Approximately 29 percent of mothers in the U.S. did not work outside the home in 2012, the Pew Research Center estimates. That is up from 23 percent in 1999, which was the record low mark since the 1960s. These numbers include single moms, but about 65 percent of stay-at-home moms are wives of working husbands. A vast majority (85 percent) said taking care of children is the primary reason for being unemployed.
Raising decent human beings no longer has to be a deterrent for mothers seeking employment, as work from home opportunities are becoming more common. While there are thousands of scams jobs that increase skepticism, reports Fraud.org, here are three legitimate opportunities just about anyone can take advantage of:
Life Insurance Agent
Stay-at-home mothers already have thick skin and a lot of patience from handling the daily grind of child rearing, housekeeping, and errand-running. Add ambition and the desire to succeed to that mix and you’d make a great life insurance agent.
A vast majority of life insurance agents’ workdays consist of contacting potential clients, determining their coverage needs, and offering a product. Agents get hung up on frequently, have several derogatory terms hurled at them daily, and experience failure much more often than success. But it’s not out of the question for good agents to earn six-figures in their first year on the job, reports Investopedia.
Both Monster.com and Indeed are excellent resources to find opportunities in the field. Non-captive agents, those working for multiple carriers, can benefit from purchasing life insurance leads that can be filtered down by age, drug use, and other risk factors. The biggest hurdle for potential agents will be the state administered exam required to get an insurance license. But there are more than enough practice exams and study aides to help you prepare.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects increased demand for life insurance agents through 2022 due to changes in federal statutes and an aging population.
Telephone Support Specialist
The logic behind the mass outsourcing of customer service jobs to places like India and the Philippines was simple: cheaper labor. But a 2008 study by CFI Group, a customer experience management (CEM) provider, found customers were satisfied 88 percent of the time when they spoke to a representative that could clearly communicate with them. The same study found only 45 percent satisfaction when there was a language barrier.
Mary Murcott, CEO of Texas-based outsourcing firm Novo 1, said during a White House panel in 2012 that high-tech phone support positions were outsourced at a 30 percent rate, but had dropped to 12 percent that year. Companies are instead saving money by allowing representatives to work from home offices.
U-Haul hires at-home customer service agents. Alpine Access/Sykes, Amazon, and Terminex are a few more national companies with virtual office opportunities. But there are probably call centers right in your hometown that offer work-from-home positions. MDS Communications, a tele-fundraising firm in Mesa, Ariz., allows its representatives to work from home after proving for a month or two they can handle the job on their own.
Attorneys are always looking for advantages in court, and mock juries are becoming the new phenomenon of the 21st century. Virtual jurors are given case histories and jury instructions by attorneys, and asked to give their opinions on current cases. This allows lawyers to test legal theories before using them on a real jury.
Virtual jurors can make upwards of $60 per case, but are limited to a certain number of cases they can take per day or week. The most legitimate opportunity, based on several positive reviews, is eJury.com. Onlineverdict.com is another option to consider.