As moms, we spend so much of our time taking care of other people that it is all too easy to let ourselves take a back seat to everyone else’s needs. But like the flight attendants say in the preflight instructions, you’ve got to put your own oxygen mask on before your child’s.
Self-care is just as important to help you do your best job as a mom as meeting all of your child’s (many) needs is. After all, no one understands how important your own needs are more than you do.
Whether you work outside of the home or stay at home with your kids, who wouldn’t love the opportunity to make more money on their own terms? Here are a few opportunities worth considering:
Mentor Young Professionals
While many recent college graduates may seem to have it all figured out, many of them are struggling under the surface, unsure if they’ve made the right choices and how to redirect their endeavors. Beyond that, the current generation is leaving college with unrealistic expectations of the real world, thanks to the Insta-perfect culture that many portray on social media.
Harness your maternal instincts and focus them in a more career-oriented direction by career coaching young professionals in an industry that you have experience in. You can help polish resumes, suss out strengths and weaknesses, and help advise on how to overcome professional challenges to help clients learn the big career lessons sooner to help them find success faster. All you need to get started is a placeholder website, strategic social media accounts and to build a small network within your local university community.
Find Flexible Work at an Established Company
If being your own boss sounds great, but starting completely from scratch on your own is beyond your bandwidth, find independent opportunities at an established company. For instance, you could launch your own business through a well-known company such as Amway, selling quality products from a brand that has a respected heritage of offering partners support and mentorship to earn success. Going this route can really offer you the best of both worlds: the independence and flexibility to work on your own terms, while also having the support of a seasoned team that understands your challenges and questions and can offer you the benefit of their experience.
Look for the Right Culture
Whether you are looking to re-enter the workforce after a decade at home with your kids or you want to find a more family-friendly gig after your maternity leave, finding work in a company that understands and values the needs of motherhood can be challenging. Après is an online networking community that aims to ease this challenge for moms by working exclusively with companies that are understanding of career breaks and the flexibility that parents often require to do their best work both in and out of the office. The site can help connect you with freelance, part-time or full-time work or even a returnship to help you gain the necessary experience in today’s market to realize your full potential in a new career. In addition to the job board, Après also offers a ton of expert advice content, online courses, and career coaching. While content and many of the career resources are free, full access to the job search feature of Après is $49 per year.
From launching your own career coaching practice and starting a business through a well-known brand to find the best new family-friendly job opportunities, these are just a few options to help you find your best career path that can be balanced alongside motherhood.