Being a stay at home mom can be very rewarding but also very challenging. There are many women who become bored sitting around at home all day, and while the kids can certainly keep you busy there are times when you find yourself with little to do because the little ones have gone to sleep or they are at nursery.
Something that can make life even more difficult is if you are strapped for cash as a stay at home mom. Raising a family is expensive and most parents could do with additional income to help with the financial side of things. However, going out to find a job is not an option if you are a stay at home mom with family commitments. One thing you can do, however, is consider one of the many stay at home mom jobs that will enable you to stay busy, earn money, and look after your family.
Some of the Jobs You Can Do from Home
As a stay at home mom, there are various jobs that you can do from home. The great thing about these job options is that you can do them all in your own time, so you can work around your existing schedule and family commitments.
You can do these jobs in the evenings and at weekends when you have more time to yourself. In addition, you can do them all from the comfort of a home office and earn a very good income into the bargain.
One of the jobs you can consider as a stay at home mom is offering web design services online. This is something you can do remotely, and you can offer your services to clients around the world. In today’s digital era, website design services are very much in demand, so you should find an excellent demand for your services.
You can look forward to putting your creativity to good use while also making very good money doing something that you can work on from home and in your own time.
Another option if you want to work from home as a stay at home mom is to offer online writing services. Many businesses and individuals are keen to find good content writers for blogs, articles, marketing materials, and more.
If you have a flair for writing and you are good at research, this is a job that you can do from home and in your own time. Again, you can earn very good money doing this and you should never find yourself short of clients.
One other option to consider if you want to work from home is online selling. Over recent years, more and more people have taken advantage of the popularity of online shopping by setting up their own online retail venture. You can set up your own site or you can operate with the help of tools such as eBay stores. Either way, you can make a very good income by doing this.
What are the Benefits of Working from Home
As a stay at home mom, there are many benefits that you can look forward to when you set up a venture from home. First off, you won’t have to worry about the expense and hassle of arranging childcare for your little ones, as you can work from the comfort of your own home.
This can save you a lot of money and time as well as stress, as it means you can continue raising your young family yourself while also enjoying the opportunity to make decent money and keep yourself busy once the kids are asleep or at school. Another major benefit is that you get to enjoy total ease and convenience when you work from home.
You don’t have to worry about travelling to and from work, which saves you time and enables you to eliminate the need for travel costs.
In addition, you can set your own schedule, so you can work at the times that are most convenient for you and fit your work in around your childcare and family commitments. You can also look forward to the ease of working from the privacy and comfort of your own home, which makes it far easier and more convenient to earn money as a stay at home mom.
Another thing to consider is your future. Even if your kids are still very young, at some point they will be heading off to school leaving you at a loose end. If you have already established a part time stay at home business that you do in your spare time, you can expand this and turn it into a fulltime venture when the time comes. This means that you can hit the ground running once your kids are at school and you can start working fulltime and earning even more money without the hassle of having to apply for jobs and try and get back in the saddle.
As your own boss, you will find that operating a business from home is the ideal way to juggle raising a family and earning money. You won’t have to worry about what to do if the kids are ill or you cannot go into work for any reason because you are your own boss. As long as you keep your clients informed, you can take time off as and when you need to, which is something that is crucial for the parents of younger children who are often prone to illness or accidents.
With so many benefits to look forward to, it is little wonder that so many moms decide to set up their own venture at home in order to earn money while their kids are growing up.
With advancements in technology, this is something that has become far easier and this means you can look forward to making decent money while also raising your family. Moreover, this is something you can then turn into a fulltime career once the kids are a little older.
Women have come a long way in redefining beauty to be more inclusive of different body types, skin colors and hair styles, but society's beauty standards still remain as high as we have always known them to be. In the workplace, professionalism is directly linked to the appearance of both men and women, but for women, the expectations and requirements needed to fit the part are far stricter. Unlike men, there exists a direct correlation between beauty and respect that women are forced to acknowledge, and in turn comply with, in order to succeed.
Before stepping foot into the workforce, women who choose to opt out of conventional beauty and grooming regiments are immediately at a disadvantage. A recent Forbes article analyzing the attractiveness bias at work cited a comprehensive academic review for its study on the benefits attractive adults receive in the labor market. A summary of the review stated, "'Physically attractive individuals are more likely to be interviewed for jobs and hired, they are more likely to advance rapidly in their careers through frequent promotions, and they earn higher wages than unattractive individuals.'" With attractiveness and success so tightly woven together, women often find themselves adhering to beauty standards they don't agree with in order to secure their careers.
Complying with modern beauty standards may be what gets your foot in the door in the corporate world, but once you're in, you are expected to maintain your appearance or risk being perceived as unprofessional. While it may not seem like a big deal, this double standard has become a hurdle for businesswomen who are forced to fit this mold in order to earn respect that men receive regardless of their grooming habits. Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, is all too familiar with conforming to the beauty culture in order to command respect, and has fought throughout the course of her entrepreneurial journey to override this gender bias.
As an internationally-recognized women's advocate, Elting has made it her mission to help women succeed on their own, but she admits that little progress can be made until women reclaim their power and change the narrative surrounding beauty and success. In 2016, sociologists Jaclyn Wong and Andrew Penner conducted a study on the positive association between physical attractiveness and income. Their results concluded that "attractive individuals earn roughly 20 percent more than people of average attractiveness," not including controlling for grooming. The data also proves that grooming accounts entirely for the attractiveness premium for women as opposed to only half for men. With empirical proof that financial success in directly linked to women's' appearance, Elting's desire to have women regain control and put an end to beauty standards in the workplace is necessary now more than ever.
Although the concepts of beauty and attractiveness are subjective, the consensus as to what is deemed beautiful, for women, is heavily dependent upon how much effort she makes towards looking her best. According to Elting, men do not need to strive to maintain their appearance in order to earn respect like women do, because while we appreciate a sharp-dressed man in an Armani suit who exudes power and influence, that same man can show up to at a casual office in a t-shirt and jeans and still be perceived in the same light, whereas women will not. "Men don't have to demonstrate that they're allowed to be in public the way women do. It's a running joke; show up to work without makeup, and everyone asks if you're sick or have insomnia," says Elting. The pressure to look our best in order to be treated better has also seeped into other areas of women's lives in which we sometimes feel pressured to make ourselves up in situations where it isn't required such as running out to the supermarket.
So, how do women begin the process of overriding this bias? Based on personal experience, Elting believes that women must step up and be forceful. With sexism so rampant in workplace, respect for women is sometimes hard to come across and even harder to earn. "I was frequently assumed to be my co-founder's secretary or assistant instead of the person who owned the other half of the company. And even in business meetings where everyone knew that, I would still be asked to be the one to take notes or get coffee," she recalls. In effort to change this dynamic, Elting was left to claim her authority through self-assertion and powering over her peers when her contributions were being ignored. What she was then faced with was the alternate stereotype of the bitchy executive. She admits that teetering between the caregiver role or the bitch boss on a power trip is frustrating and offensive that these are the two options businesswomen are left with.
Despite the challenges that come with standing your ground, women need to reclaim their power for themselves and each other. "I decided early on that I wanted to focus on being respected rather than being liked. As a boss, as a CEO, and in my personal life, I stuck my feet in the ground, said what I wanted to say, and demanded what I needed – to hell with what people think," said Elting. In order for women to opt out of ridiculous beauty standards, we have to own all the negative responses that come with it and let it make us stronger– and we don't have to do it alone. For men who support our fight, much can be achieved by pushing back and policing themselves and each other when women are being disrespected. It isn't about chivalry, but respecting women's right to advocate for ourselves and take up space.
For Elting, her hope is to see makeup and grooming standards become an optional choice each individual makes rather than a rule imposed on us as a form of control. While she states she would never tell anyone to stop wearing makeup or dressing in a way that makes them feel confident, the slumping shoulders of a woman resigned to being belittled looks far worse than going without under-eye concealer. Her advice to women is, "If you want to navigate beauty culture as an entrepreneur, the best thing you can be is strong in the face of it. It's exactly the thing they don't want you to do. That means not being afraid to be a bossy, bitchy, abrasive, difficult woman – because that's what a leader is."