Flexible Jobs for Working Mums and Dads!

* This is a collaborative post

Maintaining a career with kids to look after can often seem impossible as there are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done, particularly if you are a single parent. If your kids are at school or nursery age and you have these hours in the day in which you want to work and earn money, without having to spend exorbitant amounts in childcare and need to be at the school gates to collect the kids in the afternoon.

Suddenly the pool of potential job opportunities has become a rather shallow puddle. However, more parents than ever are seeking jobs with flexible hours, here are just some of the careers worth considering if this describes your situation.

Create an Online Business
This may be the most obvious answer to all of your school day problems. If you are good at something and it’s your passion, why not try to make money from it? Start a blog, sell stuff online, you are capable and can probably do a better job than most things on the Internet and you will have the freedom to set your own hours and be there when your kids need you most! Of course this is not as simple as it sounds, but talk to others who have done it (either in person or online) to get some tips and advice from those who’ve been there and done that. You can find plenty of tips on starting an online business on various websites.

Teaching Assistant
Well, the hours make sense, right? If you are working in a school then you will have the same half-terms and holidays as the kids, and you should be finishing at the same time as them, if not before (depending on your hours). Not only do the hours work, but this job can be highly satisfying as you are able to really make a difference in the lives of kids, particularly if you have chosen to work as a SEN teaching assistant. Teaching assistant jobs are regularly advertised on job sites so you can select a role that suits you best.

Like teaching assistants, tutors really work around the schedule of the kids. If you are a tutor, chances are you will have minimal hours and some tutors even teach lessons online meaning you don’t have to travel further than your own sitting room. This allows the freedom to work when your kids are home or at school.

If you already have kids, what’s a few more. You can set up a childcare business in your own home (in this case you can find sources online to help guide you to becoming a child-minder), or work in an established one. You can just watch younger kids during the school day, or you could even have your kids join in with the other kids after school, without the cost.

Dog Sitter/Walker
This is an easy one, spending a couple hours of your day walking dogs and keeping them entertained. This is as fun for you as it is for them. This is ideal for some easy extra income.Every family situation is different, so it is best to take your time and find something that suits all of your needs. Don’t rush into anything and be confident and honest about being in need of flexible hours.

If you are starting out a small business or sideline at home, advertising your skills is a huge part of it. People need to hear about your business, they need to see what you are about, and what you can do. You could try posters, display boards or pull up banners to advertise your work too. Why not check out 'Pull up banners - 10 signs they're working' for more inspiration!

Do you own a small business or a sideline?

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