By Holly Reisem Hanna
Every week I receive tons of emails from women who are looking for legitimate jobs they can do from home. When I ask them about their passions, skills, and prior experience, a large percentage of these women mention their Christian faith. Because faith and religion play such an important role in the lives of so many, it only seems fitting to explore the companies and opportunities for faith-based jobs.
So if you’re looking to incorporate your faith into your career search — here are 5 places to get you started.
Christian Work at Home Companies:
My initial goal when I was writing this post was to find Christian companies that hire remote workers on a regular basis. But in my intensive research, I was only able to find a few companies.
Concordia is a non-profit institution that was established by the Lutheran Church. Currently they hire adjunct faculty to teach college courses online.
eaHelp is a legit work at home company that hires Executive Virtual Assistants and Social Media Assistants. Their mission is to “Glorify God by sourcing people and services that ignite a leader’s possibilities and results.”
Exec-u-sist is a privately held, Christian owned and operated company that hires Virtual Receptionists.
Grand Canyon University is a faith-based institution that integrates a Christian worldview into their curriculum. Currently they hire both part and full-time adjunct faculty to teach online.
Northwest Christian University hires adjunct instructors to teach a variety of subjects online. Search for listings that have the keyword, online.
Ohio Christian University hires remote recruiters and adjunct faculty in a variety of subjects. Look for the jobs with the keywords: remote, virtual, and online.
Don’t worry, my search hasn’t ended. I will continue to scour the web and search for more Christian-based companies that offer remote gigs. As I find them I will update this list – so stay tuned.
Christian Job Boards:
There are a TON of job board sites online and I did find a couple of Christian-based job boards, but honestly, I was disappointed with the results.
Christian Job Fair is a division of Christian Career Center. On this site you can search under their “work from home” category for remote jobs. However, the two listings that showed up under this category were for home business opportunities. They did say they were Christian-based businesses, but they both looked like “get rich quick” schemes. If you decide to use this site, make sure to do your due diligence before applying for any jobs or opportunities.
Christian Jobs is a job board that “Connects believers in the workplace”. Here you can search for jobs, as well as post your resume. They do have a “work at home” category, but the three results that popped up were weak. Two were direct sales opportunities, but they weren’t even for Christian-based companies. The third listing that showed up wasn’t a work at home job at all, it was for a daycare position that had the word “home” in the title. This could possible be a good place to submit your resume, but be careful when searching for jobs – make sure to do your research.
If you’re going to use a job board for your search — I'd recommend using Indeed, FlexJobs, or Upwork.
Indeed is an aggregated job board. What this means is they pull results from all of the major job board sites, and display them in one place – so it saves you a ton of time. And because they have such a huge database you have a better chance of finding what you're looking for.
FlexJobs is a membership-based job board dedicated to flexible work arrangements. Not only do they cater to remote, part-time, and freelance work, but they also hand screen every listing, so you know that each and every job listing on the website is legit.
Upwork is a project-based, freelance job board. To search for gigs type the keyword “Christian” into the search box. A couple of projects I found were gathering biblical texts from the internet and another for a church telemarketer. To apply for gigs on Upwork, create a profile, bid on projects, and wait for your bid to be accepted. Once the work is complete you’ll get paid securely through the Upwork platform.
Selling Products From Home:
While not a job per se, direct sales is a moneymaking opportunity that you can do from home. For a minimal fee, direct sales companies will give you a starter kit that includes everything you need to get started. From here you’ll follow their detailed guide on how to sell products; usually this is done through in-home parties or catalog sales. For each sale you make, you’ll earn a commission. The nice thing about the direct sales industry is there are quite a few Christian-based companies.
Christian Bling sells faith-inspired jewelry, accessories, and gifts. Consultants can earn 20% – 29% commission on individual sales and additional percentages on team sales.
F.A.I.T.H. which stands for Fashion Accessories In The Home, sells faith-inspired jewelry. With this opportunity you pay a small startup fee and in return you earn free jewelry credits. Sadly, you won’t make any money with this opportunity, but if you LOVE free jewelry it may be worth looking into.
Grace & Heart is a direct sales company that sells faith-inspired jewelry. There’s not a lot of information on their website about the opportunity, so you would need to contact them if you’re interested in joining the team.
Initial Outfitters is a Christian-inspired direct sales company that sells personalized totes, bags, jewelry, and gifts. Consultants can earn 20% – 35% on personal sales, as well as additional percentages on team sales.
Martha and Mary is a Christian-inspired direct sales company that offers a unique blend of business and ministry, selling home decor, jewelry, kitchen and tableware, and gift items. Consultants can earn 25% – 40% commission on sales, plus additional percentages for building a team.
Premier Designs is a Christian-inspired direct sales company that sells a wide variety of jewelry. Consultants can earn 50% commission on sales, and another 10% commission on team sales in your first three levels.
Thirty-One is a Christian-inspired company that sells personalized bags, totes, purses, jewelry, accessories, baskets, and wallets. Consultants can earn 25% commission, plus bonuses.
Christian-Based Business Opportunites:
Sing n' Sprout is a Christian-based music and movement program. With this business-in-a-box opportunity, you'll be equipped with all the tools to teach Christian music and movement classes to families and children. You can sign up to be an independent Sing n' Sprout teacher for a base fee of $140 with a monthly recurring fee of $5.95.
Blogging Around Your Faith:
Obviously, I’m a huge advocate for starting your own blog. But let me tell you why blogging is such a great home business to start.
- It builds a business platform for other opportunities like freelance writing, coaching, speaking, social media management, or direct selling.
- Showcases your expertise.
- Opens doors to new people and opportunities.
- Has low startup costs.
- You can blog about any topic.
- It's completely flexible – you're not stuck to a set schedule.
Starting your own blog is easy and affordable, however it is not a get rich quick career. But with this being said, I have interviewed women that have made six figures within their first year of blogging.
If you're interested in going this route – I suggest you take a look at these “how to” blogging articles:
- How to Setup a Moneymaking Blog
- How to Write Content, Get Traffic, and Monetize Your Blog
- How to Get Your First Blog Advertiser
- How to Get Companies to Purchase Advertising Space on Your Blog
- 44 Ways to Make Money Blogging
Looking for Christian brands and affiliates to work with? Of course you can contact the direct sales companies listed above, but here are a few more options for you to consider.
Christian Freelance Writer:
As a freelance writer, you will research, write, and edit written pieces for clients. Now, you may be thinking that you need an English degree to be a writer, but the truth is, anyone who enjoys writing can do it professionally. The types of projects that you take on will vary on your prior knowledge, skill set, experience, and interests. The best piece of advice for anyone who wants to be a freelance writer … keep writing! The more you write the better and faster you’ll get. Also make sure you’re investing in your professional development by reading and participating in courses, webinars, and training.
Here are a few Christian freelance courses and books that can help you on your journey.
- Secrets of Writing for the Christian Market
- The Art & Craft Of Writing Christian Fiction: The Complete Guide to Finding Your Story, Honing Your Skills, & Glorifying God in Your Novel
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Christian Fiction
- The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published
While this list is nowhere near complete, it will give you a good place to start on your Christian work at home job search.
If you know of a Christian-based job, opportunity, or direct sales company, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
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