If you've worked out your budget and squeezed as much out as you can, and you still can't find a way to live on just one income, there are other alternatives. You might be able to bring in a supplemental income without having to sacrifice all of the rewards of being a stay-at-home mom.
For instance, you might be able to find part-time work that works around your kids' schedules. Especially after your children are old enough to be in school, a part-time job with hours that fall within the school day could be ideal. Another advantage to part-time work is that it's a great way to transition back into the full-time workforce if you need to later on down the line. Otherwise, a long gap in your employment history could make it difficult to get hired again.
Another option is to work from home. If you can't find a job that will allow you to telework, consider freelance work or starting your own business. However, balancing work at home with a family poses its own challenges. In addition to self-discipline, you'll have to make rules and draw boundaries so your kids don't distract you from your work unnecessarily.
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