One of the things I want to cover on my blog is different options for working moms.
I’d like to kick off my ongoing Working Mom Spotlight by sharing a friend’s story. Lisa has 2 little ones, ages 2-1/2 and 4, and she planned to become a SAHM. However, her employer knew she is a valuable asset to the company and did not want to lose her, so through some negotiation, she was able to continue working remotely – meaning, she is able to work from her home office.
What position do you currently have; and is it a full-time position?
My current job title is Senior Inside Account Manager for a business-to-business equipment distributor. It is a full time position.
How did you obtain a remote position?
I left my previous employer after having a 2nd child. A few months after leaving, they contacted me regarding working for a new distributor of theirs. They needed someone who knew the product and rather than giving up a current employee, I was their top choice as I had worked for the manufacturer for nearly 5 years.The company is in another state, so I told them I’d be good with it as long as I can work from home. About a year later, the company was finally up and running and I came on board.
What are the pros – that you’ve seen – of working from home?
I don’t have to deal with rush hour, or traffic in general. I can throw in a load of laundry or two throughout the day, or run to the grocery store. I don’t have to pay for child care (that’s a major one). I also save a lot of money not having to pay for gas, lunches out and general day to day expenses.
What are the cons – that you’ve seen – of working from home?
I have toddlers, who are impossible to keep quiet for any long period of time. I cannot close myself in an office as I need to be able to see and hear them. I also spend a lot of time on the computer, making quotes, entering orders, and responding to emails. I don’t get to play with them much on busy days.
What advice would you give to fellow working moms who would like to find a work-from-home job? (where to look, what skills would be helpful, etc.)
Pick something that you have time to do, that has hours that are flexible and you can actually work. A lot that I have found are call center/customer service type jobs, which aren’t for everyone. You will need to have reliable internet connectivity and in some cases a home phone in order to work remotely. Know your typing speed and 10-key speed, as those will be important to anyone looking to fill a telecommuting position. Any tech experience you have (troubleshooting programs for example) are a good skill to highlight. Research the company and find out how they operate. Some places that allow telecommuting will still require you to come into the office for training or a couple times a month. Most of all NEVER pay the company to start a job.
You should never have to pay for training material – if you do, it’s a pyramid scam. Search telecommuting jobs rather than “work from home” as the latter will bring up all of the scams.
I am the only sales person right now, so every account is mine (all 90-something accounts). I take all of their emails and calls, but I get more emails than calls typically. I don’t deal with the general public, it’s all business to business, which is what I’m used to and prefer. I usually tell each new account that I work from home and have little ones so they’ll hear them from time to time. It’s all about delivery. Several accounts were mine when I worked at my previous employer, so they’re thrilled to be able to work with me again.
Working for a company from a home office is a great alternative to the traditional work when you have little ones. I wish more places were on board with this type of employment. They’d likely get more productivity out of their employees. All I could think about was what I could be doing if I wasn’t stuck in the stupid office. While I don’t get a ton of playtime with the kids, I am still here. I make every meal, I break up fights, kiss boo boos, do laundry, clean…it’s like having 2 jobs! So it’s not really all that easy, but it’s soooo worth it to be able to be with the kids while they are still little. Plus, when they are school age (if I’m still doing this), I won’t have to figure out what to do with them over the summer!
How do you find balance?
I’m still struggling w/that. It’s hard, we rarely leave the house & don’t have much help to rely on to watch them. We try to take time each night after the kids go to bed to chat & hang out. They’re so little right now that we really just keep focus on the big picture. Just keep swimming!
I hope you enjoyed this working mom story – and thank you to Lisa for sharing!
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