Metro News:

As the contracting economy makes 9-to-5 jobs look increasingly like quaint relics from an earlier time, many victims of the recession are finding ways to make work work for them.

Tanya Godard had a great job with a pharmaceutical company. She got married, got pregnant and took maternity leave. A few months later, her position disappeared.

“I didn’t have a job to go back to,” the Ontario mother of one says. Luckily for her, she had started working a flexible, home-based job with a company called the Pampered Chef. It’s an update on Tupperware parties, featuring kitchen devices instead of storage boxes. “Ours are more interactive because we have all the fun tools,” Godart says.

She does about three “Cooking Shows” a week, but it ranges to accommodate her other commitments.

“I get to decide when I want to do shows,” Godard says. For example, she took it easy in February and then worked extra hard in March to make up for it.

“It I need an evening off here, or a weekend off there, it’s flexible enough that it allows me to do that. That’s the best thing about this job: It’s your business. You get to determine how much your want to work.”

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