After a number of years as a stay at home parent it can be tricky to find your way back into the work force. Jobs that have the necessary flexibility to accommodate school hours, young children, and a slightly out of date skill set are few and far between it would seem.
Don't despair, however, all is not lost. Sometimes the best way to meet your needs is to create your own job. The growth of social media sites means that it is now easier than ever to build a customer/client base from home.
In the beginning it can take hard work and quite often the pay sucks but the rewards are well worth it. Here are a few ideas to help you along the way.
Party Plan Party plan businesses are a great foot in the door if you don't have time to build a business from the ground up. All of the behind scenes work has been done. All you have to do is sell the product. If you have a background in sales or a knack for talking to people party plan may be a good option for you. With product ranges spanning from adult only to cleaning, a quick Google search can point you towards a reputable party plan that suits your tastes.
Virtual Assistant If you come from an office or admin background this may be one for you. You can either join an existing agency offering the work or set up your own office and work for yourself. Virtual assistants usually carry out the admin or book keeping side of a business from the comfort of their own home office.
Consulting Consultants are generally very knowledgeable in their field and work across any number of areas. This is a great one if you have a background in marketing or sales. Essentially, as a consultant you are hiring out your expert skills to other businesses. Social media marketing is a big area for consultants to expand into right now.
Writing Whilst turning out a best selling novel while caring for your little ones may not strike you as a viable option there are many different forms of paid writing. If you can string a reasonable sentence together and are fairly competent with spelling and grammar then content writing or freelance writing may be a great way to earn a few extra dollars. Why not write for Perth Mums Group?
Crafty Business For crafty and creative types this option involves handcrafting items and then selling online or at markets, fetes, and fairs. This one can be a time consuming and costly option as you have to create everything yourself, but for any die-hard crafter with a passion it can be a dream come true. Another approach to this one if you yourself are not a creative type but several time-poor friends are, is to set up a consignment business where your friends pay you a small percentage of sales price to sell their handmade products.
Affiliate Programs Affiliates generally work on a commission basis for channeling sales to a specific business. This is another one great for people who love to talk to other people. If you have the drive and ambition to market, market, market then you could earn yourself a neat little pile of pocket money.
The main thing to remember when looking at working from home is that it really helps to be passionate about what you are doing. That passion will help you through the tough start up phase.
For more information visit asic.gov.au and always make sure you check the relevant local council and tax requirements for starting a business from home.
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