How to Build a Career as a Stay-at-home-mom
You are more than “just a mom.”
If I added Mother to my resume, it would probably look something like this:
Professional Summary: Strong, motivated leader, founder of Moms Mish’n. Co-founder of “M & A Lunacy Enterprise” Ambitious and hard-working Executive. Encourages teamwork and equal participation.
- Communicating effectively in all forms of Gibberish
- Supervising Junior Interns
- Educating and providing feedback
- Mediating heated situations
- Refocusing negative energy
- Scheduling appointments for all team members
- Coordinating special events
- Ensuring nutritional meal consumption for team members
- Planning of inventory and ordering necessary supplies
- Consolidating company finances and helping to decrease annual expenses
- Providing clean attire for all team members
- Maintaining sanitary spaces
- Redesigning compacted spaces
- Regulating proper safety measures
- Google University
- Trial & Error Labs
No one is more Ambitious than a Mama on a Mish’n
Since becoming a mother in 2018, one of my main missions was to have a career and still be able to stay with my daughter. I don’t even have to tell you daycare is expensive! After many calculations, it didn’t make sense for me to work just to pay for daycare. I was better off with my baby.
Before becoming a Freelancer, I had worked many side jobs as a stay-at-home mom. I did Instacart, Doordash, and even worked as a caregiver. The food delivery service was nice since I could make my own schedule. However, I actually enjoyed caring for the elderly more. Sometimes, I would take my daughter with me. She was about 18-months and I was 6 months pregnant with my second. We would go pick up our “grandma friend,” as I would call her, and go on an adventure to do whatever errands she had planned for the day.
When the pandemic began. I pretty much lost all my “outside hustles.” That’s when my “indoor hustles” came into place. In a previous blog, I talked about the ways I made over $1,000 from decluttering my apartment. If you haven’t already, definitely check it out. Explore ways you can do both get organized and make extra cash.
According to a study conducted by Welch, studies show mothers work about 98 hours a week. So, why did I want ANOTHER job you ask? Good question. Well, being the go-getter that I am, I wanted to make my own money but more importantly, make my daughters proud. Many mothers have put careers among other accomplishments on hold after having children. Some job roles have even changed.
Thanks to the good ol’ internet there are endless ways to make extra money without even leaving your house. Becoming your own boss has grown into a new trend these days. Especially, since the pandemic.
How I became a Freelancer
Platforms such as UpWork and Fiverr are great places to start looking for freelance work. There are a plethora of job opportunities. Anything from one-time tasks to update someone’s address book to more long time work as a virtual assistant. You can also find work on Craigslist. Almost 80% of the jobs I have had I found on Craigslist including my current position. If you are more hands-on, check out Taskrabbit. There is someone out there willing to pay you just to put a coffee table together!
Nevertheless, the point is there are many options out there for you. Dust off your resume, polish it up, and start your freelancing journey.
The Best Thing I did for Myself and my Family
Looking back 9 months ago when I decided to work full-time, it was the best decision I ever made. I can still remember applying for the position. The Craigslist job post was geared towards college students. Although I was not in college, I decided to apply anyway. I crafted my email around midnight filled with both anxiety and excitement. Normally, I go into detail about my work experience and skills. However, given that it was late and I had been chasing after two babies ALL day, I was exhausted. I briefly introduced myself and explained why my resume had shown my last position was from 3 years prior. After hitting “send email,” I looked up at my husband falling asleep on the couch next to me and confidently said, “I am going to get this job, watch.” Sure enough, I did. I found my passion in Marketing Communications. I have learned so much which has inspired me in many ways.
How to manage working as a WAHM
I met a fellow mama while looking for a nanny to help with the kids for a few hours during the day. She has a daughter in the same age group as mine and was willing to come to my house. Since becoming my children’s nanny our relationship has developed into a great friendship. In addition to our children becoming best friends. I could not have asked for a more perfect person to care for my babies.
Private sitter services are much less expensive than a typical daycare. I worked out my numbers as I always do and came up with how much I could afford monthly for childcare. Again, Craigslist is a great way to find local childcare, as well as Care.com. You may also reach out to family and friends who are stay-at-home mothers as well. Don’t allow fear or lack of confidence in yourself to hold you back. We are Mamas and Mamas always find a way!
Not only am I able to work from home and earn extra income for my family. I provided an opportunity for another mom like me looking to make an income as well. 💜
Has your career changed or stayed the same since becoming a mom?
Comment below what your “Mom” resume would say!