Why Can’t We Rock the Cradle and Walk Our Dreams Side by Side?
This blog is originally written by one of the remote workers of our network – Shweta Jain, as a tribute to all the working mothers who are doing their best to balance both sides of their lives.
“Remote work” or “Work from home” are terms that to some extent offer wings to a girl to fly a bit higher within the sky, follow her dreams while not undergoing the guilt of leaving her world behind. Her small nest is her world. To not be able to be physically present at home the majority of the time, really deprives her to be there for the most precious possessions of her life.
Remote jobs are on the rise. And because remote work will usually cause more significant flexibility, more and more moms are jumping on the remote work bandwagon.
I’ve been operating remotely for over six years currently.
And in that time, I have nurtured my kids and saw them all the way from kindergarten to junior school without having to put them in daycare. Not once!
I like to think about all the money I saved as a remote working mom, but the most important was being part of all the major landmarks because I was at home with them and not restrained to a cubicle 8+ hours a day.
You too may be considering a switch to remote work. And luckily, there are plenty of remote jobs for moms (and dads too), 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?
To be honest, raising a family is time-consuming. Whether you’re a single parent, co-parenting, or somewhere in between, parenting is a 24*7 job.
And even though the number of stay-at-home moms is not as high as it was in the 1960-70s, it’s still an attractive option for many families. Firstly, it allows a mom the freedom to spend more time with her kids. And it also gives women the convenience to build their careers while maintaining a household.
So, who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
And, of course, several benefits come with a flexible remote job that gives you the best of both worlds as a stay-at-home mom and a breadwinner. There are many jobs with work from home options especially designed for women. It helps in balancing both professional and personal life especially if one has small kids to look after.
Perks of work from home Moms are:
1.Flexibility: You can plan your schedule so that both office and household chores are completed in time.
2. Reduce time to travel: The daily commute from office to home and home to office. Facing traffic jams and delays is a big pain which does not exist in working from home.
3. Saving on pocket: Work from home does not require any specific dress code or formal wear. For ladies, it is a great saving on their pocket.
4. More time with your children and family: You can spend more time with your children and family. You can see your little one completing every development milestone like the 1st walk, 1st word he/she spoke.
- It provides children with an academic edge.
- It is beneficial to both non-school age and school-age children.
- Less childhood stress, anxiety, and aggression.
5. Saving on office rent: If you are not working for a company and have your own office, working from home will help you to save the office rent.
- Fewer turnover rates
- Greater employee satisfaction
- Lower overhead costs
I wish more “work from home “opportunities would appease to more lives and allow women to not only nurture their world but live their dreams side by side. Allow them to lay the warm cooked meals to the kids, snuggle them more often, and also be present in the board room. To be there for the ailing member of her little world rather leaving them longing, to rush for the office in time. To be able to hold the little fingers more often than punching the swipe cards in offices. Technology has blown to its maximum size. Why not use it to the good to maximize this concept and affix its size? Why should not companies think about it and segregate more profiles of these types only to add to such jobs that are “work from home”? Why can’t one get the fun of both lives? Hold a career and still care and nurture her child.
When you are armed with how to spot a real job from a scam, where do you uncover this great work from home opportunities? Thanks to the Internet, apps to connect a company with remote workers, and the progression of a more flexible work economy, these jobs can easily be found if you know where to look. And for employers looking to hire these work-from-home moms, these sites offer great talent pools.
Find The Right Balance For Yourself
It is not necessary that all remote jobs for moms are created equal. Some will require a 40-hour-a-week commitment with set hours that make it challenging to find time for family. Yes, you’ll save time and money every day without having to commute to an office, but you won’t have the flexibility.
For example, if you have an infant in your care, you need something flexible. That way you can work around feedings and nap time. Freelancing often offers the most flexible way for moms to work remotely when you have younger kids.
For moms with older, school-aged kids, a part-time or full-time remote employee position may be a better fit. These types of jobs are like traditional office jobs — set hours, steady pay, and benefits — without a daily commute.
Moms may even yearn to be mompreneurs — they start a blog. A small business. Or another type of income-generator from the ground up. The possibilities here are ENDLESS. Get creative. Do what you love, and follow it with the wildness only a mother can!!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY – More power to you all.
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