By Taunee Besson, CMF, CareerCast.com Senior Columnist
Q: I just recently discovered that I'm pregnant. I work full time, but when I have the baby I want to be able to work at home. Right now I'm in management, but my job requires me to be in the office seven days a week, so I'm going to have to quit. How can I find work at home opportunities for pregnant women and new moms?
A: Fortunately, there are now many more opportunities to work at home than ever before. Without knowing your industry or career, I can't give you a specific direction. However, I can offer a variety of options that are often home-based. Perhaps one of these will work for you.
All you really need to work at home when you're pregnant or a new mom is a halfway-decent computer, a smartphone and a business-specific voicemail account. However, since some items like SEO and bookkeeping require experience to do well, it's important to begin training for these careers before you begin working at home. If you can find a way to fill a vital niche that doesn't require very much "face time" at a company, you should be able to line up a work at home opportunity that helps you stay home with your little one as much as possible.
Senior Columnist Taunee Besson, CMF, is president of Career Dimensions, Inc., a consulting firm founded in 1979 that works with individual and corporate clients in career transition, job search, executive coaching, talent management and small business issues. She is an award-winning columnist for CareerJournal.com and a best-selling author of the Wall Street Journal's books on resumes and cover letters. Her articles on a variety of career issues have appeared on numerous career/job websites and trade and business journals. Ms. Besson has been quoted numerous times in The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Business Week, Time, Smart Money, and a number of other websites and publications.