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How to Decide Which Work-from-Home Schedule Is Right for You


No matter what your choice is, it's important to be realistic about what you need your job to do for your family so you can be the best work-at-home employee possible.

The kids are back in school, and your hubby is gone most of the day at work. Now, you feel, is the time for you to get back into the swing of things and find a telecommuting job so you can earn some extra cash (in time for the holidays!). But if you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, you might not be sure what type of schedule you’ll really need. After all, you don’t want to overcommit—and wind up quitting. Here’s how to decide which work-from-home job schedule is right for you.

Full-time work-from-home

If you’re considering diving full-force into full-time work at home, there are some things you need to consider. Even if you have a flexible schedule, you’ll still need to be able to dedicate about eight hours daily to your job. Naturally, it makes sense to try to work during the hours that your kids are in school, but you’ll need to keep your schedule (and your kids’ schedules) in mind, too. If they’re involved in sports that run late into the evenings, it could make meeting your daily deadlines difficult. This option is also good for work-at-home moms who have already had a telecommuting position and know what it takes to work from home.

Part-time work-from-home

If you’re looking to squeeze your workday into the hours that your kids are in school, then this is the ideal option for you. Typical part-time hours might be from 8-2 or from 9-3, which are perfect if you’re looking to meet your child’s school bus, or if you have to chauffeur him to other after-school activities. The bonus with this type of schedule is that your workday ends right when Mommy duties pick up again. Conversely, you may opt to get a part-time job that has night hours so you can tuck your kiddos into bed—and then start your work shift from home.

Flexible schedule work-from-home

Let’s say that no two days are the same for you. One day you might be on a class trip with your second grader, and the next day you may only be able to work starting at 11:00 p.m. You need a job that gives you complete flexibility with your hours, and that’s what you’ll find with a flexible schedule. You own your own hours and aren’t locked into a set schedule. This type of job might also be good for new moms who are up at 3:00 a.m. after a feeding and could potentially get some work done!

Ultimately, the type of work-from-home schedule that you choose will depend on your financial needs and how much time you can devote to your job. No matter what your choice is, it’s important to be realistic about what you need your job to do for your family so you can be the best work-at-home employee possible.

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