Maybe you were tired with the 9-5 working life, maybe being a stay-at-home parent was your calling, or maybe the pandemic made you throw your hands up in frustration and say “that’s it, I’m going to be concentrating on my kids instead of getting stressed out by work”.
Whatever the reason, if you feel like you have some free time on your hands, it would be wise to consider freelancing as a work-from-home parent.
- More independence and growth
Some may consider freelancing while being a work-at-home parent as having the best of both worlds. When working full time, it is hard to focus on your children’s upbringing and also dedicate yourself to the job at hand.
The opposite has similar issues, while you are glad to bring up your children, you are essentially missing out on the interactions and growth that you’d normally come across from working. By starting a part-time gig, you are giving yourself the chance to watch your children grow as well as the opportunity to be independent and grow yourself career-wise.
- Keep your skills and knowledge up to date
The world is constantly changing, and it’s changing in many unpredictable ways. Had someone told us we’d all be stuck at home in 2018, we would have laughed at them. Now everyone has to adapt to working remotely/ working from home.
The same goes for industry trends. While previous videos prioritized landscape views, TikTok, Instagram Reels, and Facebook Stories, as well as Mobile-first design, have led hiring managers to seek out videographers who are well versed in portrait-style videos. If you are a full-time stay-at-home parent, you will miss out on these opportunities to improve your current skillset and knowledge.
- Better chance of being employed
Children don’t stay small forever, soon they will grow up, learn to be independent, and eventually leave the nest. What will you do then? Stay at home parents have the amazing job of dedicating themselves to their children’s upbringing, but when the children grow up, how will stay-at-home parents cope?
Many try to head back to the job market, only to find out that employers are looking for those with more recent job knowledge. By working as a part-time freelancer, and keeping your resume up to date, you will stand a better chance of getting employed.
- Get to meet different people
While being a stay-at-home parent has its perks, one major negative it brings about is the feeling of loneliness. A recent news article by The Washington Post highlights how stay-at-home parents may be prone to feeling isolated and have a higher risk of suffering from depression. Having a side hustle where you can go out and interact with others will bring about a much-needed reprieve from negative thoughts when cooped up at home, particularly during the pandemic.
- Additional income
This could be one of the more driving concerns as a stay-at-home parent. With rising inflation and the cost of living going up every year, it can be hard to make ends meet with just one paycheck, especially when there are children involved. By starting a side hustle, the stay-at-home parent can help contribute to the bills and still save on childcare costs.
It is quite apparent that there is more to gain than lose should you choose to freelance while being a stay-at-home parent. And while the road to doing so might not be all smooth sailing and roses, we can ensure you that the journey will be a fruitful one.
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