If you are a dad who has embraced the stay-at-home lifestyle, you’ve taken on probably the most difficult job of them all – taking care of a child. It is messy, nerve-racking, not always pleasant-smelling, but it is above all – very rewarding. However, even though it is a full-time job that you will enjoy getting ‘paid in love,’ one thing you won’t get is ‘paid in money.’ So, if you are a stay-at-home dad who wants to make a few extra each month, here are a few stay at home jobs you should consider.
If you have a skill that you could teach, you should consider tutoring. For example, you could teach others how to play the piano or speak some foreign language that you know. The best thing about this job is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home whenever you have the time.
So, if you’re interested in holding only a few classes per week, you could have your students come to your place for their lessons. On the other hand, if you are considering turning this into your new career, you could also hold classes online through Skype and similar applications. Either way, it can be quite a rewarding side job and a nice source of income.
2. Online stay at home jobs
If you are comfortable working on a computer, there are many online jobs you could do. For example, if you are creative and you like writing, you could become a freelance content writer. This job isn’t great just because you can do it from home but also because it has a huge potential – it can be just a source of income, but it can also become a full-time job. Blogging is another great option that implies writing – you’d get to write about the things that truly matter to you, and there are many dads out there who are just like you and could use a couple of tips, so don’t be afraid of sharing your experience with the world.
Simon from Dad of Boy started doing basic online jobs, which then turned into something bigger:
In my case I did a little learning whilst Max was asleep and used my new knowledge to create websites for people. I also looked for remote jobs that I could do whilst looking after Max. I ended up becoming a part time Instagram growth consultant working for an agency who specialise in it. Now we are able to survive doing odd jobs, like admin, websites and general remote tasks for companies and individuals. My advice if people are interested would be to find a skill you poses or learn a skill that is valuable and work remotely (or find a remote flexible job).
If you don’t have much free time, you could always earn money online by filling out various surveys. It usually takes only about 15-20 minutes, and it can be done from your phone or tablet, which means that you could do surveys while waiting in line to pay your bills or simply drinking your morning coffee.
Since you obviously love children and are good at taking care of them, why not turn your home into a small daycare center? You know what they say – the more the merrier. So, consider babysitting other kids while taking care of your own and thus, earning a little extra by doing what you would be doing either way. Just keep in mind that there are certain rules and regulations when it comes to daycares, which is why you should do your research about what you need in order to run one. Nevertheless, if you love children and are confident that you can handle more than one at the same time, this is definitely a job for you.
Nowadays, there’s a great demand for good photography, so If you are an artistic soul and you love taking photographs, consider selling them. Great amateur photographers can earn quite a lot by pursuing their favorite hobby, so have no doubt that this option can pay off in more ways than one. True, it might take you some time and effort to build a quality portfolio, but it shouldn’t be a problem for you if you already enjoy taking photos and are willing to make them public.
5. Fitness instructing
If you already live a healthy, active lifestyle and would like to encourage others to do the same, consider working as a fitness instructor at your local fitness center. You could work a couple of hours a week, which is why it could be a perfect way for you to bring in some extra money doing what you already enjoy. You would probably need some kind of certification though, which is fortunately not too difficult to achieve. Therefore, do your research about the requirements, and turn your healthy lifestyle into a career. Who knows, it might even be a great way to get rid of that dad-bod!
Being a stay-at-home dad doesn’t mean your career days are over. There are more than a few jobs that can be done part-time, online, and from the comfort of your own home. So, think about your skills and passions, consider your options, do some research, and you will surely find a perfect job.
Carl from Dadtastic Voyage certainly has no regrets:
“My wife and I run a business from home as well as my blog. We conduct the vast majority of our business online and through social media so for us it’s great as we can run it from any location and we can work the hours around our childcare needs. Working from home means that we can both earn a living without the worries of going out to work, having a long commute home or having a job that has uncertain hours. Sure, we maybe don’t spend as much time as we’d like on growing our business because of having the children around in the day but that is only in the short term. We are so lucky to have the flexibility we have that we wouldn’t get if we where working for someone else.”