Showing posts with label daycare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label daycare. Show all posts

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Freelance Friday: When to Ask for Help

by Maddie

I jumped headfirst into the world of freelancing just a little more than a year ago. At the time, I was pregnant with my daughter and still working full time. I just had one sweet, relatively agreeable 4 year old boy to contend with after work and on the weekends. I was also (shh!) able to do some of my freelance work while I worked at my full time job. 

Fast forward a little. I quit my full time job while I was on maternity leave with my daughter for a few reasons, but the biggest one was the cost of two kids in daycare. It was insurmountable on my current salary. I knew that freelancing had been fairly profitable for me, so I decided to give it a go while taking care of my son and new daughter. At first it was easy. My son was in pre-K 5 days a week for 3 hours, and my newborn slept for most of that time. I was able to get some work done, and whatever I didn't get finished, I could complete in the evening. 

Suddenly, I was inundated. That's the thing about freelancing - it's typically feast or famine. Last spring was a feast for me, to say the least. This is when I realize I absolutely needed help. 

At first, I just asked husband and then my mom for help. That was great for a while, but then my husband got sick of having full-time kid duty all weekend, every weekend and my mom travels for work. My husband suggested that I look for a babysitter. I wound up using sittercity.com to find an awesome babysitter who was looking for something to do during the summer between graduating from high school and leaving for college. I was finally able to get something done! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Child Care Costs Make Quitting Easy For Many Moms

By Rachael

More moms are opting to leave their jobs in favor of staying home with their children. The reason is not simply so they can witness the first smiles, steps, and words. It’s finances. Child care is expensive, and many lower- and middle-income families see no real monetary gains after forking over money for child care. It’s becoming more common to hear moms say they can’t afford to work.

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