Summer is quickly approaching, and whether you’re choosing to send the little ones off to summer camp or not, you’ll want to take advantage of the scores of summer work-from-home job opportunities!
This comprehensive list combines everything any mom would want in a work-from-home summer job: flexibility, online opportunities, and money. A complete win-win!
Check out this awesome list, and let us know what you decide to dive into this summer!
1. Freelance Writer
Freelance writing is a fabulous work-from-home summer job for moms. Not only is there a wide range of freelancing opportunities available, but you’re also completely free to set your own schedule. Decide which writing services you’d like to offer as a freelancer, and pitch your services to clients.
Here are some popular freelance writing services to offer:
You can search for freelance gigs online, you can use a freelance marketplace to connect with clients, or you can pitch your services directly to clients. Take on as much or as little as your summer schedule allows. Below are a few places to start your freelance journey:
- Fiverr – Independent contactor
- Legiit – Independent contactor
- Upwork – Independent contactor
- Problogger – Depends on the hiring agency
2. Pet Caregiver
Love animals? Why not spend the dog days of summer with some furry friends? Make some serious cash while you spend those warm, breezy, carefree days of summer dog walking or taking care of pets while friends vacation.
With the kids out of school, summer is prime time for people to take a vacation, and it’s one of the best ways for you to cash in on some four-legged fun while others are away.
With most boarding facilities filling fast for the summer days ahead, many families will look for reliable pet sitters, dog walkers, and house sitters alike.
Wondering how to get the word out? Here are a few spots where you can “advertise” your pet caregiving services:
- Local Facebook groups
- Flyers in local coffee shops
- Networking with neighbors and friends
Some well-known platforms for snagging petcare gigs are:
3. Short Tasks
Due to their small time commitment, short tasks are the perfect summer job for stay-at-home moms! Not only do they offer the flexibility of being quick tasks, but there is also a wide variety you can choose from!
From getting paid to take pictures on your smartphone to search engine evaluation, data entry, online surveys, focus group studies, translation, website testing, and more!
Here are some reliable short-task sites you can dive into right now and start making extra money:
4. Online Tutoring
This work-from-home summer job is perfect for those who love to help others learn a new skill. If you’re looking for a job with a flexible schedule, tutoring may be just what you were looking for. The topics you can teach are endless, and all depend on your education, expertise, and passions. Some sites will pay you to log in and answer homework questions online, while others allow you to teach online lessons and classes in things like ESL, cooking, music, art, and more!
Got a love for all things social? If you find yourself checking your Instagram account just as much as you’re picking up legos and markers, this may be the perfect work-at-home summer job for you!
Here are some sites where you can make money in the sun all while managing and moderating social media accounts for clients:
6. Chat Agents
If you love talking with people but have a house full of kiddos, becoming an online chat agent is a great way to earn cash and help people in the process.
Below are a few great places where you can easily apply to become a chat agent.
7. Mystery Shopper
There’s nothing better than spending long, gloriously warm summer days making money shopping! That’s right; you can spend your time between the sun and the stores, all while enjoying the flexibility of being with the kiddos as a Mystery Shopper.
Below are a few companies that will pay you to shop away.
8. Virtual Assistant Jobs
If you’ve worked in a professional setting, you likely have many transferrable skills that would be perfect for virtual assistant (VA) work. As a virtual assistant, you’ll help business owners with administrative tasks like scheduling appointments, answering emails, data entry, internet research, customer service, writing, editing, marketing, and whatever else they need help with. The nice thing about VA work is you’re usually given a 24-hour period to perform tasks, so you generally can work on tasks in between playdates and doing your most important job, being a mom!
Here are some companies that hire part-time virtual assistants:
Do you have a head for numbers? Businesses of all kinds are in search of bookkeepers! Small and large business owners are constantly looking for individuals to manage their finances.
Bookkeepers have the flexibility of work-from-home hours and are in high demand, so there are plenty of opportunities to scale your business long after the summer sun has faded.
You can start your very own work-from-home business this summer as a bookkeeper. Check out how you can become a bookkeeper in this free training.
Here are some to check for online bookkeeping jobs:
10. Become a Customer Service Representative
If you enjoy talking on the phone and helping customers solve their issues, there are tons of part-time work-from-home customer service jobs for the taking! Most companies require prior experience, but if you have any retail experience, this usually will count. Be sure to read through the equipment requirements for each position, as most companies will require you to have a high-speed internet connection, a computer, and a corded headset with a microphone.
Here are some companies that hire part-time customer service reps and receptionists:
11. Become a Transcriptionist
If you’re an excellent listener with fast and accurate typing skills, and a good command of the English language, transcription work is a great option for stay-at-home moms.
With transcription work, you’ll listen to audio files and transcribe them into written documents. For some companies like Rev, you don’t need any experience to start, but you will need to pass a quiz to demonstrate your grammar and English language skills. Once you’ve proved yourself, you can work any time of the day or night working on transcription projects. If this sounds like a dream gig, but you need to brush up on your English skills, check out Janet’s transcription course, Transcribe Anywhere.
Here are some other companies that hire transcribers:
12. Online Proofreader
Do you have an eye for catching typos and errors in written content? Then turn your English language skills and attention to detail into a summer proofreading side hustle. Authors, writers, bloggers, publishers, and magazines are just a few of the professionals that need the assistance of good proofreaders.
You can find online proofreading jobs on freelance platforms like Upwork or on sites like FlexJobs. You can look at companies that specialize in offering proofreading and editing services like Express Writers, EditFast, and Scribendi.
If your English skills are a little rusty, you can take an online proofreading course like Proofread Anywhere, which teaches you practical and business-building skills, so you can start making money quickly. If you’re curious about a proofreading side hustle, check out this free online training.
13. Provide Childcare Services
Maybe your little one would like an extra playmate this summer? If you love kids, then providing childcare services might be the ideal summer job for you.
There are many ways you could go about this side hustle. You could find families in your neighborhood and offer them as-needed babysitting services for date nights, or you could be a daytime nanny for another family. You can also use on-demand apps and websites to connect with potential clients who need quality care for their kids. If you’d like to turn this idea into full-fledged business, you could even start a daycare, which is obviously a bit more complicated.
If you’d like to explore this summer money-making option, check out:
14. Start a Summer Side Hustle
Want more flexibility? Why not start your own home-based business this summer? From starting a dog treat bakery to becoming a TikTok content creator or a craft seller, if you can dream it, you can make money from it. Summer is the perfect time to start your side hustle slowly; then, when your kids go back to school, you can ramp it up into a full-time gig in the fall.
Here’s a list of some flexible side hustles you can start:
If you want to start an online business but you’re not sure how to get started. Grab this free business plan template to make sure you have all your bases covered.
Other Places to Find Online Job Opportunities
There are a plethora of work-from-home jobs that are perfect for the summertime!
Some other popular spots you’ll want to check out for remote work opportunities this summer are sites like FlexJobs, The Work at Home Woman Blog (sign up for our newsletter, too!), and even Facebook groups.
Local or larger-scale Facebook groups can be an excellent place to find businesses looking for many types of roles, such as social media specialists, graphic design positions, virtual assistants, and more.
Search for groups with “entrepreneur” or even terms such as “boss moms” in their titles, and you’ll discover many groups that feature #opportunity posts. Many of my leads come from these groups!
Work From Home Summer Success Tips
Whether the kiddos are home or at camp, you’ll want to create a schedule that works for you so you can have the best of all worlds: making money, spending time in the sun, and having fun with your family.
Here are a few tips for work-at-home summer success:
1. Don’t Over Schedule
It might be tempting to take on every job that comes your way (there are a ton of them!), but remember, this is your summer, and you’ll most likely want time for other things (hello, lazy beach days, and movies outside). Start by checking your summer calendar and ask yourself a few questions:
- How many hours do you want to work each week?
- Do you want to make your own schedule?
- Do you want to work primarily at night while the kiddos sleep or during the day?
- Would you prefer to work on days the kids are at camps?
2. Avoid Taking a Job Just to Take a Job
Right along with over-scheduling, you don’t want to bog down your time with a job that you absolutely can’t stand. Remember, there are many opportunities for remote summer positions out there. Choose the one you’ll enjoy!
3. Watch Out for Work From Home Scams
While there are many legitimate work-from-home job postings, you’ll still want to do your due diligence and research the company’s website, reviews, and ratings before applying. Technology has made it easy for scammers to promote their deceptive opportunities, so be sure to verify your sources, track your applications, and read reviews on Glassdoor.com. Imposter scams and unsolicited job offers are two areas where unsuspecting job seekers often fall prey to scams.
4. Understand Your Employment Status
You may have noticed that I included the words “W2” or “independent contractor” after each hiring company. If you are working as an independent contractor, you are considered self-employed, which means you’ll need to set money aside for taxes. Working as an independent contractor tends to lend itself to more flexibility in terms of scheduling, but you need to be prepared for your financial responsibilities, such as tracking income and expenses and submitting quarterly tax payments.
As we approach those wonderfully long days of flip-flops, shorts, and sunscreen, you can easily enjoy a relaxed approach to your summer, all while making some serious cash!
While you’re raking in the dough from these work-from-home summer jobs, don’t forget to take some time for yourself!
Need more flexible job ideas? Check out this massive list of virtual part-time jobs!
Originally published April 29, 2022. Content updated April 2023.