She's trying to find a good part-time job

A SAHM Looks for a Part-Time Job

by Gary Foreman

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Can you help me find a part-time job? I've been a stay-at-home mom for the last four years. I have a college degree in English. We thought that I could work a few evenings a week or on the weekends while my husband watches our daughter. It doesn't have to be related to my degree. Anything would be fine. Is there any hope for me?

You've got company. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of February, 2015, there were over 1.8 million people who were looking for part-time work.

So finding that perfect part-time job might be difficult and take a little more work, but it's not impossible. Let's see if we can't help you find a job that works for your family.

I'm going to suggest a number of different types of jobs, but please don't limit yourself to them. Rather use these ideas to get your own creative juices flowing.

One way to find a good job is to change the way you think. Instead of thinking like a job applicant, try to think like an employer. If you can help an employer solve a problem, you're more likely to find work.

Many businesses depend on teenagers for part-time work, and they quickly find out that it's hard to get teens to work on Saturday night. Therefore, some employers (fast food, pizza restaurants, etc.) might be happy to have someone reliable for weekend duty.

Another problem that fast food owners face is closing time. They can't be there every night. And, finding responsible people to close up can be difficult, especially if most of their employees are teens. You could be just the reliable adult they're looking to hire.

Businesses that are open around the clock are another good place to look. Consider pharmacies. Not only do they need coverage for off hours, but also they're more likely to appreciate someone who's a little more responsible and mature.

Next consider other jobs that aren't as visible. Because we don't see them, they're often overlooked.

One possibility would be serving at banquets. Hotels and convention centers have many events held in the evening or on weekends, which would work well with your schedule. The pay is generally pretty good, too. Apply with the catering manager.

Something decidedly unglamorous, but profitable would be to find work cleaning offices. Many businesses need someone to come in and clean after hours. The work is dependable and the pay can be good, especially if you don't go through an agency. You may need to be licensed and bonded, but you can do that.

Technology has created new work-at-home opportunities. Many call centers aren't really centers at all. They're just a computer routing calls to people working at home. Typically you can select your hours. Earnings in the $15 to $20 range are not uncommon. This is perfect if you like people and enjoy talking on the phone.

Given your English degree, you might consider tutoring. You're qualified to help kids from grade school all the way up to college. Probably the best way to start would be to contact local schools to see if they have lists of approved tutors.

In a similar field, if your daughter is in school, you might consider finding work in after-school care. Many will allow you to keep your child with you while you work.

There are other jobs where you could involve your daughter. For instance, she could join you as you walk neighborhood dogs or provide daycare for another child.

Finally, consider becoming a reseller. Some moms buy clothes at garage sales and resell them on eBay or in consignment shops. Your daughter could accompany you and might even learn the basics of frugal shopping. Don't limit yourself to clothes. Many people are finding unique books, records, or collectibles for resale.

Don't be discouraged if you don't find something immediately. There are a lot of good people looking for part-time work, but if you try, I'm sure you'll find something that works well for you and your family!

Gary Foreman

Gary Foreman is a former financial planner and purchasing manager who founded The Dollar website and newsletters in 1996. He's the author of How to Conquer Debt No Matter How Much You Have and he's been featured in MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Fox Business, The Nightly Business Report, US News Money, and Gary shares his philosophy of money here. Gary is available for audio, video or print interviews. For more info see his media page.

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