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Life After Motherhood: Unconventional Career Shifts

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Becoming a mom is one of those life-changing moments.

Your world changes in an instant, and the love you feel for that little bundle of joy isn beyond belief. But, some moms love their career, or at least like the idea of working.

So it could be that after a while you head back into the workplace.

But could being a mom make you the ideal candidate for completely different job role? Here are some of the ones to consider if you like the idea of changing your working role.

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Investigating and working in law enforcement

As a mom, you are now the chief investigator in the family. Everyone turns to you to solve a problem. You are the finder of odd socks, the one who can solve who’s at fault and who isn’t. The calm in a sibling brawl. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to you that investigating and working in law enforcement could be a viable career option for you.

You can multitask, you can think outside of the box, and you can come up with solutions. Working in law enforcement could be anything from a patrolling police officer, to considering studying and working within the law as a professional. The options are endless but it may be time to start considering putting your mom skills to good use.

The perfect alcohol beverage taster

Some mom’s consider that gin and tonic at the end of the day or that cold glass of wine as a reward. So why wouldn’t you want to consider becoming the next wine connoisseur or gin enthusiast? The perfect role could be to simple taste the new flavour combinations or to check on the wine. There are roles out there, and it could be the perfect choice for you.

Working in social care or with children

Let’s face it, working with children could be the ideal option for you now that you are a mom. You tend to learn new skills and become more empathetic while still being able to manage children and adults alike. Social care can be a good remit to get into, and you can easily study an online degree in social work if you think this could be a viable job choice to consider.

Working with children in a childcare environment could also be something to consider. It not only enables you to earn a living, but you can utilise the childcare options at the same time. Socialising your children as well.

Becoming a teacher

Finally, you may want to think about becoming a teacher. This is often a job option that many moms consider going into as it gives you the chance to have similar time off as your own children once they hit school age. As a mom, you also have the skills when it comes to being able t handle children in that sort of environment. It may be that you need to study and gain certain qualifications, but it could be a great move to make to help you advance your career in a different area.

Let’s hope that this has inspired you to consider some of the job roles that are ideal for you.

Get Cash Working These 12 Legit Work-From-Home Jobs for Moms

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We are fortunate to live in a digital era where there are a lot of opportunities for stay-at-home moms to earn extra money from the comfort of their own home. Indeed, there are a ton of  legitimate ways moms can earn money while their kids are in school, at play days or doing extracurricular activities.

To find a work-at-home job that suits you, check out the following tips and ideas:

1. Turn Your Hobby Into an Income

Turn one of your talents or hobbies into a supplemental income. For example, if you’re routinely asked to bring your camera to parties because you take such amazing photos, consider dabbling in freelance photography. Start small with people you know and build up your portfolio. With some word-of-mouth referrals, you could transform this hobby into a profitable job. Other ideas of hobbies include baking, catering, sewing custom kids outfits, ceramics and jewelry making. Consider opening up an ETSY shop and selling your items there. Listings only cost $.20 and you pay a small percentage of your sales when someone buys.

You can also find people looking to hire someone with your skills for a small project or need they have at PeoplePerHour.

2. Tutor

Although not necessary, a background in education, tutoring, or instruction is desired. Tutors work from home providing virtual tutoring services for a number of different subjects. They also work with people of all ages: children, youth, college students, and/or adults.

To get students, consider doing traditional marketing like putting up index cards with your info and offer up at your local coffee shops. Ask a school if you can advertise in their online or in person bulletin board. Put up notices at your local library. Go to the local college and put up your ads on bulletin boards outside the classes or in the building where classes you’re an expert in are taught. Get a  FREE Google Voice phone number so you don’t give strangers access to your personal phone.

3. Look Into Contractual Work

Another great option for work-at-home moms is contractual positions. These combine the security of working for an established company with the freedom to set your own hours and telecommute. To find a position that works for you, think about what you are passionate about and research available opportunities.  You can find contract opps at Upwork.com.

4. Deliver Food

You might not want to drive around the city picking up passengers but how about delivering food via Uber’s newest venture, Uber Eats? Take trips for a few hours in the mornings, every night, or just on weekends—it’s up to you. You are your own boss and you can choose when and how much you work. Depending on the rules in your city, you may be able to deliver with your car, bike or scooter. Sign up and start earning extra cash tomorrow!

5. Customer Service Representative

Inbound and outbound calling is typically required for customer service representatives. These flexible jobs provide a range of options, including working from home, flexible schedules, part-time schedules, and seasonal arrangements. If you like talking to people and are decent on the computer, you can get between $8 and $18 per hour for part time and full time work.  These jobs are also called Customer Service Associate, Call Center Representative, Call Center Associate, Customer Care Specialist and Customer Support Agent.

If you are the consummate people person, like talking on the phone and are pretty good on the computer, an at-home customer service representative job is a great option.You might be surprised how many major companies hire at-home CSRs. Some of these include major hotel chains like Hilton and Best Western and retail companies like 1-800-FLOWERS and Spiegel. To find these positions, check out companies like Alpine Access and LiveOps to see what they have available.

6. Transcriptionist

Transcriptionist is a great work-at-home option for stay-at-home moms. These workers transcribe audio files for multiple industries, including healthcare, legal, and entertainment. Those with bilingual skills are in high demand. Monster.com has tons of opportunities to check out

7. Be an Ebay or Other Commercial Reseller

Whether you have a bunch of stuff at home or live in a community with a very good quality thrift or second hand store, you can turn those unwanted items into cash. Buy them and then spruce the items up and list them on eBay or Facebook’s new community sales application.  There are also a lot of apps that will let you sell your personal unwanted items by simply taking a photo of them and listing them. It couldn’t get any easier. You can find some of those apps here.  Be careful about delivering items however. There is risk there in personal reselling, whereas eBay would just require you to ship the items to the customer.

8. Freelance Blogger

Freelance, flexible, and part-time writing positions are great for stay-at-home moms looking to make money on the side. Writers create online content, articles, or blogs for public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Beyond Your Blog has a great listing of publications that pay writers.  Job titles for writers are also called Content Specialist, Copywriter, Web Reporter

9. Virtual Assistant

Help overworked entrepreneurs or small companies and startups by working as a virtual assistant. You can find an awesome blog post about this type of work here. 

10. Proofreader

If you have editing or proofreading skills or experience, many writers and organizations want your knowledge to provide final touches to their nearly published content, articles, and blogs. Many proofreading jobs offer the ability to work flexibly and from home. You can pick up some quick cash you may need to pay a sitter, for a date night, to go on a weekender by applying for one of the Proofreader jobs in Upwork.  They are also called Editor, Copy editor, Content Editor, or Quality Assurance Tester.

11. Be a DropShip Merchant

It’s never been easier to open up an online shop and sell. You don’t even have to house merchandise. The hard work will be figuring out something to sell. Find a passionate market (like horse lovers, Greek Pan-Hellenic organizations, golfers, sneaker heads) and sell items that group would buy in heartbeat without thinking twice. Find reputable and popular simple shops and open up a Shopify account and use one of its templates to create your own shop. Order items from AliExpress or some other overseas wholesaler that will ship directly to your customers after they purchase. There are people making thousands of dollars in sales from items they never see or store.

12. T-Shirt, Mugs of Pillows Merchant

There are a lot of places now that will let you sell customized products to customers on an as needed basis or in small batches. Teespring is among one of the popular ones. Amazon lets you design and sell too from its new service. Cute and quirky sayings demand a premium price in today’s world where people want to be cool and different.

 Watch out for Scams

While there are plenty of legitimate and reasonably lucrative ways to make money at home, there are some scammers who are out to take your money. As you look for work, watch for red flags like companies or websites with no contact information. Some other signs of trouble are if a company asks you to pay them a fee to get started or if a position seems too good to be true. Once you find a company that you like, research them to see if anything pops up about scams or bad business practices.