Allison O’Kelly worked as an accountant until her son was born in 2003. Though the large corporation for which she worked offered a part time schedule, the schedule lacked the thing that she needed most to both work and take care of her new family – flexibility.
“It wasn’t about hours,” says O’Kelly, but instead about the ability to work when it was convenient – for instance, during nap time and bedtime – rather than when the traditional jobforce is up and about.
So O’Kelly did what any great business woman will do – packed in the corporate job and began contracting herself out instead.
“It took me about a year and a half before I had so much work that I was parsing it out to my friends who were accountants,” she laughs.
When the companies for which she worked began asking where she found the great talent she was sending their way, O’Kelly realized she was on to something – and so the idea behind Mom Corps was born.
In July of 2005, Mom Corps began, and since that time O’Kelly has found workers for companies in need of employees that can do work on a non-traditional schedule. This might include a bookkeeper that works full time for five months only, or an accountant that needs only five hours each week. Workers might be able to only telecommute, or may be able to go into the office at odd hours.
O’Kelly has a variety of moms seeking employment, from those who are now working full time and want to step back a bit to spend more time with family to those who were staying at home and are ready to begin work – but want something that is more flexible than some companies can offer.Mom Corps finds companies through networking and word of mouth. These companies post jobs on the board that mothers can search.
Moms do not pay for this service; and in fact, if you register with Mom Corps the recruiters are given your information, including the hours and type of job you are looking for, and can then contact you should something that fits your criteria become available.
Mom Corps has done so well that O’Kelly just branched out into a franchising program in various cities. Owners of the franchise match qualified applicants with jobs, and they can take advantage of the marketing materials, web site, and additional help O’Kelly offers.
If you are considering heading back into the workforce, take a look at the site – you just might find a great job with a company that offers the hours you are hoping to keep.