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Continuing Education Tips for Parents With Entrepreneurial Goals - by Lance Cody-Valdez
For many stay-at-home parents, the idea of going back to work can be overwhelming, especially if it’s been a while since they were employed outside the home. However, doing so can provide more financial stability and a sense of freedom and confidence; it just requires a bit of planning. For many adults, going back to school is the first step in either getting back to work or starting a business, and these days there are lots of options to choose from. You may consider these suggestions by Mom’s Turn Journal’s Contributing Writer Lance Cody before getting started on your new path.
Look at all your education options
These days, there are plenty of education options for those who want to go back to school. Earning a masters degree in business administration can provide you with the skills you need to stand out as you look for a new career or start a business of your own. And if you choose to take advantage of the flexibility afforded by online programs, you’ll be able to learn at your own pace, without having to take too much time away from your other responsibilities.
Balance school and work by getting organized
Finding enough hours in the day to take care of your family, work on your education, look for a new job, and manage the household can be a challenge, to say the least. That’s why it’s important to get organized and create a routine that allows you to get things done without feeling overwhelmed. Give yourself a workspace at home where you can complete school work without distractions, and make each room for your needs by removing clutter and setting up storage or organizational tools around the house. It’s also a good idea to make it easier for your children to help themselves, such as by creating healthy snack bins in the fridge and pantry.
Highlight your new skills on a stellar resume
Once you’re ready to put your new skills to work, it’s important to understand the value of a great resume. This will help you stand out among your competitors and boost your confidence as you go out for interviews, and listing your accomplishments is also helpful in building a client list if you choose to start your own business. You can use a free resume creator that allows you to add on a template from a library of thousands of professional-looking designs and make it your own with your choice of colors, images, and fonts.
Do some research
Whether you’re looking to find a new job outside the home or start your own business, you’ll need to do quite a bit of research. Find out more available tools and requirements for entrepreneurs in your state, such as securing a business license, and get to know your tax responsibilities. Figure out the details where your health and dental insurance are concerned, as you’ll need to find individual coverage if you’re self-employed; take a look around insurance companies to choose a policy. The more of these small but important details you can tackle now, the easier it will be to get started on your goals.
Working on a professional development course and finding a new job are two time-consuming tasks, but with some organization at home, you can make it work. Talk to your family members about how they can help make this time easier for everyone as you pursue new goals.
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