So you just had your beautiful baby, and you and your spouse decided that you should quit your job and stay home and be a full time mom. The problem is that many SAHMs can’t get back INTO the workforce once their baby becomes old enough to go to Kindergarten. This is very demoralizing for many clients that I have worked with that have strong and viable skills but continue to be put in line behind someone who doesn’t have big five year gap on their resume. Here are a few things that you can do to “stay present” in the workforce while staying at home with little Johnny.
Here's 4 tips to stay in the workforce while at home with your child.
Start a multi-level marketing plan.
Yes I said it! The truth is that there are many marketing plans that have legitimate products and give women a chance to start a new business and make a considerable profit. This also gives you the freedom that you are wanting to stay home with your baby.
Be picky about the product and the company that you work with, as it won’t make much difference in your resume if no one has heard of the company. I have many clients that are very success selling Herbalife, and I have many friends that have done well recently with other multi-level marketing plans.
When you rejoin the workforce you can either continue to work for the marketing company on the side, or simply tell your future employer that it didn’t work out as planned and you need a more stable environment.
Do a much smaller version of what you did before becoming a Mommy.
One of my clients worked at a hotel and was very good a planning travel and events. When she decided to stay at home with her daughter, she continued to market herself the same way on social media and to provide those same services to a handful of clients.
Not only did it keep her in the market, but it gave her some spending money as well.
Consider working a part time job.
I personally found that when my son was younger, that he needed interaction with other kids. I was blessed to have a friend that I grew up with able to take him into her home three half days a week so that I could focus on the more complicated parts of my business.
My friend had an in-home daycare, so my son made friends with the other kids, and because it was so personal and limited in the amount of kids she took, I always felt comfortable and at peace when he was there. Some days he wanted to stay and play and didn’t even want to come home!
Stay on top of technology!
We live in a fast moving world and even a year out of the workforce can get you behind. Let’s face it – it’s hard to keep up sometimes even when you are IN the workforce. Practice with Microsoft Office and study updated technology in your personal field as well as generic things like database management, task management and overall email systems. Nowadays this is critical to almost any business. It’s all about communication. By staying on top of it, you won’t be left behind when you jump back in.