For some people, choosing between your family and your job simply isn’t an option. Besides being responsible for children or taking on the role as a caregiver for an elderly or disabled loved one, you may also be the primary source of income in the household. So, let’s take a look at some of the careers that help you maintain a little balance between both responsibilities.
Remote working opportunities are vast and varied but, for many, the role of a virtual assistant may be one of the best opportunities. If you’ve worked in an office, then you’ve likely learned the majority of skills you need, already. Regardless of what type of work from home you choose, the flexibility of your schedule can be as much of a challenge as it is a blessing, so developing the discipline to stay motivated on your own time is crucial.
For those who provide care and assistance for elderly or disabled dependents in the home, you have likely developed all the skills you need for a career along the same lines as what you’re already doing. Besides taking that experience and applying it in a professional capacity, you might even get some pay for your current circumstances. There are opportunities to get paid to care for family, so it’s worth checking out to see if you meet all the requirements. Current programs can pay you for taking care of siblings, parents, aunts, and uncles, but not your spouse.
In a similar vein, those who are already looking after children are likely to have all the skills they need to run a childcare business from their own home. Of course, setting up a business takes more than parenting know-how. However, the ability to take care of your own children as part of your business is one of the main benefits of running a childcare business from home, as demanding as that can be. Unlike other careers for family-focused individuals, it is also suitable for those who like to keep their weekends and nights free, as most of your work is going to be done during regular business hours.
Many people who become caregivers or parents may have had to leave behind their past career, finding that they couldn’t fit it into their new lifestyle or schedule. However, that doesn’t mean your experience or skills have to be put to waste. Online tutoring platforms allow you to craft courses teaching a wide range of subjects. Your past education and experience may be invaluable to those willing to pay for your direct help in studying to take the same career path as you. Tutoring is demanding work, but now that it can be done remotely from your own home, it’s much more accessible to a wider range of people.
Flexible working to meet a wide range of schedules and demands is becoming more and more commonplace. The traditional workplace environment may not best fit your needs any more, so it’s worth looking outside the box when considering a career.