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Nearly 10% of highly skilled mothers who hold professional degrees (Master’s and above in fields such as law, medicine, and finance) are choosing to stay at home to raise their children. These high achieving “opt-out” mamas have chosen to seek fulfillment as full-time caregivers for their families rather than continuing their ascent on the corporate ladder.
There are many reasons for a highly skilled mother to choose a life at home: traditional sentiments, financial comfort, and disinterest in the lack of family-friendly policies of the corporate world, for starters. Whatever their reasons for abandoning professional life, some Opt-Out Mamas later regret their decision to go full-time Stay At Home Mom. Unforeseen financial consequences, depression, boredom, and identity crises lead to feelings of remorse.

Professional Services Are Work At Home Careers, Too


If you’ve been dreaming of working from home, but you think it’s impossible to reenter the workforce as a professional services provider, think again. Working remotely is a reality for over 4.6% of the U.S. workforce.

As technology changes and more workers demand flexible options, remote work is becoming more viable for a broader variety of professions and industries.

Wanna opt-in again, mama? Read on for remote career options just for you.

With a little creativity and persistence, you can find — or create — the perfect opportunity.

From Bread Baker to Bread Maker

In this free course, I’ll show you how to jumpstart your transition from stay at home mom to work at home mom. You’ll receive valuable insights and resources right in your inbox. Get started now!

Accountant

If you’re an accountant, you’ve hit the jackpot for work at home and remote opportunities. There isn’t a business on the planet that can’t use the skills of a financial professional such as yourself. You can find opportunities working remotely for accounting firms, tax software companies, or for small agencies looking to outsource their accounting and bookkeeping needs. Here is a list of 10 companies that hire work at home accountants and bookkeepers.

Teacher

Teachers with advanced degrees are excellent candidates for full and part-time positions are online universities. Other opportunities include standardized test developer, curriculum development, and elite tutoring.

Writer

If you’ve worked as a professional wordsmith, dust off that portfolio and get ready to pitch again. You possess a highly coveted skill set that could potentially net you a six-figure salary from home. Detailing all the options for professional writers is beyond the scope of this blog post, but copywriters, technical writers, and white paper writers are in high demand.

Engineer

Engineering is a broad field with plenty of possibilities for remote work. The opportunities depend upon the training you have. For example, you could work as a risk engineer for an insurance company, design products as a mechanical engineer, or as a chemical engineering consultant.

Project Manager

Digital project management is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, here’s a whole website dedicated to the profession.

Developer

People from all walks of life with zero prior experience are landing positions as developers. With your previous experience as a developer, you’ll have a leg up on the competition. Brush up your skills, contribute to an open source project, start or guest post on a programming blog, or tutor an aspiring developer to ease back into the field.

Analyst

If you can’t get enough of data, there are high paying work at home analyst positions ready and waiting for you. Some promising options include business intelligence analyst, data scientist, compensation analyst, and senior financial analyst.

Attorney

Your knowledge of the law makes you a valuable asset to thousands of companies looking to consult with an attorney. Whether you choose to work as a remote employee or as a freelancer on retainer, you can have a satisfying work at home career putting your legal expertise to use.

Physician

You read that right — doctors can work remotely, too. Companies hire board certified, licensed physicians to work as virtual patient consultants and to review charts.

If you didn’t see your former profession on this list, don’t fret! This guide is simply an idea of what you could do.

The list of remote jobs that are available to highly educated, specially trained mamas like you is far longer than you could imagine.

With a little creativity and persistence, you can find — or create — the perfect opportunity.

From Bread Baker to Bread Maker

In this free course, I’ll show you how to jumpstart your transition from stay at home mom to work at home mom. You’ll receive valuable insights and resources right in your inbox. Get started now!

How to Opt-In Again


Stepping back into your professional role as a remote worker isn’t as easy as adding The Pregnancy Pause to your resume. You’ve got to position yourself properly. Here are a few steps to get you started.

Create a personal website

Establishing a professional online presence is vital to having a career whether you work for yourself or someone else, outside of the home or from home.

Utilizing social networks such as Linkedin, Twitter, and Google Plus is an important part of a good networking strategy, but they are no replacement for your own website.

A personal website with a blog is a powerful communication tool that you can use to brand yourself, showcase your achievements, and disseminate your ideas. Well written content and solid marketing will not only build your authority, it’ll catch the eye of potential employers and bring the offers directly to you.

I receive emails on a regular basis from interested business owners and recruiters who’ve chosen to contact me after viewing my freelance writing website. It’s a good feeling to wake up to offers in my inbox rather than scrolling through page after page of job postings.

Web Hosting

I’ve built all my websites using self-hosted WordPress software. You’ve likely heard of WordPress before since it powers over 28% of the websites in the world!

I use the self-hosted version (WordPress.org, not WordPress.com) and I rely on Siteground as my hosting provider.

If your website is your “home”, the hosting company provides the “land” for you to build on, and your domain name is the address people use to find you. Siteground’s service is not only secure and reliable, you can get started with your own professional website using my link for only $3.95/month!

I’ll be creating a tutorial to help you get started with your own professional website in under 20 minutes. If you can’t wait, the team at Siteground is more than happy to help you set everything up!

Need assistance creating content for your site? Hire me to create a blogging strategy and blog posts to build your brand.

 

Market Yourself

Whether you are looking to freelance or work remotely, modern job seekers must do more than put together a resume. You’ll need to create a plan to stand out from other applicants. Incorporating marketing principles, especially on social media platforms, is key to doing just that.

Choose a relevant platform such as Twitter, Linkedin, or Github depending on the industry which you want to enter. Become a curator of industry news and offer your opinions and insights. Follow the accounts of influencers and engage with other users in meaningful and appropriate ways.

As you build your connections and continue to add value to social conversations, you will be noticed.

Update your licenses

If it’s been awhile since you’ve worked, you may need to get your licenses renewed. This may be a matter of filing paperwork or it may require taking continuing education courses. If you’re in a panic over how to afford classes, there are scholarships and grants just for moms who want to return to school.

Prepare to Negotiate

If you left the workforce because you couldn’t get your former employer to agree to a schedule that would allow work life balance, don’t settle for inflexibility now that you want to work remotely. Decide on exactly what you want in a work at home opportunity and commit to finding it or something better. Know your worth and don’t be afraid to go after the compensation you deserve.

Seek out an image consultant

After years of hanging around tiny humans, your image may not be as polished as it once was. It is worthwhile to get coaching from a professional who can assess which aspects of your image need adjusting and give you the tools to do it.

There are a variety of image consultants who can provide assistance with your style, your behavior, your communication, and more.

Start with a refresher course on business etiquette. Find an evening or weekend class and turn it into a well-deserved break from the kiddos. If you’d rather stay home, you can receive training from a virtual coach.

 

Think Outside of the Box

Motherhood is a beautiful calling, not the end of all your personal and professional dreams. Having children has shown you that you are capable of so much more than you’d ever imagined. Go ahead and opt-in again, mama, on your own terms.

 

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