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5 Careers Where You Can Balance Work and Family


Whether you are looking to change careers or going back to school and choosing a college major, you may be looking for a job that will allow you ample time to spend with your family. More people than ever are beginning to understand the benefit of balancing a career and family. To do so, though, you must choose a career path that will permit you to spend as much time at home as you spend at work.

Here are five careers for those that desire a life outside of the office:

1. Web Developer

While a college degree in computer networking, web programming or even computer coding can be helpful, none are required to break into this line of work. As a web developer, you create web sites or apps for customers and can easily do so from the comfort of your own home office and on your own schedule.

2. Teaching

What other job gives you a schedule that matches that of your children so completely? As a teacher, you’ll enjoy summers off and your time off will closely match that of your children. While some teachers do take on part-time jobs in the summer, or even after school, it is not a necessity. Once you have received your teaching degree, you may even want to consider becoming an online tutor for a greater amount of flexibility.

3. Customer Service

No, we’re not talking about standing in a store and answering questions or even working at the local fast-food chain. Customer service jobs can be had right in the comfort of your own home. Working online in customer service positions is becoming more and more popular and offers a vast amount of flexibility.

4. Writing

Similar to customer service, finding work at home jobs in the writing field can be easy, if you know where to look. Many content mills pay authors a decent amount for every article written and, if you work at it full-time, you can earn a decent living. Writing content for websites is a great way to brush up on your skills and may even inspire you to write that novel you’ve always dreamed of!

5. Business Owner

Perhaps no job offers as much flexibility as owning your own business. No matter what field you choose to concentrate in, as a business owner you can work as many or as few hours as you desire. If you have a specialized degree or interest, think of ways that you can turn those skills into your own small company.

Working doesn’t mean that you have to give up your family life. Working outside or inside of the home simply means that you have to be a bit more creative when it comes to the career you choose. Remember: we work to live, not live to work!

Guest writer Peter Harrington is a career counselor and content contributor for, a great source of online school rankings and detailed information about all the top online schools.

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