Adding the words ‘part-time’ or ‘flexible’ to your job search invariably reduces the options available. On the other hand, more and more employers are offering part-time, or flexible working conditions simply because it’s much easier to manage now than ever before. Not only has technology revolutionised the way business is conducted allowing for real-time communication without the need for face-to-face interaction, but the importance of work-life balance has changed how people believe they should live.
Whether you are a carer, or a parent who needs flexible hours or someone who doesn’t believe in the traditional 9-5 work schedule, there are plenty of flexible or part-time work options available. The trick is to find the right one that pays well enough.
Here are our top tips that have worked for some of the carers we have assisted.
- Freelance… If you already have specific skills e.g., accountant, graphic designer, copywriter, web developer, etc. you could freelance and work on projects that suit work around your caring or other responsibilities. Freelancers usually charge on an hourly basis or on a project basis so you could set your own prices and work the hours that suit you. Websites such as Upwork and Fiverrallow freelancers to post their skills, prices and availability to be matched with companies requiring their skills. Whilst this can be a lucrative part–time option, you will have to spend time pitching for projects and going out there to “get the business.” Also, you will need to manage your own finances and tax returns or hire an accountant. If that’s already something to do, freelancing is a great way to work on your own terms, earn well and work around your caring duties.
- Educate or re train yourself… If you believe you need to upskill, it might be a good idea to undertake an educational or training course that would give you the practical know how of a profession, for example, teaching allowing you to become a tutor, website development, writing, allowing you to become a copywriter, accounting, etc. You’ll need to consider the cost and intensity of these training courses, but if it’s something you can manage, it will be a useful stepping stone in allowing you to build a career over time that works around your needs. There are several part-time courses that are available. Please do talk to one of our team members, who will be able to guide you through your options.
- Use the practical knowledge we all have…If you are unable or prefer not to “go back to school,” there are other jobs that can offer a good part-time wage. These include; caring assistant (but it may not be something you want to do if you are already caring for someone), cleaner, delivery driver, childminding, looking after pets and others. Whilst these may not be the ‘dream jobs,” they offer reasonable hourly rates and allow you to choose the hours you want to or can work.
- Current or previous employer…If you are in a position where you need to leave your job to look after a loved one, or have already left a role to become a full-time carer, discuss part-time options with your employer. Finding committed and talented people is extremely difficult and employers are open to working with employees in offering flexible options to retain them. Don’t automatically assume your employer will ask you to leave if you need to cut your hours or even take a break for a while.
We are fully aware that ‘one size doesn’t fit all.’ What works for one family will not work for another. That’s why it’s important for you, as a carer, to contact us so we can assess your specific situation and advise you on the best options (of which there are several, not just what we’ve listed above) for you to get back into employment.
We have worked with several carers and have helped them find well-paid, part-time or flexible jobs to fit around their caring duties. Please give us a call at 0208 868 5224 to find out how we can help you find a role that works for you.