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10 Careers for Power Moms

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Real Estate
Real estate agents commonly work more than 40 hours a week. More than half in the U.S. are self-employed, which allows them to set their hours.
Real estate agents commonly work more than 40 hours a week. More than half in the U.S. are self-employed, which allows them to set their hours.
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There's a reason power moms have "power" in the title. Their eyes for detail and seemingly endless reserves of energy make power moms ideal candidates for careers in real estate. Love closing a deal in a cutthroat industry? Real estate is perfect, then. It also dovetails nicely with the demands of a family, as hours are often by appointment.

This does not, however, mean hours are light. Real estate agents commonly work 40-hour weeks and odd hours that make them available to people in the market for homes but can't take off during regular office hours to go house hunting. Working out a flexible schedule can be left to the power mom, though, as 59 percent of realtors (making a median income of around $40,000) in the U.S. in 2008 were self-employed.

Becoming a real estate agent will require an up-front investment, with broker school, which can cost around $350, and licensing fees, which will set you back less than $100.


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