Back to Work

It can be a tough decision when you are considering the options of going back to work or continuing to stay home. For some moms, it can be especially challenging if you have not had an established career before the kids came. Here’s an email from a local mom looking to go back to work soon:Advertisement

I am currently a SAHM and am thinking that it’s time I go get a job, but I don’t know where to start. I started having kids when I was 21 and I don’t have much work experience. I’ve been out of a job for close to ten years now and am afraid to enter back into something that I was never really a part of. Now that I have kids and they are all in school I feel like I want to create a life for myself but still have some flexibility to be there when they need me. This is where I am struggling the most. I don’t want to not be there for my kids and am wondering if there are any family friendly companies in the Austin area that I can try to get a job at? I live north and don’t mind driving as far as downtown or even out to Round Rock/ Georgetown.  

Catherine Prystup
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5 Comments on Back to Work

  1. this is a tough place to be! i feel for this mommy. work-at-home opportunities offer the most flexibility, but there are a lot of scams out there. i’m not clear if this mommmy’s looking for a career, per se, or “just” a job. medical transcription might be a good avenue to research for work-at-home opportunities.

    ACC offers a TON of continuing education classes and interesting degrees if starting from scratch is an option or interest.

    working as a teacher’s aid or library aid might be something to look into as well…that would keep this mommy’s hours the same as the kids’ school day without the added work of taking home papers to grade and lesson plans to develop.

    wishing this mommy lots of luck!

  2. Being a substitute teacher at your kids school is a good option but not sure if you need any college for that….

  3. Why not start with some training? You could go to school while your kids are in school for a couple of years and ease your way back in.

  4. I was talking to a woman the other day in a similiar situation. Craigslist has lots of postings and with a resume online you can send it in without too much discomfort. You can use volunteer activities, organizations you are involved in and you can pitch yourself. Online is fairly harmless with a sense of humor…Places in retail will let you start jobs without too much experience, they hire our kids. The good thing is once you open the door you will be surprised at the ideas that come walking in.

  5. Before venturing out into that cold, cruel work world, why not investigate work-at-home options? I am a stay-at-home mom of three girls, the oldest just turned 4. We live in Kyle. Day care for three little ones would be way too expensive, and I like being home with them anyway. It was tough going from two incomes to one though, so I searched the ‘net looking for work-at-home opportunities and found an awesome 23-year-old, award-winning company in the wellness industry. I now have my own home-based business without any of the hassles like employees to pay or overhead costs (other than long distance phone and high-speed internet). There was also no large investment required to get started like most businesses and franchise opportunities. I love what I do, and I would be happy to tell you all about it so you can decide if it might be right for you too!

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