Tulsa Couple Start Home Based Business To Be Closer To Family

Tuesday, January 25th 2011, 5:33 pm
By: News On 6

Rick Wells, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Frustration over lack of flexibility in corporate America gave birth to a new company that's actually putting people to work.

Meet 5-month-old Gentry, 3 1/2-year-old Katie and their parents Brett and Carey Baker.

Who wouldn't want to come home in the middle of the day and play a little and enjoy the kids as they grow up?

That's what Brett and Carey were thinking when they started their business Part-Time Pros.

"There's technology available to enable me to work from home, if I could do work from home," Carey said.

But she says there's an old school mentality about coming in at 8 and leaving at 5.

"I wanted value based on my productivity and efficiency," she said.

Brett suggested a new kind of business, a cadre of part-time professionals who are put to work in a new way.

They recruit the pros and help businesses creatively put them to work and so far so good. There were 750 jobs filled last year and this year's goal is 1000 more.

"It was hard to walk away from the salary and benefits," Brett said.

Brett's even given up his career as a firefighter to devote full time to the business.

They have created a successful yet flexible business model of helping others find rewarding and flexible careers.

Now, they don't miss any moments with their kids.