Author: Lisa Lozeau, Agent Acquisition and Onboarding
You’ve been home with your kids for months or years – do you really want to go back to work now?
Whether you just took the summer off or you’re celebrating your child’s first day of school, this transition can put the pressure on you to leave home and look for work. Maybe that was your original plan – take a few years off and then go back to your career – or you may not have thought about it at all. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more mothers join the work force once their children are in school, with 74% of mothers with school age children working or looking for work in 2015 compared to only 58% of mothers with infants (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/famee.pdf).
But what if you don’t want to go back to work. If you’re like most people, being home with the kids has also meant being home to get packages, make dinner, do laundry, run errands, call businesses during business hours, go to the gym, the list goes on. Who will do all that while you’re at work? I hate to break it to you, but it will probably still be you.
Giving up the convenience and flexibility of being home during the day can be a tough adjustment. A friend of mine recently decided to go back to work. She’s facing the reality that finding work outside the home may mean not being there to get her kids on and off the bus and that she’ll need help getting them to afterschool and evening activities. I don’t think she’s even considered how she will do groceries, make dinner and the dozen other things she does every week.
So my advice is just don’t do it. Don’t go back to work. Don’t leave the house just when you have some peace and quiet. There are many companies that offer flexible, work-from-home that may meet your needs.
Work from home instead. Here’s why:
- You can earn money and have a working identity all from the comfort of your home.
- Many work from home opportunities are flexible so you can work around the bus schedule, take 20 minutes to go prep dinner, or pop in on your daughter’s soccer game.
- Thanks to technology, you can get a very rewarding work experience without leaving home. There are tons of tools to help you stay connected.
- Not only can you easily network and collaborate with colleagues remotely, you can also socialize through virtual water cooler groups.
- It is truly the best of both worlds. You can be a business professional and be home for your family. How’s that for boosting your super-mom (or dad) status?
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it would be easy to find work-from-home, but it was. And now that I work from home, I see how many opportunities there are for all skill levels, in almost every industry.
So my advice… Don’t go back to work: work from home. Check out the articles at join.liveops.com and read stories from our independent agents who work from home. Becoming a work-from-home call center agent can be a great way to get started.
LiveOps has been helping people work from home as independent call center agents for more than 15 years. We do the hard stuff like finding clients, gathering client requirements, and invoicing clients. You just focus on providing great service, having a phenomenal voice, and a few backend responsibilities like taxes. Plus you have the support of LiveOps Nation, our community of agents who have been where you are and can answer questions, cheer you on, and challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and achieve something amazing.
If you’re feeling the pressure to go to work outside the home, LiveOps may be just the opportunity you need to get back into work without losing the benefits of being home. Check us out, you never know where your work from home journey could lead.