It's A Recession, My Days as a SAHM are Numbered
When Patti Lee from KTVU Channel 2 contacted the Silicon Valley Moms Blog to provide feedback about a story she was doing on stay-at-home moms producing income in a tough economy, I sent an email out to our bloggers. I did not consider myself in that category until she called me the next day to ask my opinion. Then I realized, that I was not only in that category - but I was also in denial. My family has been very supportive since I jumped off partner track 6 years ago from a company I really enjoyed working at (Deloitte) to raise three boys, but my time is up and I need to get a job again. I started collaboratively and personally blogging, Facebooking, Twittering, setting up a LinkedIn profile, speaking at conferences and freelance writing. All of this participation in online networking helped me re-invent/update my career skills, make business contacts and get my voice heard online. I also tried to keep up to date by reading posts with tips on how to use Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and upcoming social networking trends.
But now that I "re-invented" my career, I realized I don't know exactly where to take it. Do I try to make money blogging? Do I go back to grueling hours of project management? Do I consult with companies looking to implement social media strategies? How do I fit all of that into the little extra time I have each day (and my "second" shift after the kids go to sleep)? At some point in the near (really near) future, I need to officially go "back to work" to bring some income to my family.
I am not alone... This last economic downturn seemed to hit the hardest, and many SAHMs (especially in Silicon Valley where the cost of living is so high) seem to be having similar conversations. When I talked to KTVU Reporter Patti Lee to provide my feedback, I discussed how I and other moms are using blogging and online networking to "re-invent" our careers. Click on the link below to see the VIDEO INTERVIEW:Continued on the next page