Do you know that you can become a sleep consultant and earn money from home?
Yes, you can.
I have explored many side jobs in the past but this one is close to my heart. As a mom, I have had my share of troubles when my kids were not sleeping through the night.
Being a sleep consultant, you can help new moms and also earn good money from home (up to $18,000 per month!). That’s a win-win.
I have had the chance to interview Jayne Havens of The Center for Pediatric Sleep Management. She is a practicing sleep consultant and has helped many families and now she teaches others to start a booming career in sleep consulting.
How to Become a Sleep Consultant from Home
What does a sleep consultant do?
A sleep consultant supports parents as they establish healthy and independent sleep habits for their child. Most parents who hire a sleep consultant are struggling because their child is not able to fall asleep and back to sleep without help from a parent. A sleep consultant will coach parents through the process of teaching the child to fall asleep and back to sleep without so much help. In addition to teaching independent sleep skills, sleep consultants will also help families come up with age-appropriate schedules, establish a bedtime routine, make sure the child is sleeping safely, etc.
This work can be done in person or virtually, but The Center for Pediatric Sleep Management (CPSM) specifically teaches the virtual model of this business. When you support families virtually, you can help more than one family at a time and help families outside of your own geographical location!
What are the qualifications required to become a sleep consultant?
Sleep consulting is an unregulated field, so technically you can work as a sleep consultant without a certification, although this is not recommended. Parents want to hear that the sleep consultant they have hired has been trained and is qualified to support them at a high level. Beyond the credibility that certification provides, you will also gain an extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise if you take a sleep consultant certification course.
If you enroll in The Center for Pediatric Sleep Management, the qualifications to pass are being in good financial standing and passing all assignments within the program. CPSM does not require students to complete field hours before gaining certification as we want our students to get out there and start supporting families and earning income as soon as they have passed the online course. Sleep consultants never stop learning as each family has a unique set of circumstances and challenges to overcome.
Is there a demand for sleep consultants?
YES! Sleep consultants are in high demand. There will never be enough sleep consultants to support all of the families who are struggling with sleep in their homes. Sleep consultants work with babies, toddlers, and even elementary-aged children – and there is no shortage of tired families!
While the field of sleep consultants is growing, there are new babies born into this world every day and most new parents have never even heard of a sleep consultant. As sleep consulting becomes more mainstream, more families will seek out this type of support just as they seek the support of lactation consultants and other professionals in the parenting space. There is so much room for growth in this field!
How much can you earn as a sleep consultant?
Just like any other consulting-based business, there is a wide range of normal earning potential. Some sleep consultants work very part-time and earn $500-$1,000 per month, while others work full-time and earn upwards of $15,000-$18,000 per month! The average price for a two-week consultation is anywhere from about $450 to $1,500.
If you are able to support just two families per week, you can earn anywhere from $3,600 to $12,000 per month. In addition to supporting families one on one, you can also create digital resources which can provide you with passive income. The sales from digital eBooks and online courses can add up quickly!
What are the pros and cons of being a sleep consultant?
Just like with anything else, there are pros and cons to working as a sleep consultant. I would say the downside to working in this field is that sometimes sleep consultants carry the stress of their clients on their shoulders. Sleep consultants are supporting families who are often very stressed and anxious due to a combination of sleep deprivation and nerves around making a change to the way their children sleep. Because sleep consultants tend to have a lot of compassion and empathy, sometimes we take on the stress of those who we are supporting.
The pros of sleep consulting far outweigh the cons. Pros include the freedom to work as much or as little as you want, we can work from anywhere, and we get to change the lives of families every single day. Hearing that we “saved someone’s marriage”, or “helped them to enjoy parenting again” never gets old! Being your own boss is not for everyone, but if you have the discipline to work hard and lead with passion, the rewards of owning your own business are endless.
What’s taught inside of CPSM?
Our comprehensive curriculum will give you the confidence to support clients through the process of establishing healthy and independent sleep habits for their children. Beyond the rich course materials, we offer mentorship, support, and education in entrepreneurship and business building, which will give you the tools necessary to launch, grow, and scale your sleep consulting practice. The course is comprised of 8 modules:
- The Science of Sleep
- Safe Sleep
- Sleep Patterns and Child Development
- Sleep Training Techniques
- Adapting to Special Circumstances
- Family Coaching and Communication
- Launching Your Business
- Resource Library
The major difference between CPSM and other sleep consultant certification programs is the emphasis we place on business building and entrepreneurship. Inside CPSM you will learn sales, marketing, business growth strategy, and mindset work. We teach our students how to find clients and build a successful business so they can thrive!
How long does it take to complete the course?
The Center for Pediatric Sleep Management is a self-paced online course. It’s a combination of reading and video content and on average it takes students about 4-8 weeks to complete the course. It’s estimated that there are about 40-50 hours of coursework inside the program. If you enroll in CPSM, you will have lifetime access to both the online curriculum and Facebook group for CPSM students and graduates.
The curriculum is always being updated and with enrollment, you will have access to any new training programs that are added to the course even after you have graduated from the program.
A Few Testimonials:
“I was excited when I made the decision to move forward with my pediatric sleep certification and then overwhelmed with the different companies that offer the course. After touching base with Jayne I was instantly reassured that The Center for Pediatric Sleep Management was the right choice. Jayne is an expert in her field and it shows in speaking with her and in her content. Jayne is passionate about educating others, was accessible when I had questions, and followed up with me after completing the course to ensure I felt set up for success. If you are considering a career as a pediatric sleep consultant, I would highly recommend The Center for Pediatric Sleep Management.” – Michelle H
“I was a little cautious to take a risk on a new endeavor like this but I am so glad that I did! This course exceeded my expectations. I feel confident that I can immediately start taking on clients and grow my own small business. The structure is simple, makes sense, and teaches you everything you need to know. There are no “busy work” assignments – just what you REALLY need to know how to do for this business. Jayne gives individualized feedback along the way and provides you with all the course material you could need! I also love that now I am part of a Facebook group community of CPSM students that help each other out and continue to learn and grow from each other. CPSM is the way to go!” – Shannon B
Jayne’s tips for a sleep consulting business:
- The first tip for someone who wants to start their own sleep consulting business is to enroll in The Center for Pediatric Sleep Management! This first step will land you within a wonderful and supportive community where you can connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs who are on a similar path.
- Surrounding yourself with others who are highly motivated and excited is a great way to boost your own energy.
- Once you have enrolled, time block your schedule so you can plan for some time each week to dedicate to your studies. Just take it one step at a time and don’t get too overwhelmed by the big picture. Each tiny step in the right direction is a step closer to achieving your goals.
The secret to getting ahead is GETTING STARTED!
FAQ about how to become a sleep consultant
Is a sleep consultant a good job?
Yes, for sure. It’s an enjoyable job that’s both rewarding and satisfying. Working with babies is always great and the biggest perks of this job are it’s online, low stress and doesn’t require any experience.
How much do sleep consultants get paid?
According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary of a sleep consultant is up to $35 per hour but you can earn up to $15,000 per month if you start your own sleep consulting business full-time.
I thank Jayne for giving such a detailed insight into this booming business. I hope after reading this you are inspired to start the unique work-from-home career of becoming a sleep consultant. It is hard to find jobs that flexible, profitable and fun to do and this is definitely one of them.