My Reply: Is it possible to balance work and life as a consultant?Yes, I think it is, but you can't always manage it when you want to manage it.The problem was that she was not home five nights a week (fly Sunday, get back home late Thursday night after the kids were asleep).So Mom was not there to tuck the kids in goodnight roughly 70% of the time.but from week 5 to 46, you quickly realize it is not home. This is not always easy to do, but to the extent you have increasing influence on this as your reputation builds within the firm, you have more options.
So she was "there" in total about five nights a week (three weekdays, two weekends) for her kids, all her clients were local because her industry was local, and she too was about 2 - 3 years from partner... In other words, the question to ask is: how does this particular career path play out with kids?She was very torn, and she in many ways regretted not picking her second favorite industry, which in her career when switching industries was no big deal.She did not realize the tradeoff she was making at the time she made the original decision. Pick your industry carefully, and fully consider the longer term ramifications -- family, kids, etc...If you wanted to work in the Oil and Gas industry and you work out of New York, guess what? If you happened to work in the Houston office and want to work in financial services, guess what?You are flying to New York every week (or fairly often).
If you like working in high-tech, but work in Chicago, you are flying to Silicon Valley a lot.