Sleep consultants help babies and children achieve more consistent and predictable sleep schedules to create better sleep for all. In addition to the rewarding aspect of helping families get more sleep, there are many personal benefits to working as a sleep consultant (did someone say “create your own hours?”). Wondering what the perks of working as a sleep consultant are? You’ve come to the right place.

If you’ve considered becoming a sleep consultant, and are curious about what the benefits of the job are, read on. I’d love to share my favorite aspects of the gig with you!

Top 10 Perks of Working as a Sleep Consultant

1. Work In Person or Work Online
2. Work for Yourself or for a Company
3. Flexible Schedule
4. Set your own salary
5. Tax Deductions
6. Help people/overwhelmed parents
7. Work with people worldwide
8. Understand for your own children
9. Personal Fulfillment
10. Professional Recognition

1. Work In Person or Work Online

One of the great benefits of working as a sleep consultant is that you can choose where you work. You can provide sleep consultant services in person, one-on-one or teaching small groups in preschools, daycares or in local parenting groups. You can provide sleep consultant services online, to the same groups, or to parents you find on social media seeking your services. Sleep consultants have the choice of who they want to work with, and where they want to work, which leads to the next perk…

2. Work for Yourself or for a Company

When you become a sleep consultant, you will find that there are a lot of opportunities available to you. You could join a sleep consultant agency, find freelance opportunities online, or grow your own sleep consultant business on your own. There are benefits to each option. As part of an agency, the agency will find and assign you clients. For a freelancer, you can look and find opportunities as they come up on social media or freelancer sites. When you grow your own sleep consultant business, you can share information and advice, create a following on social media, make connections, and find clients on your own.

3. Flexible Schedule

This might be the most popular perk of working as a sleep consultant: setting your own schedule, with your own hours. If you want to work just one or two days per week, it’s your choice. You can have a sleep consultant side hustle, a part-time gig, or make it a full-time career. If you are working a 9-5 or are a stay at home parent caring for your children or homeschooling all day, you can work your sleep consultant business on the side. If you would rather work more, you can build your sleep consultant business to part-time or full-time hours.

4. Set your own salary

When you own your own business, you also have the ability to set your own salary. You can choose an hourly rate, but more often you will create packages for the parents you help. You can create digital courses for a passive income, along with trainings and workshops, group programs, or one-on-one packages. You can find new and creative ways to share your knowledge, help parents and their children, and create the salary you desire.

Part-time sleep consultants generally earn between $1,500 and $4,000 per month, whereas full-time sleep consultants earn closer to $5,000 to $10,000 per month. Once you have passed the certification in the Center for Pediatric Sleep Management’s (CPSM) Sleep Consultant Certification Course, you will learn how to establish your business online by setting up a website and social media accounts. You will also learn about providing value to the people you speak to on a regular basis. Providing value before they hire you will help the parents determine if hiring a sleep consultant is worthwhile to them and will help them get to know you and make a connection with you. This is the best way to get clients, referrals, and grow your business and salary.

5. Tax Deductions

When you freelance or own your own business, you become a contractor and have the ability to write off your business expenses on your taxes. Anything you need to do your business becomes a potential tax write off. You need the internet to share your knowledge and find clients. You use your phone to speak with clients and provide consultations. You may have a home office. Each of these can be partially written off on your taxes. For W-2 employees (in the USA) who have their sleep consultant business as a part time job or side hustle, this usually means you will owe less money on your taxes or will receive more money back.

6. Help people/overwhelmed parents

So many people go into the business of sleep consultation because they have a desire to help people. If you already work as a doctor, a nurse, a doula, a social worker, or any other helping profession, you know how rewarding it is to help others. Sleep consultation is a great way to help people because you not only help the parents to help their child to have a better sleep, but that in turn helps the parents and family have a better sleep. If you’ve ever had a lousy night’s sleep, you know how it feels. Imagine having that every night. It builds up and can make it difficult to function. With sleep comes healing, rest and happiness.

7. Work with people worldwide

When you choose to build your business online, you have the opportunity to work with people all over the world. Just as infants, toddlers, and children in Canada and the United States may need help learning to sleep through the night, so do infants, toddlers, and children in Europe, Asia, Australia, and across the world. A sleep consultant can work with anyone in need.

8. Understand for your own children

An unexpected perk of becoming a sleep consultant? The better sleep that happens within your own home. If you’re a parent or planning to become a parent in the future, becoming a sleep consultant can help you with your own children as well. As you learn the sleep consultant methods and techniques, you can help your children to have a more restful sleep. Parents know that a restful sleep is invaluable for their children and their families. In the CPSM Sleep Consultant Certification Course, you will learn that there is no “one size fits all” approach to teach a child to fall asleep or go back to sleep independently. Helping your own children, or helping friends and family with their children, will help you learn this first hand as well as benefit all involved.

9. Personal Fulfillment

If you have ever wanted to own your own business or help other people, working as a sleep consultant will allow you to achieve your goals and feel the fulfillment and satisfaction that comes with it. If you grow your sleep consultant business part-time or as a side hustle, you may get to the point where you make enough that your job becomes something to do if you enjoy it, or you could donate it to someone else and turn your sleep consultant business into a full-time career. When you have that choice, it can lift a weight and make your life feel more fulfilling as well.

10. Professional Recognition

As you grow your business, and help more people, you will start to grow referral traffic to your business. Parents will get to know your expertise and refer their friends and family to you. You have the ability to grow your business, and your network as fast or as slow as you want, and this also means that people will get to know who you are and what you do. You can participate in parenting workshops and seminars to grow your recognition and help more people.

If these perks sound appealing to you, join the CPSM’s Facebook group to learn more about the work a sleep consultant does and connect with Jayne Havens, founder of CPSM and respected leader in the sleep consulting industry. You can also network with other sleep consultants and people who, like you, are interested in becoming a sleep consultant. Visit CPSM’s website to learn more about becoming a sleep consultant. If you’re ready to begin your journey, you can get started now and begin receiving your course access and materials right away!