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  1. 7 Tricks To Boost Your Blog’s Readership

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    Are your blog posts failing to get any readers? At the heart of any successful blog is engaging content written with passion, but this alone might not get you the visitors you want. Here are some other ways to improve traffic to your blog.

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    Post content more regularly

    Busy blogs attract more visitors – not only do they rank higher on search engines, but they also encourage return readers who know that you’re constantly going to put new content up. You may not get more readers to each individual post, but it could attract more overall readers to your blog. Some blog owners even schedule specific times to post content so that there’s a sense of routine. It’s possible to even time posts to go out at key times when you’re likely to have more visitors – you can use analytics to find out when these peak times are.

    Consider hiring a professional web designer 

    Investing in web design could help to give your blog a more unique feel. Many bloggers use platforms such as Wordpress and Blogger to create blogs – whilst these are easy-to-use powerful tools, they can give your blog a template-y look. A website that’s coded from scratch could help you to stand out in the crowded blogosphere and it could allow you to organise content in a cool and fresh way that makes your blog more fun. Web design can cost a fair bit of money so make sure you’re serious about your blog so that it’s not a waste of money.

    Make use of social media

    Many people follow blogs through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Social media can also be a great means of discovering new readers – content can get shared which can allow new people to discover it, plus you can promote posts so that they show up on targeted users feeds. It’s worth adding links to your social media pages on your blog so that readers that like your content can easily follow you – you can even allow readers to post comments via Facebook using a special plug-in.

    Start thinking about SEO

    SEO stands for search engine optimisation and is all about improving your rankings on major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. The best way of naturally improving your rankings is to incorporate keywords – there are keyword research tools and analytics plug-ins that can help you to find the terms and phrases that are most likely to push up your rankings. You can also increase your search engine rankings through hyperlinks and shared multimedia. Hyperlinks could involve links to other content on your blog as well as links to other sites and blogs (search engines appreciate bloggers that share other people’s content). As for multimedia, consider using other people’s images with permission (and crediting them) or embedding Youtube videos – not only will this improve your rankings but it will make your posts look more exciting. 

    Start posting promotional content 

    You can also grow your readership by posting promotional content such as reviews and informational posts for companies and artists. These companies and artist are likely to share you content amongst their own followers once it is published, which can help to attract new readers. Some bloggers even make an income out of publishing this content by charging companies and artists for these articles. The key is stay within your niche and make this promotional content fun – if it comes off too salesy, you could deter readers.

    Take on guest writers

    It’s possible to also grow your blog by taking on guest writers. You can encourage these writers to share the content, which will in turn attract more readers to your blog. Of course, you don’t want anyone and anybody writing for your blog – they need to be proficient at writing and they need to post content that’s relevant to your blog.

    Connect with other bloggers

    You can also make friends with other bloggers and encourage one another to promote one another’s content. This can be a great way of growing each other’s respective audiences. Find blogs that are similar to you that you personally enjoy and consider connecting with the owner and seeing what you can do to help one another out.

     

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    7 Tricks To Boost Your Blog’s Readership

  2. 7 things to do when starting your own business

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    Deciding to start your own business is an exciting and nerve wracking moment.  Perhaps you’ve a hobby that you can turn into a money making venture, you want to start monetising your blog or there’s a home business idea you’ve been dreaming of for years and you’re ready to make it a reality.  I’ve been self-employed and running my own small business called Lylia Rose from home since 2012. In this blog post I’ll share seven things to do at the beginning of your starting a business journey.

    There are lots of things to think about when setting up your own business for the first time.  I’m no stranger to this process as my husband has started his own business recently and I also set up my own second website.  The beginning process is one I am familiar with.  We would also like to set up another travel related website, but we are stuck on deciding a name!

    In no particular order here are the first seven things to think about, create or design when setting up your own business:

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    The name

    The first thing you need to do is decide on a business name.  This can either be the easiest process or the hardest!  Sometimes you know instantly what you want to call your business and if it’s not a taken name then away you go.  However, if every name you think of already exists as a business then it can become more of a challenge.  Mind map and brainstorm until you come up with a perfect name.  Don’t settle for anything you are not 100% sure of.   Also think about the longevity of the business name.  There are many bloggers who call their blogs something like Baby Isla’s Mummy only to go on to have lots more children and after a year Isla isn’t a baby anymore.  Try to think of a name that can represent your business as it evolves into the future.  Once you have the name sorted then you can design the perfect logo.  You’ll also want to check your proposed business name is available as a domain and on the social media accounts you plan to use.

    Business cards

    No doubt you’ll want to tell lots of people all about your new business venture and if interested they’ll want to know your new business name and website details.  Most people will forget what they’re told, so it’s handy to have some business cards in your wallet ready to give to those inquisitive people.  Then there’s no danger of them forgetting and you could instantly have a new fan, supporter or even customer.  Professional business cards are easy to make using an online printing company like HelloPrint UK where you can upload your own designs and logos.  Give some extra cards to your friends and family to pass on and news of your new venture will soon spread.

    Website

    In the modern age it’s so important to have an online presence.  Your customers will be searching online to find a company just like yours and if you’re not there, you can’t be found.  It’s a great place to showcase a portfolio, take bookings or even to sell products depending on your business model.  Setting up a website is easy than ever nowadays with plenty of free templates available even for those of us who have no idea about coding whatsoever.  For a monthly or annual fee you’ll be able to get a slightly better website with more functionality and customer service to guide you through the process.  You can even hire a web developer to design your website from scratch if preferred.

    Related read: How to CREATE your own website (who I use)

    Social media accounts

    As well as being found by your website, customers will want to see you have a social presence too on some or all of the social media websites available today.  If all of them is too overwhelming (and time consuming) then just pick around three that you can focus your time and energy on.  I use Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  All three have very different purposes, but they mean my customers and followers can see what I’m up to and contact me via these channels if preferred.  It can give your business a more personal feel and some insight into the person who runs the business and a peek behind the scenes.

    Domain email

    When you have your website set up you’ll want to set up a business email that’s linked to your domain.  This means your email address will be something like hello@yourbusinessname.com.  If you only have one domain you can set up a free account with Zoho who will talk you through setting up a custom domain email address.  I use them for both my Create and Wordpress websites and the process was pretty straightforward.  If you get stuck they have an online chat team who can assist.  Of course you could go for something like yourbusinessname@yahoo.com but I don’t think it looks as professional as your own domain email.  Seeing as you can set this up at no extra cost, it’s definitely worth doing.

    Branding

    Once you’ve got a name and logo then you’ll want to think about your branding.  This may start with the logo and the choice of colours you use.  Think of the colours you want to use for your brand and use them throughout your website, marketing materials, graphics, social media and email signatures.  Consistent branding will enable your business to be recognised and appear more professional.  This is the same with the fonts you decide to use.  Have a main text font and then choose an accent font.  Your brand voice is your businesses personality and this should also be consistent allowing consumers to trust you, recognise you and rely on you.

    Tax

    The scariest sounding thing of all, but believe me it’s not that bad.  You will need to register with HMRC as self-employed if you are starting a money making business.  No matter if you are only going to make 1p or even a loss in your first year, you still need to register.  If you already have an employed job, you still need to register.  You will need to declare all your business incomings and expenditure for tax purposes, even if you don’t meet the personal threshold and have nothing to pay.  It still needs to be declared.  There are so many helpful guides on the HMRC website that explain everything and this is a great starting point: https://www.gov.uk/working-for-yourself

    Starting your own business is so exciting.  Good luck!

     

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  3. Everything you need to stay organised and productive as a professional blogger

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    I have been blogging full time for 14 months now, making money from blogs for over two years and in total I have been a blogger for over five years.  I work anywhere from 30 to 60 hours per week depending on my workload, and that workload can fluctuate considerably.  One minute my email inbox is empty and I’m on top of all my collaborative work.  I breathe a sigh of relief but I know it won’t last long.  Plus even when everything appears to be done, there is always something I can be doing whether that’s producing my own content, tweaking my website, chasing late invoices, removing dead links, balancing the books or repurposing and updating old content. 

    The next minute I check my email inbox and I have over thirty emails out of nowhere, payments received to log, enquiries about my services, ten blog posts to write with short deadlines and several PR queries.  All of a sudden there is so much to do and organise again and it can be overwhelming when working this way.  Often the blog posts can’t just be typed and job done, but photos need to be taken or sourced, topics researched, a professional blog post written and uploaded, keywords researched, SEO implemented, social media shares across all platforms created, scheduled and then marketed in various group boards and so on.  Often blogging as a job requires a great deal of multitasking and prioritising to stay on top of it all.  The best thing to do is to create an organised blogging working environment that helps you stay on top of your game, productive and professional at all times. 

    On top of blogging I have a household to run, husband to organise(!), two young children to chase after, eBay reselling, matched betting and various other side hustles taking my time and topping up my income each day.  I’m sure many other bloggers are in the same position and staying as organised as possible is key.

    Read also: How to deal with overwhelm as a work at home parent

    In no particular order here is almost everything you need to stay organised and productive as a professional blogger:

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    Fast internet connection

    A fast and dependable internet connection is a must.  When we moved into our home we chose a rather cheap internet provider and it was awful.  It often didn’t work and we even had no internet for a whole three week block!  It’s frustrating enough when you can’t have the internet for personal use, but when trying to run a business it’s essential it works.  Most of my blogging work is done online so I need the internet to work.  Needless to say we switched to a much more reliable provider with the fastest connection available in our area.  It makes all the difference when you run an online business and ensures work can always be completed on time.

    Reliable email provider

    Originally I had a Yahoo email address and emails to my @lyliarose.com were simply forwarded to Yahoo.  This was easy and great at first until there was a glitch and I realised I hadn’t been receiving all my emails for a couple of months.  Luckily this was before I went full time so I could sort it.  I now use Zoho so I have a proper @lyliarose.com email address which is integrated into my website.  It’s free for one domain and I highly recommend it.  I use two different blogging platforms, one with a company called Create and one with Wordpress.  I have emails with my domain name set up for both for a small fee.  If you only have one domain though, it’s free.  There are instructions on both Zoho and Wordpress with how to link the accounts.  It looks very professional to have a proper email address with your blog’s website name at the end.

    Decent laptop with long battery life

    There’s nothing more frustrating than a broken laptop or one that does not perform efficiently.  Believe me I know, I’ve been there!  I’ve probably had four laptops in five years!  I’d recommend finding one with a nice large screen, installing Office and making sure there’s lots of RAM so it works quickly and can handle multiple applications open at once.  I sometimes have 30 tabs open at once on my internet browser from different emails, to social media, image editing software, banking, research and so on.  Then I have 1-3 spreadsheets open and lots of Word documents with blogs in progress.  It’s worth spending a little more on a laptop with higher specs that can handle all this if it’s how you work too.  Before I had a lower spec laptop and it kept freezing up and going slow as it couldn’t handle how many things I needed open.  My new laptop works like a dream!  I also love a long battery life in case I want to work on the go whilst travelling or in a café or business lounge for the day.  Even at home it’s great to be able to move location with ease.

    A website that works

    I can’t offer much advice on going self-hosted with Wordpress or anything as I’ve never done it!  My main blog (this one) is with a company called  Create and it’s very basic.  It works fine for me though and I’m happy with the simplicity of the blog platform.  It does everything I need it to do.  Plus their customer service is outstanding. My other blogs are hosted by Wordpress.  I pay for one of their plans.  It is quite expensive, but for now I am happy with the fee.  I do see a lot of bloggers having issues with their hosts so do your research and make sure you are happy with them.  If not then change as there’s nothing worse than a website that is not speedy or doing what it should.  Make sure you think of the future when choosing a website and ensure it has all the functionality you need.

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    Well equipped with stationery

    Though I do most of my blog related work on my iPhone and laptop, I still have some stationery that I couldn’t be without.  It’s important to have the right stationery and supplies to hand to help your working hours run smoothly.  I have a pot of pens and highlighters within reaching distance on my desk and an open notebook ready to scrawl down any ideas that pop into my head.  Sometimes it takes time to open the laptop or locate my iPhone if left in another room and I’m bursting to write down an idea before I forget it.  It’s also super easy to take a notebook and pen when travelling to jot down blog post titles or to make notes at blogging conferences.

    I have a calculator which is useful for organising my accounts or working out fees on the spot if I need to add them to an invoice.  I find an actual calculator easier to use if I’m working on the laptop, though you can use one online or on your mobile phone.

    Whilst much of this can be done electronically, you may prefer to have physical diaries and planners to make your life easier.  For some people it’s easier to see your blogging schedule up on the wall on a planner or in a week to view diary next to you on the desk.  Give both options a go and see which way you work best.  I always kept everything written down, but I now use my email inbox and a spreadsheet to keep myself organised.  That works best for me personally.

    Bookkeeping system

    When blogging for money, even if you only make a penny, you will need to register as self-employed with HMRC in the UK.  You’ll need to complete a tax return each year to declare your income and pay any taxes due.  Start documenting your incomings and outgoings from day one and research what you can class as an expense. 

    I use a spreadsheet to keep a note of everything and I also have a separate bank account and PayPal to keep it all in one place.  This makes referencing items much easier and will make any audits smoother.  I document every incoming or outgoing as it happens so my spreadsheet is up to date.  Others make this a weekly or even monthly task, but for a few minutes here and there each day I’d rather stay on top of my accounts as it all happens.  You’ll also need to keep hold of any receipts for several years to prove your outgoings in case you are ever audited.

    There is bookkeeping software available to make it all easier and I’ve seen bloggers mention Quickbooks several times.  You can also hire an accountant to do it all for you and they’ll even fill your tax return on your behalf.  It’s worth looking into if this part panics you.  I prefer to do it all myself on a spreadsheet which I cross reference with my bank accounts every week or so, but you don’t have to do it yourself or this way.  Find the way that works best for you.

    The government GOV website has so many useful guides on self-employment.  This is a great link to let you know how much you can legally claim towards your homes energy costs and so on: https://www.gov.uk/simpler-income-tax-simplified-expenses/working-from-home

    Set working hours

    My family and work life often overlap and it’s not the most efficient way of working.  It was a challenge working when my youngest was here all the time, but luckily he gets 30 childcare hours a week free as we’re both working parents.  I also pay extra for the kids to go in the holidays.  This means I now have the school day to dedicate to work.  The morning and after school hours are for house chores, cooking and getting the kids things ready for school or homework done.  Then I can work from 9am-3pm whilst they are at school and nursery.  I then work again in the evening for a couple of hours or so when they are in bed.  Having set working hours can enable you to focus on the tasks at hand and not be distracted by anything else, as you know there is a time slot for you to do that other thing later.  Without set working hours it can be a bit overwhelming as there’s so much to do it’s hard to know where to begin.

    Related: How to survive the half term when you work from home

    Desk or office space

    Having a dedicated working space makes me feel more productive.  I definitely work better and can concentrate more when sat upright at a desk, compared to slouching on the sofa trying to balance a laptop on my knees!  Setting up a healthy workspace with lots of natural light, a house plant and keeping it clean and tidy is great for boosting productivity.

    Read also: Decorate Your Home Office for Fresh Blogs and Inspiration

    An organised inbox

    I mostly use my email inbox to organise myself.  I keep work I need to do in the inbox and work through this first prioritising the oldest paid collaborations.  I then have lots of subfolders such as ‘In Progress’ which I use whilst negotiating with a brand or waiting for more details or payment.  Every now and then I will go through my In Progress folder to see if I need to chase anyone up or if I can move it to my Completed folder if I’ve had a response and completed the work.  Organising my inbox in such a way saves me having to write out a blog to do list as I can always see the highest priority work.  If an email in my inbox is paid work and I have all the details then I will flag it with a red flag so I can easily spot which emails and work to concentrate on first.

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    Set realistic deadlines

    It’s best to set realistic deadlines for yourself and to tell clients.  There’s no point in telling every client you’ll have work complete by the end of the day if you are then sent five pieces of work and they take you five hours each.  It’s just not doable.  I work as efficiently and quickly as possible and give a 48 hour expectation to myself and clients.  If work starts building up then I will increase this as I feel necessary to a maximum of 7 days.  I haven’t yet had to go over this timescale as I will just work later in the evening if I get more work.  Work out how long it takes you to complete blog posts, whether you’ll have a dedicated time to spend on them without any distractions and then give yourself a little extra leeway just in case.  I find it best to under promise but over deliver.  So if you say five days but return the work in two, then they are always pleasantly surprised and grateful.  It also means if anything unexpected does pop up like an ill child or family emergency then you have covered yourself for this event.

    Make use of your phone’s notes

    I love my iPhone notes section!  I have lists of hashtags stored here that I can quickly copy and paste for Instagram posts, pre-written responses to emails so I can email on the go quickly and easily, lists of titles for blog post ideas and more.  It’s a great way to note something on the go and even to just ask Siri to create a note for you without even typing anything.  Plus you can email the notes to yourself if you need to add them to your ‘to-do inbox’.

    Learn to prioritise

    Learning to prioritise is really important.  I prioritise paid work and the shortest deadlines first.  These are the first things I tackle every day.  The rest can come later.  I also keep half an eye on my phone where I have email notifications set up so I can see a quick preview of emails as they pop up.  If any look very urgent then I can quickly see them and respond if needed without having to close the blog post I am working on.

    Use Canva

    Canva is an amazing tool for creating images for your blog and Pinterest in particular.  There is a free version and I now pay for the upgraded package.  This meant I could upload my blog font and save my business colours.  It makes creating graphics much quicker and easier as it’s all there for me.  Canva also save every image you create to their website so I have templates I can access straight away and edit in a few seconds to create a new blog image.  I mainly use it to create pins for Pinterest as they have the exact size I need.  There are templates for all sorts of  social media image sizes that are quick and easy to locate.

    Schedule with Social Oomph

    I use Social Oomph to schedule my Twitter posts and it saves me hours!  You can set up recurring tweets in all sorts of different ways which is great for evergreen blog posts.

    Read How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph to find out more.

    Use Tailwind to organise Pinterest

    I love to use Tailwind to organise my Pinterest schedule and ensure I have regular content going out as well as using their Tribes function to promote my posts to others and help promote theirs in return.

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    Keep a list of monthly outgoings

    If you have monthly payments for various blogging tools and even your blog itself, domain renewal and hosting, then keep a list in sight of your workspace with the dates of each payment.  This way there is no surprises.  Add it to your calendar and planner and even set up a reminder email nearer to the date.  I always keep a bank balance of a few hundred pounds in my blog bank account just in case I accidently forget a payment is due.  That way I’m covered and can make a note next month so I never forget again.

    Block out distractions

    This is a great piece of advice if you have a really important blog post to write and you need to concentrate.  Shut yourself in a room with no distractions to complete the important task.  Switch your phone to ‘do not disturb’ and leave it in another room.  Ignore the door if it goes.  You need to be in work mode.  Sit away from everything and anyone so you can only work.  If the deadline is looming then you need to do this.  You can catch up on all your notifications once the work is complete.

    Take a break

    It’s really important to stay healthy when working for yourself and at home.  I am guilty of working straight through and not taking a break as time often escapes me and I’m so busy.  It is important though to schedule a lunch break into your day for nourishment as well as a break from the computer.  Taking a break can help to reenergise your body and refresh a tired brain making you more focussed and productive as a result.

    I share some great tips in this blog post about how to stay healthy if you work from home

    Hire a VA

    When you get to the stage that everything is too much all the time, then you may want to consider hiring a virtual assistant.  I’ve started to reach this stage now and have just hired someone to do a couple of things for me a week to see how it goes.  I can already tell it’s going to be a big help and hopefully I will pass some more things to my assistant to enable me to concentrate on the blog itself and less of the admin or social media side which is time draining!

     

    Phew!  That’s a pretty extensive list with lots of my methods and some tools to help bloggers be more organised and productive each day.  I’m sure there are plenty more, but I will leave it there for now as the list is probably overwhelming itself!  Learning the methods and organisation skills that work for you will take time as well as some trial and error to get them perfect. 

    Best of luck with your blogging business!

     

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    Everything you need to stay organised and productive as a professional blog

     

  4. How to deal with overwhelm as a work at home parent

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    Being a work at home parent, trying to keep on top of the household chores, do parenting duties and run a business singlehandedly can certainly prove challenging and there are plenty of days when I am struck by overwhelm.  For me this usually results in having so much to do that I can’t clear my head to focus on the task in hand – fuzzy head overwhelmed syndrome!  Having worked full time from home for over one year now I have learnt to recognise when I am becoming overwhelmed and have found a few things that work.

    Here are my suggestions for tackling overwhelm as a work at home parent:

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    Take a break

    While it may seem counterproductive to take a break if work is stacked, it could be all you need.  If you have so much to do that you can’t think straight or focus on the task at hand, then your brain could just need a rest.  Do some housework, prep your evening dinner or go for a walk.  Heck, even turn on the TV and watch an episode of your favourite show.  Let your brain rest and then return to the task feeling refreshed and motivated again.

    Have a green tea

    Coffee or tea may be your thing and choose those if they work for you, but I love green tea.  A cup of the green stuff is sometimes all I need to have a quick break, refocus and to also perk me up.  Sometimes I feel more overwhelmed when I’m tired or had broken sleep and the stack of work to do and chores around the house seem never-ending.  Everything always seems so much worse when tired, so a dose of caffeine can really help on these days.

    Have set working hours

    It can be really hard to distinguish between work and household chores when you are working at home all day long.  Plus you may feel as though the other half expects the house to be tiptop as you are there all day.  I often find this is an expectation I put on myself though and hubby does not expect this at all.  If they do then you need to make clear you have a job and are working too – you’re not at home all day to do the chores.  I tackle this by having set working hours as much as possible.  I work 9am-3pm when the children are at school and nursery.  Housework is only to be done outside of these hours.  This way I can focus my mind on work and not the huge pile of laundry that needs doing.  Though if I do get work overwhelm then I can take a break and do some of the housework if I want to, but it’s not an expected part of my working hours.  I usually do housework before the school run and after which leaves the school day as my working day.

    Be realistic

    You can only do as much as you can do.  Sometimes there is just too much to do in one day so things will have to be left for tomorrow. This is something I really need to teach myself to do and I do struggle with it, particularly with work.  If I have emails in my inbox then I find it hard to switch off as I know I have work to do or people to respond to.  It’s always there in my mind and I’m never at peace until everything is complete and my inbox is empty once more.  The problem is it’s rarely empty anymore so I struggle to switch off.  This is where having set working hours also helps.  I also set myself working hours of 7.30-9.30pm when the children are in bed.  That way, if something feels unfinished by 3pm, I know I can pick it up again later and not be glued to my phone or laptop once I have picked the children up.  If I feel overwhelmed then I can take a big deep breath and tell myself I can respond to it later or tomorrow if need be.  I really must stop pressuring myself to respond to everything instantly.

    Working at home as well as running a busy family household can certainly prove challenging and overwhelming, but I’ve been learning ways to get the best work-family life balance to prevent that dreaded fuzzy brain that can stop me from reaching my full potential each day.  Regular breaks, set working hours, a healthy dose of caffeine and learning to not put too much pressure on myself are all great ways to tackle the overwhelm.

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  5. 5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

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    My making money as a stay-at-home mum background story

    As soon as I had my first daughter I knew I didn’t really want to return to my manager role after maternity.  I’d been with the company for nine years and had assumed I’d be there forever.  Having my first child totally changed my opinion though.  After one year’s maternity I didn’t want to return to full time work in a demanding role that often required last minute overtime.  I wouldn’t be able to commit to the role as I had pre-children.  I also wasn’t ready to put my daughter in full time childcare from 8am to 6pm, only seeing her for one hour or so per evening before it was her bedtime.  The thought really upset me.  It was time to find a new job or way of working from home where I could be there for my daughter in the day times and see her do new things and reach milestones for myself.  In this article I will share five tried and tested ways to make money as a stay at home mum in the UK.  Who knows, it could even become a full time occupation for you!

    Originally I trained to be a childminder which seemed the perfect job whilst my daughter was little.  I completed the training, but our current home didn’t have enough space.  We were in the process of selling our existing home, but it took a lot longer than anticipated – around eight months!  We ended up buying a home that needed totally redoing so this took all our time and four years on we’re still not finished!  We then fell pregnant with our second child so I decided not to pursue the childminding.  We just had too much to do in our new home and a new baby on the way.  I also wasn’t as passionate about it anymore as I’d already started my Lylia Rose business.  I do always wonder what would have happened if we had managed to sell quicker and moved into a house that needed no or little work.  Perhaps I’d be a full time childminder today!

    I started making handmade cards and selling them on Etsy when my daughter was born and I was stuck at home needing a hobby.  That was the beginning of Lylia Rose.  Since then it changed to me selling items on Facebook, then making jewellery, then buying jewellery to sell, adding scarves to the collection and changing to a scarf only shop, setting up a blog for the business, changing the blog to a lifestyle blog and to where we are today - a UK lifestyle blog all about how to make money online, self employment, healthy living and family lifestyle!  Phew!  It's been a journey!  To read more about all this check out my blog posts how I became a professional lifestyle blogger accidentally and where the name Lylia Rose came from.

    After my first maternity leave I did get a part time evening job.  I’ve worked three part time jobs in total, up until last May when I made the decision to go full time with my blogging and home earnings.  I’d earned more than my part time wage for six months straight by this point, so I knew it was the right decision.  Luckily I have managed to make a consistent full time wage being self-employed from home for an entire year now and will share the ways below.

    Here are my tried and tested ways of making money from home as a UK stay at home mum:

    5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

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    Blogging

    If you love to write then blogging is the perfect stay at home career.  It can fit in around parent duties and is also location independent.  You just need a laptop and internet connection.  Don’t expect to start a blog and earn money instantly though.  I started mine in spring 2013 and didn’t start to make any money from it until spring 2016.  To be fair, it wasn’t my original intention to make money from it, but if I’d realised the potential sooner I am sure I could have made money after a year or two instead.  It takes time to build up content, stats, readership and an authoritative website.  Don’t let that put you off though.  If you are serious about blogging and perhaps one day making an income from it, then you simply need to get started.

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    Matched Betting

    Matched betting is quite a controversial way to make money from home, but personally I love it.  Many people who aren’t matched bettors simply assume it’s gambling, but those of us who do it know it’s not gambling and the aim is to make a profit!  I wouldn’t do it at all if I was gambling with my money.  There is obviously risk involved as you can make a mistake, but if you follow the instructions you will make a profit.  I’ve made a couple of silly mistakes and lost £10 here and there, perhaps only three or so times, but I’ve learned from those mistakes.  In the one year and three months I’ve been a matched bettor I’ve made almost £4300 in profit.  I now only spend 30 minutes to 1.5 hours per week matched betting, so it’s very part time for me.  I make £100-£300 per month with a £100 target.  This is tax free cash too as the tax office do class it as gambling winnings!

    The company I use who have enabled me to learn the process and make so much money is Profit Accumulator who I still use and highly recommend.  It’s possible to make more and it’s possible to make less.  It depends how much time you can devote and which methods you continue to use after the sign up offers.

    Here are some great posts if you’re thinking of starting:
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    Is matched betting a gateway to gambling and is it dirty money?

    Website testing

    I’m so pleased I discovered website testing as it’s a quick and easy way to top up my other home earnings.  Tests can take as little as 5 minutes to complete and the longest has taken me approximately 20 minutes.  Each test is for a different website or app.  Just make sure you read the instructions carefully as the tests can be rejected.  I’ve only had one test rejected as I accidently used my iPhone instead of an Android.  Oops!

    Find out how you can test websites here:  Easily make money from home by testing websites

    Selling online

    Selling items online is a great side hustle or could even be a full time job.  You can sell your old unwanted belongings on eBay or Facebook Marketplace to declutter and make cash in the process.  You can also become an ecommerce retailer by buying stock and selling it on your own website or eBay or Amazon.  If you’re crafty then try Etsy to sell your unique wares.  If you’ve a keen eye for a bargain in stores then reselling on eBay for a profit could be for you.  I’ve tried all of these methods and today I still sell all our outgrown and unwanted items on Ebay and Facebook as well as selling some new fashion scarves on this very website in my own Scarf Boutique.

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    Mystery tasks

    There are lots of ‘mystery shopping’ type apps out there.  Some aren’t really shopping at all, but simply short surveys or photos you can take at home.  Many are secret short audits you carry out in store.  My favourite apps are Streetbees, Roamler, BeMyEye and Task360.  You could make a few pounds each time you visit the supermarket to do your shopping if there’s a task whilst you’re there.

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    There are so many ways to make money from home nowadays.  It really does give us mums the flexibility to make a part time or full time wage around parenting duties.  There’s no need to return to a full time job and have to use full time childcare if that’s not right for you.  Simply start exploring some at home options and get the ball rolling to a happier career today!

    5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum