Fortunately, today there are many employers that grant both maternity and paternity leaves. This means that new mothers and fathers can enjoy their children’s first smiles, words, and steps, and enable their partners to continue their career development. The number of stay-at-home dads is increasing at a very fast pace. Committing to your children doesn’t mean that you can’t work, earn income and support your family at the same time.
There are plenty of gigs that will take up only a small portion of your day and allow you to spend more time with your family and look after your kids. Today, more than 60% of Americans have a part-time freelance job or run their own small business. If you want to use the benefits of digitalization and earn a solid income from your home, check out some of these suggestions.
Running an eCommerce business
E-commerce is one of the fastest growing business niches. It provides many different advantages over the traditional location-based retail business. Entrepreneurs can run their online store from home while using their garage or basement as a storage facility. Buying wholesale products on platforms like Alibaba will help you get your first goods, just make sure you order a sample first. Depending on your computer knowledge you can build an online store from scratch, or you can use a pre-defined eCommerce platforms like Shopify or Magento. Online retailers who don’t have the time for building their stores can also use big online marketplaces like eBay or Etsy.
Start your blog
One of the easiest and the most satisfying ways to earn an income is to write about topics that interest you. Still, the most important condition for earning a significant amount of money from blogging is to have a lot of followers. There are many ways how you can popularise your blog, from AdWords to social media marketing. Most of these methods prove to be highly profitable, especially if you take blogging seriously and invest time in content creation and developing efficient marketing strategies. If you already have an engaging blog, earning an income will be much easier. You can generate thousands of dollars by adding advertising, joining affiliate networks or offering consultant services.
Look after other people’s kids
The most logical way to earn an income, while looking after your kids is to add more kids to the mix and start an in-home daycare. Still, looking after the kids that are not used to spending time without their parents can be tough and you will probably need to learn some extra skills and develop a unique teaching method.
Unfortunately, there are lots of prejudices towards male nannies, and the best way to overcome them is to provide an excellent early childhood education to your toddler pupils. There are numerous government funded courses that can help you improve your teaching methods thus enabling you to provide outstanding care to your pupils.
Work as a virtual assistant
Today’s companies are highly dynamic and flexible, and they try to outsource most of the work that doesn’t fit into their narrow expertise. Startup entrepreneurs would rather cooperate with freelance virtual assistants, than hire a full-time secretary and pay their social security and Workers’ Compensation insurance. If you are skilled at various administrative tasks, the career of a virtual assistant can be very promising. It can get you in contact with the new, aspiring and successful businesses and help you land a great job after your kids start their school.
Tutor and give lessons
Everybody is an expert on something. You can easily use your expertise and earn an income by providing private lessons in person or via Skype. If you have more time, you can also create an online course, with video lessons and online testing. Creating these courses will require you to get a solid DSLR camera, good microphone and a video editing software. Still, all this is a one-time investment, and you’ll easily pay it off by selling your course on platforms like Udemy and Coursera.
Relying on digital technology will help you organise your free time and use it for something wise. Being a stay-at-home dad is a huge responsibility. Still, watching your kids grow up beats any high-paid job or a promising career opportunity. If you manage to earn a significant income, while having great moments with your kids, you can consider yourself a highly successful man.