Pregnant and dreaming of work-from-home jobs? Don’t worry – finding the perfect job doesn’t have to be a nightmare.
We get it: A job search can feel daunting when you already have so much on your plate. But there are plenty of opportunities available when you look in the right place!
To ease your search, we’ve compiled a list of work-from-home jobs ideal for women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
This guide showcases the various job opportunities available to women who want to balance child-rearing with part-time or full-time work. Because you really can do both!
8 Great Work-From-Home Jobs for Pregnant Women
This article focuses solely on remote jobs where you can make money online. If you’re interested in a more traditional setup, you should know that maternity leave policies and benefits packages vary by company. For this reason, a job’s compatibility with pregnancy and motherhood depends more on your employer than on the type of work you do.
Curious about which companies offer the best maternal leave benefits and the most family-friendly work environments? Check out this list of the best workplaces for new parents.
On the other hand, the list below consists of freelancing and entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as part-time work. In most cases, these types of jobs don’t provide health insurance, paid leave, or other benefits. But they make up for that with flexibility, offering plenty of time for self-care during pregnancy – and childcare thereafter.
In other words, these jobs are ideal if you require a lot of breaks, have frequent appointments, or simply need a schedule outside of the traditional nine-to-five.
Believe it or not, you can get started as a bookkeeper faster than you can carry a child to term. There’s little certification required – and contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a math whiz. You just need to be comfortable enough with numbers to balance a company’s books. This important work allows them to track their income and expenses – and pay the appropriate taxes, too.
The flexibility of bookkeeping makes it an especially attractive option for new and soon-to-be moms. Many small companies can only afford a bookkeeper part-time, so you can work mornings and enjoy afternoons off. Not much of a morning person? Sleep in and get your work done after the morning hustle eases up. The possibilities are endless.
For tips on fine-tuning your resume for bookkeeping jobs, check out this article.
Are you well-versed in the art of language – and all those pesky grammar rules that go along with it? If so, you might want to consider working as an editor and/or proofreader. Getting started is easy, pay is good, and – thanks to the recent explosion in web content and ebooks – demand has never been higher!
Proofreading focuses mainly on grammar and mechanics. Editing, on the other hand, branches into a variety of subspecialties that each address a specific industry niche.
A copyeditor, for example, revises textual structure. They rewrite sentences, move phrases around, and do whatever is necessary to make a piece of writing shine. A developmental editor, in contrast, works to improve the flow, plot, setting, style, and other artistic elements of a story.
Most editors and proofreaders set their own hours and choose their own clients – so if you need flexibility in scheduling, you’re on the right path.
Ready to get started? Check out Fiverr, a freelancing platform ideal for new editors and proofreaders who need help breaking into the industry. It functions as a hub for clients who need freelancers to complete small, one-off projects – projects that are easy to win with little experience. Explore this Fiverr beginner’s guide for helpful moneymaking tips.
Anyone can create and sell handmade items on a site like Etsy. But turning an Etsy shop into more than a side hustle? Well, that’s another story. One that requires entrepreneurial drive, serious dedication, and – quite frequently – a capital investment.
So if you have a creative streak, consider starting a freelance graphic design business instead. You’ll find it easier, more cost-efficient, and more scalable.
Best of all? A freelance career in graphic design can be quite lucrative. When you combine the high demand for designers with the wide range of potential projects – logos, t-shirts, and websites, just to name a few – you’ve got a recipe for success.
If you know how to create nice-looking designs and you have some creative direction, you have enough to get started down this exciting career path.
More and more companies are bringing their customer service model into modern times with at-home customer service representatives. These remote workers typically answer customer questions about products and services, respond to issues with online orders, and handle any number of other customer service needs.
What do you need to get started? Easy: a high-speed internet connection, a quality headset, a can-do attitude, and solid verbal communication skills.
Customer service jobs can deliver the freedom that many new and soon-to-be moms need in their work. While the schedule is more set here than in some of the other jobs mentioned so far, you still have the opportunity to work in blocks as short as a few hours at a time.
Another perk? You’ll become a pro at maintaining calm under pressure – a skill that will definitely come in handy for all of your parenting adventures.
It’s hard to do anything these days without visiting a social media platform. So if you’re a soon-to-be mom who enjoys scrolling, why not turn that time into money?
Smart companies know that nearly everyone is ‘on’ social media in some way, shape, or form. So it only makes sense that modern marketing budgets aim to take advantage of this social presence to draw attention to their brand.
A social media manager is someone who expertly navigates these platforms with the goal of increasing web traffic, converting clicks and likes into sales, and increasing a company’s visibility on social media.
It might sound like a full-time job, but there is surprising flexibility built into this position. The value a company places on social media utilization will determine whether a role like this is full-time work or simply a side hustle.
Need further evidence of flexibility? Many social media platforms have evolved beyond posting in real-time, relying instead on chunks of content created weeks in advance. This means that you can plan your posts ahead of time and upload them on your own schedule.
As with other jobs on this list, the skills required for social media management are easily transferrable. And experience with various platforms, plug-ins, and search engine optimization (SEO) should qualify you for a job practically anywhere.
Are you a speedy typist with a knack for turning speech into text? Believe it or not, these skills are highly sought-after – and transcribing might be the virtual career you need.
One of the best things about transcribing is the flexibility that comes along with it. You can set your own schedule, and you can even choose the topics you’ll transcribe. This work spans a variety of fields, from the legal world to medical charting – so there is something for everyone.
To start as a transcriber, you’ll need to obtain some quality headphones and a foot pedal, which starts and stops the recording. But never fear – your first paycheck will more than cover this investment in equipment.
Transcribing requires little-to-no training or certification, and you can easily continue with it after your child is born. As your baby grows, you’ll be right there at home with them – and you’ll avoid the high costs of childcare along the way. For these reasons and more, transcribing makes a wonderful career option for moms who want to spend their children’s early years at home.
Putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – can be integral to motherhood. After all, you might find yourself journaling about all sorts of things: your pregnancy, your hopes and dreams for your unborn child, and any other thoughts or feelings worth remembering during this life-changing time. If you’re a gifted storyteller, you might have a future in freelance writing.
Establishing yourself as a freelancer allows you to set hours, choose clients, and decide on writing topics as you see fit. And there are many forms of writing to choose from – copywriting, technical writing, and content writing, to name just a few. You could even script YouTube videos or short films. Marketing writers typically tackle advertising copy, but if you prefer to write in-depth informational pieces, white papers might be more your speed. The possibilities are endless.
As an expecting mother, you’ve probably experienced more than a few moments when a personal assistant would have come in handy. No joy quite compares to that of welcoming a new baby or raising a child, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a break sometimes. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra set of helping hands?
Enter virtual assistants – remote workers who help other people accomplish their daily tasks. Some virtual assistants might be responsible for calling clients to set up meetings, following up on emails, or connecting in some other way. Others might manage a CEO’s blog or keep track of an employer’s schedule. Many are also involved in social media outreach – so you can use the same skills as a Social Media Manager to create potential leads via Facebook and Instagram.
Expecting mothers are likely to enjoy the flexibility and spontaneity involved in a virtual assistant job. After all, there is immense diversity in the field due to all the differences in client needs and priorities. As an added bonus, virtual assistants make a lot of connections through their work – connections you can bring with you into future jobs. How’s that for a gift that keeps on giving?
Soon-to-be moms can be work-from-home moms, even if their journey of motherhood is just beginning. We hope you’ve found the list above to be empowering and helpful as you consider how to balance pregnancy or motherhood with full- or part-time work.
Remote work can be an appealing option, as we’ve discussed. But more traditional jobs can also be excellent options during pregnancy and motherhood – especially when you know how to make them work for you. For example, if healthcare is your passion, check out this article about the best nursing jobs for moms.
And remember: Plenty of employers offer solid maternity benefits. Some states even go a step further, mandating certain benefits – like paid leave – that aren’t required on a federal level. So research your state’s laws, and don’t feel guilty for taking advantage of the benefits that come along with a new job. After all, those benefits exist for those who need them.
Give yourself and your baby every opportunity you both deserve.