The decision to return to work is one all parents face – be it six weeks or six years after their child is born. All moms are different, but every single one of us could use some extra cash at some point or other, which is one of the many reasons why parents go to work when their kids are small.
Whether you work full-time or manage a series of side hustles, balancing work and childcare is a genuine struggle. One way to make the work/life divide a little easier is to search for a flexible job. That way, you’re not tied into a 9-5, and you can juggle your timetable around the needs of your kids.
A flexible job might seem like the answer to all of your prayers, but do such jobs even exist – and if so, where do you find them? Here are some flexible career options to inspire your job search.
Why not put your organizational skills to good use and become somebody’s virtual assistant? VA tasks include sending emails, answering calls, arranging meetings and booking travel for entrepreneurs and executives. You won’t’ need any specialized equipment, just your smartphone and laptop. You can find freelance assistant roles on job boards and by emailing any professional contacts you already have.
If you’re looking for shift work, waiting tables in the evenings is a great way to earn some extra cash. Not only will you get to know people from all walks of life, but you’ll also have fun doing it. Remember: you’ll earn more in tips during busier shifts, so your income will be variable, but the hours are well suited to many parents due to their flexible nature. If you’re looking for waitressing jobs, you can search Gumtree for new jobs in Glasgow in the restaurant sector, and condense search result by the industry you’re looking for or through keywords.
If you have experience in beauty (or you’re happy to take a short course), you could become a professional beautician working from home, in a salon, or by traveling to the homes of others. People always need hairdressers, make-up artists and nail technicians, so opportunities for work are endless. Plus, with so many social media platforms and free website builders, it’s easier than ever to set up your online business and start building a portfolio. So what are you waiting for?
More and more accountants now work remotely, and a career in accounting is about as stable as it gets. Small businesses and entrepreneurs will always need someone to balance the books for them and do their taxes, and that someone could be you. You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting (and preferably a background in accounting or finance), but if you have the skills and experience, nothing is stopping you making some serious money while working around your family commitments.
A flexible job will allow you to earn extra money while setting your own schedule. If you’re looking for a part-time or full-time job, Gumtree and other Internet job boards will help you keep all of your job search information in one handy place – making the divide between work and family life that little bit clearer.