running someone else's social media platforms. This implies planning, creating and posting content and interacting with al of their followers.
The best part about this job is that you can do it as a freelancer — it's not necessary to be a full-time employee of the company you're working for. You also get to choose your clients and set your own schedule, which is an essential advantage to have for a working stay-at-home mom.
Also, considering the number of companies that use social media is increasing, there's plenty of social media manager job opportunities out there — today, even small businesses are hiring social media managers.
The average pay for a social media manager is around ₹1,860 per hour.
#13 Inside Sales Rep
As an inside sales rep, you'll be working with clients to build new business opportunities.
To do this, you'll have to find new sales leads via research, calls, and email, and you'll also be tasked with generating interest in a company and closing deals with clients.
The average pay you can expect as an inside sales rep is around ₹1,488 per hour, although this will heavily depend on the company you're working for as well.
#14 Virtual Health Coach
As a virtual health coach, your objective is to steer your clients' health and fitness in the right direction. To do this, you'll need to use the first few sessions to understand your clients on a personal level, and then you'll help them come up with a plan to meet their fitness goals.
One neat advantage of being a virtual health coach is that it’s not as demanding as other remote jobs. It's also another job that gives you full control over your schedule, so if you want to spend more time with your kids or if you'd like a little more time to get used to the job, you could help only a few clients at first.
The average pay for a virtual health coach is around ₹2,158 per hour, so it's a very lucrative job.
#15 Graphic Designer
As a freelance graphic designer, you'll be doing individual graphic design tasks while creating a roster of clients who keep coming back for more.
You'll need to have a background in graphic design, of course, and the software involved, which can be quite costly, but an advantage of this job is that it's fully remote. You can also get your work done at any time you find comfortable.
The average compensation for a graphic designer is around ₹2,605 per hour.
Being a housewife staying at home is a pretty busy task that often leaves little time for any job beyond taking care of your kids. Nevertheless, as remote jobs become more popular every day, you're no longer forced to choose between one or the other.
It's all a matter of figuring out a schedule that helps you balance family and work, and this will be easy if with any of the options listed above.
So, all you have to do is choose the one that appeals to you the most, the one that you feel is best suited for your particular situation and your particular skill set, and you can get started at earning, on average, anything from ₹1,041 to ₹2,605 per hour in no time flat.