Oh! the dilemma of family or career. Can you have both or ideally a balance?
According to the latest Australian Social Trends, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), now, more than ever, work is cutting into the Australian family life.
In the majority (80%) of working families, at least one of the parents said they were often or always pressed for time. Can you relate? Parents not only run short of time but suffer from the additional stress of trying to achieve a balance between work and family. They also believe that having work flexibility (such as working from home or having a flexible schedule) would help them be a better parent.
Finding the right job that enables you to balance a career with parenthood is not an easy task. Along with a good salary, parents often need jobs that offer flexible hours and even work-from-home opportunities.
Generally, creative and knowledge-based fields like education, design, writing and information technology provide the most flexibility. However, there are now a growing number of historically time-intensive jobs in sectors like business and health care that are also becoming available in part-time, work-from-home and flexible scheduling options.
If you are itching to get back to work, flex your skills and converse with other adults, the good news is that there are options to balance work with family While we can’t eradicate feeling torn about leaving your children in the care of someone else or perhaps paying for expensive daycare, we can help with some flexible-work based suggestions.
Here’s a list of some top jobs in a variety of fields that allow parents to achieve some sense of the elusive work-life balance.
CALL CENTER / CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
It is an ideal job for parents who are people-friendly and enjoy helping others problem-solve. If you have a background in customer service or sales this job could be right up your alley.
A call centre representative deals with customers, either answering their questions and helping solve problems or trying to sell them a company’s products.
This job often gives you the option to work from home, as some businesses are happy to forward their phones to yours so that you can answer calls and queries as their representative.
A Customer Service Specialist earns an average salary of AU$51,667 per year.
This is an ideal job for parents who are financially inclined with a background in accounting.
Tax accountants prepare clients’ tax returns and reports. They have the flexibility of working independently from home. This means you can create your own schedules and client portfolios with the added advantage of downtime outside of taxation periods.
The average salary of a Tax Accountant is AUD 40,000 – AUD 79,000.
If you have design and software development skills from your previous career, then working in the space of a freelance web developer is most definitely an area you should consider.
Web developers are programmers who specialize in creating web-based applications. This job is in high demand due to the rise of online retail, smartphone apps and businesses being required to have a digital presence As a freelance web developer, a parent would be able to select their projects and create their own schedule.
A Web Developer earns an average salary of AU$59,862 per year.
If, prior to becoming a work at home parent, your corporate career involved working with words then providing this service from your at-home office could be for you.
Content writing is a sought-after skill as many business owners just don’t have the time to pull together copy for their newsletters, email campaigns, websites, blog posts, or social media posts.
This is a very flexible work option allowing you the luxury create your own schedule and clientele and work around your bub’s needs.
A Content Writer earns an average salary of AU$50,635 per year.
A background in health and a passion for helping people live their best lives makes this the ideal work from home career.
A nutritionist advises clients on what to eat in order to achieve a specific health goal or to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Due to a deterioration in overall community health, nutritionists are on the rise.
Since nutritionist you can be self-employed—this is a great option for parents who want to create their own, flexible schedules.
A Nutritionist earns an average salary of AU$50,216 per year.
Apart from the basics – an email account, your browser, and all the relevant software you need to work at home, here are some free online tools that will make your life easier and help you get the most out of your precious time.
TIME MANAGEMENT AND TRACKER TOOLS
PROJECT AND FILE MANAGEMENT TOOLS
COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION TOOLS
Work is for today – don’t forget about tomorrow (your super)
When working, you are also contributing to your super. But if, like most mums, you’re working part-time or casually (68.5% of part-time employees are women), then that means you’re not contributing as much to your super as if you were working full-time. And because of the way the super system was constructed, women need to contribute as much additional monies to their super as possible.
So how to try and make up this lost ground on the super front? You can now grow your super with Super Rewards. It lets you earn cash rewards, paid into your superannuation by the retailer; at no extra cost or effort from you.
Cash rewards from Super Rewards retailing partners – groceries, shoes, pet food and more– are contributed to your super every time you shop. Seamlessly. Effortlessly. Beautifully.
So sign up now to be notified when Super Rewards is live. Get one step closer to reaching your retirement goals and don’t forget to share this fantastic tool with your friends!
If you’re a mum who has just started working from home we would love for you to share your story about how you make it tick!