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By Matshona Dhliwayo

I was born into a male-dominated family, nurtured in a male-dominated society, and educated in a male-dominated country.  Because of this, I realize I’m going to be in a lot of trouble, especially from the matriarchs of the very system I benefited from my entire life.  How dare you bite and spit at the very hands that fed you, some might rightly ask?  They are, of course, correct.  But, something strange happened in my 20s — I grew a conscience.

I could no longer stand by as injustice was not only tolerated but in many cases, celebrated.  For all you women who are frustrated to find that it is difficult, if not impossible, to rise in the corporate world — despite working twice as hard as and, in many cases, performing better than your male counterparts — this article will shine a light on what you either didn’t know or already suspected.

Six reasons why women have stagnated in the corporate world are:

  1. Since time immemorial, men have always cast themselves as superior to women.  My father used to take me to his office each weekend, grooming me from as early as seven to take over when he was gone, while my half-sister who was older than me by about ten years had to stay at home doing chores.  For a long time, I thought that was okay.  In fact, as I grew older, I even heard respectable women old enough to be my grandmother say, “A woman’s place is in the home.”  I believed them, and sadly, so did many other women.

    Looking back, I couldn’t help admiring men.  What marketing geniuses they were!  Through religion, erroneous science, and even the arts, they were able to not only maintain their dominance over their victims but also, over time, increase it.

    This same tyranny has unfortunately been transferred to the corporate world.  However, subtle, gender prejudice is alive and well, even in some of the most progressive companies.

  2. If you are a woman from a minority group, it only gets worse.  In America, for example, black and Latina women are reportedly mistaken as janitors on a regular basis.  And, to add insult to injury, they and other ethnic women often experience the same bigotry from their more fortunate Caucasian sisters.  I will never forget the day when a white man made an inappropriate remark about Asian women and the three white women in the room, to my astonishment, laughed as if he wasn’t indirectly insulting them too.
  3. It is human nature to want more for yourself, even if it means less for others.  There are men who agree that the earning disparity is wrong but won’t lift a finger to help women — not out of discrimination, but simply because more for women would mean less for themselves.  For example, in capital markets like Wall Street, even though women often outperform men, they almost always earn less.  In an industry where the mantra “greed is good” is a tenet, you are encouraged to do anything it takes to look out for yourself, even if it means turning a blind eye to injustices done to your fellow man.
  4. Women are silent. The greatest friend of injustice is silence.  To be fair, it can be intimidating to speak up.  The outcome is not always certain, and if you have mouths to feed, taking such a risk may be daunting.  But, that’s exactly what your enemies want.  They want you to remain silent because, somewhere deep down inside, even if they deny it, they believe you’re powerful.  Harvey Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood producer, had been sexually harassing women for decades, aided by the silence of his victims.  It took the courage of a single woman to break the silence and put a final stop to his barbaric ways.
  5. Men are shallow. Because many men who are at the top are intelligent but not wise, they see women as a burden — not a benefit.  A number of prominent CEOs I have spoken to admit that they themselves or some of their colleagues secretly saw women in “supporting roles” instead of leadership positions.  I’ll never forget one CEO who brazenly told me that women who went on maternity leave cost his company a lot of money as if he himself wasn’t born of a woman.  Yes, we have come far, my friends — but still have far to go!
  6. Inferiority complex. You are not intimidated by what is beneath you, but by what is above you.  Unfortunately for many gifted women, there are men who feel inferior or slighted because of the talents that they have or the formidable human beings they are.  Believing that women don’t deserve to be better than them, many men are willing to put women down to feel good about themselves.  For example, in some countries, there are more women in university than men, but when they graduate, they can’t find jobs.  Take Saudi Arabia, for instance, where most human resource managers are men — it is no wonder that, although women there graduate at a higher rate than men, you hardly find them in the workforce.

    Certainly, no one can ignore the fact that this is a man’s world, but women deserve a greater chunk of it.  And, if they are to achieve this, like every other oppressed group of people that has ever existed, they must unite.  Divided, you are weak; united, you are strong.  Your oppressors understand this.  That is why they work tirelessly to divide you — they are aware it is the most effective way to conquer you.

By: Mamudu Hamzat Gideon

Entrepreneurship has gathered more converts in the past few years than any other time in human history. And a recent research by the Gates and Clinton foundation revealed that there are more women in entrepreneurship than the men with countries like Nigeria having as much as 41% of her women involved in entrepreneurship at some level.

However, it is imperative that proper education is given to the female entrepreneurs if they’re to thrive in the marketplace.

So here are five tips female entrepreneurs can use beginning today to succeed in business.

  1. Choose an industry in the area of your passion

    The first tip any woman who wants to succeed in building a business needs to pay attention to is simply to get involved in business in the area of your passion or in an area where at least have some interest in. The reason is simple; building a business is like taking care of a new child, it requires a great deal of your time, energy and resources – especially at the initial stage.

    You don’t want to commit an enterprise that will drain you.

 

  1. Learn to delegate

Typically, it is not uncommon to see many a female entrepreneur juggling between completely unrelated tasks and spending so much time on the minors that the essential tasks of working on growing the business are left to suffer.

Don’t do this. While it might be tempting to attempt to do everything yourself, if you truly desire to grow a successful business, you must deliberately learn to delegate tasks to others.

An inexpensive way to start is to hire freelancers at the beginning.

  1. Build a strong support network

    Building a successful business is hard work. It can sometimes become very daunting, even when your business is built in the area of your passion.

    Having a support system comprising of other female entrepreneurs who are on the same journey as you would go a long way to help you weather the storms and go through the difficult times on your entrepreneurial journey.

    Be deliberate about building a strong support network.

  2. Properly integrate your work & life activities to avoid conflict.

    There’s a lot of responsibilities that come with being a woman and it’s important to know when to work and when to pay attention to your family needs to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

  3. Connect with a trusted mentor

One thing you can do to ease the stress that comes with being a female entrepreneur is to connect with a trusted mentor; someone who has already passed through the challenges that you’re facing right now.

Reach out to another female entrepreneur that you admire and request to be mentored. Make out time to discuss your challenges and leverage her experience and wisdom.

 

So there you have it, five startup tips you can start using today on your entrepreneurial journey.

Procrastination is a dangerous habit that causes setbacks and can result in frustration. Many people refer to procrastination as the thief of time, but procrastination does worse than time theft, it also kills goals.

For every business person, procrastination should not be considered and should be constantly frowned at. This is an important topic of discussion that should not be swept under the carpet because it remains a frequent occurrence and it affects almost everybody.

Procrastination takes a gradual process before it becomes dominant in almost every aspect of our lives. It begins unconsciously from our very little mundane activities like cleaning a cooking gas after using it, repairing a leaky roof, seeing a doctor, dentist or even a friend, responding to business mails, submitting a job report or academic assignment or addressing issues with a partner, and before long it becomes a part of one’s life.

However, procrastination can be dealt with by making firm decisions and setting goals appropriately.

There are many reasons to why we procrastinate such as fear and laziness but we can overcome those habits with adequate planning and a conscious effort.

For fear, when a project appears too big that it seems so impossible to achieve, all you need do is plan. Dismantle the project in tiny pieces and beginning to set them in levels, at every level you attain you will be encouraged to go further because you overcame the troubles of the past levels.

For laziness, although it is important to note that procrastination and laziness are not the same but we do agree that procrastination and laziness do have a connection. When someone says “I will do this later”, two things are already happening it is either the person is engaged with something more important or the person is unwilling.

In order to do away with laziness, you can use effective tools such as a diary or to-do list, to keep you in check at all times. Document all your business prospect and ideas then begin to arrange them. Arrange and set your goals orderly because it will save you from being exhausted and bring you quality results.

In setting and organizing your goals you should consider some important details

  1. Set your goals based on the amount of time the plan would take: there are short-term goals and long-term goals if a plan would take more than one year to achieve, place a one month plan ahead of it while you prepare for the longer goals.
  2. It is also important to consider priority while setting goals: this is one escape route from cluttered plans which ends in frustration.
  3. You can also do away with excesses and unnecessary plans: if they would not be an advantage to you, anyone or anything it is important you put them aside and focus on the important ones. And if they are too much reduce them before they make you feel overwhelmed.
  4. Discipline your weakness: this refers us back to the issue of laziness; the dictionary explains laziness as the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy. For business persons, this might not be the idea but if we look at it closely we will discover that laziness had its share in it.

    Think of what led to the overlapping of your business plans, think of how you got to the point where you now have too many schedules to sort out, think of how suddenly time turned out to be “not enough”, you will discover that at some point you became unwilling to proceed or continue with plan A and then you jumped to plan B. You actually went out with your family when you were supposed to reviewing the report update of your company. And then you fixed another time for that but something more pressing comes up and you keep moving it until the end of the month when another report meets the former one. Of course, family time is important but planning time and setting dates of execution is also very important to actualizing your goals.

  5. Review past successes: if you have done XYZ project and the result was amazing and it also triggers you to start up another one, but at some point, you begin to lose heart and relent don’t fail to go back to the former and draw inspiration. Looking at your past glories is one way to keep your hormones burning because it motivates you and help you to accomplish fast results without procrastinating.
  6. Deal with the fears: we talked about this earlier, on how planning can save you from the claws of fears. When your subconscious tries to bind you in your comfort zone with ideas that the goal is unachievable maybe because no one has done it before, all you need to do is put a stop to such thoughts, and focus on your set goal. So what do you need to do? Set your goals and state your fears beside Realize that you have fears is the first step to tackling those fears.
  7. Build healthy habits: building healthy habit for the progress of your business is advisable. You should be stern at the arrival of any habit that is not appealing or may cause you to begin procrastination. Also in building habit let the new habit you form allow you to always move further to better ways rather keep you at a point that struggles with progress. Be alert to every situation around your field of concern so that you can detect when procrastination begins to play.

Procrastination is not a healthy habit for anyone, especially for the business individuals. Citing procrastination and dealing with it immediately is an action every business person should take to avoid a ripple effect of challenges.

By: Mamudu Hamzat Gideon

The entrepreneurship space is increasingly gaining popularity as a major channel through which many women give expression to their dreams and in recent times, there has been a significant increase in the involvement of women in entrepreneurship as a result of increased technological advancement among other factors.

However, a research by Dr. John Watson, an associate professor in the department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Western Australia, reveals that there is a significant difference between the performance of businesses owned and run by women and those owned by their male counterparts. Findings reveal that female-owned businesses show a higher failure rate.

In a quest to salvage the situation, I’ve identified seven challenges female businesses face and how you can overcome them.

  1. Seeking too much advice from too many different sources

 A major result of self-doubt which is an expression of a lack of confidence in oneself and one’s own abilities includes seeking for answers from every possible source as you tend to think that other people’s opinion is better than yours – regardless of how brilliant yours may be.

Sheryl Sandberg, top Facebook executive, in her book Lean In, shares some insights about the limiting effect self-doubt can have in preventing women from reaching their full potential.

In the author’s words, “About three-quarters of both male and female entrepreneurs start businesses to pursue an opportunity (rather than out of necessity), but men show more positive perceptions about opportunities and their own capabilities, as well as lower fear of failure.”

One of the down sides of seeking too much advice from different sources is that you’re likely going to be confused and not take any action in the end.

What you should do instead is to find a reliable mentor or guide in the different areas and channel your questions in the respective areas to them.

  1. Attempting to Do It All

    One of the challenges young businesses have to overcome is attempting to do everything yourself. Sometimes, even when they have an employee, it is not uncommon to find new entrepreneurs attempting to do everything themselves because they subconsciously feel like no one else can do it better.

    While it might seem like a normal thing at the onset, you’ll eventually begin to wear out, always juggling between tasks and never finding enough time to take care of the essentials.

    Make deliberate efforts to learn how to delegate tasks to other people. Outsource the tasks that are not within the area of your expertise to free up space for other tasks. If you’re going to ever grow to a significant level in your business, learning to delegate and outsource effectively is a non-negotiable skill you must master.

  2. Falling Victim to the “Shiny Object Syndrome”

    One of the things that come with being an entrepreneur is that you’ll often get a flood of ideas streaming towards you. Don’t fall prey to the trap of attempting to chase every idea that comes to mind. Not all good ideas are relevant to your business.

    Filter every idea that comes to you through one lens – it’s degree of relevance to your business.

    This does not mean that you should discard the other ideas that come to you but rather than discarding them, you should journal the ideas that come to you and review them periodically as some of them could turn out to be useful at a future date.

  3. Taking Customer Feedback Personally

    Many new entrepreneurs struggle and go through a lot of untold pain when they begin to get negative feedbacks. Several people have even quit the business because of negative feedback. Too bad.

    If you’re going to build a sustainable business – one that will satisfy the need of its customers for a long time, one of the things you have to do is to get comfortable with feedback. You might even have to ask for it periodically.

    Stop seeing negative feedback as a dent on your image but rather embrace it for what it is – a pointer to things to improve on – and use it as a tool to build a business your customers will love.

  1. Making Elephant Promises

    One of the struggles new female entrepreneurs have to deal with is the desire to please everyone and as a result, it is not uncommon to find new entrepreneurs who have are soon overwhelmed as a result of the truck load of assignments they have to attend to.

    While it is true that you need to satisfy your customers, it’s important that you realize the negative impact it can begin to have on your business and eventually profits when you consistently make promises you can’t fulfill.

    So what do you do? State objectively what your customers should expect from you and over deliver. Deliver faster than you promised and do more than you’re paid for.

  2. Spending Too Little On Things That Matter

     More often than not, money is a major concern for entrepreneurs who are just starting out and as a result, they tend to always be on the lookout for cheaper options to whatever it is they need to get.

    While this might seem like a smart thing to do, it could end up costing you much more in the long run. Imagine having an amateur builder lay the foundation of the house you plan to live in with your family. The results could be disastrous.

    It is exactly the same with your business. Experts are paid more for a reason, don’t be too economical that you fail to hire the best people when it matters most or settle for sub standard tools.

  1. Failing to Go All the Way

    This is one of the biggest reasons why so many female entrepreneurs – and males too – never get to see their business blossom. It’s important that after a failure or a major setback, you pick yourself up and get back in the game.

    I know you’ve probably heard this a thousand times but it’s worth repeating; “winners never quit and quitters never win”. The entrepreneurial journey is one full of challenges to overcome. You must be determined to go all the way until you see the results that you seek if you want to thrive.

Women are naturally relational. Little wonder how a woman is significantly affected when a relationship goes awry. Could this also be the reason why so many women use social media to interact and keep in touch? While this can be a distraction for a woman, this could also be an advantage to women in business?

What does the statistics reveal?

According to a research by bandwatch.com, the chief social media platform used by 71% of the online population, Facebook, is dominated by women (76 percent) as opposed to men (66 percent) and averagely, women have more than twice as many posts on their Facebook walls and have 8% more ‘friends’ than men.

So with this in view, how can women use social media to increase profit?

  1. Build and Retain Customer Loyalty

Stats have shown that it is about six times more expensive to acquire new customers than it is to retain old ones. Using social media can help you to connect with your customers in many ways. It also makes it easier for the customers to reach out to you making it easier for you to attend to their concerns if any does arise.

This will keep you in the front row of your customers’ heart so that whenever your customers need the service that you’re offering, your business comes to mind first thereby leading to an increase in profit.

  1. Get More Insider Information About Your Customers.

Social media enables you to get insider information about your customers as it allows you have an idea of the kind of discussions they have, their desires, likes, dislikes and even gives you a peek into their dreams. This information can be used to create complementary products or launch entirely new services that your customers will receive with much delight thereby making you wealthier.

  1. Get More Referrals From Existing Customers.

When you’ve connected with your customers on social media and are actively building a relationship with them, it becomes much easier for them to recommend you to their friends and families – Your business is only a ‘share’, ‘retweet’, or ‘repost’ away from landing new customers.

And remember, word of mouth recommendation beats every other known form of advertising and best of all… It’s free!

So there you have it. Three creative ways you can increase your profit using social media.

By: Peri Pakroo

More women than ever before, are grabbing the reins, and starting their own businesses. The number of women-owned small businesses is growing approximately twice as quickly as the national average for all start-ups. Despite some long-held and inaccurate stereotypes of women tending towards makeup sales or Beanie Baby businesses, in truth there’s no such thing as a typical “woman-owned business.”

Women are starting businesses of every type and size and in every industry — from construction to technology to professional services, and from one-person consulting firms to Fortune 500 companies. The reasons women are jumping into the world of small business are as varied as the women themselves.

Some women entrepreneurs come from the corporate executive world and are simply ready to take a crack at running things themselves and putting their own ideas into action. Others have faced layoffs from a downsizing economy or are re-entering the workforce after taking time off to raise children. Still other women are pursing long-held dreams of running arts- or crafts-based businesses.

For entrepreneurs of all stripes — women and men included — the pre-start-up phase is typically characterized by a flood of questions about what exactly it takes to make it in business. Are there different answers to these questions for men versus women? Not really. Every business needs to be based on a solid idea, aimed at a profitable market or niche, have solid systems in place, and market itself effectively. And, of course, the legal and bureaucratic rules facing women entrepreneurs are exactly the same as those facing men.

But as many women business owners will tell you, the road to success for women often involves its own unique set of hazards. Surveys of women business owners show that women’s business concerns tend to skew towards issues such as finding work-life balance, start-up (or expansion) financing, and marketing. The following tips address some of the issues and concerns that are most commonly faced by women entrepreneurs.

  1. Start a business that works for you and fits with your personal life. There are no rules as to what a “real” business looks like. For some businesspeople, success might mean an international operation with hundreds of employees and annual revenues in the tens of millions. For others, a small consulting firm or artisan business that pays a healthy salary and allows generous personal freedom might be considered the pinnacle of success. The key is to take the time early in the planning process to consider this question and decide for yourself what your ideal vision is for your business and your personal life.

Remember also that small businesses can be quite profitable, particularly if they target an untapped (or under tapped) niche. It’s almost always possible to find profitable niche markets if you look carefully.

  1. Don’t sweat the bureaucracy. A lot of would-be entrepreneurs, women and men alike, find themselves stuck on the verge of taking the leap into starting a business, but confused about how to tackle the legal rules of getting started. This hang-up is always grounded more in fear than reality; the truth is that clearing the bureaucratic hurdles isn’t usually a big deal.

You can usually start a sole proprietorship (the legal term for a one-owner business) or a partnership (a business with more than one owner) by registering with just one government office. And for business owners who want protection from personal liability for business debts — often referred to by the legal jargon “limited liability” — the simplest corporations or limited liability companies (LLCs) require only a couple more registration tasks to complete. In other words, once you have your business idea developed to a certain degree, all you need to do is visit a few government offices, fill out some forms, and pay some fees — and suddenly your idea will have become an actual, legitimate business.

Of course, there’s a lot more to launching a successful small business than dealing with bureaucratic requirements. For starters, you’ll need to have a sound business idea, and you’ll need to be able to develop good management skills to guide it to success. This is where you should put your mental energy and good ideas; don’t waste precious brain cells worrying about the legal hurdles.

  1. For businesses with moderate to significant overhead, it is crucial to start the business with adequate funds. Starting a business without enough money to ride out the early lean days (described as “undercapitalization”) is the most common reason that businesses fail. Undercapitalization is less of an issue with small service-based businesses that don’t have many fixed expenses. But businesses with overhead such as rent, salaries for employees, utility bills, inventory, equipment, insurance, or other fixed costs absolutely need to plan carefully and pull together enough funding to support the fledgling business as it works up to speed.

Also, though it’s important to start your business with enough capital, that doesn’t mean that every business needs piles and piles of money to get off the ground. Plenty of mega-successful businesses were started on a shoestring: Apple Computer started in a garage; Hewlett-Packard started in the dining room of the Packard home; the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, a business that can find creative, thrifty ways to provide its product or service — especially in its early days — will typically find more success than a business that adopts a “spend more money” approach.

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  1. If you need start-up or expansion financing, consider sources other than traditional banks. One of the concerns most commonly cited by women entrepreneurs is difficulty finding start-up financing. And it’s little wonder: traditional banks typically don’t lend money to new ventures that don’t have a track record of success or creditworthiness. Instead of focusing on conventional big chain banks, start-ups should instead look for local community banks, credit unions, and other local financial institutions that have a vested interest in the health of the local economy. Often, their application processes and criteria are softer than the big banks.

Two resources that women should definitely look into are Women’s Business Centers and community development financial institutions. Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) exist nationwide and focus on supporting women entrepreneurs through business training and counseling and access to credit and capital, among other services. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs), which are certified by the U.S. Treasury, are a fast-growing segment of the business financing market specializing in loans to underserved communities and populations. CDFIs usually — but not always — have a specific focus such as improving economic opportunities in blighted communities or supporting women- or minority-owned entrepreneurs. Both WBCs and CDFIs can be especially helpful for start-ups, businesses with poor credit, and businesses seeking relatively small loans, generally up to $100,000. Even better, they often offer guidance and expertise to your business in addition to financing, which will help your chances of success.

  1. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a sales type. Often (but certainly not always) women report feeling intimidated or turned off by the task of sales and negotiation. But, despite what many believe, you absolutely do not have to be aggressive or sleazy to be an effective salesperson or negotiator. In the real world, the common thread among effective salespeople is that they are good communicators. They provide clear information, listen to their customers, and use good judgment as to when to back off and save the pitch for another day.

Certainly there is an art to selling and negotiating, and every businessperson should work on developing these skills. There are countless books and online resources on the topic that can be very helpful as you refine your approach. Just remember that the stereotypical pushy, aggressive salesperson is not the model to work towards. Instead, focus on developing your communication skills and keeping your own personality in the mix as you develop your own selling style.

  1. Network like a social butterfly — it is one of the best ways to market your business and create profitable opportunities. Networking involves actively cultivating relationships with people, businesses, community leaders, and others who present possible opportunities for your business — not just as potential customers, but also as vendors, partners, investors, or other roles. Networking is not the same thing as sales: Rather than the simple goal of making a sale, a huge goal of networking is to inform other businesspeople and influential people about what you do in hopes that they will recommend your business to their circle of contacts.

Lots of folks new to the world of business fear that successful networking requires unsavory schmoozing or pandering. These concerns are unfounded. In fact, if you adopt a sleazy, wheeler-dealer approach, you risk alienating the very people whom you want to make your allies. Instead, successful networking is little more than sincere communication with others about what you do. You are “networking” every time you attend an event held by a local trade association, get to know other business owners and community leaders, write a letter to the editor, participate in an online discussion group, or have lunch with another local business owner.

  1. Forge relationships with contacts before you need help from them. For example, if you need the support of a local politician on an upcoming city zoning decision, you’ll have a better chance of getting the politician’s vote if he or she already knows you and thinks favorably of your business than if you place a call to his or her office out of the blue.

BY: Amanda Ditchik

Often times many mothers wonder how life would be when they have babies. It has been discovered that most 21st century moms want to earn extra income even after child birth but don’t know where to begin. Today’s mothers are just as passionate about their careers as they are about their kids. The reasons why moms need or want to work can vary, here are just a few:

  • You want to contribute financially to the family. After years of earning an income, it can feel offsetting to some women to no longer make their own money. (Some might even feel uncomfortable asking their partners for an allowance). Working becomes a way to assert your autonomy and also contribute financially to your family
  • You don’t want to lose out on your career. Let’s face it; it took many of us a lot of hard work and long nights to get the careers we had prior to becoming mothers. By having a flexible job, you can help maintain your career status—and still be able to pick up your kids after school and take them to other extra curricula activities.
  • You want to keep your skills fresh. Many moms report getting “mommy brain” from being around little ones all day. One way to keep yourself—and your skills sharp is by having a job that allows you to flex your mental muscles.
  • You’d like to make on-ramping easier in the future. Maybe when you had your kids, you knew that you would want to stay home with them for a while then, eventually return to the workforce. Great! One of the challenges in this route however is the employment gap in your resume. If you have a part-time or even a freelance job, you can fill in any potential employment holes and also make on-ramping easier, since it will appear to a potential employer like you never stopped working.

The good news is that whether you want or need to work, flexible jobs can come in all shapes and sizes, flexibility and freedom. You can find full-time, part-time, telecommute, freelance, compressed workweeks, or even job shares.

What types of opportunities are out there? Here are 10 examples of flexible work opportunities and the companies that support these careers:

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  1. Writer: If there is one career field that was made flexible, writing would be it. Many companies are looking for writers who can create content that informs, entertains, or persuades an audience. Writing opportunities can also be found in industries such as information technology, research, healthcare, engineering, and pharmaceuticals. For those with an eye for detail, grammar, and spelling, editing is another option.
  1. Visual Designer: Visual designers are in demand by a variety of career fields. Top candidates typically will have JQuery, HTML, and CSS knowledge, and a strong portfolio that emphasizes the designer’s previous work. Visual designers can create web/motion designs for website and online content, as well as for physical products.
  1. Art Therapist: An art therapist might conduct individual and group therapy sessions, using art as a medium to connect with participants. This type of job has varying levels of flexible work options.
  1. Data Entry—Research Assistant: To attain a research assistant position, data entry and research skills are often required. In this job, one might assist with research tasks, such as gathering and coding data and handling administrative duties.
  1. Social Media—Digital Web Editor: A digital web editor will publish current news and stories to a company’s website, create special web pages, and monitor and promote websites through social media. This position might require an associate’s degree and an entry-level knowledge of HTML and JavaScript.
  1. Nursing: For many, nursing may not be considered a flexible job but with opportunities which include employment with healthcare networks, insurance companies, staffing agencies—even working as a consultant or a writer, with the right credentials, these can be great freelance jobs for moms who need some flexibility in when and how often they work.
  1. Photographer: Another great option for visually creative professionals is photography. Photographers are needed for commercial work, social events, portraits, nature, sports, and journalism. Picture databases and news outlets often purchase photography from freelancers for use by bloggers, news outlets, and websites.
  1. Caterer: Another interesting career for women who love cooking is to be a food vendor, definitely you would deliver food for events, offices and of cause this job has time variations that would enable you earn quick cash and still have time for your kids.