Now that I’m a parent, I truly understand what it means to find a good stay at home jobs. Not only can you save on the cost of childcare, but you also get to be around more and watch your kids grow up!
But this list isn’t just for stay-at-home parents. The ideas on this list are great remote options for people looking for supplementary income or who are ready to start a business from home.
Stay at home jobs are inherently flexible. You don’t necessarily have to work from home – anywhere with a stable internet connection will do. You can usually pick the hours you work and take time off as needed.
There are more options now than ever, from digital marketing, starting an Etsy business, or selling on Amazon. Here are 13 legitimate stay at home job ideas for 2021.
13 Best Stay At Home Jobs for 2021
1. Digital advertising
Think about how much time you spend on social media these days. Probably a lot, right? That’s the norm for more and more people and it’s why running Facebook ads has become one of the best ways for small businesses to reach new customers and re-engage existing ones.
Digital advertisers can run low cost and highly targeted Facebook ads. It’s such a popular platform that Facebook generated nearly $70 billion in ad revenue in 2019.
Here’s where all of this relates to you: running Facebook ads is a skill you can learn, and you can run ads from the comfort of your home. And, you can make around $1,000-$1,500/month per client with around 3-5 hours of work each week.
Running Facebook ads means you are:
- Finding small businesses that need help with their digital marketing strategy
- Creating effective ads
- Testing ads to find which ones engage the most people
- Maintaining client relationships
I know that this is one of the best stay at home jobs because I ran Facebook ads after I quit my teaching job to blog full time. My first client was the jeweler who sold me my wife’s engagement ring.
After a few months, I had landed enough clients that I was out-earning what I was making as a full-time teacher.
If you’re interested in learning more about running Facebook ads, check out the Facebook Side Hustle Course that I created with my friend Mike Yanda, a lawyer turned digital marketer whose agency now brings in $30k/month).
The Facebook Side Hustle Course teaches you how you can start one of the most flexible and growing stay at home jobs of 2021. You’ll learn how to use the Facebook advertising platform, how to find clients who need your services, and how to get those clients to say “yes” to moving forward.
I can’t talk about stay at home jobs without mentioning blogging. It’s my personal favorite job on this list (for obvious reasons, haha). Blogging has opened a lot of doors for me, and as a brand new dad, I love that I can run my site from home while getting to spend lots of time with my son.
Out of everything on this list, starting a blog can become one of the highest paying work from home jobs, but it’s a really slow business model overall. It takes some time to start earning money from your blog.
It took me a few months before I started making money from this site, and my first revenue was just $3. I remember how excited I was about those first few bucks. I kept going, and I went from a high school band direct to a 7-figure business owner in just a few years.
That trajectory isn’t the norm for every blogger, but the reason I highly recommend blogging is that it can happen. You get out of it what you put into it.
You’re in control of when you work, where you work, what you blog about, and how you grow your site.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, I highly recommend a WordPress blog hosted through Bluehost ($2.95 month). This site is a WordPress blog!
Bluehost is designed specifically for new bloggers because:
- You get a ton of professional-looking themes to choose from so you don’t have to pay for web design services
- Bluehost has stellar customer services
- Your domain name is free for the first year
- WordPress is free when you sign up for Bluehost
3. Virtual assistant
Virtual assistants (or VAs) are responsible for managing day-to-day tasks for business owners, like data entry, inbox management, billing and invoicing, social media management, blog publishing tasks, and much more.
I have a few virtual assistants that help me run this site, and they all do it from home.
There’s an increasing demand for VAs as more people are working remotely, and what’s cool about this job is that many of the skills it takes can transfer from other jobs. For example, my VA Liz previously worked in human resources, office management, and operations. This is her first virtual assistant job, but she brought her experience over and has been a great fit.
Do you cringe whenever someone can’t tell the difference between there, they’re, and their? Can you spot spelling mistakes in menus? If that sounds like you, proofreading might be a good fit!
Proofreaders are usually the last set of eyes on written content before it’s published, and they can work for all kinds of clients – bloggers, website owners, professionals, academics, and more.
Proofreading is incredibly flexible, and it can even be done on a tablet. Freelance proofreaders (meaning you contract out your services to other business owners) can find work on FlexJobs and freelancing platforms like Fiverr and Upwork. Proofreaders can earn anywhere from $15-$50/hour as a proofreader, with pay going up based on experience and skill.
Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere started proofreading from home on the side of her day job, and she was able to turn it into her full-time job. You can learn how she got started in her free Proofread Anywhere Workshop.
There are now close to 57 million freelancers in American right now according to Upwork’s Freelancing in America Study. According to the same study, more people than ever see freelancing as a long-term career path.
In the past few years, I have known many more people who work stay at home jobs as freelancers. Most of them are doing it because it adds flexibility you wouldn’t find from a traditional employer. You get to set your rates, pick your hours, work where you want, and grow your business at your own pace.
When you’re a freelancer, you run your own business and contract out your services to other business owners. There are dozens of fields for freelancers, but here are some of the most in-demand areas:
- Graphic design
- Web development
- Video creation and editing
- SEO specialists
- Social media marketing
- App development
- Data analyst
Most freelancers take a skill they already have – maybe from a professional or academic background – and leverage those skills to start their own business.
Networking in online groups, Slack channels, on LinkedIn, or using your personal network are some of the best ways to find jobs. You can also find freelance jobs you can do from home on sites like Fiverr or FlexJobs.
Transcriptionists take audio and video files and convert them to text by listening carefully and typing up exactly what they hear.
The kind of audio and videos you transcribe can include conferences, instructional videos, podcasts, interviews, etc. People who do that kind of work are called general transcriptionists, and can make anywhere from $15-$30/hour – this depends on how fast and accurate you can transcribe files.
But if you have a legal or medical background, you can make even more as a specialized transcriptionist. Learn more at:
7. Online tutoring
Online tutors can be a huge help to students who are struggling in specific subjects or prepping for the ACTs or SATs. When I was still working as a high school teacher, lots of my kids got outside help from tutors, and their parents paid good money for it.
Wyzant is a popular tutoring platform if you want to stay home and offer online tutoring. There’s a short application process that proves you’re proficient in whatever subjects you want to tutor.
After you’ve been approved, you create a public profile on the site that lists what subjects you tutor, your credentials, and anything else that would make you stand out. If someone is interested in using your tutoring services, they can contact you via Wyzant to schedule a time to meet online.
Wyzant tutors get to set their own prices and most charge between $30-$50/hour, and Wyzant takes 25% of your tutoring fees.
8. Run an Etsy shop
Etsy is the go-to online marketplace for unique, vintage, and handmade goods. Starting an Etsy shop will require some online work, but it’s much more hands-on than most of the ideas on this list
This is one of the best stay at home jobs for creative people, and you can channel your energy and make and sell all kinds of things on Etsy, like:
- Handmade soaps and bath products
- Craft kits
- Home decor
- Seasonal decorations
That’s just a small handful of categories, and the possibilities are virtually limitless. My wife and I just had our first baby, and she spent a lot of time on Etsy finding clothes, toys, and decorations for his nursery.
One of the more profitable niches on Etsy is creating and selling digital printables. It can be artwork, invitations, stickers, calendars, and more. What’s cool about selling printables is that you can create one digital file and sell it over and over again – so it’s fairly passive income.
9. Sell on Amazon
You might not realize this, but a lot of the items listed on Amazon are listed and sold by third-party sellers. This is called Amazon FBA – FBA stands for Fulfillment By Amazon.
You source things to sell on Amazon, list them, and then ship them to one of Amazon’s warehouses. Amazon handles the rest, including:
- Storing the product until it’s sold
- Processing payments
- Packaging and shipping out the products once they’re sold
- Managing customer complaints, comments, and concerns
- Processing refunds
Some people do extremely well selling through Amazon FBA. I recently talked to someone who has been running their Amazon FBA business for four years now, and they’ve already hit the $1 million sales mark for the year. Because of your product costs and Amazon’s fees, their net profits will be between 8%-15%, but they’re able to do this part-time from home.
You can learn more in What is Amazon FBA? | How it Works, Fees, & More.
10. Flip things for a profit
Some people have an eye for finding things that still have a lot of potentials.
You probably know if this is you… you find furniture sitting out on big trash day and realize with a little TLC it can be fixed up and sold. You easily spot things at garage sales and thrift stores and just know that they’re worth something.
Flippers take what other people are selling cheap or even throwing away and sell them for a profit. You can flip cars, furniture, workout gear, clothes, electronics, and more.
Melissa and Doug of Flea Market Flipper are professional flippers (it’s a real thing!), and last year they netted $133,000 in sales working just 20-25 hours a week. They offer a free workshop that teaches other people how to get started:
11. In-home daycare
This is a great stay at home job for parents of small kids because there are always families who are looking for quality childcare options. I actually know a few people who decided to stay home and watch kids instead of working because it would cost so much to send their own kids to daycare.
A couple of the people I know who do this used word-of-mouth to start their business, like friends, family, co-workers, etc.
There’s a lot of responsibility involved with this job, but it’s possible to make $1,000/week or more depending on how many kids you watch.
You should definitely start by checking out your state’s rules on licensing and insurance for in-home daycares. You want to make sure you understand your liability and the best practices for watching other people’s children.
12. Customer service representative
Customer service representatives are patient and calm, and they’re able to troubleshoot customer complaints, respond to questions, and identify customer needs.
This might not be the most exciting stay at home job on this list, but there is a growing need for remote customer service representatives. Plus, tons of companies are moving their customer care agents to work from home positions.
Some companies currently hiring virtual customer service representatives include CVS, Victoria’s Secret, AAA, Geico, AT&T, Wine.com, Apple, Airbnb, and Anthem. There were also a handful of less well-known companies with listings.
The customer service jobs I found paid anywhere from $14-$25/hour, with part-time and full-time options available.
13. Take online surveys
This one isn’t quite a job, but it’s too easy not to mention. Taking online surveys is a mindless way to make extra money in your spare time.
You won’t get rich taking online surveys, but you can make around $20-$50 extra each month. Stick that cash in savings, invest it, or use it to pay for your weekly latte.
The reason survey companies are willing to pay you for your time is because you’re helping them with valuable market research. You’re getting paid for your opinion on different kinds of products and services, which in turn helps companies market and create better ones.
I highly recommend Survey Junkie. They’re a 100% legit survey company that pays well for your time.
Stay at home jobs – the final word
Now that I’m a dad, being able to work from home has never meant more to me. I love that I can work and see my son anytime I want.
After reading through this list, you can see that there are lots of ways to make that happen for yourself. My two top picks are running Facebook ads and blogging. There’s practically unlimited earning potential with blogging, and Facebook marketing is an in-demand service that’s a great part-time job or side hustle.
If you want something that requires less commitment, taking online surveys is an easy way to make some extra cash.
I honestly think that the best job is the one that fits your needs. Do you need part-time or full-time work? Do you want benefits? What’s your salary requirement? What do you want to do?
The goal is to find something that checks all of your boxes (or most of them). Your “best job” might be entirely different from someone else’s, so spend time making a list of goals. Be realistic with yourself, though. Wanting to make 6-figures a year with an entry-level, part-time job is probably isn’t going to happen.
Besides the 13 options listed above, here are a few more options I found on FlexJobs:
- Admission representative
- Bilingual call center representative
- Benefits specialist for Aflac
- In-bound sales agent for Progressive and Liberty Mutual
- Mortgage data support clerk
- Surveillance footage reviewer
- Mortgage loan underwriter
- Knife sharpener (Seriously! This job paid $15/hour for you to sharpen knives in your home and then deliver them to customers)
- Patient advocate
Generally, the highest paying work goes to skilled workers who have spent time learning and honing their skills.
That doesn’t always mean you need a college degree, though. Freelance work can pay well over time, and there are lots of successful freelancers who are self-taught. They’ve put a lot of time and energy into building their businesses, which is often what separates them from lower-paid freelancers.
Listen, it’s the same with a lot of work – you get out of it what you’re willing to put in. Spend time building a business, growing your blog, learning new skills, you can have a lucrative stay at home job.