What do a banker, an IT expert and a stay-at-home mother has in common?
Before you answer with the very obvious- all are women- Let us tell you, we have more for your naïveté. Sure they all are women, who have accepted some major facts of their lives as their destinies. A banker, successful in her job, is ever unsatisfied that her children are not getting their mother’s loving care. She runs from pillar to post to make ends meet and tries her best to give equal importance to PTA and office meetings. Still, at the end of the day, she is guilt ridden, full of angst that despite trying really very hard, she is not able to do full justice to either of her roles.
And with a sigh, she thinks about her neighbour next door, who is an IT professional, and can sneak in extra hours at home just to be with her children.
Let’s peep into this IT expert’s home. Her job is such that she can sometimes opt in to work from home. When you say you work-from-home, you can sense the pangs of jealousy from listeners who either work full-time at office or do not have options to do so. They all feel it’s so easy to manage an IT job. But really, is it so? The IT expert too has deadlines, and because she is at home, she has extra pressure to prove that she is not whiling away company’s salary but actually working. It is really tough to concentrate on work when every half hour, you have a door bell ringing or a baby seeking your attention. In comes early morning/late night work hours when she can literally burn the oil and finish her assignments. She is permanently in a limbo, where instead of enjoying her son’s splash in the pool where she is physically, she is mentally thinking about the best way to come up with a solution to the current work issue. So, when she burnt her food on stove the second time as an urgent call came up, she sighed and dialled a takeout joint to deliver their dinner at home. She was feeling bad for feeding the hotel food to her kids, but it was better than feeding them burnt food, right? This neither here, nor there was really difficult and taking its toll on her and she was contemplating to quit her job and be at home.
And the stay –at-home mother, who keeps fielding the question- “what are you doing currently” with “nothing” or “These kids keep me busy” has all the above guilt, plus the persistent noise in her head telling her that she is wasting her life.
So, all these women, from different walks of life have a lot in common- First, they all had worked really hard to excel in academics, to make a career for themselves, or to prove that as girls, they are no less than boys when it came to studies. They all wanted to be financially independent and make a career for themselves. Then what exactly went wrong?
Somewhere, they let the fire in their belly die. They gave into societal, marital, familial pressures. Think about it, Urban India has…… % women who are well educated, but are staying at home due to various reasons.
Unable to bear the guilt of ignoring one at the cost of the other, most of these women choose home and family over their own ambitions and career. And once they give up everything to raise their children or take care of their home, deep inside, they are still cradling their desire to carve out their own identity. Lack of direction, support and guidance keeps them from taking a step towards their dreams.
Qween can help these women in many ways. The first step is to convince them that though trapped in their circumstances, they still can give their dreams a strong foundation of reality.
They can start slow and look at myriad opportunities that Qween provides where they can work-from-home in their spare time. These jobs are small, part –time jobs which are really enjoyable and fun. What’s more, on the side, they help you earn money without any investment on your part but your spare time. Your Smartphone becomes your earning machine, or making a few calls a day helps you earn commission. These jobs are actually confidence boosters, and slowly ease stay-at-home mothers into thinking of earning big. Even those women who are struggling home and a full time office can benefit from these jobs, as soon, they will find that apart from money, they have been empowered to choose their own work-hours and quantity of work.
To bring back the proverbial fire in the belly, all you need is a bit of hope, a desire to beat all odds, and an idea, which though looks small, could soon become a big business opportunity.
Join QWEEN today, or help someone join ,and see the difference.
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