For the single mums out there that have done this/are doing this, I would like to know what I'm in for by taking the leap back to work, looking for advice and info any of which could be helpful to me If you have been in a situation like my own and found success please comment on how you did it!
I became a single mother again in March this year and have been on SPP at home with my kids full time - I have three kids, aged Seven, Four and Two. (Mr Seven is in school, Mr four will be starting prep in Jan and Mr two will need to be in daycare)
In 2012 I did a cert three in Business Admin and have just last week had a chat with a place called "Max Employment" Im sure a lot of you have heard of them? They are connected through centrelink and help people like myself find work. Im getting referred through to them on Monday by Centrelink and will be getting assistance in everything I need to (hopefully) find my first full time job.
Now, as most single mums know, (and many couples Im sure) finances are tight! Im wondering if and when I find full time work, being that I will need all three of my kids in daycare and before and after school care, how much is that going to cost me out of pocket?
What does centrelink generally cover for single mothers who work? I can imagine it is going to be tough - with three to pay for. Can anyone tell me what a similar situation costs them and how they handle it?
I live in a large house (which was more reasonable before my husband left) and am pondering also finding a room mate once I am working to help with rent costs. There is a massive double bedroom with an ensuite that is on the other end of the house to the main areas and kids rooms that Im thinking could work for an extra person and help lower cost of living. Has anyone else ever done this with kids - perhaps with a friend they could trust etc? Might be a bit hard but trying to think of the options, this one will be easier once I am getting an income from work and the extra tenant wont be affecting my payments.
This is probably a little sloppily written, Im quite overwhelmed by my own questions and thoughts.
Any advice at all would help a lot! Thanks!