Congratulations! You’ve successfully survived the first months of motherhood/fatherhood. You’ve gotten accustomed with caring for a newborn and you’re slowly but surely getting back to some of your old routines. You’ve got everything under control, right?
Except that, you’re afraid that having a baby will hinder your career. But, here’s the thing: just because you took time off from your job to raise a family, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t work from home, especially if you are a bilingual speaker. After all, you probably want to do something more valuable with your time while your kid is napping or at school. Not to mention, it wouldn’t hurt to be able to supplement the family’s budget.
With that in mind, here are some cool jobs for bilingual stay-at-home parents.
As more and more businesses are trying to expand to international markets, they are in dire need of bilingual speakers. The good news is that you can do this job from anywhere in the world just as long as you have a computer and good internet connection speed. So, put your skills to good use and start looking for companies that hire bilingual speakers.
Create a profile on translation platforms or freelance job portals and start applying. Look for jobs that are flexible so that you can accommodate them in your busy schedule. You can also use Facebook groups to promote your skills and find translation work online.
- Bilingual Customer Service Representative
Translation isn’t the only career prospect you have as a bilingual stay-at-home parent. You can also look for part-time jobs as customer support. You will have to connect with customers via chat, email, social media or telephone and help them solve their problems. You will also need to organize customer queries and communicate them to the appropriate department.
The great thing about this job is that it allows you to work flexible hours. That way, you can polish your skills, supplement the family’s income, and raise a child at the same time.
- Freelance Writer
Freelance writing can be a lucrative source of income, especially when you speak more than one language. There are numerous online platforms where you can find writing gigs, such as article writing, eBook writing, copywriting, and so on.
Keep in mind that most jobs require a good understanding of web content writing and search engine optimization (SEO.) So, make sure to brush up on your SEO skills before you apply for any job. Writing for the web is different from what you’ve learned in school, so it would be a good idea to practice a bit if you want to build a lucrative career as a freelance writer.
- Online Tutor
With most classrooms today being overcrowded, a lot of kids need extra help with their homework. Because of their busy schedules, many parents opt for online tutors to help their children stay on top of topics like math, literature, languages, and so on.
That’s where you come into play.
While some online tutor jobs require prior teaching experience, others will only ask you to complete a competency test in your area of expertise – in your case, the language you’re proficient in.
One of the best parts about this job, besides flexibility, is that it teaches you how to help your children handle difficult school topics.
As you can see, there are plenty of work opportunities for bilingual stay-at-home parents. You just need to know where to look for and, of course, have the drive to fit yet another project in your already busy schedule.