The Most Family Friendly Careers
If you have children, then you probably know all too well how quickly they become the focus of your life. This often means that dreams of success and big, important careers that take up all of your time fly out the window. Of course, you don’t have to sacrifice a great job in order to have time with your children; you just have to choose the right “great job.” Here, we’ve provided a list of some of the most family friendly careers—careers that will enable you to work, get good pay, and still have plenty of time for games, cuddles, and fun with the little ones!
Make Like Mary Poppins!
Nannying is an awesome line of work for those with small children. Nanny jobs can actually pay incredibly well (as much as $40 per hour in cities like New York and Los Angeles!) Plus, many families allow the nanny to bring his or her own children to work. These families often enjoy the added socialization that their child gets. Some even prefer to hire parents over non-parents as nannies, simply because they know that other parents understand how much love and attention a child deserves to receive. In other words, they expect that a fellow parent will treat their child the same way they would want their own child to be treated. Nanny jobs are fairly easy to come by—Craigslist has a great childcare section, and Care.com is another good place to start. Individuals may nanny full or part-time, and individual agreements can be worked out on an employee to employer basis.
Write Your Heart Out
Print publications may be going out of fashion, but internet zines are alive and well! As such, there’s a huge demand for skilled content writers, and many of these writers work from home, creating their own schedules and managing their time as they see fit. Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, you can get involved in things like search engine optimization (SEO) writing, technical writing, and crafting marketing and advertising content. Many positions are widely listed on the internet, and some require only a solid writing sample to land you the job. Pay can vary widely from one writer to the next and is often dependent on how much time you want to devote to your career.
There’s nothing more conducive to the home and the family than a small home business that you can manage without too many demands on your time. Moms and dads have been known to great creative and start all kinds of home-based businesses, like pet-sitting businesses, in-home daycares, and online companies that sell various products and services. If you’ve got an idea for something small scale that you can do right from your own home and that won’t take too much time away from your family, now is the time to act!
If you’ve got teaching credentials under your belt but hate the long hours away from home and the kids, consider becoming an online teacher! Online colleges and even high schools are rampant these days, and instructors with sound content area knowledge and decent technological skills are in high demand. You can work only a few hours a day or do your work late at night after the kids are in bed.
Byline: Jessica Gordon understands the importance of finding a career that suits your personal needs, whether that be in the form of nannying in Seattle, doing freelance work in LA, or working for an ad agency in Phoenix.