The theory going around is that working mothers can’t have it all, meaning if you’re a mom, you supposedly can’t work a full-time job and spend quality time with your children.
Magazines and news reports are touting this fact over and over, and moms are falling for the hype.
A recent report called The Working Mother Report found some similarities between working inside or outside the home, with guilt as a common factor.
“Working moms (51 percent) feel guilty about not spending enough time with their kids. And stay-at-home moms (55 percent) worry about not making a contribution to the family finances,” the report found.
But many of the guilt-ridden judgments don’t come from an unsympathetic manager, competitive co-worker or demanding spouse.
“Women overwhelmingly say, ‘I am my own worst critic.’ This response, selected by 49 percent of working mothers and 47 percent of stay-at-home moms, is at least 10 percentage points higher than runner-up responses,” the report said.
But you can do both.
Oh sure, maybe you can’t work for the White House, but if you look hard enough you might find a gig at a Fortune 500 company for which your desk is located in your house. You just have to know where to look for telecommuting jobs.
Of course there are jewelry sales and make-up companies such as Mary Kaye and Avon where you have to spend money to make money, but there are also 40 hours a week jobs that pay big paychecks.
Ignore the job announcements/scams stapled to telephone poles promising thousands of dollars a week. Go straight to Craigslist. There is an often overlooked Craigslist feature that makes looking for remote work easy. Here’s how to do it.
Head to the Craigslist site of the city that will more likely have the type of work you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for web design, check out San Francisco, Boston, New York, Austin, etc. Because it’s remote work, any city is fair game.
Once on the homepage of the city, click your job category from the list.
At the top of the job listings, click the box for “Telecommute” and click “Search.”
Sylvia Turner of Oceanside works 40 hours a week as a medical biller at home earning a good paycheck and making her own schedule.
“I thought it was a scam when I first saw the ads to be trained as a medical biller seven years ago when my son was born,” she said. “But I called and checked it out with the Better Business Bureau, and after I was certified I got a job. Then I looked at Craigslist and found two more jobs and then four. I work a lot late at night but the great part is that I can hang out with my kids when they’re home.”
Another great site is WAHM.com, or their Twitter address
@therealwahm where jobs such as coding compliance auditor, financial adviser, entry level upgrade consultant and more can be found.
One site called Work-at-Home.com is a little tougher to navigate, but there are great leads on the webpage. Worldwide Work at Home has an excellent job board that finds various telecommuting jobs from places like Monster.com and posts them into categories for easy browsing for moms, dads and job seekers who like to work in their sweats or for people who hate to go outside.
So moms, you might not be able to ‘have it all,’ but who the heck wants to have it all?
All you want is the chance to raise your children and the opportunity to work a decent paying job. So instead of vacuuming the house, check out these jobs… and stop feeling guilty.