Odd that I missed this story about how important flexible working is to working mothers because it’s been on my mind a lot recently. I’m my own boss which means I can manage my own hours and can fit in a life with children as well as one with a briefcase, a blackberry and a business suit. A few days ago, I was offered an opportunity which looked so great, at such a fantastic company, that it was impossible to pass on it just because it would mean taking a job and joining the rush hour rat race again. I met them. I liked them. They liked me enough to ask me back for a second interview before I’d got home from the first one. Then I started talking about the details of what what flexible working might look like in practice and suddenly there’s total silence from their end. Now, I could be being unfair. Too impatient to do the deal and too ready to conclude that it’s not going to happen. I really hope so because it’s a great opportunity and I’d love to do it. Or I could have just reinforced my sneaking suspicion that the only way to make sure that I can work and spend time with my children is to run my own show. This is easy enough for me thanks to the industry I work in. How does everyone else manage? No wonder the fastest growing sector in the economy over the past few years has been in women-owned small businesses.
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