By Holly Reisem Hanna
Do you love working with children, but don’t want to work in a school, pediatrician’s office, or daycare? No problem.
Today there are lots of diverse opportunities that women can do from home. So if you’ve been looking for a money-making gig that involves children — here are 10 different careers to consider.
1. Tutoring and Teaching
Do you have an extensive knowledge of a certain subject, a positive attitude, a passion to help others, and you enjoy working with children? Then teaching or tutoring may be the perfect home-based career for you. For most telecommuting positions you will need to be a certified teacher, but there are some areas, like foreign languages, music, and art that do not require certification.
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Want to teach kids, but not academics? Then consider joining a home business opportunity like Healthy Hands Cooking, Kindermusik, or KinderSigns. These home-based businesses certify instructors to teach kids how to cook healthy meals and snacks, music, and sign language. Start-up fees are minimal and include training, certification, marketing tools, business materials, as well as ongoing support.
2. Direct Sales Consultant
Would you love to own your own children’s boutique, but don’t have the funds to invest in a brick and mortar storefront? No problem. The direct sales industry has made it easier than ever to have your very own home-based kid-centric business. Companies like the Discovery Toys, SimplyFun, Usborne Books, Matilda Jane, and Dakomoda offer home-based business opportunities selling products like clothes, toys, games, books, and accessories. As a direct sales consultant you will be paid a commission on each product that you sell. Most direct sales companies will also pay you a small bonus commission from consultants who you refer into the program.
3. Children’s Clothing Designer
Are you a whiz with a sewing machine? Do you have a flair for smocking? Then consider selling your own kid's designs online. Third party platforms like eBay, Etsy, and Shopify allow you to set up shop for virtually nothing, so you can be up and running in no time flat. In fact, that’s just what Brandi Temple of Lolly Wolly Doodle did! Back in 2008, this mom of 4 started sewing clothing for her kiddos because she was unhappy with the selections in stores. Having some extra fabric she decided to make a few extra items and sell them on eBay. Her designs were a hit and her eBay storefront took off. Fast forward to 2013 and Lolly Wolly Doodle has brought in $11 million dollars!
4. Baby Planner
Do you adore babies? Are you organized? Then maybe this is your calling. Baby Planners act as a personal consultants to new and expecting families. Planners can choose an area of specialty like eco-friendly, luxury, budget or they can be a generalist helping parents to make sure they have the right support, services, and gear in place for when their baby arrives. The services you can offer are endless, but many planners offer birth planning, gear consultation, registry consulting, and bed-rest services. For more information on this career you can check out the Baby Planner University.
5. Kid’s Party Planner
Are you creative? Do you like to budget, plan, and negotiate? Then cash in by planning parties for children. Party planners handle the details of location, budget, decorations, entertainment, food, beverages, activities, and invitations. Don’t think there’s much money in planning birthday parties? According to an article on Slate.com, “7 out of 10 moms and dads were spending more than $300 on their child’s birthday celebration in 2013, with slightly more than 1 in 7 admitting to running up a tab of $1,000 on the big day.” Add in baby showers, graduation parties, sweet sixteen celebrations, and quinceañeras and you’ll be busy all the time. For more info on this career check out FabJob’s Guide for Becoming a Party Planner.
6. Baby Proofing Specialist
Would you like to prevent accidents? Is safety always on your mind? Then this may be a good fit for you. Baby Bodyguards offers a home-based business opportunity that allows you to make money in 3 different ways: Car seat installation, baby proofing services, and infant and child CPR classes. To get started with Baby Bodyguards you’ll need to invest $15,000. With this you get training, support, and an easily replicated business in a box. So if you have a passion for keeping children safe and helping new parents this business opportunity is worth checking out.
7. Child Care Provider
Do you love working with kids? This is probably the easiest way to make some extra cash. In fact, when I was a teenager this is how I made the majority of my spending money. Back in the day, I spread the word by talking to neighbors, my parent’s co-workers and friends, as well posting flyers on our church’s bulletin board. Within no time I was booked up and making money. Today with Facebook and neighborhood groups it’s even easier to spread the word. Of course, if you want to watch multiple kids or become a personal nanny, the process becomes a little more involved. If you want to explore the child care industry, this book has you covered.
8. Children’s Book Author
Do you enjoy reading? If so, this could be your calling. In fact, it’s exactly how children’s author, Liz Garton Scanlon started her career. After reading to her two girls she was inspired to write a children’s book and has since written 7 books, one being a Caldecott winner and NY Times best seller.
According to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators a first time children’s author might expect to split an $8,000-$12,000 advance with the illustrator with each earning 3.5% – 6% in royalties. Of course if your book becomes a best seller or gets optioned for a movie (Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games) you’ll earn even more. To learn more about writing children’s book check out FabJob’s Guide to Becoming a Children’s Book Author.
9. Kid’s Swim Instructor
Do you enjoy being outdoors? Do you enjoy teaching? Then perhaps being a children’s swim instructor is your calling. Infant Swim Resource (ISR) offers a home business opportunity where they'll train you for a career as survival swim instructor for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Instructors can give lessons from their own home or community pool (if they have one), they can travel to an individual’s home pool, or they can rent a pool from a local business or neighbor.
Teaching a baby or child this method take three – five weeks and lessons are Monday through Friday, 10 minutes each day. ISR lessons cost $85.00 a week. I wasn’t able to find the associated fees with this opportunity, but it seems like it could be lucrative. I actually enrolled my daughter in ISR lessons when she was nine months old, and again when she turned two.
10. Children’s Consignment and Maternity Seller
Are you a bargain hunter? Just Between Friends is a home-based franchise that allows you to make money by holding biannual consignment selling events. This franchise opportunity can be purchased in both the U.S. and Canada for $14,900 USD. With your franchise fee you'll get use of the JBF name and trademark, branding and marketing materials, an operations manual, 100-sq ft color event banner, and a custom built website. JBF has been recognized nationally for its success as a franchise system. In fact, in 2014, JBF sold 25 million in total sales volume.
Are you making money with kids? If so, how are you doing it? Would love to hear your story!
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