Sue Kristoff Becoming a MompreneurElance_Cathy | Jan 21, 2008
Part 3 of a 3 Part Series
This is the final article in a three-part series spotlighting professional women who are using the internet to begin or continue new careers on Elance while simultaneously starting and raising their families.
Just like the two previous stories in this article series spotlighting Mompreneurs, Sue Kristoff (Elance ID: skristoff), started her freelancing career to have more time with her family. "Freelancing allows me to be at home with my children, especially during their early years, while still maintaining my professional career. I no longer have to pay for full time child care, or have a long commute."
The decision to move to freelancing was easy for Sue. Here’s how she analyzed the decision:
First, Sue’s one hour long commute to her job at a research firm outside of Boston was grinding, and she needed a change. Sue notes, "While I was pregnant with my second son in 2005, I realized that on weekdays I was spending more time with my older son in the car than I was being with him or playing with him at home. That just didn't feel right to me."
So after her second son was born, she decided to leave the world of full-time work and form her own consulting company. The Kristoff Group LLC was established in February 2006, and celebrates two years of business next month.
Second, while her previous professional background is in Mechanical Engineering, Sue’s professional work experience has always been very multi-disciplinary. "While my background is in structural engineering and testing, a large portion of my work entailed writing proposals, presentations, test plans, technical reports, and other forms of technical writing. I've always loved writing, and unlike many of my engineering colleagues, I actually enjoyed writing these technical documents,” said Sue.
Sue found Elance while searching the Internet for technical writing opportunities. Sue found that with her broad set of skills, she was well-poised to launch her new freelancing career in the Writing & Translation category.
Third, Sue’s husband was willing to adapt his schedule to support Sue’s new freelance work schedule.
“My husband works from home 3 days per week for his job, and this helps with day-to-day logistics. He also will take the kids out for the day some Saturdays so I can have continuous work time,” said Sue. “I do end up doing a lot of work at night and on the weekends, but I certainly wouldn't return to the commuting full-time working life I had before.”
The result? Sue has a growing freelance technical writing business through her company, The Kristoff Group, LLC, that she operates from home. Right now, she spends 8-12 hours working each week, and will increase the number of hours as her children get older.
“Freelancing is an ideal situation for me because I can decide how much work to take on as a freelance consultant while taking care of my family,” said Sue.
Read more about how Sue manages her new freelancing business and family.