What defines a parent-friendly sideline?
Some turn to careers like childminding because they fit well around raising your own kids.
Others like myself look for work-at-home opportunities like freelance writing or running your own craft shop, because it gives you a chance to be your own boss… at least until the mini CEOs get home.
I’d say the best part-time jobs for parents offer a mix of intellectual stimulation (there’s only so much Thomas the Tank Engine you can read before craving some adult speak) and a social life beyond the play-date scene.
But most of all, mums and dads are looking for gigs that provide enough flexibility to make you feel like you’re winning the search for that elusive work-life balance.
The thing is, you don’t have to crack your skull trying to come up with that dream hustle when you can turn to professional recruitment sites to help ease your path.
Office Angels is a name that takes me back to the ’90s.
I’d just graduated and sought work as an office temp with my new-found typing skills (trying to make it as a poet wasn’t exactly paying the bills).
As it happens, the Office Angels site is still a great place to start if you’re looking to join or get back into the work-force, especially if you’re seeking something part-time.
Their recruitment consultants can help you find your ideal job by location or even by keyword, among a variety of sectors.
They also give friendly and reassuring career development advice and you can actually follow their social networking sites or download their mobile app to keep up with your industry. A far cry from back when I was temping!
What many parents might find helpful, particularly if you’re going self-employed or starting out after a long maternity leave, is their sister site mysalarychecker.com that allows you to compare standard salaries across a wide range of job descriptions.
I can only dream of a day when I type in ‘Mum’ and see an actual salary attached! How many figures are we worth, do you reckon?