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How To Re-Enter The Workforce As A Work From Home Parent

Ready to become a work from home parent? It’s not an easy decision to make. But, when you do get there, it can be even more difficult to take the first step. How do you even get started? What jobs are out there? Will anybody even hire you to work from home? These are all questions that will creep into your mind as you think about becoming a work from home parent. The good news is, you can overcome these common roadblocks and become a work from home parent. It just takes a little courage and a whole lot of patience to get there. 1. Network  As a parent to littles, your network may feel a lot smaller than, say, when you were working. That’s okay. You can easily build your network and use it to help you land a remote job.  To start out, hop on LinkedIn, create a powerful profile and make connections. A great place to start are those other parents you’ve been spending so much time with. Don’t forget about family members too! You can also connect with former coworkers, if you’d like. Otherwise, get social. Join LinkedIn Groups that are related to your field. There are dozens to choose from. Start connecting with other members in those groups. They can be great sources of job leads in the near future! Before you know it, your online network will be much larger than you ever anticipated. And, this will certainly work in your favor. Remember, it’s estimated that up to 85% of jobs are never advertised. Instead, these job openings are filled from referrals.  The greater your network, the greater your chances of being referred for an open position!  2. Volunteer  Worried about such a large gap in employment? No problem! Get out there and volunteer. Doing so can help put recent relevant experience on your resume. And it generally makes you look like a good person!  If you can, find a volunteer position that’s relevant to the type of job you hope to land. For example, offer to do the newsletter for a local company…

Why You’ll Love Remote Work As A Mom (And How You Can Find Your First At-Home Job)

Remote jobs are on the rise. In fact, a recent survey found that 47% of American workers worked remotely at least some of the time. And because remote work can often lead to greater flexibility, more and more moms are jumping on the remote work bandwagon. Myself included! I’ve been working remotely for more than six years now. And in that time, I gave birth to my son and saw him all the way to kindergarten without having to put him in daycare. Not once! I love to think about all the money I saved as a remote working mom, but it’s also nice to think about all the major milestones I was apart of because I was at home with him and not confined to a cubicle 8+ hours a day. You too may be contemplating a switch to remote work for the sake of your family (and sanity!). And fortunately, there are plenty of remote jobs for moms (and dads), you can use to keep your career warm, contribute to finances, and generally enjoy the ride of motherhood while keeping your own identity. What Makes Remote Work Attractive To Moms? Let’s be honest, raising a family is time consuming. Whether you’re a single parent, coparenting, or somewhere in between, parenting is a 24/7/365 job. And even though the number of stay-at-home moms is not nearly as high as it was in the 40s, it’s still an attractive option for many families. For one, it allows a mom an opportunity to spend more time with her kids. But it also gives women an opportunity to build their careers while maintaining a household. Because who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? And, of course, there are a number of benefits that comes with a flexible remote job that give you the best of both worlds as a stay-at-home mom and breadwinner. Benefits Of Stay At Home Parenting Stay-at-home moms bring a lot of value to their families. True, it saves a ton of money on expensive child care (the average family spends nearly $10,000 annually on…

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