New Beginnings: How two moms overcame the challenges of working after children

A transition from being a mom who has been out of the workplace for some time looking after children and decides to re-enter the job market is very challenging.

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson speaks to two women who have left their careers and considered their own entrepreneurial skills to create jobs that worked for them after birth.

Recruit my Mom

After giving birth to her first child, Philippa Geard took a career break to take care of her baby. Her boss promised her job back when she is ready to start working again. But the long working hours were something this young mother wasn't prepared to contract herself to.

In her quest for something suitable, she met other mothers who had a similar problem to hers and it is there that she decided to start her own business, Recruit my Mom.

Recruit my Mom is a business that specializes in placing mothers back into to the workplace and which now has a network of thousands of skilled women through South Africa looking for part-time and flexible work commitments.

We currently have 18 000 skilled women looking for part time jobs

Philippa Geard, CEO Recruit my Mom

Moo Moo Kids

Similar to Philippa, Cam Shackleton started her company Moo Moo Kids when she came back to South Africa after she had a successful career in London.

She says their reason for coming back was merely based on their financial status at the time. They couldn’t afford to stay in the UK living on just one salary, after the birth of their baby.

She started her business from selling baby sleeping bags to selling a whole range of baby clothing and other useful stuff for moms.

Both Philippa and Cam started their own businesses to afford themselves flexible working hours and time to spend with their children.

Listen to the full conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:


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