Quitting/taking a break from a corporate career does not come easy for women. Because success for her does not just mean career success, she often opts to “Lean In” at some point, which was once described as the “Opt-Out” revolution in the US. Raising happy productive children, contributing to the world around her and yet pursuing work that is meaningful is their desire.
Today, a qualified woman professional need not sacrifice her hard earned skill sets in order to find better work-life balance.
Thanks to the Internet, there are multiple ‘work from home’ options. Why to make a nasty commute each day when you can earn a decent sum of money but a few feet from the kitchen. It works to the advantage of corporate as well as it helps reduce wage/administrative costs.
Project Based Opportunities
Whenever one hears stories of ‘Earn INR 25,000 p.m. from home’, the first impression is that it is a scam, which sadly is the case often. However, if you can patiently sift through the dross, you can unearth employment gold.
Companies across sectors are offering ‘remote work’ opportunities. There are websites like Fiverr, Freelancer and Upwork dedicated to connecting freelancers with projects, ranging from software developer, virtual teacher, sales manager or accountant. All you need to do is to create a profile to showcase your skill sets. Clients keep posting jobs in hundreds of skill categories and you can start bidding i.e. sending a price quote along with a business proposal. Post initial discussion, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) is formalized and work begins. The money remains in the Escrow account of these websites, till the payment milestones are attained.
Let’s say you have a background in marketing. You can help a client create marketing calendars, co-ordinate campaigns and interact with affiliates. You can charge per hour to help clients spruce up their brochures, catalogs and web sites etc.
In case you have a flair for it, you can work for companies and help them in a host of ways, ranging from creating digital marketing strategies to business plans. You can work from home when you are not with the client on site and charge on a per project basis.
Full Time Jobs
Often, when you seek to resume work, your ex-employer may allow you a ‘work from home’ option. For instance, United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, offers ‘work from home’ roles like Risk Management Audit Consultant, Academic Partnership Consultant, Data Analytics and Knowledge Management Consultant, etc. There are KPOs which offer home based assignments in financial statement analysis and writing of equity research reports.
For instance, you could run a business where you set up a virtual store for Handmade Jewelers on a Flipkart and receive orders from clients across the globe. This in turn can be serviced through your job workers.
I could cite my personal example of success attained in the field of human capital. Our startup cajobportal.com is India’s first recruitment website exclusively for finance professionals. I work from home. I have an entire team which works from their homes and I haven’t even met most of them. All of them log into their systems together at 9.30 AM and work until 6.30 PM. Aided by software utilities such as Basecamp for project management, Hub Staff for employee time tracking, we have zero comprise on efficiency. We clock INR 3 million in revenues, servicing the recruitment needs of clients spanning sectors and continents, covering 50% of BSE-30 listed companies. Sometimes when I am on a call with my clients and my daughter calls out for me, of course, they hear her voice and ask me, ‘Are you working from home or have you brought your daughter to work?’ It leaves them wondering because they never realized a stay-at-home-mom was running the organization.