Being a mom is everything to you. But there was a time, though, B.C. (Before Children), when you were also a professional person, pitching ideas at meetings and hitting all of your deadlines. Now that your kids are a bit bigger, you’re starting to wax nostalgic for those days of collaborating with colleagues and contributing financially to your family.
Thing is, you definitely don’t want to work the crazy hours you used to. You want to be able to pitch in at your child’s writing celebration and see those little cuties come off the bus. Does work have to be all or nothing? Thankfully, no. There are many types of flexible work arrangements that can, well, work for you and your family’s busy schedule. Here are just four work options for moms reentering the workforce.
For moms who want to work from home, a telecommuting job is an amazing option. Also known as remote work or virtual work, telecommuting means that you can work from home. Depending on the type of telecommuting job you have, you might work either full-time or part-time, but typically, telecommuting comes with some flexibility regarding your work schedule. So when your kid forgets his lunch at home, you’ll have the time—and flex—to bring it to him and still make it back in time for your meeting.
Having a flexible schedule is the ultimate in work-life balance. A flex schedule job can be done either in an office or at home, but generally flex work is done remotely. Flex work is built around the idea of working independently and completing your assignments according to your schedule. So if you have to take your child to his doctor’s appointment, you can finish your work either before or after you get back to your home office. Flex work allows you to get your work done, but also be the mom you want to be, too.
Professional Part-Time Jobs
If you want to dip your toes back in the workpool, but only part-time, then a part-time professional job could be your best bet. Part-time jobs can be done at an office or done from your home, depending on the position. Part-time positions are a great stepping stone back into the workforce, particularly if you’ve been a stay-at-home mom for many years, or if you’re planning a career change and want to test out your new career before going full-force into a new career.
Let’s say that you have a specific area of expertise that you’d like to pursue professionally, but you don’t want to commit yourself to a full-time or even a part-time position. A freelance project is the ultimate in work flexibility. Not only do you get to choose which company or client you work for, but you also determine how frequently you’ll work and for how long each time. So if you only want to work during the months of May and June so you can save up for your family’s vacation to Punta Cana come August, freelance projects help you to do just that.
Many stay-at-home moms are concerned about reentering the workforce because they mistakenly believe that work is an all-or-nothing deal. With the great advances in work flexibility, moms who are looking to onramp can find a variety of work scenarios (such as telecommuting, part-time jobs, flexible schedule positions, and even freelance gigs) that can allow them to work professionally and still be there for their families, too.