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AIBU... to ask what work from home jobs are actually any good??

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MessyMummy15 Thu 10-Jan-19 11:22:14

Posting here more for traffic as need some suggestions.
I'm at SAHM with two kids under 4.
But I need to earn some extra money and I'd appreciate something to do to break up the monotony of the day.
Are there any actual work from home jobs that could help actually earn some money but are flexible enough for me to look after the kids at home as well.
Have had a look on local job pages but it seems that most stay at home jobs are in sales and want you to put forward a lump of money for stock before you begin and that makes me wary.
Dose anyone here have a stay at home job that they can do flexibly whilst doing childcare and housework? All suggestions very welcome!!
Thank you!!

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KevinTheYuccaPlant Thu 10-Jan-19 11:24:15

How fast can you type? Audio transcription might work, depending on how much wrangling the kids need smile

Stuckforthefourthtime Thu 10-Jan-19 11:26:34

Are both your kids at home at the same time? Because almost all proper jobs will not be possible with the 2 of them around, or even one.

What were you doing before having DCs? Do you have a particular skill or hobby?

Auntiepatricia Thu 10-Jan-19 11:29:22

You can’t really work and mind two babies at the same time. Many of us struggle to mind two babies as a full time job. You could look at evening/night work (I feel sorry because your daytime to bedtime job is enough as it is) or could a granny mind them for a few hours a couple of times a week so you could do a cleaning job or something?

MessyMummy15 Thu 10-Jan-19 15:43:36

I'm pretty good at typing and I have an English degree so that might be something to look into...
I know it's tricky... it's really hard to find childcare during the day otherwise I'd find a job in a shop but they are both at home with me pretty much all the time. The older one goes to nursery but only for two hours a day which isn't really helpful.

I was hoping someone might know of a job replying to emails or doing admin that I could do from home in the evenings.

I have thought about night work but I really don't know when I would sleep? 😂😂

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MessyMummy15 Thu 10-Jan-19 15:44:51

Before DCs I was part of the management team for a charity shop which I loved but my position was made redundant when I was on maternity leave so having got that to fall back on. :/

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confusedandemployed Thu 10-Jan-19 15:48:08

I WFH in a 'proper' job, but it's quite specialised. I have colleagues who work mainly in the office (4.5hrs away from my home) but I have language skills which they couldn't recruit for locally.

Luxembourgmama Thu 10-Jan-19 15:51:15

You could teach English via skype?

Blackandwhitecat1 Thu 10-Jan-19 17:24:48

I do writing work on content mills but the pay is pretty poor! The best one to work for is crowdcontent in my opinion. You won't make anywhere near a full time wage but if you're a quick researcher and writer you can pull in a reasonable chunk of extra spends smile. I write about all sorts of weird and wonderful things from medical articles to catalogue product descriptions and blog posts on all sorts of topics. I wrote one about the history of asphalt roads not long ago! Although the pay is shoddy, the upside is you're not obliged to take on any more you can handle, and you can take a holiday at any time as long as you don't have any deadlines looming. Feel free to message me if you want to chat about it- it's a real learning curve!

Skybooks Thu 10-Jan-19 17:31:56

It's hugely frowned upon here but I work with an MLM company. I did my research, I work hard and I earn decent regular money.

Purplelion Thu 10-Jan-19 17:44:39

How is is hard to find childcare in the day? That’s when childcare is available!

tillytoodles1 Thu 10-Jan-19 17:47:51

My daughter is a travel agent and works from home. She's very experienced, and has earned £2'k nett so far this month, working 8 days.

KnitFastDieWarm Thu 10-Jan-19 17:51:38

If you have an English degree, how is your grammar/proofreading? Have you ever worked in a related field? I’m a freelance editor - most of the work I do is via an outsourcing company and that’s very flexible and pays about £20-30 an hour depending on the complexity of the text. I do have a professional publishing background though!

MrsDrudge Thu 10-Jan-19 18:01:09

What about exam marking English papers if you have a degree in the subject? You could fit that in when children are asleep. Or tutoring for OU ( mostly done online).

Hoppinggreen Thu 10-Jan-19 18:03:17

There are some genuine WFH jobs but you would still need childcare surely?

willowmelangell Thu 10-Jan-19 18:04:32

How about training to become a child minder?

mystifiedinbrighton Thu 10-Jan-19 18:06:42


How do I find a job like yours? Asking for a friend who has skills in that field

PatchworkGirl Thu 10-Jan-19 18:10:03

Internet Assessor jobs used to be pretty good - theres a lot if information about them (or used to be) on MoneyShed and MSE forums. Genuine jobs with flexible hours but they do need concentration - especially at first. Look for iSoftStone, Leapforce (?), Appen or Lionbridge.

Namastethefuckawayfromme Thu 10-Jan-19 18:10:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Andsomywatchbegins Thu 10-Jan-19 18:14:10

How about childminding? I've recently registered and am making OK money out of it.

MessyMummy15 Thu 10-Jan-19 19:43:15

I wouldn't mind childminding at all but not sure how I would get into it?
Don't I need to do a course and get all my CRB checks or something? If anyone has any info about how to get into this I'd be very interested.

Proof reading is another possibility... I seem to naturally do this anyway when flicking through a magazine so it's deffo one for the list.

Childcare during the day is hard for me because my DH and local family all work during the day. Otherwise I would have to pay for childcare at a nursery or something which would kind of defy the point of me trying to earn some money when I'd be spending it all on childcare fees... if it was an evening job then DH can look after them while I sneak a few hours to work.

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apacketofcrisps Thu 10-Jan-19 19:57:48

If you’re wanting to work from home cos you need to look after your kids you won’t exactly be able to work though will you?!

rabbitfoodadvocate Thu 10-Jan-19 20:17:56

Freelance editor for a publishing company here. I edit novels and freelance in TV script and magazine editing too.

I know I'll sound like a shithead for saying this, but people saying proofreading etc as a possibility are not really helping you as you do need to be properly trained to make a proper wage in that. Think lots of people assume anyone can be a writer or an editor but that's an attitude that really pisses off those of us who have taken the time to get qualified.

You'd be better off trying to find something related to a previous role that you can do from home, as you'll be able to demonstrate real experience and skill in that arena.

Heartofglass12345 Thu 10-Jan-19 20:40:38

I do home care in the evenings, and on weekends. It's a nice job and I don't have to pay for childcare.

Princessmushroom Thu 10-Jan-19 20:52:28

This lady’s blog will help - she’s just won the uks best money making blogger and has tons of ideas. I learned about matched betting from her

Or there’s this forum called The Money Shed

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