Working Around Kids' Schedules


By Susan Johnston

work at homeWhen Lana Johnson was job-hunting last fall, flexible hours were an absolute must. With three young boys at home and a husband who travels frequently, Johnson needed a job that could work around her kids' schedule. And she found it as PR coordinator for Moby Wrap, a baby carrier company in California where she works out of the office twice a week while her youngest is in preschool. She clocks more hours from home during her three-year-old's naptime and after all three kids are in bed. One of her coworkers also made the transition back to the office by bringing her 12-month-old to work with her every day.

According to Linda Waters, a career advisor and founder of Back to Business LLC, an increasing number of jobs now allow working parents the flexible hours they need. As Waters says, "anything that can be done at a computer with delayed delivery" allows a degree of flextime.

But computer-based jobs are just one option. Read on to discover a sampling of the jobs which allow you to work when your kids are in school (or asleep).

1. Real Estate Agent

Average Salary: $16.43/hour, $59,669/year

Many open houses happen on weekends and real estate agents tend to set their own hours without being tethered to an office from 9-5. Waters says the field requires "a high degree of entrepreneurial style. An introvert is probably not going to be the best person for that, because it requires you to be self-motivated and good in sales."

2. Tutor

Average Salary: $16.32/hour, $35,600/year

Tutors can work in schools, hospitals, or with private clients, arranging sessions based on when the student and tutor are available. Depending on your areas of interest or expertise, you might work with elementary school students, help high schoolers prep for the SAT, or converse with adults learning English as a Second Language (ESL). Waters says tutoring "is a great way to take an education degree and turn it into good part time work."

3. PR Specialist

Average Salary: $22.90/hour, $49,200/year

Public relations jobs can include writing press releases and other documents, fielding calls from the media, and building relationships with the community. Says Johnson, "my job is easily done at odd hours, as it is mostly email and writing. However, there are times when phone calls need to be made, and I will often work those into my day when I know there won't be a lot of background noise."

4. Data Entry Specialist

Average Salary: $12.57/hour, $30,900/year

If you're "a data, facts, and figures person," then Waters suggests looking into data entry or bookkeeping. "It's really important to first take stock of what you have and then work out how to fit it in," she adds. Both bookkeeping and data entry require an affinity for numbers, a high degree of accuracy, and attention to detail, but these types of jobs can often be completed from home outside of regular business hours.

5. Maintenance Technician

Average Salary: $16.06/hour, $37,500/year

Often technicians are needed after hours to ensure that things run smoothly. According to John D. Johnsen, a father who works second shift as an assistant maintenance team leader and technician at Whole Foods, getting hired as a maintenance tech requires strong mechanical skills. Now that he's a team leader, he says its "it's more about people skills." His shift runs 2-10:30pm on weekdays and every other Saturday, so Johnsen and his wife don't need to pay for daycare.

6. Yoga Instructor

Average Salary: $22.31/hour, $25,900/year

Teaching yoga or another exercise class can improve both your wallet and your waistline. You might work with private clients in their homes or teach group classes at a gym or yoga studio. Since most yoga classes run between 45 minutes and two hours, working as an instructor makes sense for parents with school-aged children.

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Boston-based freelance writer Susan Johnston has covered career and business topics for The Boston Globe, Hispanic Executive Quarterly,, and other publications.

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Dennie Williams

Please refer to my comment made earlier today. It should have identified the contributer column author like this:

Pope Benedict was more deeply involved in the cover up of the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado than Dana Kennedy's recent contributer column mentioned.

Please add the columnist's name in the first sentence on my comment.

Thank you,
Dennie Williams

March 26 2010 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dennie Williams

Pope Benedict was more deeply involved in the cover up of the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado than her recent contributer column mentioned. She referred to the book about the Marciel scandal, "Vows of Silence," written by my former news colleague, the late Geral Renner, and Jason Berry. She went on to write: "Shortly after that, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would succeed John Paul, ordered an investigation that ended with Maciel being consigned to a life of "prayer and penitence" after John Paul's death in 2005."
Well, Benedict was much more deeply involved in the inquiry into Marciel's conduct than that and Renner and Berry not only wrote a book about it, but they authored investigative stories as well.
This is what I commented to CBS News's Internet site about that:
News reporting of the latest scandals in Ireland and Germany involving supervision of and inquiry into pedophile priests and others by the Vatican and several Papal administrations is missing a significant context. It would seem the press has largely forgotten or ignored some critical past history. It's compelling backdrop. It reveals that Pope Benedict XVI has, for at least a decade, had first hand knowledge of the dramatic pedophilia-sexual abuse involvement of one of the church's most powerful and influential former leaders, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado. He was the founder and superior general of the Legionaries of Christ. Marceil's incredible sexual assault history dated back decades, according to a plethora of news reports. In 2001, according to The Hartford Courant, the Rome-based Legion, specializing in education, had 480 priests and 2,500 seminarians, active in 20 countries on four continents. It operated schools in Latin America, Europe and the United States, including a minor seminary in Cheshire, Conn.

A former Hartford Courant investigative reporting colleague and good friend of mine, the late Gerald Renner, and Jason Berry, a National Catholic Register reporter, collected affidavits from those affiliated with the church, all alleged victims of Marcial Maciel's conduct. They implicated Maciel, the Mexican founder of the Legionaries of Christ, in molesting 9 former male students between the ages of 10 and 16 while they were attending church schools. The story and follow-on articles first appeared in The Courant in 1997 when Pope John Paul II reigned. Maciel, the former Pope and the church leadership essentially denied the overwhelming truth of the in depth articles for years. The Vatican hired two high priced lawyers to check into the stories, attorneys who offered the press little insight into the situation, Renner told me after the stories appeared.

But, eventually those horrifying allegations helped ignite an inquiry of Maciel supervised by Cardinal Joseph Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict. However, that so called investigation, despite overwhelming evidence of misconduct unearthed by Renner and Berry, did not lead to any discipline for Marciel. Years later, say past news reports, after he became Pope in April 2005, Benedict had several opportunities to take action against Maciel, but once again did nothing. It wasn't until after Renner and Berry wrote a book on the scandal, "Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II," that he did. The book detailed what Berry and Renner believed was a cover up of Maciel's alleged sex abuses. They wrote about the punishment of one priest who tried to expose the wrongdoing. Benedict's punitive action came in May 2006 when he approved restrictions on Maciel's ministry. Interestingly, the ruling arrived about the time when Renner's and Barry's book was to be translated into Spanish, the language of those who were long time potential witnesses to the Maciel scandal.

So Pope Benedict is certainly not virginal when it comes to knowledge of the cover ups of abusive sexual activity by priests or other higher level members of the Catholic Church.

March 26 2010 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was one of the many moms out there looking for the ever-elusive flexibility and job satisfaction combination. I worked with Linda Waters at Back to Business and was able to put together a solid plan to acheive this balance. I am now working for myself from home and loving it. It takes effort and time but it is possible.

March 25 2010 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey, AOL when are you going to stop censoring comments on the AOL news page?? I know that usually 70% of thr comments were anti-Obama so that is obviously why you have stopped letting people comment!!

March 25 2010 at 6:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am stressed out! Part Time jobs are the worse: low pay, limited insurance coverage and can't seem to ever get caught up. Full time jobs are the best: BUT NOT IN PHILLY. They don't really cater to single moms!

No one said it would be fair or easy, but corporations companies should rethink schedules for their hard working, dedicated employees.

March 25 2010 at 6:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ANY OF DOES Obama jobs? Me want ones for mines house! Sorry I'm MAD!

March 25 2010 at 5:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about being a writer for aol -- it takes no skills and you can just make up your own facts, so no time 'wasted' doing senseless research!

March 25 2010 at 3:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone have any ideas where I can look for a part time position in CO? Seems like nothing is available.

March 25 2010 at 2:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I used to be in real estate, and completely agree that there is sooo much more time that goes into it than people realize. It isn't very child friendly, as most of the time you want to attend your kids' games, etc. are when clients are off work and have time to work with their agent. That being said, I know it gets a horribly bad wrap, but for a mom/dad wanting flexible hours around their family, direct sales is really not a bad gig. There are several elements that need to be in place to be successful, but after doing a lot of research on the different companies out there, I am now an independent consultant, have flexible hours and make good money (not a fortune, but good money :-)

March 25 2010 at 2:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These articles are nothing more than a lie to get people to buy, click and join on someones "affiliate" site. My honest recommendation for those who want to really work FROM home, is think about what they are good at, what they really love to do, and then figure out a way to do it FROM home. I speak from experience here...

March 25 2010 at 2:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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