Why Millennial Moms Have It Better than Their Moms Did
I’m excited to see the new generation of moms have more choices than their moms did when it comes to blending motherhood and work.
Gen X moms like me had few choices when it came to balancing motherhood and work. It was either stay home with the kids and lose my income . . . or go to work and send the kids to daycare.
I needed the income, so I chose to work. And when I made this choice, I knew I would miss out on so much in my kids’ lives. First steps. First words. School field trips.
So I often felt guilty because I couldn’t always be there with my kids. I felt pulled in all directions. Like I wasn’t doing justice to anything, or anyone. I hated feeling like a lousy mom.
And I know I wasn’t alone – many women my age struggled with the same issues.
But thanks to technology, millennial moms don’t have to make the same all-or-nothing choices that my generation did.
New Career Options from the Comfort of Home
In my day, it was unthinkable to imagine that you could have a great career without a commute or the hassle of hauling tired kids to daycare.
Now, working remotely from home is becoming the new norm. The 2018 Future Workforce Report interviewed 1000 hiring managers and they estimated up to 38% of full-time permanent staff will work remotely in the next decade.
And why not?
Online productivity suites, such as Office.com, Google Drive, etc., file sharing programs, video conferencing software and messaging tools make working remotely from home possible.
Why commute to the office when you have all the tools you need to do your job online?
The Rise of Freelance Work
The tools that make it possible for full-time workers to work remotely also lets freelancers offer their services online. By 2027, it’s estimated that the majority of U.S. workers will be freelancers if the current growth in freelancing continues.
There are so many options for freelance work. Companies are hiring writers, coders, graphic designers, data scientists, media buyers, SEO specialists, project managers and others.
Freelancing lets moms can control their schedule — and to take on only as much work as they think they can handle. This makes freelancing a perfect choice for moms who want to stay home with their kids.
(Check out our tips on being productive while you work from home.)
Technology also opens up other fabulous options for moms to earn a living from home.
Entrepreneurial Moms are Making Bank
Tired of working for ‘the man’ — but not interested in freelancing? Good news!
With an e-Commerce business, anyone can become an entrepreneur…without forking out upfront for rent, inventory and utilities.
Print-on-demand services make it possible for artistic moms to design and sell t-shirts, mugs, pillows and much more without needing their own printing equipment.
Many of these p-o-d services will even collect payment from your customers and ship your designs directly to them.
Not the artsy type?
The online arbitrage business model is perfect for those who love finding a good bargain. And it’s very straight-forward.
Buy goods at a low cost and sell them at higher prices on Amazon or e-Bay.
Passionate about a hobby? It’s another money-making opportunity. Selling your handcrafted products on Etsy.com is only one possibility to earn extra cash.
Many people earn a good living from creating online courses teaching others the finer points of their hobbies, whether it’s photography, knitting, cooking or jewellery making.
Want recurring revenue? Create a few courses around different aspects of your hobby and upload them to a paid membership site. Charge members monthly or yearly fees to access your courses.
Last, but not least, affiliate marketing is another way for moms to earn online. They receive commissions for recommending other people’s products and services. If you can build a big audience (and email list) you can make a great income.
Technology makes life easier for millennial parents in another way, too. Now there are so many devices to speed up the drudgery of housework.
Modern Housework Helpers
It’s a fact: kids create mountains of housework.
Dishes. Laundry. Vacuuming. Scrubbing. Sorting. The list goes on-and-on.
And you know damn well as soon as you get the house cleaned up, the kids will be trashing everything again!
But thanks to an assist from new smart devices, parents are spending fewer hours doing housework.
Robot vacuums, mopping units, window washers and even lawn mowers let you spend time with the kids while the machines do the hard work.
New top-of-the-line fridges can monitor their contents and even order groceries for you when stocks get low. Talk about freeing up your time!
Bluetooth enabled devices like Instant Pots, ovens, and sous vide machines make cooking a breeze. These devices let you turn perfect food without the need to watch over it as it cooks.
Every parent’s dream gadget has arrived — a new automatic clothes folder is on the market.
While we still aren’t at the point of having robot servants do all of the housework, we’re making progress!
It’s all about spending more time with your kids… and fewer hours doing the tasks we all love to hate.
Live the Life YOU Want
You don’t have to give up a great job or sacrifice your education to stay home with your kids anymore. That’s a great thing!
Gen-X moms like me look forward to seeing you raise your children your own way, on your own terms.