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WAHMS - Why Don’t More Businesses Use Them?

by Mary Emma Allen on May 5th, 2008


Susan Gunelius, a work at home mom, blogging at Women On Business, asks the question, Why don’t more companies hire stay-at-home moms as consultants, freelancers or as telecommuting employees?

She has an interesting post on this topic, Tapping into the Experience of Stay-at-Home Moms at Women on Business. 

Are you a stay-at-home mom?  Are you considering staying at home with your children as Susan does with her triplets?  Some moms develop their own at-home business.  Others would like to work for a corporation from their home.  Still others consider being a home based consultant, working on contract to a larger corporation.

What’s your take on this?  Either as a stay-at-home mom or a corporation who hires them.

(c)2008 Mary Emma Allen

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2 opinions for WAHMS - Why Don’t More Businesses Use Them?

  • Lara Fabans
    May 5, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I’ve been a WAHM since 1999 (with 2.5 years where I had to go back onsite due to a long set of circumstances, but I’m much better now).
    I definitely have to focus on Me, the product, and avoid any mention of kids, etc. I find out what the client needs, come up with a solution and then make sure I achieve that.
    That’s not to say it’s easy. What really sucks is when they want me to come onsite at 2pm at a place 90 minutes away and I’m thinking “Now how am I going to pick my daughter up from school at 3pm….” and I have to find a polite way of excusing myself from that meeting.

    I do think, and this hasn’t been proven yet, that if I work for smaller companies in my local area, I’ll have better luck, but that big companies would rather outsource to another country than take the chance of hiring someone local who has an unusual schedule. It’s disappointing. And yet, I remain hopeful that together we’ll change the world one company at a time.

  • Susan Gunelius
    May 6, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for the link, Mary Emma. I have to agree with Lara in her comment and hope that by talking about this topic, we’ll bring more attention to it and companies will start realizing what they’re missing!

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