Now that your kids are fully grown and out of the house, what are you going to do with all of your extra time? Some empty-nesters decide to put the skills they learned as moms to good use in new careers, as a CareerPath360 report highlighted. You would be surprised at all the things being a mom has taught you that can actually translate into money. Here are three in-demand businesses where you can start using your mom powers:
All those years of taking care of kids has made you a verifiable expert in the subject. If you’re a natural at being a mom and have a genuine love of kids, you can turn that into cash by starting your own daycare business. You don’t need any special training, and you can run the business right out of your house. A daycare is different from a pre-school, where there are teachers and a curriculum for even infants. Daycare is simply watching the kids and keeping them entertained while their parents are at work or elsewhere, so being a mom who is good with kids is really all the education you need to open a daycare center.
Charge reasonable rates and develop a reputation for quality childcare. You may even find yourself with a waiting list of clients. If you plan to do this from home, make sure your city allows private homes to be used as daycare facilities in their zoning ordinances. You can check with your local city hall on this, and ask for an exemption to be made for you if you find there’s a conflict in the zoning regulations, as SBA.gov recommends.
2. Become a Veterinary Technician
Moms are natural animal care experts. They have to be, since kids love to have pets. Some kids even like to bring home stray animals or injured wildlife. If you’re one of those moms who has seen it all when it comes to animals and you enjoyed taking care of them with (or for) your kids, you could have a fulfilling career as a veterinary technician waiting for you.
According to Penn Foster College, veterinary technicians are part of a career field with wide open possibilities for employment, as demand for these specially trained technicians is expected to grow by 30 percent through the year 2022. All you need to get started is an associates degree in the subject, and you can earn that online in a short amount of time. Once you’ve got your degree, you can take your state’s licensing exam for veterinary technicians and become qualified to work at any veterinary office in your state. Vets are always looking for good technicians, so you should have no problem finding a position.
3. Be a Professional Organizer
How many hours have you spent cleaning up and organizing your children’s bedrooms and the house in general? You probably never suspected this almost daily task would become a marketable skill. Professional organizing is a lucrative and in-demand career field. People are actually looking to hire pros to help them clean up their lives. The services of professional organizers are so in demand that there is a National Association of Professional Organizers to help you start your organizing business and make it a success. You’ll be asked to organize everything from offices to kitchens to closets, and your Mom powers will help you do it all to perfection.
About the author:
Gene Sutton is based in Boston and writes on a wide variety of topics.
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