Magazine article Working Mother

Not Workin' 9-to-5

Magazine article Working Mother

Not Workin' 9-to-5

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MY STORY: Every time my vibrating cell phone dispiayed the number of my baby's day care, my stomach flip-flopped. He's sick, they'd say. Again. So I'd slink out the door. Again. Bareiy back from maternity leave, I couldn't seem to clock in eight straight hours at the office. I didn't want to be the employee who kept being called out, but I also had to be there for my son- who, as it turns out, has a dairy allergy.

So seven years ago, I left an executive accountant position and amazing job at Toys "R" Us and started coldcalling Atlanta-area companies to pick up a few accounting contracts so I could work from home. I landed more assignments than I could handle. When I parceled out the extra jobs to some friends, also moms with young kids, they'd ask me, "Where do you find the flexible work?" The companies I connected them with would ask, "Where are you finding this great talent?" The upshot: In July 2005, 1 launched Mom Corps, a staffing company that matches professionals looking for flexibility with companies looking for top talent.

Soon, my company of five moms working in Atlanta began fielding calls from across the country asking about starting Mom Corps in their cities. At first I tried the commission salesperson business model. It didn't work because it takes a while to get local clients and find the right positions for the candidates. Start-ups folded before they got off the ground. And why not? They didn't have skin in the game. Last year, to attract people who'd be committed to Mom Corps, I started selling the business as a franchise. People who are willing to pay for access to the Mom Corps website, database, proprietary systems and recruiting tools are better for business: They're invested in it for the long haul and willing to work hard for their return.

Our franchise operation is already in ten hot spots including Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Seattle and Minneapolis - and coming to a city near you. …

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