Eight great jobs that work well for work­ing par­ents

The Commercial Appeal - - Business - Michael Hoon

Speech and Lan­guage Pathol­o­gist

While these spe­cial­ists can work in in­de­pen­dent prac­tices, of­ten­times schools em­ploy speech and lan­guage pathol­o­gists to work with kids who need help with their lan­guage abil­i­ties. Hav­ing kids can re­ally help sup­port you in this po­si­tion to un­der­stand how to dis­cuss speech and lan­guage is­sues with par­ents—plus, the po­si­tion is au­to­mat­i­cally keyed in to the school sched­ule and of­fers you in­sight into avail­able after-school pro­grams if you must work be­yond the fi­nal bell.

Real Es­tate Agent

Real es­tate agents, who of­ten work at open houses or show clients around to homes, aren't chained to a desk 9-5— mak­ing this a great job for net­work­ers who like be­ing on their feet and fit­ting events in-be­tween other com­mit­ments. There’s flex­i­bil­ity to the job, es­pe­cially for two-par­ent fam­i­lies where one par­ent will be home on the week­end. The money is based on com­mis­sion—so, the more work you put in, the more you will make in the­ory. This is a job where your net­work and ex­per­tise can grow.

Free­lance Pho­tog­ra­pher

Free­lance pho­tog­ra­phers usu­ally have an area of spe­cialty, but por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy is a great op­tion for par­ents—ev­ery day at school drop-off you have the po­ten­tial to meet new clients for fam­ily por­traits. Wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy or week­end photo ses­sions can also suit peo­ple’s sched­ules if they work around a part­ner’s M-F work week.

Mu­sic Teacher

Cer­ti­fied mu­sic teach­ers are of­ten em­ployed by school dis­tricts, but if you are mu­si­cally in­clined, run­ning pri­vate group classes for small kids and par­ents at a com­mon space or from your home is a great op­tion—and a place where you can bring your own chil­dren, as well. You can also con­sider of­fer­ing pri­vate mu­sic les­sons or con­tract­ing with schools and lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­ters as a vis­it­ing artist.

Web De­vel­oper/graphic De­signer

This job re­quires tech­ni­cal and de­sign skills in order to cre­ate web­sites, pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als, or other web or print graph­ics for clients. All you need is a com­puter, so this is def­i­nitely a job you can do from home if you want to work on a free­lance ba­sis. Whether you are paid by hours worked or con­tracted for a set fee for your work, you can or­ga­nize your sched­ule in order to meet dead­lines and keep your work life flex­i­ble in order to meet your fam­ily de­mands.

Work­ing for a Youth Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Here's an­other kid-cen­tric po­si­tion that gets you in­volved in your com­mu­nity. Youth or­ga­ni­za­tions cre­ate ed­u­ca­tional or recre­ational pro­gram­ming for chil­dren; they usu­ally hire staff to ev­ery­thing from ac­count­ing, to fundrais­ing, to di­rectly cre­at­ing and run­ning spe­cific ac­tiv­ity pro­grams. A bonus: you will be aware of the ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to your own chil­dren and may re­ceive dis­counts on things like sum­mer camps. Plus, a fam­ily-ori­ented or­ga­ni­za­tion may be more in­clined to fam­ily-friendly work prac­tices.

Free­lance Writer/edi­tor

From copy­writ­ing for a print mag­a­zine to blog­ging for cor­po­rate web­sites, there is a lot of free­lance work avail­able for tal­ented writ­ers. These gigs, which of­ten pay by word count, can al­most al­ways be done from home. In fact, writ­ing as­sign­ments are of­ten flex­i­ble enough that you can have kids playing in the other room while you type away. If not, you can fit in a few hun­dred words after the kids go to bed.


So­cial Me­dia Spe­cial­ist

An­other job that you can do from your pa­ja­mas is so­cial me­dia pro­mo­tion, where you spend time build­ing the on­line pres­ence of a com­pany—you need to be able to tweet, cre­ate In­sta­gram sto­ries, and gen­er­ally do all you can to savvily pro­mote the work and go­ings-on of a busi­ness. This can be a job that re­quires reg­u­larly check­ing in on ac­counts or up­dat­ing, but it can al­most al­ways be done re­motely, on a flex­i­ble ba­sis.

Michael Hoon is a ca­reer ad­vice jour­nal­ist for The­job­net­work.com where this ar­ti­cle was orig­i­nally pub­lished. He in­ves­ti­gates and writes about cur­rent strate­gies, tips, and trend­ing top­ics re­lated to all stages of one’s ca­reer.

SUN­DAY, JAN­UARY 13, 2019


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