When I began looking for work-at-home jobs, I had no clue what I wanted to do; I just knew that I needed something part-time and flexible. I planned to work in the afternoons when my daughter was napping, which gave me two-three hours of uninterrupted work time. Luckily, through my networking efforts, I was able to land a freelance marketing gig that allowed me to work a few hours each day while my daughter snoozed in the afternoons.
If you have a newborn or toddler running around the house, here are 15 virtual part-time jobs and hiring companies that will allow you to work-from-home around your kids' schedule.
If you have administrative experience or you enjoy doing basic office tasks like typing, answering correspondence, and scheduling appointments, a virtual assistant (VA) job may be the perfect fit for you. Not only are VAs are in high demand, but their hours are (often) flexible, and most tasks you can complete on a flexible timeline.
Here are a couple of places to find flexible VA positions:
Maybe you've balanced the books for a family business, a Parent-Teacher Organization, or a Girl Scout Troop. If so, you can use this practical experience to perform bookkeeping tasks for bloggers and small business owners. Of course, you should be detail-oriented, organized, and good with numbers.
If this sounds like the perfect part-time job for you, check out the following companies for openings:
Closed captioners add captions or subtitles to live and pre-recorded audio. They transcribe the words as spoken. To become a closed captioner, you must be able to type fast and accurately. (Many captioners clock in at 200 WPM!) Those with stenography experience (such as court reporters and those who work in medical dictation) may want to explore this work-at-home role.
To find closed captioning jobs, check out:
Moms with a creative flair (and experience) should check out the many image and photo editing positions available for part-time workers. Many companies seek part-time graphic designers and editors for ongoing and one-time jobs. If you are familiar with software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and have a trained eye, check out these great opportunities:
5. ESL Classes
Teaching ESL classes is a great way to put your language skills to use! English majors, certified TEFL and TESOL instructors and those with teaching experience are perfect for the position. ESL classes are even pre-recorded from time-to-time, and student interactions are handled virtually on your own schedule.
Here are a few places to look for part-time ESL teaching positions:
6. Nursing Jobs
If you have an active nursing license (RN or NP), you may be able to work part-time hours from home. While most remote nursing positions are for full-time work, I was able to dig up a handful of companies that will allow you to work part-time hours.
- Cortex Health Inc. – At Home Agent
- Flatiron – Data Abstractors
- Health Information Alliance – Data Abstractors and Utilization Review
- Pill Club – Nurse Practitioners
- UnitedHealth Group – Telephonic RN and Case Management
7. Phone Work
Do you have the gift of gab? If you’re comfortable on the phone, you can find positions in sales, customer service, travel, and reservations. Many excellent companies outsource their phone positions to virtual, part-time employees.
If you’re ready to get paid to talk on the phone, check out these opportunities:
Proofreading is another great part-time opportunity. With the amount of online content out there, good proofreaders are in high demand. Proofreading differs from editing in that proofreaders are merely checking for errors, and editors are examining content and structure as well. If you have a good eye for mistakes and grammatical errors, you can earn good money from home proofreading.
Here are a few places to get you started:
Fashionistas and those with an eye for style may love work as an online stylist. Clothing box subscribers fill out online questionnaires and even share their social media profiles with their stylists who curate the perfect new pieces for their wardrobe. You’ll assess customer’s preferences and create a monthly selection of new outfits for them to try on and buy. For an in-depth review of Stitch Fix, be sure to check out my YouTube video below.
If this sounds like a job you’d love to work, check out:
10. Search Engine Evaluator
There are many types of online work, but Search Engine Evaluator specifically complete internet research tasks to evaluate if search results are relevant and useful. These jobs can be done 100 percent online and offer flexible scheduling.
To learn more about this role, check out:
Are you a social media expert? Do you have experience marketing and selling? There are many jobs available in social media marketing. Companies know social media engagement is so vital to growing their business, but many simply don’t have the employee bandwidth to handle their social media marketing in-house.
Check out these listings:
If you're a fast and accurate typist with excellent listening skills, you can do part-time freelance transcription work-from-home. With this gig, you'll listen to audio files and transcribe what you hear into written works. This role requires that you have excellent spelling and grammar skills.
For companies that hire, see:
If you have a teaching background or you're knowledgeable about a particular subject, online tutoring may be your calling. With students of all ages needing assistance, this could be an excellent way for you to work part-time hours from home.
14. Website Testing
You don’t need to know HTML or programming to work part-time testing websites. Website testing services are looking for visitors to relay their experience and suggest improvements. They’re looking for people who are similar to their customers and readers, making this an excellent job for almost anyone wanting to work-from-home.
To find positions, visit:
If you have a way with words, freelance writing is an excellent way for you to earn money from home on your own schedule. There are so many different types of gigs (copywriting, ghostwriting, magazine articles, emails, whitepapers, blog posts, and so much more) within a wide range of niches the opportunities are truly endless.
Check out these sites to get started:
Other Virtual Part-Time Jobs
If none of the above roles fit your experience and preference, don’t worry—there are plenty of interesting jobs for part-time telecommuters. Roles range from travel planning and internet research to translation, and more. You can view more freelance projects and part-time jobs at:
Virtual part-time work is perfect for moms who need to bring in some additional cash. Many of the part-time opportunities allow you the freedom of setting your own schedule, working when and as much as you want. If you need part-time income, check out these jobs today!
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Originally published January 29, 2018. Content updated January 30, 2020.
Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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