7 Web Careers For Single Moms

Two of our family friends are single moms with kids. They asked me to give them some ideas of how they can get started and develop income by working over the web. One has a degree in software development, while the other is a real go-getter and can learn things very quickly. Here are some of the ways you can make money using your PC and working from home.

Two of our family friends are single moms with kids. They asked me to give them some ideas of how they can get started and develop income by working over the web. One has a degree in software development, while the other is a real go-getter and can learn things very quickly. Here are some of the ways you can make money using your PC and working from home.

7 Web Careers For Single Moms

In no order of priority, here are the different ways you can get started and make money from home:

  1. Product Reviews – setup a blog reviewing expensive technical products, such as digital cameras. Write reviews that are over 700 words and possibly over 1000 words. These will be picked up very quickly by the search engines. If you do this right, you’ll be asked to write (and get paid) by others sites.
  2. Screen-casting – with the explosion of video technology, you can help software and educational companies with their training materials by developing screens casts. You can also branch out and develop services that help others to do this. You’ll need Camtasia or other Screencasting software to do this.
  3. Software Testing – not every company has dedicated software testers but need people who can test software at all stages of the development process. If you have skills with computers, the ability to write reports, and analyze software, then this can work very well. You can promote your services with a niche site that talks about software testing and the benefits of outsourcing this task.
  4. Virtual Assistant – I use oDesk all the time for project work that my Virtual Assistants can do faster than me. I’ve found two that are very reliable and use them most every week. So far, I’ve spent over $2,000 dollars this year on Virtual Assistants. If you can provide a high-quality reliable service, then register with oDesk and develop your profile. Link it to your blog and get as many endorsements as you can. Focus on one area, such as bookkeeping, design, finance, coding, typing and nail this.
  5. Market Researcher – if you have good writing skills and like to gather information, then Market Research is for you. Who do you target? Any company that develops products, especially mid-size ones that may not have dedicated Market Researchers. You can work with the Sales team and use Social Media, Google and other tools to gather data on trends, brands and customer expectations.
  6. iPhone app developer – this is a very lucrative area if you have software skills or know how to develop new products. For example, you can learn how the process of developing iPhone apps works and then offer to do this for other companies. Most businesses want to be on the iPhone but don’t know how to start. If you can solve that problem, and have the development team lined up, then you’re in business. Your development team is out there on oDesk 🙂
  7. Translator – one of the big surprises when I lived in China was the number of US and European students coming there to learn Chinese. Some of these were charging 50 USD per hour to do translation and interpreting work, which isn’t bad for a 20 year old. I got to know two of these and they made very good incomes teaching other English over Skype and doing translation work. If you have language skills, then target the business sector and you’re setup.

Conclusion
One of our friends is half Spanish and now works with clients translating documents over Skype. There are almost no setup costs. She gets paid very well as these are business documents, such as Request For Proposals.
The other helps small companies setup Facebook pages. She’s used Facebook for years now and has it inside out. Why not monetize what she knows? She charges $299 to setup a new Facebook account with pages and links it into their Twitter account. She works when the kids are off in bed and restarts before they begin their work day.
What other careers can you do online?

14 thoughts on “7 Web Careers For Single Moms”

  1. I am looking to become a stay at home mom and leave the work place behind. I feel that I am missing so much with my children while I am at work. I want to get information on how to make this process work for me. Your blog gave me valuable information on how to get started. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Shannon,

      Glad to help. Actually, I plan to add to this list every week or two as I've got a lot of emails along the same lines. Seems many parents are in the same position.

      Ivan

  2. Screencast is cool idea for single mom and every blogger. And it can be put into your software product review or uploaded to your iPhone for sharing, and you can use it to make language training video. I use DemoCreator to make all kinds of screencasting videos like that. Camtasia looks pretty cool for my first impression. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    1. Hi Tangyi,

      Wei ni hao, wo de pengyou!

      That’s a good idea with the iPhone. I can see more products getting developed for mobile devices.

      Pat Flynn at smartpassiveincome.com has been talking about how he does this recently and it seems to be a goldmine, if you can position your product in micro niches.

      1. Hi Ivan, I'm so surprised at your greetings in Chinese. And thanks for your recommending Pat Flynn's blog. It seems to be a great place. But I think you are sharing awesome stuff to your readers as well!

        Keep in touch any time.

        Cheers

        Tangyi

        1. Thanks Tangyi,

          We lived in Shanghai and Beijing for two years, so we picked up a few words. And my taitai is a laobeijing ren, so there's no excuse 🙂 I miss the food every day…

  3. Great suggestions, Ivan. How about affiliate marketing? Seems that lots of people are moving into that arena to some extent. I haven't tried it so don't know how lucrative it is – seems to work for some of the high-profile bloggers like ProBlogger and Copyblogger. Do you have any sense if it is a business that others could build into something to live on?

    1. Hi,

      …Do you have any sense if it is a business that others could build into something to live on?

      Like all things in life, there’s a right and the wrong way to do everything. My first efforts were far from successful but I've managed to get a handle on this now.

      Some suggestions:

      Read Copyblogger to learn how to write web copy
      Read Yaro and get his blueprint. It’s free on the homepage at http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com
      Choose three products and build your system around these. Go narrow, not wide.
      Pick an area you know in detail and/or want to dominate.
      Focus relentlessly on this one area and become THE AUTHORITY.
      This will get the traffic.
      Traffic = Sales

      Read everything on Yaro first. You can’t go wrong with this guy, esp his older ‘pillar’ posts.

      Ivan

      PS – drop me a line anytime

    1. Thanks David,

      The key is to laser focus on one and become an authority. Then people come to you looking for advice instead of you having to chase leads. Make sense,doesn't it?

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