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When considering reentering the workforce after spending time as a stay-at-home parent, you may feel intimidated by the process. Being a stay-at-home parent is one of the most important and rewarding jobs that a person can have, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to return as a member of the labor force when you feel the time is right.
It is imperative to recognize that regardless of the apparent gap of work experience on your resume, you actually have had plenty of experience over the years of being a stay-at-home parent. It is important to tap into those skills—they will not only allow you to feel confident in finding a job that you truly will love, but they will also set you apart from others who don't have the same background as you. Your past few years have been different, but it is important that you own it and you are proud! The following tips can potentially help you propel yourself back into the workforce with confidence and ease:

Dig deep and find something you are passionate about.

After several years away from a corporate career, it can be easy to lose sight of what you are interested in, outside of your hobbies. One of the best aspects of the workforce in today’s world is that you don’t necessarily have to separate your career from your passions. For example, for those individuals who are passionate about their health and wellness and working out, they may consider a career in the fitness industry or wellness space. There are plenty of options available for you to tap into your passion and use it to your advantage, making work feel fun and exciting, rather than daunting and intimidating.

A supportive community makes all the difference in a career, especially after you have been out of the labor force for a while.

When returning to work, it is important that you find people that can help you get through the transition period and continue to support you throughout your newly reestablished career. A proper support system will help a stay-at-home parent with his or her business and ensure that he or she is valued in the workplace. Perhaps one of the best ways to find support is through a network of professionals that have experience in your field of choice. Franchise networks are a wonderful option for those who are looking to make a splash in their industry of choice, with the support of others who have experience. Franchise networks not only provide you with brand awareness and loyalty—due to the fact they have been operational previous to your employment and business venture—but they can also offer support in marketing, accounting and hiring processes, among other things.

Believe in yourself and do your research, as cliché as that may sound.

When you put yourself out there for the first time in a long time, it can be scary. You may start to doubt yourself, your skills or your ability to adapt to a new environment. It is important to give yourself grace as you learn to settle into your new role and life. Finding the right career will take some time, research and energy, but it should be a journey that you embrace! We encourage all parents returning to the workforce to do their due diligence when considering a new career. Your future is worth the time and effort it takes to find the perfect opportunity.

If you are a stay-at-home parent, ready to jump back into the workforce, and love health and fitness, F45 Training is here for you. We have worked hard to create a brand that promotes health and wellness through 45-minute HIIT workouts, and a scalable business model that gives our franchisees a unique business opportunity through a proprietary business model and large community via our franchisee network.

We are equipped to talk you through your goals and dreams, and determine whether F45 is the right fit for you. Our scalable business model allows stay-at-home parents, such as yourself, to take their passion for fitness and turn it into a career and potential stream of revenue. Reach out to us today to jump into the career of your dreams!

3 Tips for Stay-at-Home Parents Reentering the Workforce