5 Work-at-Home Careers for Stay-at-Home Moms (and Dads!)

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Four years ago, you couldn’t convince me that there were any real work-at-home opportunities out there that didn’t involve spending a ridiculous amount of time filling out surveys, data entry, MLM, and cold calling (*shudder*) for pennies.


Let’s be real. As a parent, the last thing we want to do is waste our time with scammy non-opportunities that suck up our time and leave us with little in return.

As a new mom, I remember spending a TON of time looking for ways to bring in some extra income so we could slow down our monthly paycheck-to-paycheck merry-go-round.

(Time to shut that ride down, Life! No one’s in line for that disappointment.) 😉

From repairing and selling used children’s shoes to consigning my kids’ used clothes, to yes, even hopping on the furniture painting craze, I tried almost everything to generate a side income that was actually worth the time involved.

But when we faced new health insurance premiums that made my side income look sad, those time-consuming side hustles just weren’t cutting it anymore.

So I started getting my hands dirty and looking for ways to earn a real income from home. And people! They’re out there.

After taking a few training courses that have morphed into what has now become a full-time income, I have officially graduated from side-hustle wannabe into a full-time work-at-home career that I LOVE.

You guys, I never would’ve thought that I would eventually earn a full-time income from home doing something I love, that my husband would be able to quit his full-time job, that we would be able to purchase our first home, and that both of us would be able to be home to raise our boys together.

I love my life!

Are you someone who has been side-hustling themselves into oblivion without getting anywhere? Or are you thinking about learning some real skills that you can build into a real work-at-home career?

Here are some awesome training programs that offer training in real skills to build a real work-at-home career! And yes, some of these programs helped me to get where I am today!

1. Proofreading

If you’re English skills are good and you love reading, proofreading might be your jam! Proofread Anywhere offers training in two types of proofreading: legal transcript proofreading and general proofreading.

Proofread Anywhere provides training programs for legal transcript and general proofreaders to build their work-at-home proofreading income streams.

Legal transcript proofreading involves learning how to proofread and mark up legal transcripts for court reporters using an iPad. You’ll read a lot of drama and get paid for it.

Don’t get me wrong! This takes real work. But if reading’s your thing, it might be something your really enjoy.

General proofreading is a bit different. While legal transcript proofreading is specific to legal transcripts, general proofreading is for, well, pretty much everything else — books, novels, blogs, movie scripts, advertising, you name it!

Anywhere there’s text, there’s probably a proofreader involved — or at least, there should be. 😉

For an in-depth review of Proofread Anywhere, check out my post here. (Proofread Anywhere is where I got my start!)

PA has a free intro course and a free workshop available for those interested in the two courses they offer, so if you’re interested in getting a peek into these two options, I recommend signing up.

This is a great option for parents with children of any age.

2. Transcription

Anyone who has Googled “jobs that can be done from home” has probably heard of transcription. Likely, you’ve heard of medical transcription. Unfortunately, medical transcription is all but dead.

But legal and general transcription is booming!

Basically, transcription is turning the spoken word into text by transcribing recorded audio files into readable documents.

Transcribe Anywhere, the sister site to Proofread Anywhere, offers affordable training in both legal transcription and general transcription.

Transcribe Anywhere provides training for work-at-home legal and general transcriptionists.

Legal transcription usually involves transcribing dictation from lawyers, legal proceedings, and correspondence, while general transcription is for pretty much everything else (insurance claims, interviews, webinars, video courses, radio shows, etc.).

TA also offers free intro courses for anyone who is thinking about enrolling in their two courses: General Transcription and Legal Transcription.

For another in-depth review, check out my post about it here. (Yep, this is another course I’ve taken that has helped me build my own work-at-home career!)

This is a great option for parents with children who are a little older and don’t need constant supervision as it does require the use of headphones, which can impede your ability to keep a close eye and ear on your kiddos.

3. Bookkeeping

If numbers are your thing, becoming a freelance bookkeeper may be a really great option for you! Bookkeeper Business Launch is a fantastic training program created by Ben Robinson, veteran CPA and instructor.

Bookkeeper Business Launch provides in-depth training for virtual bookkeepers to build their own lucrative work-at-home careers.

Ben’s course teaches you how to work with clients all over the nation to provide them bookkeeping services using online modalities of data exchange (how they get their records to you as their bookkeeper).

Becoming a freelance bookkeeper is a fantastic way to keep the flexibility you’re wanting in a work-at-home job while also earning a very respectable income. To learn more, you can sign up for the Bookkeeper Business Launch free training.

This is a great option for parents with children of any age.

4. Virtual Assisting

If learning multiple skills at once is your thing, you may like becoming a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants do a myriad of different tasks for business owners, including email management, customer service, copywriting, content management for blogs, graphic design, project management (what I do!), etc.

This is by far one of my favorite ways to earn a living from home! I’ve learned so many fun skills that I never thought I could, and I couldn’t be happier doing what I do.

There are a lot of really great VA courses out there. One is Horkey Handbook by Gina Horkey. She also offers a writing course for anyone looking to get into copywriting! You can check out my interview with Gina here.

Horkey Handbook -- providing training for work-at-home virtual assistants and copywriters.

Virtual assisting is a very broad field, giving you a lot of room to branch out into a niche skill set and find what works for you. Getting to work with a variety of different people and business owners can be really fun and exciting, especially if you’re doing a lot of different kinds of tasks.

So what is it that I do specifically? I’m a full-time project manager for a popular blogger. I manage all of my employers projects and product development, keep people on task, and manage her email marketing systems. I also do a lot of graphic design and web design as well.

It’s SO much fun to create digital products and the systems needed to get projects from idea to delivered. If project management is something you think you’d like to do, click here and sign up to be notified when my own project management training course is available!

This is a great option for parents with children of any age.

5. Scoping

Okay, so most people have no idea what scoping is. No worries! I didn’t either until I started proofreading for court reporters.

Scoping is like the copyeditor for court reporters. They go behind a reporter after they have translated the transcript from steno (a special shorthand language learned by court reporters to transcribe legal proceedings at lightning speed) to English to ensure there were no mistranslated words or words that didn’t get translated properly at all. They also look for inaccurate information and typos as well, along with other discrepancies.

Internet Scope School is one of the most reputable training programs in the court reporting industry. Owned and ran by veteran scopist, Linda Evenson, ISS offers the most comprehensive and in-depth training program under the instruction of the one of the industry’s most respected scopists.

Internet Scoping School provides training for work-at-home scopists.

One caveat is that this program is much more expensive than the other programs I’ve listed, especially when you count the special software that’s required. However, it is far less expensive than scoping courses that are provided in colleges (that is, if you can even find one!).

ISS offers a free mini course for anyone interested in learning more. You can also check out my complete interview with Linda here!

This is a great option for parents with children who are a little older and don’t need constant supervision as it sometimes does require the use of headphones, which can impede your ability to keep a close eye and ear on your kiddos.

Do you know of any other really awesome work-at-home training programs? I want to know! Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it!

4 thoughts on “5 Work-at-Home Careers for Stay-at-Home Moms (and Dads!)

  1. How do you find jobs after you complete the courses? I became a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant after completing the rigorous online courses and taking the certification test but I can’t get a job because I don’t have experience.

    1. That’s a really great question, Margaret! All of the courses I recommend actually teach you how to find your clients, which is something I’ve found lacking in traditional courses. I’ve found in my experience as a proofreader, transcriptionist, VA, and project manager is that they care less about “experience” and more about skill. I’ve never once been asked for my resume in the line of work I do. Not once. Most often, they want to see you demonstrate your skills. If you can do the job well, that’s all they care about.

      Being an MA is a bit different. With in-person jobs like that, they usually vet candidates by their resumes and references. It’s a great job, I’m sure. But with those kinds of jobs, it can be very difficult to break into the workforce in my experience.

      For MA work, have you thought about going through a medical staffing temp agency? You might find a medical staffing agency near you that can help you prove your skill set and land a job. Usually you don’t have to pay for the service; the company who uses the staffing agency does. So that’s just one thought. 🙂

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