Going back into the workplace as a parent can be daunting. Being out of the workplace can make you feel like you are starting all over again from scratch. But, if you feel like maybe getting back to your pre-child career, there is nothing stopping you from starting afresh and changing your career, or in creating the perfect career for you. Choosing to work from home after your maternity leave ends is a viable option.
Being able to create a flexible working routine around your family isn’t impossible these days, in fact, now more than ever, the level of flexibility offered to new parents, or those growing their family is greater than before.
There is a way to go before this is something that is universal and not frowned upon, but if you are thinking of making the change, now could be the perfect time for you.
So what are your options should you decide to choose to work from home after your maternity leave ends? How about one of two options below for you, or even both of them!
Turn Your Hobby into a Career
Are you crafty or have skills in the kitchen? Finding what you are good at and seeing how you can make it a reliable income is something many people are doing these days. Working from home around your family allows you to take care of your children and be there for all those important milestones you don’t want to miss.
It won’t be easy, you need to consider if you will still enjoy doing what you do when you have to do it for an income. It may be fun now, but make sure you think realistically about your future if you decide to go ahead with this.
You may also need to get some equipment to help you meet the demand. Based on the type of product or service you are offering this could be expensive. Are you creative with words and can create a catchy quote or a cute illustration? How about creating and selling artwork, prints or even buttons – you will need a button badge maker to help you create your own badges.
In some cases, you can start little or no financial outlay.
Can you apply your skills to other areas such as creating an online business? Starting out as a Virtual Assistant can help you put your existing knowledge into use and help other businesses meet their goals in a way that works for you.
Think accounting, social media management, running websites, writing copy and any other areas you are proficient in. This will allow you to carve your own working hours around your client’s needs and work from home.
Have you ever thought about starting a blog? A blog can be a great creative outlet and at some point turn into something you can earn money doing. It isn’t guaranteed and it takes a lot of work to build and maintain your audience. But, if you are consistent and constantly developing your blog and social media accounts, your blog could become a reliable source of income for you and your family.
Here are some great tips for working from home with kids around as an extra resource.
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