It is estimated that more than 65% of American mothers work during their first pregnancies. And, of those, about 80% keep working until within a month of giving birth. Combine this with the fact that more and more companies are seeing the benefits of a virtual office and it makes sense that remote jobs for pregnant women are gaining more and more popularity. From the ability to manage your own schedule, learn new valuable skills and even make time for all of your doctor appointments, there are many reasons why working as a virtual assistant while pregnant is a great option for telecommuting moms-to-be.
The simple skills you probably already possess
If you have acquired entry-level data entry skills, are great at administrative tasks, love to write and know how to work your way around a few social media accounts, then you might want to try your hand as a virtual assistant. Virtual task and administration is a popular entry-level remote work job that can include tasks such as inbox management, calendar management, and document formatting. However, if you are more interested in the social media side of things, you can put your love of Pinterest to use and become a social media manager or social media consultant that still falls under the umbrella of a virtual assistant of sorts. If you want to take it slow, you can apply to perform basic administrative or supportive tasks for a small company or entrepreneur who doesn't have a busy schedule, but it is in an industry that interests you to ensure you are still gaining valuable experience.
The perks of working from home
There is no doubt that working from home while pregnant is much better than commuting to work and putting on stuffy office clothing every single day. However, the perks of working as a virtual assistant while pregnant are much more than avoiding morning traffic. For starters, you will be able to tend to your body more easily in times of need. Seeing as many women suffer from morning sickness, working from home allows you the freedom to care for yourself when you feel sick and not have to hide it from co-workers. Working from home also allows you to free up more time to engage in maternity exercise routines that can increase your productivity, keep you healthy and actually help you avoid certain pregnancy woes. You'll know that you have your dream job when you can ace it as a virtual assistant while juggling various doctors appointments throughout the next nine months.
Setting your own pace
Not only does working as a virtual assistant, or any type of remote job, allow you to work at your own pace, it forces you to manage your time more efficiently and really focus on how you are scheduling your tasks along with your needs. This mindset will come in handy once your baby arrives and you are juggling your new mom life with your professional one. The great news is that you can actually have both, and your work as a VA will likely show you how.