I used to be the typical kind of working mom. I had a 9-to-done job. Every meal was an Iron Chef-type scramble around the kitchen for me and my husband. I dropped off at daycare. I rushed through traffic to make pick-up before they started charging me extra by the minute. And then our evenings were a race to bedtime.
This year, I’m on the path as a different kind of working mom, and it has its own special challenges. I know a lot of moms are in this boat with me, where we’re caring for a child (or children) at home all day but also working to earn money. Some moms are monetizing their blogs. Some are freelancers and consultants away from their previous 9-to-5 gig. Some are selling Plexus or Jamberry or Southern Living or Arbonne or any number of multi-level marketing brands. Some are photographers, and some provide customer service over the phone and internet.
It’s amazing how many new ways exist for moms to earn money for their families away from the traditional corporate job. Seeing how I’ve joined them in this unconventional working world (consultant, yoga teacher, blogger, what-have-you), I am experiencing all of the ways being both a stay-at-home mom and a working mom are pulling at me.
Certainly, technology is making this hybrid-mom thing possible. And then, there are still so many things that technology can’t do to make parenting easier (for example, sleep machines, white noise apps and all that jazz do not help my children fall asleep at night).
At SXSW 2016, I want to gather working moms for a meet up, whether they’re doing the 9-to-5 thing, business travel, work remotely, entrepreneur, small business owner, independent contractor, etc. SXSW and tech in general are so male-dominant that to be a woman AND a mom, we’re at a serious disadvantage.
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