Tell us a little about yourself:
I got married and have two beautiful girls. I’ve been working from home off and on since 1997. This time around, I’ve been working from home since 2008. I have a college consulting business where I serve and solve the college education problems of middle class families. My kids are 8-11.
I was a guest speaker at Joseph Hurley’s Savingforcollege.com 529 Boot Camp for Advisors, a presenter at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc Financial Planning Clinic, has been a guest on Point of View, Daily Connections, Protect Your American Dream and What’s In Your Hand. I have contributed my views and articles that appeared in The Star-Ledger, Garden State Woman Magazine, The Bottom Line, MorningstarAdvisor.com and divorce360.com. Mrs. Gopaul is highly sought after and has spoken at: Anderson Consulting, Mitchell & Titus LLP, Department of Treasury – US Mint, New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Social Security Administration and many other organizations.
I am a member of the National Institute of Certified College Planners.
As a work at home parent what is your biggest challenge?
Balancing my family and work life. My father has dementia and recently moved in with us. My kids are both in elementary school and sometimes, everyone seems to need me at the same time. When my dad is attending adult day care and the kid’s are in school, I can work but sometimes it seems it need to work late into the evening to do the work necessary for my business. Both myself and my husband seem to be getting the short end of the stick right now.
What is the biggest advantage to being a work at home parent?
Being able to be there for my family as needed. If my kids are sick or my dad has a doctor’s appointment, I have the flexibility to do what is necessary for them. I can also take off during the day for a massage or a walk so I’m recharged when everyone returns.
As a work at home parent what advice would you give other work at home parents?
Ask for the help that you need and hire staff to take some of the routine items that you hate off your plate.
Guest expert at AllExperts: http://www.allexperts.com/ep/1552-76869/Funding-Education/Felicia-Gopaul.htm
Guest expert at LifeTuner.org (an AARP property): Can only get access if you are an AARP member – http://www.lifetuner.org/expert/Felicia-Gopaul
Article on LifeTuner.org site – “How to Be a Good Student Loan Borrower” – http://lifetuner.org/blog/archive/2012/05/07/how-to-be-a-good-student-loan-borrower
US News and World Report – http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/05/29/helping-aging-parents-manage-their-money
From my own site – http://www.CollegeFundingResource.com
College Expert Talk podcast – http://www.collegefundingresource.com/category/podcast/cet/
Career 100 podcast – http://www.collegefundingresource.com/category/podcast/career/
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