9 Ways to Work From Home During School Hours

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 Writing

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).

Search Evaluation

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.

WriteScore currently has a wait-list set up to be considered for scoring opportunities.

We have a post with more online test scoring options here.

Online Tutoring

BookNookPrepNow, 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 Tutoring

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 is a well known company that has regular openings for this work.


If you're bi- or multilingual, this is another great flexible work at home option. VerbalizeIt is one company that offers flexible hours, and you can browse other translation companies here.

Virtual Assisting

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 HandsBoldly, and Time Etc.

For 50 more companies that hire work at home virtual assistants plus information on starting your own VA business, check out my e-book, Your Quick Guide to Working From Home as a Virtual Assistant.

Phone Jobs

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.

For 300 Flexible, Non-Phone Work at Home Jobs:


Do you want to work at home but you can't do so using a phone? If so, I have some great non-phone options for you in this ebook. It is only $5!

In this book, you'll find links to 300 companies offering different types of non-phone work at home jobs, including:

  • Data entry
  • Chat agent operators
  • Freelance writing
  • Transcription
  • Proofreading
  • Bookkeeping
  • Search evaluation
  • Many more!

Each job listing also has a short summary with any relevant information I can find (pay, what countries it may be open to, etc.).

Good luck to you, and I hope you find this ebook helpful if a non-phone job is what you are looking for.

After payment, you will receive the email containing your download.


6 thoughts on “9 Ways to Work From Home During School Hours”

  1. Thanks for the great list. Working from home when the kids are in school is so nice because you can still take time off to help at school, go on field trips, etc. I worked for Pearson before and enjoyed it, but when they’re busy, they’re busy!

    We shared this post on 1099 Mom.

  2. Thanks very much for this list , it is very helpful , i have spent days around your site and i am really amazed and how many information is there about internet jobs . but from the big information i am lost , i want to ask what are the highest paying sites you know about , if i have around 460 6 hours a a day , how can i make the most of them?
    Thanks very much for your support

  3. I’d love to try the search engine evaluation, but it’s not available for my country 🙁

  4. Nicely laid out website really great information I will be following you for some really helpful tips. Best regards

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