In years past, our options were limited to either-or. The most balance we could find was taking a part-time position, so that we could stay at home with our children some of the time, while they spent the rest of the time in a daycare setting or with a close friend or relative while mom worked.
There are a few potential problems with this scenario. Many part-time positions involve evening and weekend hours, which can take away from quality family time. They also typically don’t pay well, often barely covering the cost of daycare, making it seem silly to bother in the first place. Probably most importantly, it’s difficult to find a part-time position that utilizes your talents and skills. While some may argue that this age-old debate is centered around what’s best for your children, it’s also true that many moms struggle with the decision about returning to work for other reasons. While they want to be there for their children, they also really enjoyed their careers and fear they will miss the mental stimulation and the feeling of self-worth that comes with having a successful career.
It’s for this group of women that the option of working from home is usually the perfect balance between the working life and the mom life: Women who were successful in their careers, but recognize the importance of being with your children when they’re young. It’s now possible to have a thriving career while still being at home with your children, by turning your experience in the workforce, your expertise and your talents into a successful independent consulting career.
While it takes time to build a network of potential clients that keep your cash flow fairly consistent, the advantages to being able to work from home, take care of your children, and possibly make more money than you would working for one employer are well worth the time and effort it takes upfront. The options are endless; with the internet being so prevalent, your potential clients could be anywhere in the world. You can run a consulting business entirely via email and phone, without ever leaving your home. If you crave adult social interaction, you can choose to work on-site for some clients a few days a week.
Today, there are independent consultants in many fields; corporate trainers, web designers, writers, management consultants, technology professionals, and even freelance attorneys. You can turn any set of skills, or even a hidden passion that you didn’t use during your years of working for an employer, into a successful consulting career. Your biggest task is to market your business and build a client base. Thanks to organizations like http://www.mbopartners.com”>MBO Partners, it’s easier than ever to run a consulting business from home while raising your children, because working with an employer-of-record service, such as MBO, eliminates the need to set up a formal business structure, and saves valuable time by invoicing clients and handling collections on your behalf. That means moms can spend their working time on core business activities that bring revenue: marketing and client projects, and spend the rest of your day focusing on your children while someone else handles the back-office functions.
For some moms, working outside the home is the best solution for their needs, and for others, staying at home and focusing entirely on their children is the right answer. But for the rest of us, who have had successful careers, enjoy what we do for a living, and want to continue to stay engaged with their profession, freelancing and consulting provides the flexibility, earning power, and work-life balance that is perfect for our needs.