I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Last month, I told you about how I had been checking out the Mom Corps YOU website and community for information and support as I try to start a small business and make a living with my blog. No small feats when you have two little ones (at home most of the time) and limited alone time. I mean, going to the bathroom by myself is a luxury – doing actual *work* by myself when the kids are here? Next to impossible.
This morning, as I sat down to write this post, I took a look at my desk. It’s hard to avoid – it’s a disaster, even though I tidy it up every few days or so. My desk is such a metaphor for my life and all that I am trying to balance.
There’s my laptop, which I use for work. Safety pins from the consigment sale I attended yesterday. Tea because I always have tea with me before noon. Scissors and wire cutters from my meal planners and the Easter craft I blogged about yesterday. A sweet picture Jack drew me on top of my editorial calendar. My monthly meal plan all folded up and stuffed onto my desk by my toddler. Photos I’ve printed and intend on sending to my grandmother with Alzheimer’s in Oregon. A USB cord from the kids’ LeapPad that I use to get pictures from my camera to my laptop. The unmade bed (with mismatched sheets, nonetheless).
Such a jumble of randomness. And yet – it’s all eqally important, in its own way.
Working *is* important to a lot of mothers…whether it’s because they want to or because they need to (or both!). And some moms don’t want or need to work at all, but realize that things could change at any moment and want to be prepared for a possible return to the workforce. No matter where you stand, you can probably agree – being a working mom isn’t easy.
Finding community and people who understand what it’s like – that the sweet picture your child drew you is just as important as your daily schedule at work – is important if we are to succeed.
For the last month, I’ve been spending some time on the Mom Corps YOU website, checking out all of the information they have for moms who either work or plan on going back to work. Along with all of the other things I have going on in my life, we’ve been working really hard as a family to get our finances under control. I was happy to see that Mom Corps YOU has bunches of ways to help moms take control of their money. Here are a few examples that really piqued my interest:
- Webinars – these are relevant to moms and the unique struggles we experience as working parents. And because we’re moms (and things happen in life we can’t always control), the webinars are recorded and available for 30 days after they’ve aired. Today I’m watching a recorded webinar about how to become a Savvy Saver – and I’ve registed for one on April 8th about How to Build a Personal Brand (this is important for someone involved in social media who is trying to start a small business).
- Negotiation Prep Worksheet – this helpful and inciteful worksheet is several pages long and helps you determine what’s important and how to prepare for any career-related negotiations. I’m not doing any negotiation currently – but I still found this to be helpful and relevant to the work I do on my blog!
- Live chat with a Mom Corps Recruiter – I haven’t had a need for this yet, but I LOVE that you can chat online at your convenience with a recruiter! What a fabulous way to get advice or ask your questions (and it doesn’t matter if there’s a crying baby in the background). The one-on-one advice you can get is valuable and one of those things that is usually worth paying for. Career counselors can cost hundreds of dollars – but you can access that help from Mom Corps YOU at your convenience!
Mom Corps YOU is a subscription-based community. You can subscribe now (that’s my affiliate link) for an introductory annual rate of $99.99 (regularly $149.99), or $19.99 a month. I can appreciate the value of this website – the webinars and access to recruiters, plus the convenience of having so many resources in one place, is definitely worth a subscription fee (I’ve only listed out a handful of the things I’m interested in). I’m excited to say that I’ve partnered with Mom Corps YOU, and over the next couple months, I’ll share more of the great finds and resources available to Mom Corps YOU subscribers.
But for now? I’m going to clean my desk.
Working moms (or moms who used to work, or moms who may work again some day): what are the tools you wish you had as a working parent? What information makes balancing parenthood and your career easier?