It’s 5am and you’re up for the day, getting chores out of the way, getting lunches packed, making lists of things to remember and then waking the kids, getting through breakfast and showers and then dashing to work till 6pm. You come home and relieve the baby-sitter, make some phone calls, bring dinner together, help with last minute homework, talk about their days and at 9pm you get a moment to yourself but all you want to do is relax…You’re exhausted and dismal because tomorrow, it all starts over again. Yet you try to find the silver lining and so you’re thankful that the kids are not toddlers anymore. Sound about right?
A hurried, harried and totally pooped single mom’s dream job would be one where she gets to work from home. Think about it. You could do laundry while you work, take breaks when you want to—grocery shop in the afternoon, take more time to cook and keep house. Working from home is not an easy discipline but can you deny just how great the opportunity is? Quitting your current position won’t be easy but you can start to prepare for a job that lets you work from home. Here are 5 work-from-home opportunities to consider training for:
- 1. Software Developers:
If you feel like you never had a shot at getting yourself educated, it’s not too late. Go back to school. It’s not enough to just know how to use a computer but you can learn to develop software. It will take a lot of dedication to make this a career but if you have the drive, go for it and don’t let anyone stop you. The median pay per hour for software developers is $43.52 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read more about this occupation here: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Software-developers.htm.
2. Medical Coding and Billing:
Medical Coding and Billing sounds like a very fancy title but it doesn’t matter who you are, you can get into this career and succeed. It involves taking care of patient paperwork and managing the relationship between a hospital/clinic and health insurance companies. Every working day will bring fresh challenges but if you get a good foundational training like they offer at Career Step (http://www.careerstep.com/medical-coding-billing), you’ll do just fine. Your average earnings will be $15.55 per hour according to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm.
3. Medical Transcriptionist:
Medical Transcription is very easy work. Once you catch on to the basics, it can seem like a menial job…but hey, if it pays the bill right? Finding a work from home position is possible but not guaranteed. A medical transcriptionist basically types out doctor’s notes (audio or handwritten) in order to keep patient files up to date. According to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-transcriptionists.htm, they make about $15.82 an hour.
4. Teaching Online:
If you always liked to teach, you can become a certified teacher and then find to teach or tutor online. You can begin the process of receiving certification while you keep your current job. Online teaching is becoming very popular. You have to be sharp and patient. The pay is similar to that of regular teachers and you can search for jobs online and here’s one helpful website: http://www.geteducated.com/online-education-jobs/teaching-online-courses/253-online-teaching-opportunities.
5. Graphic Design:
Got a creative side? You will love to study graphic design. Once you learn these designing techniques, you can springboard into all kinds of creativity and get paid to design cards, brochures, advertisements, you name it! But you have to be good at it. You can work on getting better and better and networking with clients, creating a portfolio without quitting your job. Start soon! Graphic designers make about $20.92 an hour according to BLS, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Arts-and-Design/Graphic-designers.htm.
I hope I gave you something to think about, dream about or at least consider. Don’t get bogged down and carried away in the storms of life when you can do so much more. Your kids will appreciate a calmer mom and you will find life is more than just surviving—it’s enjoying every moment you get.