As a stay-at-home mum, you may assume that your money-making opportunities that are limited. However, this is not the case in the digital day and age. There are more opportunities to make money than ever before. While your children are sleeping or whenever you have a moment to yourself, you can be putting your skills to good use to make some extra cash. Here are some suggestions to help you get started…
Start a blog – A blog will probably not make you muchmoney to begin with, but after a while you should be able to generate money on a monthly basis. There are a number of ways you can do this, from creating exclusive content and eBooks to affiliate marketing and donations.
Freelance – Do you have a skill that can be transferred over the Internet? If so, freelancing is definitely the best solution. Skills that are perfect for freelancing include the likes of content writing, marketing, website design, graphic design,branding, and admin. Browse some of the freelance websites online to see some of the jobs that are available so you can see whether you have the skills to complete them. If you do, start applying. One of the great things about freelancing is that you can take jobs as and when you have the capacity to do so.
Rent out your driveway – If you have a driveway that is not in use throughout the day, one of the easiest ways to make some more cash is by renting this out. This is especially the case if you live in a busy area, like London. All you need to do is leave your drive empty, and the transaction itself can take place online beforehand.
Make your own crafts – Do you have a creative flair? If so, why not make your own crafts? There are many different things you can make and start selling online. This could be anything from greeting cards to baby accessories. You can use a service likeParcel2Go to send your items to people cost-efficiently.
Matched betting – Last but not least, matched betting is a great way to make a bit of extra cash. This is not betting in the traditional sense. It involves covering all outcomes so that you cannot lose. You need to be disciplined, and you will need to sign up to some sort of monthly matched betting service so you can use their software and read their guides. However, you will quickly make back the money you have spent on this.
So there you have it: some of the different ways you can make some extra cash as a stay-at-home mum. Give the suggestions above a try, and find the options that appeal to you the most. After all, a little bit of extra cash coming in every month can never be a bad thing, right?
2018 is fast approaching and I have been thinking about what I want to achieve in my working life in the next year. There has been a lot of changes this year and I’ve had my most successful year to date but there is so much more I want to achieve in the year ahead.
Grow my socials
My social medias have grown exponentially this year and I would like to continue that growth, especially on Instagram. I am starting to see some referrals from there and I have even managed to gain some business from there through word of mouth. I’ve even had a few people contact me asking me to host giveaways and publish sponsored content on there which is brand new this year and very exciting.
This includes networking more and attending more events. I also plan on taking advantage of my local co working office spaces. I know plenty of people in my local village community business group have been using them and rave about them. Using an office space like Signature Works would be perfect – businesses of all sizes can come together, work together and help each other grow. Networking is so important so I believe this would be really beneficial for my business – and it would get me out of the house! There are so many advantages to Signature Works as an office space – free gym membership, a free privilege rewards card, access to an Incubator panel and so much more. Hopefully my local area will provide such a great space too.
Who wouldn’t want to do this?? My income has grown plenty this year and I am so excited to see what I can achieve in 2018 as well. I’ve lost clients – as do we all when your priorities change – and gained many new ones – plenty who are regular and pay well. As well as blog work and freelance writing and proofreading, I have now branched out into virtual assistant tasks and have quite a few happy people (mostly fellow bloggers) on my books. I love working for them and hope for it to continue into 2018 and more.
Add another string to my bow
I’ve been thinking about what else I have to offer and I am hoping that 2018 is finally the year I write a book – whether it is the fiction one I’ve been writing for years or a non fiction one I’ve been thinking about -, that it is finally the year I place somewhere in writing competitions and add another string to my writing repertoire bow, perhaps branch out into something new entirely. Who knows? I’m excited to learn new skills too and put them into use for the benefit of myself and my family.
Maybe one day with the new skills I have I will be able to move my office out of the home and employ other people, utilising time and attendance systems for my staff. A girl can dream, right?
These are just a few of my business aims for 2018 – do you have any that you would like to share with me? I’ve had such a great 2017 business wise (although 2017 could have been a little better personal wise, but that is a whole other story) and I’m hoping 2018 is much the same, if not better!
In the fast-paced, digital world that we live in, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate work from leisure and create a satisfying work-life balance. Now that we’re constantly online, whether on our phones, tablets or laptops, we’re expected to be available on demand to our friends, families, and even to our bosses. So how can we create a distinction between our work and home lives, and make time to do the things we love? Although it might be challenging, especially if you have a very demanding job, it is possible to make small changes that will help you to manage your work-life balance better and be a more effective worker as well as a happier person.
Learn to Switch Off
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to balancing work with other aspects of your life is mentally switching off after work. If you’re still thinking about work when you’re spending time with friends and family, playing sports or practicing a hobby you enjoy, your brain will have the same stress response that it does when you are at work. It’s also likely that you won’t be focusing on the people or activities that you’re spending precious time on, so you won’t be enjoying yourself as much as you could be. Practicing being present in the moment, whatever it is that you’re doing, is a really important skill that can help you to be more focused and relaxed. A good way to start is to try a meditation app for just ten minutes each day, which will teach you how to take time to breath and concentrate. You can then apply this to your everyday life and learn to focus your mind on the present moment instead of thinking about work.
One of the main stress factors in today’s typical working environment is the constant presence of technology. Our smartphones are always with us, and reflect our status as always being available to the demands of others. Switching your phone off when you’re with friends or doing a specific activity might sound drastic, but it will certainly help you to enjoy your time more and prevent you from being distracted by email alerts and texts. Another option is to stop work emails from going to your smartphone, choosing instead to read and answer them only during work hours. This will help you to stay present and avoid blurring the lines between your work life and your home life.
Let Go of Perfectionism
Many high achievers grow up as perfectionists and expect things to be as easy when they become adults as they were when they were children. The reality, unfortunately, is that having a household to look after, a social calendar to organise and a family to spend time with make it almost impossible to do everything perfectly. While there are advantages to perfectionism, it has also been shown to be linked to high levels of anxiety, which can only cause problems when it comes to creating a satisfying work-life balance.
Prioritise Your Life
Many of us spend most of our days in a state of stress, trying to complete an impossibly long list of tasks that we know we don’t have time to finish. Rather than attempting to do everything and then feeling like a failure when you can’t, or staying late at work to try and get more done, you could prioritise the things that you really do need to get done. Be realistic and think about whether you can delegate tasks to other people or postpone some until tomorrow. It’s okay to ask for help; you’re only human after all.
Another important thing to think about in relation to prioritising is what parts of your life are the most important to you. Everyone has different priorities, so take some time to think about what yours really are. If you realise that work isn’t as important to you as a hobby you’re passionate about or spending time with your family, then consider changing the structure of your time. Working less hours might mean you have less money, but it will also mean that you have more time to spend on the things you really enjoy.
Consider a Role Change
If you don’t want to completely change your career but are finding your current job too demanding, you could consider changing to a slightly different role in the same industry. Even extremely busy sectors such as healthcare have some roles with flexible working hours. If you currently work full time as a nurse or other healthcare professional, consider looking for something more flexible such as careers that fit around family life. The same applies to teachers, lawyers and other time-heavy professional roles. If working long hours doesn’t make you happy, consider changing something rather than sticking it out and spending time doing something you don’t enjoy.
Some of the most successful businesses were started in living rooms, home offices and even garages. So when launching a home-based business the opportunities are endless. One of the most difficult parts of that process, however, can be just getting the business off the ground. So if you are struggling to know how to go about launching your home-based business then read on for our simple tips on how to do just that.
Focus on Your Passions & Talents
There aren’t enough people that really enjoy their work and that is one of the best things about working for yourself from home. You should be doing something that you love. So the best place to start planning is to look into your passions and talents and consider which could have legs to grow into a lucrative business venture. You can look back into the work that you were doing before you became a parent or you could consider something that you’ve always wanted to get into but never previously had the opportunity. Finding something that you are not only passionate about but that you are also knowledgeable about is the winning combination here when planning.
Once you have brainstormed all your creative business ideas you will then want to start planning how you will create a business around it. You will need to research the demand in your local market, or further afield if you will be an online based service or e commerce retailer. Perhaps you may benefit from some training on your chosen field which is never a bad idea to make sure your knowledge is fresh and uptodate. You may also benefit from looking into direct loan lending to get you through the first few months of getting yourself set up. There is also a wealth of information online to help guide you through many different areas of setting up a business, so setting up your plan shouldn’t take up too time.
Look into Your Profit Projections
You may have a fantastic idea, but if it is not going to make any money, that is not a business, it is a hobby. Therefore you are going to need to find something that merges your talents, skills and passion with something that people are going to be willing to pay for. So before you go head first into anything you need to ask yourself the following two questions; ‘How much are people going to be willing to pay me for my services or products?’ and also ‘will I be able to make a sufficient income from that?’.
Asking yourself these questions will be able to have you looking into the profit you should be able to make once your business takes off and therefore whether your business is financially viable. So work through the details with a fine tooth comb until you can decide whether this is something that you are ready to give a go, or whether you need to spend just a little more time brainstorming for that perfect idea.
I’ve had a few people ask me recently why I am working when I have got a 7 week old baby – did I not know that I could claim maternity allowance as I’m self employed? The actual fact is yes, I knew and it is something I weighed up for weeks but ultimately maternity allowance at £139 just wouldn’t be enough. A blogger recently contacted me and asked if I knew about it and completely understood when I mentioned why I wasn’t taking it – however I have received some judgement from some people I know in real life. However, it is my situation and my decision – what has it got to do with them?
As I’m working from home (there’s a fab guide here that you can read if its something you’ve ever considered), I have the flexibility of working when I want to. I do try to keep to typical ‘office’ hours but that doesn’t always work that way and I am often seen working weekends or late into the night. I worked out that with my bills and my debt repayments (I’ve talked more about my plan for a debt free 2018 here), £139 per week which equals £556 a month just wouldn’t be enough if I was to factor in any top up groceries we may need or anything that may crop up at Jack’s school. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to spend all the time in the world with my baby but I’m taking the time when she’s asleep or spending time with Steve to actually get some work done. I find it is better to be proactive and keep bringing an income in than not be able to pay my bills.
Another big reason I haven’t taken maternity leave is because I have actually taken on some freelance clients towards the end of 2016 and they wanted work to continue into 2017. They are my biggest client and I don’t want to lose them so I will continue working for them around my children. I’ve also had a really great January and February for income – I’ve even managed to pay off some debt – so if I had taken maternity leave, I wouldn’t have made that money and I would have probably lost a big client.
I’m lucky that I’m able to work from home around my children, I don’t deny that. But I’m not taking maternity leave this time around because it just isn’t worth it for me – and I’m well on my way to becoming debt free so why stop now? Whilst Olivia is asleep, I am going to work and keep the pennies rolling in. Is that so wrong?