Can I work remotely and keep my children home to save on daycare costs?

Short answer: No (ish)… Ok, Kinda? Maybe?

Long Answer:

For a vast majority of remote jobs, you will need childcare arrangements. Working remotely may, however, allow for different forms of child-care, being in-home (as long as you have a quiet, separate space) or other family members during off-hours.

Many large companies have childcare and noise requirements in their employment agreements! Whether you do your job in a hospital or in your home office, you still need to maintain a level of professionalism to clients that does not include screaming, needy babies and/or barking dogs. Think about bringing your child to your next shift at the hospital and let me know how that works out!

However, working remotely MAY offer you some flexibility in childcare, but this depends entirely on the company, working hours, and schedule.

  • You MAY be able to alter your working hours to accommodate school drop-off/pick-up.
  • You MAY be able to flex your hours to attend a daytime appointment, event, or obligation without taking PTO.
  • You MAY even be able to reduce your childcare to part-time if you can find very flexible working hours or if you have another family member available during off-hours.

To what extent you will need childcare truly depends on the job but, regardless, you WILL likely need childcare in some form, for some time, period.

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