Careers That Allow You To Work From Home

Before I met my husband, I never imaged getting married or having children. Then, once I had children, I never imagined I would stop working, but my son was born two months early. It wasn’t long before we learned he had developmental issues, specifically, autism. Once he hit school, there was no way I could go back to work given the amount of effort it took to get the support he needed. Being a Special Needs Mom is a full-time job! I realized I could share what I learned to make it easier for others.

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At first, Jennifer donated her time to helping other families and then went back to school to get a formal coaching certificate. She launched a business coaching families through the special education process, but the demand was so great Jennifer knew she couldn’t have the impact she wanted working one family at a time, so she launched an online training program. In addition to her online classes, Jennifer has written three books, and she tours the country speaking to organizations, parents, and schools about how they can become better advocates for children with special needs.

She was only half joking when she told me, “My goal is to become the Tony Robbins of Special Ed.”

Becoming a Warrior for Good is a risky adventure. It takes courage and the unflagging support of a partner who is willing to underwrite your passion project. Jennifer and the women Warriors like her I interviewed are lucky to have husbands who are deeply invested in the social change their wives are making. As one woman shared, “You need a financial foundation if you want to make a difference.”

That said, as Jennifer Mazella notes, making change can also be about making money. After years of being a stay-at home mother, she is proud to say she is now the primary breadwinner of the household, making six times what her husband brings in. He’s still working, but now they’re sharing the kid duty. Jennifer told me, “I was able to care for my kids, monetize my passion, and make a difference along the way. That to me is a sign of true success.”

Not-So-New Mothers Group member Lisa Stone may well agree. As a journalist, she was often frustrated by the lack of women’s voices, stories, and experiences in the media. She helped build a leading online site, Women.com,45 and then was chosen as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where she studied how to capitalize on the new online media trend. As a mother, she found journalism an unforgiving career, so she paused after the fellowship and freelanced while she tried to figure out how to integrate journalism with motherhood.

Then blogging became “a thing.” Lisa saw it as a chance to empower women by giving them a platform to share their stories and helping them monetize the power of their networks. So, with two other forward-thinking women, Lisa co-founded BlogHer in 2005, just as blogging was taking off. As CEO, she helped give millions of women the chance to share their stories, connect online and in person, and make money along the way. Without a doubt, Lisa is a Warrior who worked, paused, and thrived.

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