Ever since I was little, I've loved helping people. Whether it was giving my friends a snack at lunch, making a card for someone who wasn’t feeling well or helping out my grandfather. For me, it was the one way I knew I could make a difference. It wasn’t until I got older that I started to grasp the fullness that it brings to my life.
When I was in college, I started volunteering at a local soup kitchen located within walking distance of my campus. There was NO better feeling in the world than the volunteer work I did at that shelter. I left with this overflowing feeling of complete and utter fulfillment.
I remembered this feeling and pursued it 12 years later as an educator. When my little ones came, my husband and I did all that we could to pave the way for me to stay home so I could do what I loved the most – be with our kids. Thankfully, with a lot of sacrifices, we made that dream come true!
About a year into staying home, I began to wonder how I could start to earn money and better yet, continue to help others while making money! It wasn’t long before I found the perfect answer – great combinations of meaningful work that allowed me to stay home and add some income to our family’s tight budget.
If you’re like me and love finding ways to help others but DON’T love your 9-5 routine, we have the perfect solution for combining the best of both worlds!
Below, we outline some amazing work-at-home jobs that will not only pay your bills but will also focus on helping people right at their core.
1. Start a Blog
Starting a blog was one of the very first ideas I ran with, and I’m SO happy I did! What better way to help others than through a blog? The range of people you can help is endless and believe it or not; people want to hear what you have to say!
To make sure I stayed wholly focused on my goal of helping others, I started by asking myself some questions concerning the “whys” and “hows” of my blog’s purpose:
- What do I love writing about?
- What do I feel comfortable sharing?
- How could I help others?
- How can my blog help others?
- Why will my writing help people?
Since I was staying home with my littles and trying to find that “golden recipe” for the ability to balance quality time with them and time for myself (which almost always ended up with someone crying—usually me), I thought, I’m sure I’m not the only mama out there trying to figure this out. I started drawing out a plan, joined Elite Blogging Academy (still going through the courses!), and as they say, the rest is history.
You can learn more about how to start a blog right here on The Work at Home Woman!
2. Inspire and Educate: Teach Kids from Home
When I stopped teaching, I thought my teaching days were done. I didn’t necessarily want to stop teaching, but more importantly, I wasn’t going to jeopardize missing another moment with my kiddos.
Research led me to a few great online teaching opportunities, and they became another option in my tool belt for work-at-home possibilities.
After looking into a few of these teaching positions, I discovered another fantastic bonus: Many of these online teaching jobs provide the lesson plans and step-by-step instruction for best practices within a “virtual classroom.” With hardly any prep time and the ability to work with kids, these jobs are a great way to help others while making money from home!
Here are a few online teaching opportunities you should check out.
Online ESL Teaching Opportunities
- Cambly is an online, tutoring platform that takes teaching to a different level! This ESL program allows teachers and students to practice language skills with a native speaker. Essentially, you get paid to chat with students so that they may learn in a more natural environment. Payment is based on the minutes you spend online and starts at $0.17 per minute. This position requires no previous experience; however, you must be a native English or Spanish speaker, have a webcam, and internet connection.
- VIPKID also hires ESL teachers. Enjoy a schedule entirely determined by YOU! Earn $14-$25 per hour teaching English as a second language online. A bachelor’s degree is required.
- SayABC is looking for educators to teach ESL within an interactive program. Using lessons from National Geographic to engage kids, SayABC provides lessons, and teachers can earn as much as $21 per 40-minute class! A bachelor’s degree and one year of teaching, coaching, mentoring, or tutoring experience is required.
More Virtual Teaching Opportunities
- iTutor hires educators to work as Virtual Teachers, Test Prep Instructors, and Online Tutors. You can set your schedule and have flexible hours.
- K12 is an online curriculum that offers tuition-free online public schooling. They have a variety of job openings that are usually specified by the state.
3. Remote Healthcare Professions: Nurses, Doctors, and Pharmacists
Believe it or not, the healthcare field has numerous work-from-home options, and there’s no better way to help others than through the guidance of their healthcare decisions.
Here are a few examples of healthcare sites that frequently hire.
- Humana hires home-based nurses for a variety of tasks. Potential employees must have an RN license.
- Doctor on Demand sees patients via video to provide a healthcare assessment amongst other things. This site frequently hires physicians and psychiatrists.
- Wellbox hires a variety of home-based RN nursing positions for Telehealth, Case Management, and Coordinator positions. They offer both full- and part-time employment.
If you don't have an advanced degree, but you'd still like to work-from-home in the healthcare industry, check out these companies.
- Aira hires phone agents who help the blind and visually impaired community with various requests. According to Glassdoor.com, these positions pay $14-$16 per hour and you're able to work as little or as much as you'd like.
- Pleio hires remote mentors to help patients stay on top of their daily medications. For these positions, you must be at least 18 years old, a US resident, but not residing in one of the following states: OH, ND, WA, or WY.
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4. Help Others with Their Travel Dreams
If you would like to combine your love of travel with helping others, look no further than right here! Work-at-home travel agents make their own schedules (depending on your agency), and most companies provide training. A little tip for when you search these positions: Travel agent positions are often listed as “travel planners.”
- Working Solutions hires work-from-home travel agents to take inbound calls to schedule air, hotel, and car reservations using Sabre Red. Experience is preferred, but for the right person, they’ll provide training.
- AirTreks is a travel agency that offers a variety of ticket options for travel. They provide paid training for new hires but require all employees to have traveled to five or more countries before employment.
- Executive Travel is a travel agency that provides “world class” personal, consistent, and professional travel services to all its clients. You’ll need to email them from their website to find out about their work-from-home travel agent positions.
- FlexJobs allows you to search for and apply to many different virtual travel agent opportunities. Note: Remember to search for “travel agents” and “travel planners” in the search field.
Whether you’re coming from a corporate job, the classroom, or college, your journey with helping people in a meaningful career is far from over! There are so many amazing work-from-home opportunities that involve helping people; you’re sure to find one (or more) within a field you love.
Let us know what you think! Where are you on your work-at-home journey? Do you have a remote job that involves helping others?
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Courtney Stich is a stay-at-home mama, and prior educator turned writer, blogger, and Pinterest VA fanatic! She loves everything to do with creating and crafting with her kiddos as well as designing and planning parties! She's the proud founder/creator/developer of the site, The Running Mama — a website dedicated to helping mamas with everything from playtime with the kiddos to downtime for the mama, (all rolled up with a little bit of running here and there). She is a mama to three beautiful kiddos and a wife to one amazingly supportive, loving hubby. She loves everything about being seaside, most things chocolate, and a vase, (or five), filled with sunflowers.
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