Starting a At home Business

Adirah - posted on 09/29/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Dont know what to do as a single mom I work long hours and am having trouble picking her up and juggling activities and homework etc...

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Michelle - posted on 10/01/2014

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Guest - posted on 09/29/2014

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I've heard of Verizon Wireless, I think. It is a communications company, isn't it?
8 years is a pretty impressive commitment in this day and age. Have you spoken to your superiors about advancement or flexibility.....obviously not both, but rather one or the other.
What are the responsibilities of your current position? Would they conform to telecommuting? Or perhaps a higher paying position that would allow you to delegate more of your personal life to nannies or house keepers? Obviously the higher paying positions would require a bigger commitment, but depending on your personal skill set, strengths and weaknesses, you might be able to manage it better. You can't move up if your superiors don't know you want to. You have to be direct with them. Set up a meeting with your boss, or the head of the department you would like to transfer to, and ask her or him "What do I need to do now to acquire a position in your department?" "What steps can I begin taking now in order to advance within this company?" If you are talking to your direct overhead boss, you'll want to be political. If he know he or she is also looking to advance, ask how you can help him or her move up and in turn, move up yourself. If you know they are happy where you are, make sure to emphasize that you are willing to take advancement with a transfer to a new location--so you are not stealing their job.

Ariana - posted on 09/29/2014

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Is there any way to talk to them about this? You could explain the situation and at least see if there is some other option, maybe slightly different hours?

You might try asking some other parents from your school as well. I know it's hard to talk to other parents but sometimes if you ask someone from your child's class or someone who lives nearby you to pick them up so you don't have to.

Adirah - posted on 09/29/2014

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I work for Verizon Wireless 8yrs. Now I have no flexibility and its becoming beyond stressful to try and make ends meet And juggle getting to my daughters school to pick her up. I'm interested in growth and opportunity.

Guest - posted on 09/29/2014

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Starting a business takes A LOT of time and is a really huge commitment. As a business owner myself, I can tell you--it is much easier to balance life working for someone else than it is building and managing a business. Starting a business when you are already struggling to manage your time and responsibilities is really not a great idea. While working from home and owning a business can both be very rewarding, there is a very good reason that every mom on Earth isn't doing it--It is very difficult to successfully manage, and it is very easy to fail.

That said, if you really want to go for it, I'm an investor, and it is a great job to do mostly from home. You'll still need a nanny, of course, but you can pop out of your office whenever you like to see your child, help with homework, and the like. You also have a lot of flexibility with scheduling meetings, so you can schedule around school plays, sports, etc.

A couple friends of mine are writers--one is a novelist, the others are technical writers. I find their jobs are far less flexible than mine in some ways, but more so in others.

Another very good option is to speak with your employer about telecommuting full or part time, depending on your position. A lot of the moms at my son's school do work from home 2-4 days a week and only commute to their offices one day. The availability and affordability of secure cloud networks and conference technology we have now combined with the ability to save millions of dollars a year on office space, office equipment, and liability insurance, many employers are looking very favorably on telecommuting employees.

Adirah - posted on 09/29/2014

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Thanku for your insight I have her in zero activities which is unfair to her becuz of my hours and lack of help she can't participate. My my major issue is finding someone to assist with pick up from the after care

Ariana - posted on 09/29/2014

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Sometimes you can post on other forums about finding another mom or single mom to help with stuff, or get a young person to come help you with homework or other activities, sometimes you can get a young mothers helper either for free for experience or for a low amount (especially an 11 year old or something who can't actually babysit but might be able to help with other things).

Otherwise you might also try downsizing if they do have a lot of activities etc. I know a schedule can really help too and teaching your kids to be more self-reliant. You can say homework gets done right when we get home, or at 5 oclock most days and then they can set themselves up and start doing it. I get my son to empty his lunch bag out himself every day (although usually I have to remind him) and he's only in kindergarten but I want to try to train him into doing it himself. So whenever you an try to teach your kids to do things on their own so you don't have to.

I am a single mom too so I know how hard it is so more than anything give yourself a break. If every little thing doesn't get done sometimes it's okay, you're just one person with a lot of responsibility the best we can do is try to plan it out better and keep going into tomorrow.

Good luck!

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