Being a working mom is obviously a lot harder than it may look to some. It’s not impossible for most moms to balance work with parenting, but it is rather challenging. This is why, when moms return to the workforce, they often like to focus on jobs that specifically can accommodate their families. At the same time, working mothers need to remember that if they’ve had gaps in their resumes, they need to focus on jobs that will help counterbalance those gaps. Where once it was common for mothers to stay at home with their children until it was time for them to attend college, that is no longer the case. In most American families, mothers work just as fathers do. The question for many is simply what working will look like.
That’s why we’re exploring some of the best jobs for working moms to pursue. You would be amazed by how many jobs your education and experience can be applied to; and for that matter, how many will work with your life as a mother. Remember that working isn’t just about making money for your family. It’s also about doing something that you enjoy, networking, and empowering yourself.
1. Amazon Work From Home Jobs
There have always been great benefits to working from home for moms. Working from home allows you to have a much more flexible schedule. If your children need you, you can be there for them at a moment’s notice. And if you have particularly young kids, you can actually stay at home with them rather than paying for expensive childcare, which is the bane of many mothers’ existence. A lot of women don’t work simply because their new jobs don’t pay them enough to justify childcare expenses.
An Amazon work from home job can come in many different forms, and they are hiring for a lot of different positions. There are management positions, customer service positions, technical support positions, and software development positions open to people that want them. Additionally, they pay well. You could be paid over $100,000 if you work for Amazon. Plus, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote jobs are not only much safer but more stable and reliable right now. Keep in mind that if you work from home you will need a good home office; a basic one will require about 40 to 70 square feet, while a more complete one would require 150 square feet to accommodate all of your technology.
2. Contact Tracing
Speaking of jobs that are good to work during the pandemic, have you ever thought of being a contact tracer? Contact tracers will get in touch with people who have contracted a contagious disease, with the vast majority of contact tracers working remotely. They will let people know about their risks, and additionally advise them about testing, treatment, and quarantines. They will also determine whether or not other people are at risk as well, and advise them of what to do next.
Contact tracers are not only meant to deal with COVID-19, but the job certainly is in more demand now that the pandemic has become an issue. Plus, it allows you to really make a difference while at the same time working a flexible job. Usually, medical centers, as well as state and local health departments, hire contact tracers. They are often paid $15 to $30 an hour, with many contact tracers being nonexempt employees, like 58% of the American workforce.
3. Real Estate
As you may already know, a lot of mothers love becoming real estate agents; and there are actually a lot of advantages to pursuing this particular career. Real estate agents are responsible for selling houses, and the vast majority of houses are still sold through real estate agents rather than through owners. A real estate agent can work for a firm, or work entirely independently. They need to first obtain their real estate license, which can be done through online classes if need be, and within as little as two weeks if you put your mind to it. Additionally, realtors need to be ready to work slightly unconventional hours; but as you’ll be responsible for much of your own schedule as a realtor, it’s still a great job to have as a mom. A lot of potential home buyers like to see houses in the late afternoon or evening, and if you are able to accommodate them the rewards can be great.
While it can take you some time to build up a reputation as a real estate agent, you have the ability to make a great salary as a realtor. Real estate agents are paid through commission, though firms often have a base pay that they give employees on top of that. Usually, the seller will pay about 6% of the sale price in commission to their real estate agent. If you’re selling an expensive home, that can be quite significant. You’ll have to network and dedicate yourself to your job as a real estate agent, but in the long term, it can be quite worth it.
If you were a teacher in the past but quit your job after becoming a mother, you could get back to work with a more flexible position that still utilizes your education and skills. Tutoring is a great way to work with kids on a more flexible basis, offering them support after school on subjects with which they might struggle. Right now, there’s also a huge demand for tutors that can teach English as a second language, especially for Chinese students.
Which leads to the next great thing about tutoring. It can be done remotely, over services like Zoom. Obviously, the students in China aren’t going to be able to meet you in person, and everyone needs to be careful right now regarding the pandemic. So you can tutor with flexible hours, from the comfort of your own home to a wide range of students across your area or even across the world.
Again, it can be difficult to go back to work as a mother if you’ve had time away from work. This can feel like resetting your life, and that’s intimidating. But in the long term, the gains to be had from returning to work are not just financial, but personal as well. You can do something great for the world, potentially; and you can certainly do something great for yourself.