A power mom who left her field to stay at home took something very valuable with her: experience and insight. These can be powerful tools for companies looking for an outside view of their operations, their clients and their competitors.
Consulting is arguably the most powerful power mom career of all. In addition to money, the field commands respect -- the kind that power moms are used to commanding from their families. Consulting can be as simple as working on a contract or freelance basis for the power mom's former employer or as complex as establishing a consulting firm and taking on both clients and consultants.
Power moms looking for something in between these two extremes can sign on as a consultant for firms that match consultants with the businesses that need them. Firms like National Executive Service Corps matches members of the business force with nonprofits that need a little executive structure. One power mom, Stacy DeBroff, combined her parenting expertise with consulting and formed Mom Central, an online clearinghouse that uses the blogosphere for word-of-mouth marketing to moms.