Have you taken a career break to raise your children? Here are some practical career options for housewives and women on sabbaticals.
A study by the World Bank found that 20 million women in India quit their jobs between 2004 and 2012. Almost 70% of them never returned to work. Many women take sabbaticals when they decide to get married or have a family, thinking that when things relax a bit, they would return. But for most of them it can often be difficult to feed their families while keeping up with their 9 to 5 jobs.
I have met many women who have had similar experiences but who did not want to give up their professional lives. So I’m sharing the best careers for women on sabbaticals, housewives, mothers, and women who just have too much on their plate to commit to a regular 9 to 5 job. If you fall into any of these categories, this article is for you.
Image consulting has to be one of the best career options for women as it not only offers the flexibility to work, but it also deserves you well. During my career I have trained many women who are now successful image consultants who, after some experience in the industry, easily earn between 1 and 2 lac per project. Additionally, women have a natural flair for styling and grooming, which is another reason it’s a smart choice.
So, get certified, choose a niche (personal styling, makeover advice, wardrobe advice, etc.), market yourself and work on your own schedule.
Soft skills training
Almost everyone nowadays, be it a student or a professional, needs soft skills training to put their best foot forward. Here’s how you can become one certified soft skills trainer and offer training courses for developing soft skills from your home office. You can also host soft skills development webinars and workshops without clients visiting.
The soft skills management training includes:
- Personality development training
- Training for communication and networking skills
- Employability training
- Trust coaching
- Behavioral Skills Training
- Leadership training, etc.
The possibilities are endless!
Freelance content writing
For women who have a flair for writing, free content writing is a great career option. It would be perfect if you had a network to write content on. If not, you can always try platforms like Freelancer, Fiverr, Upwork, etc. Additionally, you can set up a website, upload your portfolio and skills, and reach out to you from people who need freelance content writers. The hassle will be significant to begin with, but once you get established it’s easy to find work.
Catering from home
If you enjoy cooking, you can convert your passion for it into money by offering catering from your home. You can start small by taking on catering responsibilities for your friends and family and expanding from there. And since the food service industry is so much about word of mouth, you can assume that the quality of your food will make you grow. However, here are a few more things you can do to keep the job going:
- Print out business cards and hand them out to guests who might bring you more business.
- Create a social media page or website so that people looking for local caterers can reach you.
- Create a YouTube channel where you can share your daily recipes and build a presence.
Wedding / event planner
If you have experience planning family events, you can become an event planner. You can ask friends and family to get more gigs, and then you can help customers by:
- Create an event schedule
- Set and assign budget
- Coordination with the employees on site
- Contacting vendors and making sure everything is there
- Create registration systems
- Collecting feedback after the event, etc.
And the good thing is that you don’t have to work every day.
Don’t give up your career because of your responsibilities. Find a way through everything and rediscover yourself.
Suman Agarwal, an award-winning image management professional, has helped students, home improvement, sabbatical women, and people looking for alternatives to a second career explore image management and soft skill training as a vibrant career choice. She frequently blogs about the urgent need for image consultants and soft skills trainers in the 21st century and loves helping people research lucrative career opportunities. Write to her [email protected] seek advanced career guidance. Check out more of their work www.imageconsultinginstitute.com.
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