Finding Viable Work From Home Opportunities As New Parent -
Landmark Transportation School Bus Driving Option
Being a new parent is not always what you expect
and there is definitely no job description. Every baby is different and unique
which is why motherhood can be so scary, fun, terrifying, exciting, and
rewarding all at the same time!! What is especially challenging as a new parent
is making the difficult decision to quit a full-time job to be home with
your children and finding ways to supplement income.
As a stay at home parent myself an
entrepreneur, I am always approached by fellow mommy friends wondering how I
made it work. My response is always to weight out the options and costs
of going back to work full time vs. staying home to raise your children and
perhaps supplementing your income with some viable work from home options on a
part time basis. And when I say to "weight out the costs", I mean the
REAL COSTS in all areas (not just money).
Things like quality of life, health, exercise, eating out, commute
times, etc. should ALL be considered as “costs” when making this decision.
For me, the decision was an easy one
as going back to work full-time in agencies as an event planner meant a +3 hour
commute each day from Newmarket to Toronto and back, long days, evenings,
weekends, travelling, putting 2 kids in daycare full time (both of whom are
special needs), likely having to hire a housekeeper, eating out more, quality
of life differences that I wasn't going to sacrifice and all for only MAYBE
$300 a week extra after factoring that all that all in! I’m hearing about more and more moms in a
similar situation as mine.
The trick, however, is finding those tried and true income
potentials that *actually* earn money (a-hem MLM's :) and provide
flexibility for parents. Well my friends, I think I FOUND IT!
School bus driving part time with
a local transportation company like Landmark is your local income
supplementation option. I'm happy to share with you the inside
scoop on how it all works so that you can feel comfortable in the
decision-making process on if this opportunity could work for your
Training & Requirements
If you carry a driver’s
license, enjoy children and have a decent driving record; getting your license
to be able to drive a school bus is no problem at all. Landmark does the
required training for you, right at their offices! The training consists
of 5-10 business days of onsite training. You will also need :
Driver Abstract ( 3 years
un-certified). Can be ordered online for
of Transportation Medical for professional driver license - not covered by OHIP. Most doctors charge from $50 to $125 for this
Sector Screening (Police check) as you will be working with kids. Cost is about $65 and the company will
reimburse you once hired. Some moms may have one of these already
if they volunteer at school, etc. already!
Once complete, you are all set.
Note that the initial training does require that you find childcare as children
are not permitted at the training sessions themselves.
If you are a stay at home mom with an
infant/ toddler / preschooler OR even a parent with kids in school full time,
this is the opportunity for you! Hours for school bus drivers are
extremely family friendly! Depending on the route that you are assigned,
typical start times range from 6:30-9am. You then get the day to yourself
to tend to your home, get dinner sorted, run personal errands etc. You
are required back for your after school run at around 2:00-4pm. You get
to be home for your family obligations and dinner with a breeze by 4:30 usually!
Working as a School Bus Driver for
Landmark is as family-friendly as you can get! Here's why!
you only work 3-5 hours per day
you get to bring your kids to work
you get assigned routes as close as
possible to your home
the route pick up / drop off times
work perfectly around kids' sleep schedules and family routines
a back up system is in place in case
of unforeseen emergencies, sickness, vacation time, etc.
you can keep the bus at home with
your or at another designated, local, parking location. For our York North Chapter members, Landmark
is conveniently located right here in Newmarket area!
You will have all the school holidays, summer,
winter holidays off
Of course it all boils down to the
moola :) I am happy to report that School Bus Drivers with Landmark
are paid a very fair $18.50/hour. A typical shift earns you about $80 a
day, which is approx. $400 per week or $1600 per month! That is a
mortgage & car payment for many of us! Where else are you going to
earn that kind of money with your kids in toe and while still tending to your
How To Get Involved?
Want more info? You can feel free to contact Landmark
O: 905-888-7290 ext. 147
24 Cardico Drive (Woodbine Ave & Stouffville Rd)
Landmark is also showcasing these
opportunities at some upcoming local events as follows:
Paws in the SARC Aurora Event on Wellington St.
May 11, 10am-6pm
Sunday May 12 10am-4pm
and say hello~ Free event
Sunday June 2nd.
Aurora Chamber Street Festival
Free event 11am-5pm