By now, most kids have either already started or will soon be starting back to school. Many of my readers have let me know that they really want to work from home, but have to find something that can be done during traditional school hours. They want to work while their kids are gone for the day — and be done right around the time they get back.
So today I've done some research to find the best work from home jobs to do during school hours. Please let me know in the comments if you can think of any others!
Freelance writers can usually work whenever it's convenient for them, provided they meet deadlines. And you don't have to have an English degree or a ton of past experience to get freelance writing jobs.
Go here for over 100 ways to work at home as a writer.
Transcribers are also generally free from a set schedule. As long as you can turn in your transcribed files on time, most companies aren't going to mind what hours of the day or night you do the work.
Go here for over 100 ways to work at home as a transcriber (this is another work at home industry where beginners can easily find work).
While most search evaluation companies will require that you work a set number of hours each week, the majority do not care when you actually get around to doing the work. So this is another type of work at home job that would be really easy to do while your kids are at school.
Go here for a list of search evaluation companies that have regular openings.
Student Test & Essay Scoring
WriteScore and Pearson are two companies that have frequent openings for work at home test and essay scorers. The work is project-based and seasonal, and both of these companies will allow you to work any hour of the day or night. Note that WriteScore requires a two-year college degree before they will consider you, and Pearson will require at least a bachelor's degree.
We have a post with more online test scoring options here.
Elevate Learning, PrepNow, and Brainfuse are three reputable companies with online tutoring jobs. These companies are also very flexible when it comes to your schedule. Note that many of these companies will require you to have at least a college degree before considering you.
ESL (English Second Language) tutors get paid to help non-native English speakers learn the language. This is an industry where you don't necessarily need past experience, nor do you need to be bilingual. Cambly, QKids, and SayABC are three well known companies that have regular openings for this work.
Virtual assistants provide services based on their own skills to various clients. While many virtual assistants work for themselves and set their own rates, there are some companies that hire many VA's to work under them. Three companies like this that are very flexible in scheduling include Fancy Hands, Worldwide 101, and Time Etc.
Contrary to popular belief, not all phone jobs are super firm in scheduling. There are many companies that will let you schedule yourself for shifts that work for you.
This post has a list of the more flexible phone jobs you can apply for.
Want More Options?
I also have a massive list here of work at home jobs that let you work whenever you want. I also recommend FlexJobs for finding regularly updated work at home job leads. This is the only major career site that guarantees their listings to be completely scam-free. I've been a member for over a year now, and I love it! You can use promo code AFFILPROMO to get up to 30 percent off the membership.
23Good luck, and please comment below if you have a work at home job that's perfect for school hours you'd want to let us know about.
Originally published August 29, 2016. Updated and re-published on July 23, 2018.