I'm not sure this is in the right forum, but I am pretty down about my "career". I would love to be one of those moms who can work full-time and have a family, but my husband doesn't help much, and I don't have a network of friends/family nearby to help me out. I am realizing that I can only work part-time...something very flexible.
I worked at many jobs before having kids. I did administrative, front desk, clerical, bank back-office, advertising sales, etc. etc. I am currently in sales. My job is commission based, so I need to work my butt off to make any money. I can only put in 2-4 hours a day, so it's not working out so well. It's getting to the point where I am not even able to cover the $70 weekly for after school care for my daughter.
I stopped working 11 years ago, and started working again last year. Every job I look at has requirements that scare me... even basic stuff like "knowledge of spreadsheets". I never really learned how to make a spreadsheet with formulas, although I am sure it's simple enough. Every employer wants a very specific degree (I have a BA in communications) or a masters or 5 years experience, etc. My cumulative work experience is long, but I never worked at one job for more than 2-3 years.
I really need a job, and I hate to settle for a minimum wage job when I know I could get more. I tried to start my own business last year and it was a big failure (teaching children's music classes...ran out of money for marketing). My dream is to own my own business, but I am not sure what I could do. Could I just start selling the endless junk in my house on Ebay and actually make money on it??? I read these lists of the top 20 stay at home mom businesses, and I can't do any of them...blogging? Freelancing?? How? Where? Who would want to read my ramblings and actually pay me for it? I just want to cry. Anyone else feel the same...never really got your career off the ground and wish you had?