Updated May 2020 with new links and job opportunities
One of the most common questions I’m asked by other coaches’ wives moving to the area I’m living in is “what do I do for work?”. We’ve lived in two very small communities which made finding local jobs close to impossible. Toss in the need to be home for kids or the inability to afford to work and pay child care and it can be extra challenging.
Although some families find it most convenient in the coaching lifestyle to be a one-income household, many wives seek work out of necessity. Coaches at most levels aren’t paid well and as costs of living rise, some wives work just to afford health insurance.
Still, I know several coaches’ wives who work because they choose to. They love having the extra income, but more so, their job is the place they aren’t “Mrs. Coach”, and they thrive by having something of their own.
Regardless, the challenge still remains. What jobs are easiest for women who move every 18-24 months on average to obtain? When you answer the application question “Why did you leave your previous job?” with “a move for husband’s job” five times over, are you going to be marketable? Almost two decades in the coaching business has revealed the answer to that question is sometimes yes, and sometimes no.
Here’s my list of top jobs for coaches’ wives:
This is the most common area of employment for coaches’ wives. The virtual company has propelled this option to the forefront of many lists. Whether it’s clothing, cooking utensils, makeup, oils, or shakes third-party marketing businesses seem to be popping up all around me.
Not everyone is cut out to sell something. In fact, it can actually be a hindrance in some places. As the new person coming in, being flagged as a salesperson can hinder relationships. For the introverted person asking them to sell something or even host a party could be considered a form of torture. In a small town, building your downline can be hard, because you can oversaturate an area quickly.
The positives are numerous once you have built your business. First, you should have some of the flexibility that you seek. There are tax benefits to owning a business, and you can work from almost anywhere, so you shouldn’t have to start over with every move. This is especially true if you utilize social media and online sales options.
If you love crafting or are a creative person this might be your thing. Having time to craft that earns you money can’t be a bad thing right? The sales may not always be steady so this might only be an option for those looking for something that provides some spending money. On the positive side, you can take this business with you anywhere and work the hours you prefer.
The job that I added to my resume in September of 2016 is the one I always suggest first. My role as a virtual assistant was unique, even for the VA world, but my company paired me with someone who would utilize my experiences and strengths in our partnership. For example, one aspect of my job was to write blog posts.
My client and I worked together to identify the ways I could integrate into the company and I worked my way from 5 hours a week to 25 and eventually dropped the VA title and took on the title of Account Manager and Content Strategist.
At the same time, I continued to add virtual assistant clients and balance 35 hours of work each week between 3 contracts. The majority of my hours now are not focused on virtual assistant work, however, I find that the skills of organization and technology are ones that I continue to rely on.
Although many people work independently as VA’s, I chose to go with a company because of the additional benefits provided. Ongoing training, salary collection, and client placement allow me to focus on being the best VA without any other concerns.
My job offers flexibility in that I can shift my weekly hours to accommodate my family. I can also take my work with me when we move or travel if needed. Our company also hires bookkeepers and web developers.
Learn more about Virtual Assistant Work here.
Companies to check out if you don’t want to freelance as a Virtual assistant are:
Looking to be a writer without all the extra? Freelance writing is a growing field. Zerys is a company I work with for my job as a Content Strategist. We seek out the same writers weekly who do excellent work.
I also believe that there is a growing opportunity with the way LinkedIn is developing for writers and editors to build out excellent profiles and find remote work without going through third-party sites. If you’re going to go this route do yourself a favor and spend time getting a free Content Marketing certification from HubSpot Academy first. This will only boost your negotiating power.
Digital Media Jobs
So many jobs within the digital media arena are remote these days. Cella is one of many sources for marketers to look for remote work in the following areas:
- Graphic Design
- Web Designer
- UX Designer
- Content Marketing Designer
- Content Strategist
- Social Media Designer
- Social Media Manager
Be cautious, not all companies are legitimate. While it may pay less to work through a 3rd party service when you are starting out in freelancing it’s often best to use a service rather than work directly through Indeed or LinkedIn where it’s easier to get scammed.
Virtual Medical Jobs
PRN Triage Positive Reinforcement Nursing (PRN INC PC) is a North Carolina based professional corporation that provides doctors with after-hours assistance with patient calls. PRN was established in 1996 by Wendy Smith, MSN/MBA, Esquire, and Shelley Rogers, RN. These two entrepreneurs met over 24 years ago while working as RNs in a Labor and Delivery unit. After five years of hour-long commutes, twelve hour shifts, and growing families Ms. Smith and Ms. Rogers began looking for alternatives. Their vision soon became a reality with the encouragement and support of a few local doctors. PRN was born through faith in God, remarkable friendship and a mission to provide after-hour calls for physicians and their patients.
Online Counselor BetterHelp provides marketing, technology, and additional income. You provide the professionalism, clinical experience and care. Join over 5,000 therapists on the world’s largest online counseling platform. Private practice with no doors and no overhead. Curious to know more? Read Is Online Counseling Right for Me?
Virtual Primary Care SteadyMD is on a mission to change the way health care works by offering patients a long-term relationship with their own personal doctor, completely online. Each SteadyMD doctor serves a limited number of patients, so they can give them the time and attention they deserve. We offer comprehensive, personalized, long-term care from anywhere in the world, on any device.
Teaching English Virtually:
Having a job that offers flexibility in hours is a significant bonus in any job. VIPKID is a company that contracts people to teach English to Chinese students via Skype. The process is fairly simple, and you don’t have to have a teaching degree to work for them. Training is included.
The hours on this particular job range from very early in the morning to very late at night with the middle of the day being open. The reason is simple. You are teaching on Chinese time. So if you aren’t a morning person this might not be the job for you.
This is a great option for a stay-at-home mom, or for someone who loves little kids. I spent years watching other kids in addition to my own. The positives were numerous. My kids had built-in friends. They had to learn to share sooner and to be flexible about where they napped. We got out of the house to explore a bit more than I think we would have otherwise because a crowded house encourages outside adventure. I didn’t have to work nights or weekends and I was always able to take the time off that I wanted.
The hard part was that I didn’t make a huge amount of money. It was nice extra cash, but still less than minimum wage, which made some days challenging. Further, I couldn’t run out and do many errands, so there was a good amount of schedule shifting that needed to be done.
Other Local Options:
Besides babysitting most communities will offer several local options for you to consider. Temporary work can often be the best option to offer flexibility. These are all jobs coaches’ wives I know have obtained.
- Substitute teaching
- Adjunct Professor
- Seasonal employment at local stores
- H & R Block
- House cleaning
- Private lessons (instrument, sports, singing)
Temporary Work or Short Term Opportunities
This would be a great space to sign up if you are looking for house cleaning and lawn service work. They are limited to 12 service areas and connect you with in-person work.
This is an Australian based company, however, they have multiple positions that are virtual. If you can work with flexible hours there are opportunities for freelance work here as well.
Tawkify has discovered a lot of people have the talent for matchmaking. Their matchmakers come from diverse backgrounds – lawyers, consultants, life coaches, entrepreneurs, teachers, and writers. They have built a matchmaker a platform that makes their hobby of matchmaking a viable career.
Customer Services Reps
Pana job description says: You will serve as the human touchpoint for most people who interact with Pana. You will message users, identify and react to user needs, and perform requested research and bookings. Your work will include regular elbow grease to help improve our supply systems, technology integrations, and content team to deliver the best possible information, options, and experiences to our users. You will also actively participate in making our product better by collecting and effectively communicating user feedback to the rest of the team.
Weighing out the pros and cons of any job situation can be a stressful thing. Coaches’ wives are often the most tenacious people I encounter. Their lifestyle has exposed them to many personalities and situations that make coaches’ wives ideal for various jobs. Most jobs involve someone being hired in their position. The process of finding a new job with every move can become frustrating. Considering an option that will move with you may be the way to go. Regardless of your decision know any company would be lucky to have you!