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Work from home jobs for mums are fast becoming the best way to balance between career and family life. Its great option for all you mums to consider after experiencing such a big change in your life. Now that you have a little person to take care of as well as yourself, you have to consider how you can still keep working and be a mum at the same time.
Believe me, I’ve been in your shoes. Before becoming a mum, I was the top recruiter for a leading global organisation where I was placing every single candidate imaginable, from translators to Argentina to Gas Editors in London. After my second child was born my career goals suddenly changed overnight.
I knew I wanted to work from home but what could I do? It was only after months of brainstorming and that yearning to go it alone, I found my passion and desire to create a business helping women find their career goals.
Before I give you my top 3 work from home jobs for mums, it’s important to think about the career goals you would like to achieve. It’s easy to say, “I want flexible working” or “I don’t want to live off the bank of hubby,”but if you don’t have a clear objective, then it will be hard to get off the ground.
So, to get yourself started, it’s a good idea to set yourself clear goals and deadlines that are realistic and achievable. In that way, it will become much easier to create a new career for yourself and do the day-to-day mummy duties.
Motherhood is a great time to discover a new spark of creativity and passion in life. A recent poll from Monster Jobs suggested 57% of new mums have either considered starting their own business or have already done so. Mainly because it offers them the chance to create an income as well as being at home for their kids.
There are ways you can become a Mumpreneur. Either by creating a business from scratch or signing up to a franchise. I started Careers After Kids because I wanted full ownership of my work, ideas, brand, and profits. However, with franchises or similar, you do receive support with your start-up.
Another option you could consider is selling items online through Amazon or Ebay. It's far easier than creating a website from scratch because the ecommerce platform is already set up and the audience is there waiting for you. It's important to do your research beforehand on a) what items to sell and b) how are you going to keep your inventory?
Personally, becoming a Mumpreneur is my top work from home jobs for mums. Its not only provided me with the ability to be there for my children, but also allowed me to grow in confidence and improve in self-esteem. I've accomplished things that I would never have dreamt in a million years that I could do. I'm happy to say that I'm proud of myself.
One piece of advice that I learnt from creating my own business is – don’t rush. It takes time to create a profitable business and I’m grateful for the challenges I faced. I’ve spent A LOT of money on things that have and haven’t worked and have learnt from it.
Did you know 1 in 3 mums in the UK believe they are better at their hobby than their jobs? I’m a true advocate for buying home-made arts and crafts from people who have turned their hobby into a business. Trust me, I’ve bought everything from individual sellers from Christmas decorations, to picture frames. Where did I see these items? Mostly Facebook and Etsy.
Before taking the plunge, its advisable to do your research on equipment needed, advertising etc as this will help you decide how much you need to charge per unit.
Freelancing is a great way to earn cash in your spare time. If you’re good at writing, editing, social media, marketing, web design, tech etc then you can easily offer your services on platforms such as Peopleperhour (PPH), Upwork or Fiverr.
I’ve used these platforms to recruit mums to help me with various aspects of my business and the quality has always been top notch!
Freelancing is like starting a business – you have to be patient before results kick in. There’s a lot of competition out there but once you start getting service requests, then your income will start to increase.
Published: July 16, 2019
The biggest thing I’ve learnt from having a career and being a mum is the ability to be strong enough to say, “this is the life I want” and not feel guilty for saying it. I know, it’s easier said than done right? But, I’ve been able to do this by organising my career in a way that doesn’t inflict on family life.Discover more