How do moms make money at part-time?

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How do moms make money at part-time?
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Mon, 05-06-2013 - 2:20pm

Questions: Is it financially meaningful to work part-time, especially some of the time from home, if kids are home with mom after school dismissal and summer/vacations.  If you presently work full-time but had to work mostly from your home office for a long term, to meet the needs of your family or your health, does your employer/home life allow for that?  And for how long?  "Forever"?

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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 4:44pm

litlmiss_cantbewrong]<p>[quote=jamblessedthree wrote:
I know lawyers that work out of their home.</p><p>Yes I'm sure there are plenty that do.  It is a field that much of it could easily be done at home.  I was just talking about the lawyer, big firm culture, work 100 hours a week to make partner, that Thardy remembers from when she worked as an attorney.  I'm sure it's eroding even in big firms to make way for working at home or part time.  And then small firms and lawyers who work for themselves I'm sure have adapted much quicker.  </p>

Yep, lots of lawyers hang out a shingle.  It's been many years since the big firms had a consistent tenure track; i.e., hire right out of law school and then 8 years later, become an equity partner.

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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 3:41pm

[quote=jamblessedthree]I know lawyers that work out of their home.

Yes I'm sure there are plenty that do.  It is a field that much of it could easily be done at home.  I was just talking about the lawyer, big firm culture, work 100 hours a week to make partner, that Thardy remembers from when she worked as an attorney.  I'm sure it's eroding even in big firms to make way for working at home or part time.  And then small firms and lawyers who work for themselves I'm sure have adapted much quicker.  

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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 2:57pm

<<Yes definitely.  You can't compare the mechanics of how you can work now to how they were 10+ years ago.>>

Exactly, which is why I asked for the basis in forming the opinion, if one was basing it on previous work experience even just a few years ago, things have changed.  If one is basing it on the industry that one previously worked (or works currently), it can vary vastly by the type of job even within the same industry or company.  I agee with your early post, I think being a lawyer wouldl be a profession that would hard to be manage part time.  A doctor would be another, although I've had a primary that only worked 3 days a week one week at one time until she cut back totally when she had another child.  Teaching I think would be easier with substituting at the elementary/high school level and part time professor at the college level. 


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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 2:24pm
I know lawyers that work out of their home.

 


 


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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 2:21pm

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">jamblessedthree</em> wrote:</div>Distractions are exactly what I think would get in the way of WAH. Taking work home and working on it at home every now and then is one thing but a steady job, either p/t or f/t WAH doesn't sound very cost effective to me. Even if you're industry is dependent on apps, software or the internet.</blockquote></p><p>WAH all the time requires discipline and probably an adult without children!  Do you know any moms who exclusively wah?  </p>

My sister-in-law exclusively WAH, she also traveled a lot, My brother is in a senior executive role and works outside the home.  They had a live in nanny. 

 


 


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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 1:30pm

"The working field is changing so rapidly with technology, the working world is so very different today than even 10 years ago."

Yes definitely.  You can't compare the mechanics of how you can work now to how they were 10+ years ago.  When i was pregnant with Dd1 I told my firm that I would work until I had the baby & then I was going to sah.  They came up with an offer for me to wah. So I told them I'd certainly consider it if it was doable.  The paid maternity leave was only 1 week (cheap lawyers!) but they paid it to me, since they intended for me to continue as an employee.  But they just couldn't get the technology to work.  The only thing that would have worked was email.  The program that we used for the actual work was put together specifically for our firm and they couldn't get it online/internet to me.  Now, I'm sure it's no problem.

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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 1:18pm

Wow, that is amazing.  In our district you have to work 30 hours to get health insurance.  

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 1:10pm

" When I quit "lawyering," there was no part-time with my employer.  (And there still isn't with that employer.)  Women quit and went per diem for an agency doing calendar calls for different lawyers, the occasional deposition, and could be done by noon."

Out of the many professions, lawyering seems like one of the last that one would be able to wah. Not that plenty couldn't be done at home (write briefs, so do legal research all can be done at home), but the whole one has to work 100 hours a week mentality.

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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 10:44am

Double post.

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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 10:41am

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">WAH all the time requires discipline and probably an adult without children!  Do you know any moms who exclusively wah? </span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span style="text-align:left">One of my gfs WAH exclusively and has children BUT the kids ARE in school so I think that helps.</span></strong></span></p>

I know a few men who wah exclusively, they have offices within their homes.  They have wives and children, some are school aged, some are not.  Some of the wives woh, another sah.  The working field is changing so rapidly with technology, the working world is so very different today than even 10 years ago.

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