Think Outside the Box: 5 Flexible Jobs for Millennial Moms
Quite often, I hear struggles from moms who try to re-start their career after a few years at home. For one, they feel left out from the workplace for so long that they don't have enough confidence to compete and succeed in the process of job hunting. The other struggle is that they couldn't find jobs with the right amount of flexibility to meet their family needs, such as sick time, family emergencies, and no schools during summertime, etc.
So what kind of jobs provide the most flexibility for stay-at-home moms with a potentially successful career?
Working as a virtual assistant is not only flexible on working schedule but also on work locations. You can choose to work from home, coffee shops or co-working space. The variety of job functions range from scheduling appointment to answering phone calls, from graphic designs to digital media management. Most of virtual assistant jobs are hourly paid, part-time or full-time positions. It might have a requirement of experience in specific industry but it depends on the types of companies. Some of the places to look for virtual assistant jobs are: REMOTE.CO and Flex Jobs. People have VA experience have higher chance landing a job in office/community manager or executive assistant roles.
If you have a creative eye and like to take pictures everywhere you go, a job as photographer is perfect for you. Photographer is needed in many fields of industry, such as news/journalism, food, fashion, entertainment, real estates and special events, etc. Time and location are highly flexible, especially when you work remotely or as a freelancer. You don't need a degree in journalism to become a photographer, but the ability of telling a story through images and an impressive portfolio are both essential to become a successful photographer.
As a new mom, getting back to shape is one of my personal goals in the first year of motherhood. Fitness club is not only a workout place for body building, but also an excellent place for social bonding and empowerment. One of my favorite part is talking to instructors from different classes and learning about how flexible their work is. Some of them teach 1-2 classes a week in the same club, while others teach 7-8 classes in different locations. The pay rate is hourly and different depending on where one works. Besides flexibility, other perks of teaching fitness classes are free gym membership, working while listening to favorite music, and making money while doing exercises. Though challenges exist (like training and obtaining certificates, safety education, and recovery from muscle injuries), one of the most rewarding points, according to the instructors I talked to, is actually connecting with students and influencing their lifestyle about health and wellness.
As consumers nowadays, especially millennials are highly digital and active in social media platforms, companies/brands spend more money on digital marketing campaigns, which leads to a trending profession as social media influencer. If you have a unique voice and a strong online presence, no matter in which platform (Blogger/content creator, Vlogger on YouTube, or influencer on Instagram), brands may reach out to you for collaborations. The opportunity and flexibility are promising and limitless. However, it does take some time to build a highly engaged online presence and credibility. The pay rate for marketing influencer is variable and may not be rewarding at the beginning, but joining an influencer group or an affiliate program is an easy way to start. Here are some popular and trendy programs for marketing influencers: Amazon Influencer Program, Influenster, Bloglovin'.
Have you heard of the phrase "#Girlboss", a trendy tag on social media? It is also a Netflix show based on Sophia Amoruso's autobiography, about her online clothing store "Nasty Gal", and how she becomes the girl boss. Websites, like Amazon and Ebay, have provided tremendous convenience to consumers as well as business owners. E-commerce is not a sophisticated concept any more. If you have a product to sell or a unique service to provide, you can start your own business on the internet. The ultimate flexibility is to work for yourself. The freedom is maximum, but the risk is also the highest. A lot of research, study, and long-term/short-term planning need to be considered. However, with proper education, strong dedication, and progressive networking, it is not impossible to become an entrepreneur and run a successful online business.
"Being a woman in business doesn't come without challenges. My advice? Surrounded yourself with other women that support you, share ideas and get motivated." --Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest CompanyI believe woman can have a successful career while being a great wife/mom for your family. No matter what you choose to do, if it makes you happy and valuable to the world, it definitely worths trying! Don't let anything stop you from pursuing your dream.