Becoming stay-at-home mom is not always something that women plan for. Unless it is just a life long goal of yours to do so, then many women do not think about staying home and raising children full time, until just before they begin planning their family (or during/after pregnancy).
There is a common misconception that most stay-at-home moms don’t really earn income. However, it is becoming more and more common for SAHM’s to find ways to contribute financially to their household through working, even though they are actually classified as a stay-at-home mom.
Even if you have no intentions of helping to provide financially while at home with your kids, but you do plan to return to work once they enter school, then I will provide you with some excellent tips to help keep your career on track while staying home.
No matter what you choose to do, it’s important to maintain working and professional relationships, even if you do not plan to work in an office setting. This will make the transition from home to work much smoother once you are ready to return to the workforce. This can be done by continuing to reach out to past co-workers, attending conferences and events in your field, and staying up to date on any pieces of training or education that you may need in your career.
This is probably one of the easiest items on the list to complete. Volunteering allows you to still have work experience, even if you are not getting paid for it. If you have marketable skills and are exceptional at what you do, continue to hone those skills for a nonprofit, or other organization while you are staying home. Not only that, if you volunteer with one place for an extended period of time, they can become a powerful ally once you decided to return to the workforce.
Keep LinkedIn or other resume profiles up-to-date
Keeping your resume “fresh” is highly important, as you never know when you will have to go back to work (in the unfortunate case you are forced back early). There are many ways that you can label being a stay-at-home mom, without actually using those words; “freelancer” and “consultant” are two open-ended titles that can open up many possibilities for you. Focus on the verbiage. That will be what sells you.
Side hustle if you have to
Currently, I have five different streams of income. As mentioned above freelancing and consulting work, open up a world of opportunity and it is definitely helpful to have backup plans, for your backup plan.