written by: Gwen Payne
Gwen Payne is a stay-at-home mom with an entrepreneurial spirit. Over the years, she has mastered raising her two daughters while side hustling to success through small ventures based on her passions — from dog walking to writing to ecommerce. With Invisiblemoms.com she hopes to show other stay-at-home parents how they can achieve their business-owning dreams.
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Moms are pretty impressive.
For centuries, women have been fighting for their position in the workplace. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has put that progress at risk. The pandemic has disproportionately affected women’s careers. This is due, in large part, to reduced (or eliminated) childcare. However, this is an era unlike any before it, and staying home doesn’t necessarily mean giving up work. Here are some ideas you can use to keep your career on rails during the pandemic (and beyond):
Run Your Own Business
One of the best ways for you to take control of your career is to start your own business. This is one of the best times for the intrepid entrepreneur. The world is changing, and the market is changing with it. Companies that emerge meeting the unique needs of the moment can make a big impact.
Keep the world’s needs in mind as you decide what your business should be. Focus on digital connections – companies that can function without in-person meetings have a distinct advantage right now. Think about remote workflows, as well as what kinds of services or products clients can use from a distance. This will give you a big edge in the industry, especially if you work in a field that hasn’t quite adjusted to virtual business yet.
Finally, make sure you have all your legal ducks in a row when it comes to running your own business. Take a look at local laws, and check your state’s business registry to make sure you’re using a unique name. You should also register as an LLC as you establish your business. This is a great way to protect your personal assets.
Search for Flexible Work
If you’re not interested in running a whole business, you could also try to focus your job search on flexible scheduling options. First, know that not all “flexible schedule” jobs are created equal. In some cases, such as retail or food service, “flexible” typically means you can define the hours you’re available, and you should be flexible within those windows. This isn’t exactly ideal for a parent, for whom structure and consistency are of the utmost importance.
Instead, you should look for opportunities where the company is willing to be flexible for you. Many remote companies have an “if the work is done, the when doesn’t matter” philosophy. You can guarantee you get this type of workflow by freelancing. When you take on contract work, you are in charge of determining your workload, and when you do it. This means you can easily schedule your work around your family’s needs, instead of the other way around.
Consider Skilled Volunteering
Although you almost certainly want to make extra income, paid work isn’t the only way you can keep your career moving while you’re out of a full-time job. Skilled volunteering is a great way to keep your resume fresh while making a difference for a cause you care about.
Nonprofits often have a relatively easy time finding volunteers to do physical tasks. However, they also need people who can do things like run social media accounts, balance budgets, and write grants. Some nonprofits can afford a full-time staffer for these jobs, but others rely on skilled volunteers – and that could be you. If you’re financially stable, but want to keep your career current, look into some skilled volunteering opportunities in your area.
Working moms are facing major challenges right now, but they can overcome them. In today’s ever-connected age, there are a ton of opportunities for people who want to work from home, at their own pace. Whether you run your own business, work for someone else, or volunteer your skills for an organization in need, you can keep your career going despite the pandemic.