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RESOURCES for AT-HOME MOMS







Are you thinking about re-entering the workforce after time at home? These tips, tools, and resources will help:

- How to Prepare to Return to Work, by Maggie Jackson. Describes difficulties following the decision to return to work; describes resources and programs for opting back into the workplace; offers down-to-earth advice about how to find an on-ramp (e.g., figure out who you are, pick your battles, wise up, network, prepare your short story to describe where you’ve been, don’t apologize!).

- Getting Back on the Career Track, by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin. Two moms who relauched their careers offer advice.

- Mom, the Next Corporate Titan, by Drake Bennett. This article describes how business schools are offering programs for parents who want to re-enter the workforce after time at home with children.

- Opting In Best Practices, a document from The Flexibility Alliance. A group of successful executives that has successfully On Ramped back into careers offer advice on how best to take time out of a career and stay on track.

- Getting Back on Track, by Daniel McGinn. Women who take career off-ramps to raise children often have trouble finding on-ramps when they are ready to work again. Companies in need of talent are addressing the problem.

- Other resources for those wanting to return to work after taking time off, from The Flexibility Alliance.


Thinking About The Pros And Cons Of Remote Work (From Home or Elsewhere)? See:

- When a Company Makes Telecommuting Easy, from Web Worker Daily.

- Seeking Loyal, Devoted Workers? Let Them Stay Home, from The Wall Street Journal.

- Headquarters at Home and Proud to be There, from The New York Times.


Are You Thinking About Starting a Business? Become a Mompreneur:

- Be Your Own Boss: A Three-Step Guide to Planning a Business, from WomenWork.org. Gives moms questions to ask to assess potential to be a successful entrepreneur. Also lists other good resources.

- Wanna Be a Mompreneur? by Nicole L. Torres. More and more moms are starting their own successful businesses. Find out if you have what it takes to join their ranks.

- Finding a Support Network, by Lisa Druxman. Support resources for entrepreneur moms are plentiful, but if you find yourself needing more, you can always start your own.

- Six Steps to Creating a Super Startup, by Anne Field. A mini-"How To" guide from Fortune magazine.

- Small Business 101. Great advice and additional links to online resources from the New York Times.


Other resources to help you launch a business:

- Go to the U.S. Small Business Administration, an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns.

- Go to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women’s Business Centers web page for additional help.

- See the article archive on Mom Entrepreneurs at Entrepreneur.com.

- Check out the Mompreneur Center at Entrepreneur.com.

- The BusinessMom.com has support and resources for mom entrepreneurs including articles about How to make time and take time for you, Staying connected to your network, The fine art of juggling business and motherhood.