Looking for work to fit around the school run?

  1. Take on some additional childcare work. If you love nothing more than hanging out with kids, you could find out what the options are. You could look after the children of fellow parents who perhaps want to go back into full-time employment. You could even take some qualifications and set up your own childcare centre or childminding business.
  2. Work at a school. By working at a school, you could potentially fit all your work hours into your kids’ school day. Whether you fancy teaching part-time, becoming a teaching assistant, helping out with admin or serving up hot meals in the canteen, there should be plenty of scope, and you’ll get the same holidays as your kids so you shouldn’t have to arrange childcare (although we’re aware that teachers have very heavy workloads and often work evenings, weekends and holidays!).
  3. Start an online business. Perhaps you’re a budding entrepreneur with a specialism in sales, IT or marketing. Find out how you can monetise your skill and start promoting your new business online as well as in your local networks. If you want to start on a smaller scale, you could sell goods you own or have made on sites like eBay or Etsy, or sell items on behalf of others. That way you should be able to control when you work so that you’re still around when your children need you.
  4. Work for a church or charity. Many church groups and charities offer flexible working conditions for parents, so ask your contacts and search online. You might end up helping to take your own church in a new direction, or you could work for an international charity with a view to transitioning into full-time work once your children are a little older.
  5. Offer fitness classes. Perhaps you are a Zumba enthusiast or a master of spinning. You could turn these skills into paid work by signing up with a local leisure centre or by hiring your own premises. You may need to take some qualifications first, but you should be able to schedule classes around your kids’ schooling. You could even become a running coach, a personal trainer, a nutritionist or a life coach with some specialised training.
  6. Events planner. Perhaps you have loads of ideas when it comes to planning the perfect wedding, party or anniversary. If so, why not turn these thoughts into a reality? You could start with people you know and ask them to recommend you to their friends. This could also lead to sidelines in invitation making, fashion designing or photography if you discover a particular talent along the way.
  7. Café or restaurant work. Eating establishments tend to offer flexible shifts. Perhaps your partner or a friend could do the morning school run while you open up the café and then you could pick all the kids up after school, or the other way round if you’re working evenings at a bar or restaurant.
  8. Online translation or editing work. This type of work is often offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so it’s as flexible as you need it to be. You could do a couple of hours in the day or work in the evenings once the kids are in bed. If you have qualifications or experience in these areas, the pay can be quite reasonable.
  9. Freelance book-keeper. If you have a head for figures or come from an accounting background, you can do your own accounts and help others with theirs. Perhaps you know some small business owners who are struggling or could petition local businesses. Alternatively, you could offer more general financial advice to help people get out of debt, budget, save and invest more effectively.
  10. Go back into regular employment. Perhaps you love the job you did before you took time out to raise your kids but you can’t see a way back. Why not get in touch with your former manager or look for vacancies at a similar firm? There may be a way to work flexible hours or to take advantage of work-based childcare schemes.


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Joy Tibbs is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Premier. Find out more at joyofediting.co.uk and find her on Twitter @joyous25

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