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Family First, But Financial Security is Priority #2

January 7th, 2018

Ask any mother what she considers her #1 priority and the answer will inevitably be “my family”. As it should be…but the question is, what is priority #2? Recently I came across a book written by a college friend called Priorities. There are lots of good reminders as author Elizabeth Stuart-Grimes prompts readers to understand…

When Women Propose Flexwork, They’re Not Asking for the Moon

January 5th, 2018

When Hillary Clinton almost won the Presidency, were more women inspired to “lean in” toward the C-Suite? Probably not. Many highly educated, talented women don’t fret the glass ceiling—they want and need to lean in halfway to less life-consuming, more sustainable, flexible work that accommodates child and aging parent caretaker roles.

From Mom to Moneymaker: Negotiating with Family for the Back to Work Move

January 3rd, 2018

There’s one skill that women returning to the workforce after a family hiatus will revisit right away: the art of negotiating…with family and potential employers. When there’s not a dire need to restart your career tomorrow, the first deal-making is with family—and your goal is to convince your partner and children that any initial inconvenience…

Exercise Toward Financial Fitness, Too

December 11th, 2017

Most women have gotten the memo on physical fitness. If we’re not going to the gym religiously, we’re fretting about making more time to exercise. We spend hours thinking about whether to eat this rather than that—especially when a zipper doesn’t zip or a button pops. Though we may devour every article about a diet that…

Zip Down Smart Short-Cuts to Flexible Jobs

December 4th, 2017

The best way to find any kind of job—flexible or otherwise—is through relentless networking among people you know and new connections you continually make via LinkedIn and other resources. There are some very viable short-cuts, however, that should be in your flexible job search toolbox. SMALL BUSINESS SPECIALISTS: A frequent concern I hear…

Savor the Full Menu of Flexible Work

December 1st, 2017

Do you still think “work” is defined in one narrow, traditional, more-than-full-time, sell-your-soul way? Time to broaden your horizons! Today many flexwork options exist beyond the obvious “part-time job”. There are actually seven kinds of flexwork that involve compensation from a company other than an entrepreneurial venture of your own: FULL-TIME WORK WITH FLEX HOURS: For many women a “permanent”, full-time…

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