Going back to work after you’ve had a child, even when they’re already in daycare or school can be more of a struggle than you perhaps thought it would be before you had children or made the decision to go back to work.
On the one hand, you love working and need the mental stimulation of doing something for yourself each day and having adult conversation. However, you also feel like you want to be able to contribute financially to raising your family, and you know that bills have to be paid.
Unfortunately, you can often find yourself quite limited in terms of the hours you’re able to work because you need to be there to pick your children up from daycare or school. You may also find yourself having to take days off here and there when your children are sick, and if you don’t have an understanding employer, this can cause issues.
If you’re looking for a career that allows you to make a decent amount of money but still have the flexibility to be there when your children need to, then you do have options. Keep reading for some ideas.
Daycare or School Teacher
Working in a daycare facility or school is a perfect job for parents because you’re going to be in school at the same time as they are and then finishing at the same time as they are, and this can work even better if they’re attending the same daycare as you work in!
If you’re not looking to work in a school or daycare facility as an employee, but still like the idea of it, then you could consider opening a private daycare from your home and running it as your own business. It’s a great way to make money and be flexible. You’ll need crucial elements like daycare liability insurance, meet the correct regulations and have inspections carried out to ensure you’re running a real daycare facility and that you have a safe place for children to be. If you pass all of those checks, then you can get started quite easily, and it’s something that many parents need.
Rideshare or Delivery Driver
In the last few years, companies like Uber and Lyft have made it possible for people to make extra money on their own time by merely using their car to take people where they want to go. So, if you own a car and have some extra time during the day where you would like to be making money, then why not see if you could become an Uber or Lyft driver? It’s completely flexible, and you can choose where and when you work.
Even if you don’t have your own vehicle, you could work for a company like Amazon or UPS as a delivery driver throughout the day.
Call Center Rep
If you have a friendly telephone manner and some experience in customer service, you could think about finding work in a call center. These usually cater well to working parents because they offer things like flexi-time and the typically operate around the clock, so it’s not a rigid 9-5 job and you can work shifts that suit your family better.