Once upon a time, the home and the workplace were very separate things. Parents weren’t expected to juggle the umpteen responsibilities and roles they do today; instead, they would share the duties of running the home and providing for the family.
Regardless of which parent stayed at home and which went to work, it used to be that the homemaker would take on the daily chores, the running of the household and be in charge of the cooking, cleaning and general organisation of the home and family. Meanwhile, the breadwinner would work long hours in the week to provide for the family, safe in the knowledge that home life was being managed by a pro.
These distinct roles and separate realms are now a thing of the past though, with parents taking on nothing short of superhero status by working full-time, managing the household, and even carving out time for themselves.
The once “traditional” lines are increasingly blurred, with the emergence and increasing popularity of entrepreneurship, telecommuting, and other such work-from-home opportunities. And this is ideal for mums and dads who want a good work-life balance and the professional flexibility to accommodate family life.
Instead of panicking their way through school runs, tough commutes and a permanently triple-booked schedule, parents are simply commandeering the spare room, setting up a computer desk for home-based occupations, and fitting their work day around their home life. Yes, homemaking homeworkers are enjoying the best of both worlds.
Fancy a piece of this pie yourself?
Well, look into the different jobs and industries you can master from the comfort of your very own home office.
Start your own business, do project work for others, or find middle ground with a company that promotes flexibility and prefers their employees to work remotely.
If you aren’t entirely sold on entrepreneurship or working remotely for an employer, consider these three options, to get you started:
Freelancer – Freelancing is a great option because you can look for work that plays to your strengths, and unlike permanent or contracted hours, you have real flexibility when it comes to how and when you work. While you will need self-discipline, freelancing is less stress and responsibility than running your own business, but you still get the variety and freedom you’d enjoy if you were in charge.
Virtual Assistant – the increasingly virtual business world means roles like the Virtual Assistant (VA) are on the rise. Even bricks-and-mortar businesses find that the services of a VA are invaluable. Fielding telephone calls, carrying out administrative tasks, and dealing with any other ad hoc work businesses need support for (e.g. creative, technical, marketing, administrative) will keep you busy and in work. So if you’re an organised individual with administrative experience, VA work might be for you.
Professional Blogger – there are a lot of people, and a lot of parents, out there who are making a living from sharing their lives and opinions. Blogging has long been a popular creative exercise for those who have amusing stories and observations, and this kind of lifestyle blogging can prove to be rather lucrative too. You will always have an audience whether you’re appealing to other parents or those with a specific interest. And there are lots of ways you can start making a profit from your posts. See a comprehensive guide to the top trick and tips here.
Of course, one of the main benefits of working from home is that you really have no limits. You can be a little more adventurous with your start-up ideas, try a new career that is digital-age-friendly, or go for the unconventional approach to business and employment.
Think about your skills, your ambitions, and what will offer you the right balance between a rewarding career and a fulfilling home life. The home office is the best choice, but the details are entirely up to you…