The best jobs for mums to do from home

If you’re a mum currently trying to juggle working and raising a family, the flexible work schedule of being your own boss can definitely be appealing. Self-employment, or working for an employer that encourages you to work from home, allows you to tailor your hours to work around everything from the school run to extracurricular activities.

If starting your own business is something you’re considering, it’s important to understand the groundwork required. This can include everything from registering your business to organising your own superannuation and insurance.

Whether you’re working for yourself or someone else, you’ll also need to create your own space at home (even if it’s just a desk) to enable you to separate your work life and personal life and also help you establish your daily work routine. If you’ve always wanted to run your own show, here are some of the best jobs at home for mums.

Personal trainer

Once you’ve completed the necessary training to work as a qualified personal trainer, setting up your own PT business will require you to invest in your own exercise equipment to train your clients. As most training sessions usually go from 45 minutes to an hour, it’s the ideal job for at home mums as it enables the flexibility to schedule clients around family commitments.

Course to get you started:

  • Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)

Project manager

As a project manager, you’ll be responsible for managing the resources, communication, and scheduling of activities for a project to make sure the desired project goals are achieved.. As it requires a lot of face time in front of a computer, project management is also often one of the best jobs at home for mums. Once you’ve set up an office and access to your client’s network you can often do a large proportion of your job without ever having to leave the home.

Courses to get you started:

  • PRINCE 2 Foundation
  • Diploma of Project Management (BSB51415)
  • PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Web developer

As work as a web developer is quite autonomous it’s often one of the best jobs at home for mums. This role will obviously require you to set up a home office with computer and internet access. Being a web developer involves a significant amount of time spent in front of a computer building and coding websites, and as long as you deliver a completed product on time, you can often tailor your schedule according to your other responsibilities.

Courses to get you started:

  • Diploma of Website Development (ICT50615)
  • Oracle Certified Professional: Java Standard Edition 7 Programmer
  • Bachelor of Information Technology

Event planner

Do you love throwing parties? Planning events just might be your perfect role – and even better, it’s one you can do at home. Once you’ve set up a workspace, you can easily do most of the event prep at home with some time out of the office to view locations and meet with suppliers and clients. The ability to take on events and clients as it suits offers the type of flexibility that’s ideal for work at home mums.

Courses to get you started:

  • Diploma of Event Management
  • Bachelor of Business (Event Management)

Family day care educator

Becoming an early childhood educator requires you to hold certain teaching qualifications along with first aid training and an approved background check. Upon meeting these criteria you can then set up your own day care in your home. The set up will require you to ensure that there’s enough furniture, equipment and learning material for the children in your care along with meeting safety requirements e.g. a backyard that’s fenced in as well as sufficient light and ventilation indoors. This is often a great career option for mums who are currently looking after their own children at home as it can bring in an income at the same time.

Courses to get you started:

  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care (CHC50113)
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care (CHC30113)