A neighbour in my Southern California apartment complex is setting up a new business. She's going to provide services to the growing number of home-schooling families to be found in and around Santa Barbara. There will be group trips to places of interest, science classes on the beach and in nearby woodlands such as the Monarch butterfly sanctuary, and all kinds of 'short course' type activities designed to support the curricula devised by independent home-schoolers. It's a great idea and I wish her well.
My neighbour and many of her home-schooling colleagues are 'economommies' - that is, women who were 'stay-at-home Moms' before the economic downturn but who now need to supplement the family income with paid work which allows them to look after the kids too. They are seeking new and original ways to combine family life with income generation, and there's a new company designed to help people like them - Mom Corps. Mom Corps' mission is two-fold:
- We provide companies direct access to a previously untapped market segment of exceptional talent - professionals who have opted out of the traditional workplace.
- We enable professionals to work in their respective fields, while simultaneously meeting familial needs and responsibilities.
Sounds like something we could develop in the UK too. Read more about this topic in Time Magazine's Hard Times Send 'Economoms' Back to the Job Market