The secret that mom’s don’t feel they can have a career and a family has been out of the bag for
quite some time now. Many stay at home moms are compromised of women whom led thriving
careers in their own respective fields, all to leave the suit life behind to raise children. Although,
in this world, there is nothing taboo about staying home to avoid daycare costs to influence your
child in the best possible way; many women still feel that they could be doing more to contribute
to not only society but their family’s income.
“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” —Tina Fey
What is a Consultant Exactly?
Moms out in the world have turned to consulting as their golden opportunity to balance career
and home life. Consults are found in every industry and are often self-employed, offering an
outside, objective view to help organizations spot problems or better performance. Consultants
are often hired to do tasks that employees either aren’t capable of doing or simply do not have
additional time for; consultants swoop in as paid problem solvers. More often than not,
consultants often possess a more in-depth knowledge of a specific industry, all while being able
to provide an objective point of view in regards to the company’s problem at hand.
A Day in the Life…
The schedule of a consultant means leaving the briefcase and the 9-5 behind because this job
offers flexible hours and a work from home option. There are a lot of mothers out there that can’t
be at the office by 7am so conference calls and writing up proposals become very appealing once
they are able to be done around a child’s schedule.
Specific job duties per consultant will vary depending on what is required of the job field itself;
however, fixing or improving a sector of another individual’s business is the most common
reason for hire. Consultants do everything from provide advice so that the business can advance,
come in as a mentor to teach employees a new task, or to make objective hiring and firing
decisions for employees or entire departments. A client will retain the consultant’s services on a
temporary, part-time, or full-time basis depending on the needs of the company and if the initial
needs have been met.
Successful consultants derive their skill set from a combination of learned techniques acquired
from higher education, previous job experience, and artistry of fostering relationships with
others. These skills include the following:
- Logical Reasoning
- Effective Communication
- Ability to work well with others in all settings
Assisting your Family Financially…
Earnings can be entirely based on how much you work and what field you are working within,
but the median salary range for consultants was between $60,000 and $90,000. Depending on
your level of education and experience coupled with what business you are actually working for,
the hourly wage can fall between $40-$120/hour. The thought of helping your family financially
while having a flexible schedule is all the more reason to dive into consulting as a career path.