26 Best Part-Time Jobs for Parents, According to Real Moms

Here are the part-time, flexible jobs that real moms say have worked for them. 

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Striking a balance between #momlife and work, not to mention taking the family's bottom line into consideration, is an ongoing challenge faced by many families. For moms and dads who aren't able to commit to a full-time schedule but are seeking employment, a high-paying, part-time job from home or a flexible evening or weekend gig is often the solution.

Of course, finding the job that's right for you—and even knowing where to begin—can be a process. But you'll do well to take tips from other moms who've successfully found part-time work.

Cozi, the #1 organizing app for families, surveyed real moms about the freelance or part-time gigs that worked particularly well with the demands of raising children. Here are their favorite part-time job opportunities for parents.

Part-Time Jobs From Home

There are numerous part-time job opportunities that can be done from home. Here are some of the best options.

  • Being a consultant for a multi-level marketing company (like Beautycounter, Mary Kay, dOTERRA, Rodan + Fields, Stella & Dot)
  • Blogging
  • Bookkeeping
  • Crafting (think of starting your own biz on a site like Etsy)
  • Grant writing
  • Property management (think renting out an apartment via Airbnb)
  • Reselling children's clothing online
  • Reselling adult's clothing online (on a site like Poshmark)
  • Running a web development company

Part-Time Weekend Jobs

Other jobs are conducive to weekend shifts.

  • Bartending and catering
  • DJing
  • Swim instruction (get certified through the American Red Cross)

Flexible Part-Time Jobs

Another option is to look for part-time jobs that offer flexible schedules, including the following.

  • Babysitting
  • Delivering newspapers
  • Dog-sitting or walking (independently or for a company like Wag or Rover)
  • Driving for Uber or Lyft
  • Fitness instruction
  • Grocery and restaurant delivery (think Postmates or DoorDash)
  • Teaching private music lessons
  • Tutoring
  • Working as a home health aide
  • Working as a receptionist
  • Working as a virtual assistant
  • Working as a substitute at your local school district
  • Working in a daycare
  • Working at a church

How to Start the Job Hunt

If you're just getting started looking for part-time flexible employment, it's crucial that you optimize your resources. After all, casting too wide a net can quickly get overwhelming. More general job sites like Indeed and LinkedIn can help you narrow your search based on your location and the field you're interested in. You'll also do well to check sites that are specifically geared to flex opportunities, like FlexJobs.com.

If you're searching for a position in human resources, finance, marketing, or a similar field, you may want to investigate membership with The Second Shift, a job placement company that focuses exclusively on female candidates seeking part-time work, interim jobs, or special projects.

Power to Fly is similar and focused on women seeking part-time and/or remote work in tech, digital, sales, and marketing.

Professionals in project management, marketing, tech, sales, administrative, finance, human resources, and legal fields might want to check out The Mom Project, a digital talent marketplace and community that connects employers and employees.

Additionally, be sure to put the word out to your personal network (professional contacts as well as friends, family, other parents, and really anyone you meet) that you're looking for work opportunities. Once your social circle knows you want a part-time job, they can let you know if they hear of any relevant positions.

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