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23 High-Paying Jobs for Housewives Sitting at Home

by Jas R.

I know your secret.

As much you enjoy meticulously managing your home and family, there’s something missing.

Sure, you never imagined it’d be a problem when you chose to become a supportive wife and awesome mother…

But now there’s a thought that’s starting to penetrate your mind, consume your conscience, and affect your picture-perfect life.

What is it?

You want… independence.

You want to do something more with your life. You want to feel like you’re contributing beyond chores and errands. You want the freedom to make your own money.

But you’re worried.

You’re worried what others will say when they discover your secret. You’re worried it will seem silly – a crisis of sorts. Mostly though, you’re worried about your age, experience, and whether anyone will even hire you.

I get it. All of those thoughts and emotions are super overwhelming.

The good news is, there are many jobs you can do while sitting at home.

Jobs that are simple and flexible enough to give you the satisfaction you’re looking for without sacrificing the things that matter – like your family.

In this post, you’ll discover some of the best work-from-home jobs that don’t require you to leave home, participate in pyramid schemes, or pay to work.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

23 Jobs for Housewives Sitting at Home

Before you dive into the list, let me give you a quick heads up.

I created this list after a reader said she was tired of seeing sites on the web recommend investing, running errands, or cash back deals, as “work-from-home jobs.”

Can you believe that?

So to help housewives and moms like her, this list only features jobs you can actually do while sitting at home (at a coffee shop, or wherever).

Now that you know the reason behind this post, it’s time to check out the jobs.

1. Moderating groups/forums

If you’ve ever been a part of an online group on Facebook or another platform, you might be familiar with the role of a group admin/moderator.

If not, that’s okay. Basically, these folks are hired to manage a group or forum.

They’re responsible for approving new members, responding to comments, removing toxic members, and the overall general upkeep of the group.

It’s very easy work that you can do right from your phone or laptop. And the flexibility means you can do it from anywhere, at anytime.

If you can mange large groups of people, this might be the job for you.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding better group/forum management jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site to find thousands of group/forum management jobs.
  • LiveWorld: Occasionally hires moderators to manage a company’s engagement with customers online.
  • The Social Element: Frequently hiring moderators and community managers to work remotely from home.

2. Freelance writing

Writing is a fantastic job for several reasons.

Firstly, anyone can start doing it without any experience or qualifications. As long as you can read and write English properly, you can easily do this job.

The second reason is the abundance of writing genres out there. You can choose the one that best suits you so you never get bored.

Third, there’s never a shortage of work. People or companies are always looking to hire writers online. So even if you needed a day or three to yourself, you can do so without stressing about finding work again.

And lastly, writing is super flexible. As a freelance writer, you get to work at your pace without having to be glued to your computer for hours.

If you love writing and creating content, this will be the perfect job for you.

Helpful Resources

  • Contena: Paid site for better remote writing jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site for lots of work-from-home writing jobs.
  • Verblio: Find businesses and agencies in need of your writing skills.
  • Textbroker: Discover thousands of jobs to turn your writing skills into cash.

3. Professional blogging

Compared to most of the jobs on this list, blogging is the only one that offers extreme exponential growth.

As a blogger you have the chance to spread your wings and build something special. You’re the boss. You get to flex your entrepreneurial skills.

Blogging is something that virtually anyone can do, whether you’re a beginner or not.

You can easily start a blog, grow it into a profitable business, and make money while you sleep. Plus, you can do it from anywhere in the world.

And since you’re the boss, you can choose to take a day, week, or month off whenever you want – and still make money!

I don’t want to mislead you though, growing your blog will require a bit of hard work. But with the right training and effort, it’s 100% possible.

Helpful Resources

  • Blog Starter: Learn how to start a successful blog, grow it, and make money blogging.

4. Travel agent/planner

This might be one of the most underrated jobs for housewives sitting at home.

Since most people struggle to book their own trips, they often hire travel agents to do it for them. It can be a fun and exciting job that requires minimal effort.

While you can start out working for a company, you’ll have a lot more control and autonomy if you were a self-employed travel agent.

There are many women who do this part-time and are making more money than a manager’s salary.

For example: one woman has service where she books Disney vacations for families.

So if you can find cheap flights, cheap family vacations, and other amazing travel deals, then you should definitely consider becoming an online travel agent.

Helpful Resources

  • CWT: Offers full-time remote travel agent jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site to find thousands of travel agent jobs.
  • Cruises Inc: Trains you to become a work-at-home vacation expert.
  • American Express: Home-based travel agent jobs with a global company.

5. Freelance editing/proofreading

If writing doesn’t appeal to you, or you want to mix things up, editing is a great alternative.

To do this job, you need strong english and grammar skills. You need to be able to proofread documents quickly and spot errors with precision.

People will hire you to review content like: reports, blog posts, books, etc. 

Depending on the type of job, you may need a relevant bachelor’s degree. But you’ll know this before applying for a job.

For some people, proofreading is much more appealing. Because you don’t have to worry about the education requirement.

Either way, you’ll get to decide the best option for you.

Helpful Resources

  • Upwork: Free site to find thousands of proofreading jobs.
  • Scribbr: Academic editing jobs for native English speakers with bachelor degrees.
  • Scribendi: Offers work to freelance editors and gives them full control over their schedules.
  • ProofreadingServices.com: Hires proofreaders globally for remote full-time and part-time positions.

6. Virtual assistance

Being a virtual assistant (VA) is like being a jack-of-all trades.

That’s because of the broad scope of jobs you can potentially do.

In most cases, people hiring VAs don’t care about your age or education. You could say the same thing for experience too (sometimes).

As a VA, you may be hired to do a variety of practical online tasks. These can be simple things like: scheduling, emailing, responding to customers, etc.

For some jobs you may have to do phone-related tasks, but the job posting will let you know if that’s a requirement.

Virtual assistance is the perfect job that gives you the flexibility and freedom to choose who you want to work for.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding good-paying virtual assistant jobs.
  • Equivity: Hires virtual assistants with bachelor degrees for weekly part-time work (M-F).
  • Vasumo: Provides training and work for home-based virtual assistants with limited experience.
  • Upwork: Free site with thousands of virtual assistant job openings.

7. Teaching English to Chinese students

Ever thought about becoming a teacher?

Well, now you can make that dream a reality by teaching English online to students in China. It’s a very high demand skill.

The beauty of this job is that you get to interact with students via an online platform rather than a live classroom.

As long you have the proper equipment like a computer, webcam, and audio devices, you’ll be able to do this job.

You also need a degree of some kind. It doesn’t have to be in English, it can be in anything.

If you have past teaching experience, that can benefit your rate of pay. However, it’s not a dealbreaker by any means.

In just a few minutes a day, you can be making money teaching Chinese students the skills they need to learn English as a second language.

It’s a flexible and high-paying career, which lots of wives and stay-at-home moms are already doing.

Helpful Resources

  • VIPKID: Online platform for teaching English to Chinese children from the comfort of your own home.
  • Qkids: Hires work-from-home teachers with bachelor degrees to teach English online to kids part-time or full-time.
  • Berlitz: Offers part-time work, professional training, and use of the renowned Berlitz teaching method.
  • italki: Teach English or other languages on the world’s largest marketplace for online language teachers.

8. Online tutoring

Want to teach other subjects besides English? You can do that too!

However, depending on the subject, you may need to have the right degree and experience to do so.

This makes sense for most STEM-related academic disciplines.

Regardless, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree at a minimum to start tutoring.

You can expect to have a similar teaching experience that involves using an online platform.

The same thing goes for the level of flexibility.

That means you’ll be able to work as little or as much you want, so you can focus on other important things – like your family.

Helpful Resources

  • Stride: Job site for teachers and professionals to help students through inspired teaching and personalized learning.
  • Tutor: Hires teachers for multiple subjects to teach students from kindergarten through college to adult learners.
  • eNotes: At-home jobs for educators and academic writers to help thousands of students with difficult assignments.

9. Taking surveys to make money

Many people enjoy doing surveys at home for the simple fact that it’s a super easy way to make money online.

And that’s not even an exaggeration.

You can literally wake up, grab some breakfast, flip open your laptop, sit down on your couch, and start doing surveys in your PJs. It’s amazing!

As fun as surveys are though, I would only recommend it on two conditions:

  • If your life is way too busy for any of the other jobs on this list and you’re just looking to make an extra $500 per month, or…
  • If you do choose another job on this list but want to increase your earnings by doing surveys to kill time or when you’re just chilling.

Pretty straight forward conditions, right?

Even if you don’t find it helpful, it still gives you something to think about.

Helpful Resources

  • Swagbucks: Offers daily surveys and tasks to supplement your other work from home jobs.
  • Survey Junkie: Free site to make easy money doing surveys from home whenever you want without working hard.

10. Chatting with people online

Although some jobs require you to have a degree in order to teach English online, there are many that don’t.

These type of jobs allow you to chat online with people from different language backgrounds, who want to learn English (or another language).

And if you’re multilingual, that’s usually all the experience you need to get started.

Of course, you’ll also need the necessary equipment to chat with students online.

The other benefit of getting paid to chat is that there aren’t many restrictions regarding your schedule.

You can easily hop online when you want, connect with someone, and chat with them for a few minutes.

I can definitely see how that would appeal to someone who’s busy or looking for an easier way to teach English online.

Helpful Resources

  • Cambly: Get paid to chat with people from around the world.
  • Rype: Provides tools, community, and a global network of students to teach, anywhere you live, at anytime.
  • Verbal Planet: Hires English and other language teachers to work online and connect with new students from various countries.

11. Copywriting

Copywriting is another job where education (and sometimes experience) doesn’t matter.

This job is all about using words to sell.

If you’ve never heard about copywriting before, that’s fine. Companies hire copywriters to create ads or sales letters for their products.

You’ve actually seen the work of copywriters before in magazine ads, online, on television, etc.

Unlike traditional writing jobs, copywriting is like writing a letter to a friend.

It’s also an easy job that anyone can learn to do. You just need the right course to teach you the necessary skills.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding better copywriting jobs.
  • Fiverr: Online platform enables you to sell your copywriting skills to businesses.
  • Upwork: Free site to find lots of copywriting jobs.
  • Scripted: Online marketplace connecting freelance copywriters with clients around the world.

12. Social media management

Are you familiar with social media platforms like Facebook?

If so, you can get paid to manage a company’s social media account.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for tasks such as: making posts, responding to customers/followers, etc.

You can even become a social media marketer and use your skills to help businesses get more customers.

Obviously, this type of job doesn’t require a degree.

If you’re just managing social media accounts, you only need to show your ability to use a social media platform.

For social media marketing, you’ll need to invest in an online course to learn how it’s done.

Both jobs are pretty flexible and don’t require much of your time. So you’ll be able to work for multiple companies if you want.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding better social media management jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site to find thousands of social media management jobs.
  • The Social Element: Frequently hiring social media managers to work remotely from home.
  • LiveWorld: Occasionally hires social media managers to run a company’s social media pages.

13. Testing and reviewing websites

Getting paid to test websites and surf the internet is a pretty easy job.

In order to make improvement to their websites, companies hire people like you to spend time browsing their website and documenting your experience.

Your feedback will be essential to helping them figure out what changes are needed to increase their website’s traffic, user experience, and online revenue.

There are no specific education or experience requirements for this job.

You just need a good computer and wifi to get started.

Helpful Resources

  • UserTesting: Hires you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud.
  • Enroll: Discover what real companies are working on right now and let them know what you think.
  • Userlytics: Offers part time work for checking out the usability of apps or a website and testing their functionality.
  • TryMyUI: Get paid to use websites and apps and give your honest feedback to help make the web easier for everyone.
  • Userfeel: Frequently hiring testers to conduct usability tests on websites and perform certain tasks to help site owners resolve usability issues.

14. Working as a transcriptionist

As a transcriptionist, your job will be to listen to audio recordings and write out what you hear.

You don’t need any special education or prior experience to become an online transcriptionist.

However, you do need to be able to read and write english properly, be a good listener, and have good typing skills.

Some jobs may require training. But most are beginner-friendly, and offer a pre-transcription test to gauge your skill.

Besides a computer and wifi, here’s a list of other tools you might need:

In addition to being flexible, transcription work doesn’t require you to talk on the phone, which makes it a great job for introverts or shy people.

Helpful Resources

  • TranscribeMe: Hires transcriptionists worldwide from various backgrounds to to transcribe audio and video into high quality text.
  • GMR Transcription: Offers flexible work for transcription of various topics including academic, legal, business, and more.
  • Daily Transcription: Flexible job transcribing audio and video in multiple languages for entertainment, corporate, legal, and academic clients.

15. Lifestyle consultant/concierge

This is a unique, client-focused job that you can do either part-time or full-time from home.

You’ll be offering services to affluent individuals via e-mail, chat, or phone.

This can include things like: finding tickets to special events, making reservations, offering assistance to traveling clients, making purchases for clients, and more.

To do this job, you should have knowledge of various online and offline resources.

That way you can research client requests to provide meaningful, valuable solutions, and customized services to them.

It’s a flexible job you can do in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. And since it’s hospitality-related, a high school diploma is all you need.

As long as you have a friendly personality, amazing communication skills, and the ability to work independently, you can easily do this job.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding work-from-home virtual concierge jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site to find global clients in need of help with their travel plans, event bookings, restaurant reservations, etc.

16. Content management

For this job, you’ll be responsible for managing website’s content.

Companies and established bloggers hire content managers to help increase their revenues and brand awareness.

Your work may include tasks like: overseeing freelancers, managing editorial calendars, collaborating with team members, handling email marketing and social media posts, and other site-related activities.

Ideally, you should have experience managing and maintaining a website.

If you’re going to eventually start your own blog, I think this is a great way to make some money until your blog starts to take off.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding better remote content manager jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site to find thousands of content management jobs.

17. Working as a translator

This is another job where you can use your multilingual skills.

You’ll be hired to translate a variety of audio or written content.

You’ll find many jobs for translating popular languages like French or Spanish into English.

However, some of the highest paying jobs in translation are for much more difficult languages such as: Asian, Arabic, Russian, Korean, and Middle Eastern.

If you can speak any of those, people will be lining up to hire you in a heartbeat.

You’ll also have the luxury of choosing who you want to work with and for how long.

Since you’ll be working from home as a translator, you won’t need any specific education. That only matters if you apply to jobs where it’s a requirement.

Your biggest asset is your ability to read, write, and speak multiple languages.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding work-from-home translation jobs.
  • Gengo: Hires translators worldwide to provide translation services to clients online in more than 37 languages.
  • Smartling: Online platform connecting a global community of remote translators with clients in need of translation.
  • iTi, Inc.: Frequently hiring interpreters and translators to facilitate communication between people and businesses around the world.

18. Providing tech support

Most communication and tech companies have lots of openings for tech support staff.

It’s one of the effects of creating products rapidly and dealing with an aging population.

Usually, you don’t need a bachelor’s degree to do tech support.

And as far as experience goes, most companies will offer training to teach you about their products. Some even provide you with any equipment you might need.

Once set up, your job will be to troubleshoot user-related problems.

A perfect example of this job is calling Comcast to troubleshoot your cable or internet service.

One thing to note is that you may have a schedule to abide by. But it’s not like a strict 9-to-5 so it still offers some amount of flexibility.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding remote tech support jobs.
  • OneSupport: Offers work-at-home jobs providing friendly technical support to the company’s internet customers.
  • Amazon: Frequently hiring customer moderators to manage a company’s engagement with customers online.
  • Apple: Hires work-from-home advisors to assist clients in exploring the ways Apple technology helps them do fantastic things.

19. Doing virtual recruitment

This is a simple job where you’ll be contacting people who are looking to change companies or return to the workforce.

You will have to chat on the phone with potential candidates in order to interview and screen them for a specific position.

If you have recruitment or customer-focused experience, that will definitely help you get a job as a online recruiter.

And if you don’t, there are still plenty of companies that hire people with limited experience.

Depending on where you live, you’ll likely have to work during normal business hours since that’s when most people elect to be contacted.

But don’t worry, you can still do this as a flexible part-time job.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding better work-from-home recruiter jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site to find hundreds of home-based recruiter jobs.
  • Remote Ok: Job board occasionally lists jobs for virtual recruiters.

20. Internet analysis/research

Here’s another online job that offers flexible, home-based work you can do via a computer or phone.

Companies hire smart people like you to participate in a variety of online evaluation projects such as: local web search, automation, social media evaluation, etc.

You’ll receive instructions or minor training for these tasks, depending on the objective of the job.

Some jobs may require a degree but they aren’t usually super strict about it.

As long as you’re self-motivated, internet savvy, have strong English skills, and can work alone, this could be an easy work-from-home job for you.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding remote search engine evaluator jobs.
  • Appen: Hires you to evaluate and improve search engine results for the world’s largest internet search engine companies.

21. Health information technician

Believe it or not, you can work in the medical field without having a college degree. And you can do it from home too!

As technology continues to expand in the medical field, things like hospital records and billing are becoming digitized. So there’s be a need for people like you to process and analyze that data.

You’ll be responsible for organizing and managing health-related data to ensure it maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security.

Keep in mind, you’ll have to invest in an online training course to jumpstart your career.

You’ll learn how to use various grouping systems to code and categorize patient information for tasks like: insurance reimbursement, databases and registries, and maintaining patients’ medical and treatment histories.

If the idea of working with nurses and doctors appeals to you, this might be your new favorite work-from-home job.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding better home-based medical jobs.
  • Career Step: Offers training in a variety of healthcare work-from-home jobs, as well as employment support.

22. Email marketing management

I was reluctant to add this job to the list because I felt it might seem a bit intimidating.

But then I thought…

We’re smart women, we can do anything we want, right?

And considering how lucrative this job is, I’d probably be doing you a disservice by not including it here.

It’s also one of the best jobs for the future.

Basically, you’ll be required to build emails sequences for various tasks like: newsletters, customer followup, or to boost sales.

You’ll monitor all email sequences, review the data, and give feedback to the company.

If you have experience with email service providers like Mailchimp, then that’s all the experience you need.

If not, you can easily get it with the right training course.

Like I said, you’re smart. So you can do this if you want.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding better email marketing management jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site to find thousands of email marketing management jobs.
  • Amazon: Frequently hiring email marketers to help build, communicate, and grow the most authoritative brand protection program in the world.

23. Performing data entry

Data entry is one of the most common work-from-home jobs you can find.

Many housewives and single moms start with data entry for two reasons:

  • It’s easy, and
  • They didn’t know about the other jobs on this list.

That second reason is actually true.

You see, even though data entry is easy and some jobs offer decent pay, it’s kind of predictable and repetitive.

But if you’re looking for that level of simplicity, then you’ll enjoy this.

As a data entry specialist you’ll be moving data from a word document (or paper), and inputting it into a Excel table or some other form.

Although a high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement, you do need to be able to type fast and accurately.

Most companies will usually give you a test to gauge your skills before hiring you.

It may not be the best job on this list but it may be the job you need right now.

Helpful Resources

  • FlexJobs: Paid site for finding better home-based data entry jobs.
  • Upwork: Free site for finding thousands of data entry jobs.
  • Amazon MTurk: Online marketplace with thousands of work-from-home data entry jobs to make money in your spare time.
  • ClickWorker: Offers flexible and remote data entry work to global workers, all of which you can do from your computer or smartphone.

Choose Your First Work-From-Home Job

You know it’s possible, right?

The independence you want?

The freedom and flexibility to make your own money?

They’re all out there just waiting for you to reach out and grab them.

You just have to tell yourself, “I’m done sitting around, it’s time to do something I can be proud of.”

Now’s your chance to choose a job and do it. This list is the sign you’ve been waiting for.

In fact, it’s the sign lots of housewives and stay-at-home moms might be waiting for too.

And if you’re like me, you probably want to empower those women who are looking for real work-from-home jobs online.

All you have to do is click the buttons below to share this post with them now.

About Jas R.

Born and raised in Southeast Asia, Jas has an appreciation for everything most people take for granted. She’s on a mission to help young people in her village create opportunities for a better life. She also loves the experience of being a digital nomad.


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