Mom-baby-WorkingJust because you’re a woman who has decided to stay home and raise a family instead of trundling your kids off to some daycare facility doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the challenge, excitement, and satisfaction provided by a career. All it really means is that you get to skip the morning and evening commute for a while. Okay, so it’s not like you’re going to work the standard nine-to-five when you’ve got a child in hand or on the hip, but you can still find all kinds of work-at-home opportunities thanks to the massive expansion of the remote workforce. And if you happen to be technically-minded, as many women are today, you might be surprised by some of the great, part-time, work-from home options out there. Here are just a few you might not have considered.

For starters, you might want to look into becoming a technical advisor. Okay, so this is actually a form of customer service. But if you like interacting with others, you have basic knowledge of how electronics function, and you can follow the trouble-shooting guidebooks or programs provided by an employer, there’s no reason you can’t get paid to answer the phone and help the less technically savvy with their equipment-related issues. It requires very little training and it gives you the opportunity to bring in a second income even as you watch your kids grow. Virtual assistance is another (albeit less technical) option along these lines; it requires basic computer and secretarial skills for standard tasks like data entry, screening correspondence, and assisting an executive from afar.

Of course, you might set your sights a little higher, especially if you have more advanced knowledge of certain types of hardware or software. You could, for example, become a remote contractor for businesses small and large if you have in-depth knowledge of IT. If you were an IT specialist before you decided to have a family, there’s no reason not to continue in this capacity. In fact, nearly any technical specialty involving computers could transfer to an at-home situation if you can find clients that are amenable. And more and more companies these days are looking to cut costs by hiring out-of-office workers. Even the government has made the move to hiring remote engineers that work on urban, transportation, and city landscape planning from the comfort of their own homes.

Perhaps you are more interested in creative pursuits, however, in which case there are many technical jobs that can deliver. Work-at-home graphics designers may be a dime a dozen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still sell you digital pics to photo archives for use on websites, or help to create online marketing campaigns and viral videos for your clients. Or maybe you’re more interested in writing your own code or creating apps and games for mobile devices (with a $99 developer account you can start posting your wares on iTunes). You might even work out ways to create and sell products connected to hardware, such as iPhone cases (for users that don’t have protect your bubble iPhone insurance). You might not be aware of the many jobs available for work-at-home moms, but when you have a technical background and a desire to continue working even as you raise a family, you’ll find that there are all kinds of opportunities to work remotely.

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