Many mothers find returning to work difficult. Some struggle to leave their children. Others find it hard to afford childcare to allow them to work, especially those with more than one child, and some women find that a lack of flexibility in the workplace makes it impossible to return to their old jobs.
This lack of flexibility can mean that once your children start school when you finally reach the point where you think your balancing act will get easier, things actually become more difficult. Many schools nowadays offer before and after school clubs, but, these only provide care at precise times. Often between 8 am and 5:30 pm. If you need to be at work for 8 or can’t leave until after 5 pm, working can actually be harder than ever. Especially if you also have a younger child in childcare in a different setting.
However, many women either need to or want to work. This can make things difficult, and many of us spend time daydreaming about starting our own businesses. About working hours to suit our family’s needs but also of offering other women the chance for truly flexible employment. Well, it’s by no means impossible. There are many businesses that you could start yourself, enabling you to find that happy medium between mother and working women. Here’s a look at some fantastic options to consider.
If childcare is your largest stumbling block, why not do it yourself? Then, you’d be looking after your own children, as well as offering other mothers the chance to return to work. Many mothers start work as childminders, providing care out of their own home. But, if your home isn’t suitable, or you want to expand your business idea look at Childcare 4 sale and consider opening your own nursery or childcare setting.
There are more home working opportunities than there have ever been before, and it gives you an excellent chance to work around your family, flexibly, from home. You’ll be able to fit it school runs, keep younger children at home and work when you need to. You could start a blog to make money, work as a freelance writer or designer, make money doing online surveys or market research. Or, you could make money selling, either your own products and crafts, those you have bought wholesale or those of another brand as a sales rep. Some other great options include catering, event planning, social media management or VA work.
Tutoring offers you a great option to work from home, or out of the house flexibly when you want to. You don’t have to be a genius or have great qualifications to be a tutor. You just need patience and knowledge. You could tutor younger children in subjects like math and English, or older children in more specialist subjects. You could also tutor in languages, teach a musical instrument or even consult for businesses if you have experience in a particular field.
When it comes to starting your own business or working for yourself from home, it’s always a good idea to think about what you are good at and what you enjoy before you start.
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