Career spotlight: jobs for single moms

September 26, 2011 – Being a working single mom isn’t easy. Not only do they bear the burden of being the sole financial and emotional provider for their children, they also feel guilty for spending time away from them while they work.

Ideally, single moms need jobs that offer flexibility. They are at the mercy of their children’s schedules and occasionally they may miss a day of work or have to leave early to accommodate them. They also need a job where they can earn enough to support their families.

Some of the most flexible jobs for working single moms can be found in the sales and education fields. The hours are often compatible with school and after school programs, and most of the tasks involved in these jobs can be handled outside of the office or classroom if necessary.

Real estate agents and other sales jobs offer flexibility because you can make appointments according to your schedule. Educational positions, such as teachers and teaching assistants have flexible schedules, as well, and most of them have added incentive of a long break during the summer.

Working single moms with younger pre-school children may find that working from home every day or splitting time between the office and home works best for their schedules. Some of the positions that offer this kind of flexibility are in the marketing and communications field. These jobs include writers and editors, graphic designers and proofreaders. Technology makes working at home easy, and many companies like to hire at home workers because they save money on office space.

For some single moms it may be easier to work nights or weekends, and hospitals with their 24/7 schedules offer the most flexibility. Jobs like nursing and X-ray technicians are in high demand and are expected to continue to grow in the coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs outside of the hospital may work well, too. Physical therapists, dental hygienists and pharmacy technicians also have flexible schedules outside of the basic 9 to 5 routine, and offer full and part-time opportunities.

Can’t find the ideal job? Perhaps you should create one for yourself. If you have a great business idea, you may be able start a home-based business with a grant or loan. If you’re the boss, your schedule can be as flexible as you need it to be, and if you have older children, they might enjoy lending a helping hand. There a few organizations, including the Federal Government who may be willing to help a single mom get started. Check out www.sba.gov to learn more.

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