It can feel impossible to have it all, especially as a mom. You want to have a career, contribute to your family, and dedicate time to your kids. That elusive balance can feel unattainable. However, thanks to the growing gig economy, it has never been easier to achieve.
Take Advantage of the Gig Economy
If your life is subject to last-minute changes and can be unpredictable, then the gig economy can be your greatest resource. These are the types of services that you request when you need them, such as Uber or Airbnb. The majority of these gigs have websites or apps where you can sign up for work. The best part: you create your schedule and decide what jobs to accept.
You can drive people around your city or town, run other people’s errands, or rent out a spare room whenever you feel like it. Dog walking and dog sitting is quickly become a popular part of the gig economy and is great for working moms. It is an excellent way to earn extra income at your own pace. You can even decide what type of dogs you are comfortable with.
Look at Your Strengths
If you’re feeling a little more ambitious or can commit more time to develop your side hustle, consider a skill you already have that you can turn into a business venture. Are you a good writer? Try freelance blogging. Photographer? Look into event photography. Excellent coordinator? Consider becoming a virtual assistant.
You can also turn your talents into something teachable, such as offering music or art classes out of your home. Entrepreneur even recommends putting your knowledge to use by becoming an online expert. Although you may start out with low rates, with the right amount of planning and growth, you can charge higher rates and earn more money. However, to make that happen, you have to be willing and ready to put in that effort.
The Elusive Work/Life Balance
The hardest thing for any working parent is finding the right work/life balance. It can be even more difficult if you are working out of your home. Oftentimes, work can easily blend into life, and life can blend into work — and then everything will suffer. This is why it is vital that you master your time management skills. The Balance Careers encourages working moms to set a schedule and create a routine to help craft a natural work/life balance.
When it is time to work, you need to work. When it is time for your family, be with your family. Set aside your own office space, and make it clear to your kids that they are not to disturb you unless it is an emergency. To make this easier, try and be upfront with your kids and help them manage their expectations. Keep in mind that if they are old enough while you are transitioning to working, they may take time to adjust to no longer being your sole attention.
Adjusting to a Working Life
You may need time adjusting to the working world, and that’s perfectly okay. Help yourself get in the zone by making sure you get dressed and resist the temptation to stay in your pajamas all day. You should also try turning off social media and limiting distractions. For those days when you’re really struggling, bribe yourself. Your kids don’t have to be the only ones rewarded for getting things done. You deserve some rewards, too.
Take Your Time
As with any transition, it can take time to get used to. Try to be patient with your family and with yourself. With the right amount of persistence, you’ll get there. Now, get to work!
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