Ideas for My Career Because I Miss My Baby!

Updated on June 17, 2010
C.H. asks from Fort Worth, TX
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Okay - as of right now I work as a receptionist for a corporate office of about 50 people. I loved this job when I started, but I loathe it now. So much has changed. When I started there was so much room for growth in the company and the atmosphere was great, as well as the perks from the company. Almost 3 yrs later and some major hits from the economy, I'm still the receptionist. There have been lay offs and departments have been shut down. Also, I recently had my first baby and coming back to work from maternity leave has been incredibly hard - as it is for most moms. Now, I don't like my job responsibilities, I hate the hour and half commute, and I feel like I'm missing out on my baby at home since my days are about 12 hours. We need the money, but I'm willing to take a pay cut. Does anyone have any suggestions on how they found new jobs or made some sort of income from home? I am interested in trying to get an alternative special education certification so that I may possibly teach special ed. Does anyone have any tips on the best way to go about getting one? I have a bachelors degree, but not sure I could ever find a job in that field (I've searched high and low!!) Not sure how much longer I can take it at work....

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C.B.

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Could you ask to work part-time? They must have had someone cover for you while you were off, so maybe they could still cover 2 days a week or something. I used to really really hate my job and have a very long commute. And, once I started working only 3 days instead of 5, it was amazing how much it changed. I took off Tuesdays and Fridays so I had a nice break in middle of the week too. Maybe it is worth a shot to just ask for a trial basis.

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T.V.

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Get licensed and bondeded and start a day care for babys ONLY - 3 - 6 mos. You will command a very good weekely income for the care of 2 - 3 other babies. Parents bring their own gear, food etc. You just have to find the time to love a few extras.

Blessings.....

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P.M.

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See if the following might fit:

Can you simplify? Most modern lifestyles include quite a bit of expense that we can actually do without – and hardly miss once your life is more satisfying. For working moms, this includes the costs of commuting; professional "costuming," including makeup and hairstyling, dry cleaning or laundry services, alterations; child care; maybe lunches out, purchased coffee and snacks. Plus working moms often feel a strong need for stress-relieving "treats," such as massages, desserts, entertainment, or (fill in the blank.)

At home, less cable service and less expensive cell phone plans can make a difference. Meals out because we're tired or pressured can get really, really expensive. Having time to cook from scratch gets us healthier food at a much lower cost than convenience foods. Some working women have the convenience of housekeepers or yard care services, or other maintenance expenses that you don't have time to take care of yourself. The totals for all of these "working" related expenses can be surprisingly high.

Between reduced lifestyle costs, perhaps a smaller car, you might be able to swing staying home. I've lived simply and at low cost for my whole life, and so has my husband, so that we can run a small non-profit and do the work that we love. We both feel "wealthy" and happy. I wish you luck!

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A.P.

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I started selling Mary Kay just to my friends and family and with little effort I have been able to quit my full time job at Toyota, replacing a $5k/month income on a part time basis. I have a couple of friends who do it to be able to stay home and still contribute to the household income. I can send you info if you're interested. There are a lot of other perks too! I love Mary Kay!
P.S. We do sell makeup, but our focus is skin care...everyone has a face! AND I know a national director in your area, you can visit one of her meetings :)

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M.H.

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This isn't an immediate fix, but what I started doing right before having my baby is I started taking a class online so that I can do Medical Transcription from home. With a baby it's hard to find time to do the class for me, so it's taking me longer (plus we're trying to sell our house at the same time which has been interrupting my study time!), but a lot of people I know have finished the class in 4-6 months and then can work from home. Also with most employers for Medical Transcriptionists, you can ask for more or less work based on your schedule, and most pay per transcript so if you're running low on money one month or going on vacation or something then you can ask for more or less work. So this is flexible enough that you could work around taking more classes for your special education certificate. I'm still taking the class and I really like it and can't wait to start working, and the friends I have that are already working love the flexibility of it all. They also have Medical Coding and Billing courses as well.

The biggest thing with this is that if you do it you want to make sure you go through an accredited school. The one that I'm taking the course through is http://careerstep.com, and they give you the tools you need to start when you sign up. I know that there are others out there as well, but this is just the one I use and really like.

Anyway, hang in there because I know it's hard. If you have any questions about the MT classes just let me know and I'll be happy to answer them for you. :) (If you did it then you could also put me as a reference!) :)

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A.H.

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i to hated my job when i went back. I went out on the weekend... and just found some small places like contractors, landscpapers... and put my resume in their mailbox.... told them i needed more of a job closer to home, and a job that didn't have so many hours... i worked for a contractor for 2 years and now a landscaper going on 3 years... i also worked for curves for a short time... where i work now.. i get paid by the hour... and i work from 9 to 2... i love the hours.. i'm home more with the kids... you can also check local painters, plumbers, .. things like tbat,,, a big plus is they are usually easy going... and understand when the kids are sick... stay around until you land another job.. but look around.... good luck

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A.S.

answers from Chicago on

I'm going through the same thing... I have a 2 hour commute and I hate it.. I see my baby just 1 hour a day before it's bed time for him.. I cry every day....

I'm trying to find other ways around it and we too need the income..

This sucks! I wish I had a suggestion. I can't find much out there either.
My Job requires I travel... every once in a while a week or so at a time.. I can't imagine leaving my little man for a week. I don't know what we are going to do either...

Good luck!!! I know how hard it is!

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C.D.

answers from Dallas on

I'm a Scentsy Director and work from home with my business. I have been a Scentsy consultant for 2 years and LOVE IT! It pays our mortgage and car payment each month. The earning potential can be part time or full time salary. It's up to you! Check my website out at www.scentsy.com/dfw for more information, to join my team or to contact me. I would love to speak with you about this amazing company. Have a ScentSational Day!

C.
www.scentsy.com/dfw

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K.F.

answers from New York on

Being a receptionist doesn't really give you much leeway for working from home options and job sharing may be an option your workplace may consider but that would involve you taking a pay cut and run you the risk of losing your job to the other person if they are liked better than you or do a better job than you. So at the place where you are I would caution you to use wisdom.

Times are changing and many companies are moving toward hiring temps. You may want to register for a temp company near your home. You may also consider you will loose your benefits because most temp companies don't offer benefits because the placements are only temporary.

You may want to consider looking into work in your field of degree.

Get a piece of paper and write things down like your skills, what you like about work, try to stay positive, then write down companies you would like to work for. This exercise will move you closer to a perfect match or at the least a better match for your work life. In the meantime and between time make your work as pleasant as possible. Try with all of your might not to get the baby blues (that can be work suicide). Since you need the money, try to stay focused on how this is benefitting your baby and the family.

Plan your strategy for success and success will come.

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Being a receptionist doesn't really give you much leeway for working from home options and job sharing may be an option your workplace may consider but that would involve you taking a pay cut and run you the risk of losing your job to the other person if they are liked better than you or do a better job than you. So at the place where you are I would caution you to use wisdom.

Times are changing and many companies are moving toward hiring temps. You may want to register for a temp company near your home. You may also consider you will loose your benefits because most temp companies don't offer benefits because the placements are only temporary.

You may want to consider looking into work in your field of degree.

Get a piece of paper and write things down like your skills, what you like about work, try to stay positive, then write down companies you would like to work for. This exercise will move you closer to a perfect match or at the least a better match for your work life. In the meantime and between time make your work as pleasant as possible. Try with all of your might not to get the baby blues (that can be work suicide). Since you need the money, try to stay focused on how this is benefitting your baby and the family.

Plan your strategy for success and success will come.

T.W.

answers from Milwaukee on

C., I was in the same position as you are. What I decided to do was start an Inhome daycare out of my home for 3 babies around my daughters age for the steady weekly income, and in my spare time I am a distributor for Snuggle Me Cushions. And I havent regretted it once. Here is the website to the cushions, take a look at it and let me know if you would like more information on it. www.snugglemecushion.webs.com

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J.M.

answers from Dallas on

Sorry--this was for your previous question, not this one. I don't know how this happened!
You don't sound crazy at all. In fact, I agree that you are becoming powerless in this situation. If you don't think you can communicate more clearly with your MIL (put your foot down, put a lock on the bedroom and bathroom, take the baby when you get up, leave with the baby if need be for a while, clearly state expectations, etc.), then even if your pocket book takes a hit it might be better to move out. Basically, if you stay, you can't be "nice" anymore. This is a rental situation. Would you allow a childcare worker and landlord do this to you? Work out a contract which you both sign about expectations, etc. If you can't do that (which would be hard for me too!!!), move out, which is what I did when things got crazy living at my parents' with my husband and baby. We did rack up a couple of thousand dollars on a credit card for expenses like gas and groceries, but we saved our sanity. Consider moving closer to your work perhaps. There are cheap apartments out there. Good luck!

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D.W.

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I'd recommend staying where you are as long as you can handle it - even as bad as it is. Indicators all show that the economy is pretty stagnant, and CNN posted an article today in their Money section that many employers are discriminating against people who are unemployed with the belief that, if they were truly productive/valuable, they wouldn't have lost their jobs:
http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/16/news/economy/unemployed_n...

I was laid off last year, and I know many people like me who simply were victims of this economy.

You didn't mention what your field of study was for your bachelors, but the fact that you have a degree opens many doors. I wouldn't be opposed to seeking employment through a temp agency. A lot of companies have frozen direct hires, but they keep people on contractually because it's easier to eliminate a consultant/contractor than it is a full-time person. Often, those positions give you exposure to people within the organization which can lead to full-time hiring.

I learned that being willing to compromise salary for new, relevant skills was really advantageous for me in an industry that is shedding tens of thousands of jobs/year (pharmaceuticals).

Good luck! I like being a working mom and really have to make a concerted effort to spend as much quality time with my kids as possible each day. Make the moments you do have count - not many people can say they do.

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N.C.

answers from Kansas City on

There are so many different options to work from home now. I was able to supplement a second income from home, so I could still be with my two boys. It all depends on what you enjoy doing, the different companies out there, and if it is a fit for you. I had to look into three or four different companies until I found the one that I am currently with. I've now worked from home for four years. There are opportunities out there, I promise!

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H.H.

answers from Dallas on

I have an alternative certification. I have been teaching 3 years and love it. iget to spend 3 months out of the year with my children. There are also lots of networks for care for your baby while school is in session. Please e-mail me with more specific questions. [email protected]____.com Good Luck, H.

R.L.

answers from Dallas on

there are alot of ads for "work from home" jobs. Maybe looking into one of them would work OR look inot starting your at home daycare (if you have the space). Hang in there! Just try to concentrate that your new child brings when you get down in the dumps! I am a receptionist also and sometimes it is a grueling task and the days seem long but I have pictures of my baby girl up and the daycare lady sends me email updates throughout the day!!! Maybe the person who is keeping your child can do the same- it is a real pick me up:)

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P.G.

answers from Dallas on

The best thing to do is to stay employed while looking. It's more attractive to employers. Contact friends, family, associates, former employers, even your college - the personal connections can be the best. Also, there are placement firms like Kelly Services, etc. that can be resources. They are seeing an upward trend in hiring - the problem is interviewing, of course. You'll have to do that on your lunch hour - sigh.

Google for resume worksheets - they will help you re-evaluate your skills - you may find that your skills fill a need in an unexpected way.

Good luck!

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S.R.

answers from Dallas on

I work for a mystery shopping company from home part-time. We have shoppers who sign up on our website to shop for us. We do apartment communities. Granted it would not be a steady income due to the amount of people who are shopping for us, but it would be some extra money.
www.epmsonline.com
Click on Shoppers and you can sign up that way.

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A.B.

answers from Dallas on

It won't happen over night but scentsy is a wonderful company to work for. If you work hard at it, it is possible to make lots of money. A friend of mine has been in it for just over a year and already quit her full time job because she was making just as much with Scentsy. Check out my website: www.scentsy.com/aprilbriner
feel free to call me with any questions.

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