Mom - you've got potential.
After the Great Recession, individuals had to go back to the drawing board on how to cultivate more income. For many, being a stay at home mom without working simply wasn't viable.
As a result, supplemental income has become a norm in households across the country. How is it possible for a woman to work full time, raise a family while maintaining a home (and her sanity)? For many, the answer could be simple - independent consulting.
The core perks of entrepreneurship are persuasive:
You are your own boss
You make your own hours, which allows for an ultimate flexible work schedule
You can work from home - or anywhere that has an established Wifi connection
Moving away from traditional work and into independent consulting is a perfect way for women to still "do it all." After all, it is the decade of women's empowerment, right?
A recent article by Working Woman Report tells a story of Michelle Woo, who thought she had it all - especially work-life balance. However, she came to realize over time that she hardly even knew her kids because she spent so much time at the office; her in-laws were helping to raise them a little too often. She quit her job and took some time for her family. When she did finally return to work, she had a few new stipulations. "Among them was that I had to work from home, have flexible hours, and my children came first." Her new job had a family-friendly policy that allowed her to balance her career dreams with more involvement in her children's lives.
It sounds nice, but not every workplace has philosophically caught up to Michelle's employer.
Fortunately, technology has granted us the possibility to be two places at once. A working mother can be at her daughter's dance recital seconds after solving global conflicts on a teleconference with the Department of Defense. It is this technology that enables us to pursue independence.
In addition to work-life balance, independence carries financial perks, such as writing off business expenses. A certified home office can be written off in many states, and it also permits one to expense office equipment and mileage. And moms - you can even write off dependent care. Who doesn't love lowering their taxable income?
In addition, unlike the still male-dominated boardrooms in corporate offices, women make up 53% of the independent consulting workforce. Forbes Woman recently claimed, "When we look at women as a global economic force, a picture of unprecedented potential becomes visible." What I ask is - how much of that potential can be realized out of your home office from your solo business?
There are 1,218 "Work at Home Moms Meetup" groups on www.meetup.com, spanning 22 countries and 683 cities. If you are interested in meeting other local moms who also work at home, juggle a career and children, check it out.
So Mom, remember to embrace your power as an influential woman. You can have it all, if that's really what you want. For women in the independent workforce, the world is at your fingertips. You just have to reach out and grab it.
Meghan Moul is a Consulant Services Advisor at MBO Partners. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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