For some, the regular 9 to 5 is not an option which they find appealing or even doable due to life constraints. Particularly, if you are a parent. Which is why the force of stay-at-home workers is steadily growing. In fact, in the UK alone there are an incredible 4.2 million (13.9% of the overall workforce) people that call home their office.

With that in mind, here are a few careers that the stay-at-home mom or dad can get up to and still have time for parenting:


For those that have expertise in a particular area, offering your knowledge to people can be one of the easiest ways to make a career. Either tutoring young adults and children or even creating a course for professional adults in your field. It’s often an easy way to make money, only requiring a few hours of your day at a time for success.

Virtual Assistant

A job with a lot of growth potential, the workforce of virtual assistants is slowly on the rise. Better yet, the job title covers a number of different functions and so you could find yourself doing a great variety of tasks in this career path. Meaning you can tailor the jobs you do to what you are good at, leading to a reputation for excellence which can better your career prospects.


Are you fluent in more than one language? Then why not monetise this skill? Becoming a translator in the modern world is a relatively simple process, wherein you receive an audio file or document and translate it. Not necessarily word for word, but with the necessary cultural and contextual needs of the piece in mind.

As an industry, the need for translators is ever increasing and the growth potential vast. So jump aboard before this ship sails.


Print publishing may be suffering due to the rise of the online world, but that doesn’t negate the need for editors. Proofreading and fine-tuning of words is still a sought-after talent, only for e-books instead of the print version. Easy to do at home, this is a perfect career for the home-stay parent.

Likewise, for the writers of the world, your home is the perfect place to write your novel. Or blog. Or write freelance articles for companies. The world is your oyster when it comes to writing, so go out there and search for your niche!


As a career, fostering can often be overlooked as many people believe they are not eligible. However, it is actually a very accessible career and can be rewarding indeed if you want to be able to give something back to your community at the same time. Marital status, sexual orientation and gender have little influence on whether or not you are accepted as a foster carer.

As a stay at home parent, child rearing is already your number one focus. So, why not allow a child with unfortunate circumstances in their own home benefit from this?

There you have it, you have a number of the best ways to start your home-based career today. There’s nothing to prevent you from making a living from your couch, with that in mind why not start today!

Author's Bio: 

Zack Halliwell is an enthusiastic freelance writer; offering tips on anything from writing, marketing to how to foster a child. Find him @ZackHalliwell on Twitter.