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  1. Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Clare from My Money Cottage

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    Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series all about how to earn a decent living from home, even as a busy parent.  As well as guest posts from awesome bloggers sharing their tips and tricks, I am now also interviewing relevant bloggers to discover how exactly they make money from home.

    Other bloggers and money making mums will feature in this series sharing all the ways they make money from home and why it’s suitable for mums.  If you’d like to feature in this series with a guest post or you’d like to be interviewed, please do get in touch.

    This week I’m interviewing Clare from My Money Cottage:

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    1.     Hello, welcome to my Money Making Mums Interview.  Please tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and where you blog.

    I’m Clare, I live in the North West in a small town with my husband and three children aged 11, 8 and 2. My blog is http://mymoneycottage.com.

    2.     This series is all about mums being able to make money from home.  Can you tell me what you do from home to make money?

    I’ve worked from home for about 8 years now. After my second child was born, we realised we couldn’t sustain nursery fees, we had no family that could help us out and we couldn’t afford for me to just be a stay-at-home mum and not have an income.

    Initially, I worked as a childminder and looked after other people’s children along with my own. This worked really well for us for quite a few years. When we decided to have our third child though, I knew I wouldn’t be able to cope with a new born and childminding too!

    I was very fortunate at the time that I landed another job that meant I could continue to work from home. Whilst I was on maternity leave, I took up matched betting to help make ends meet. The company I used were advertising for a proof reader working from home and after failing to get the job initially, I was offered 16 hours a week! It has been perfect for me. I really enjoy the job and I’ve since increased my hours to 25 a week which is great.

    3.      What makes it suitable for mums?

    For me, the job means I’m home when my children need me to be. I work two hours every morning and two hours every evening. Since we moved house, we’re nearer to my Mum and Dad and they help out between them, so usually I have the mornings child-free. School holidays are a challenge though I’ll admit! The evenings, I’ll usually wait for my husband to get home at 6:30 and then I’ll disappear to start work. The mornings are set hours but the evenings are flexible which means I can fit it in around the family.

    4.     What do you love about working from home?

    I love that I’m here for the children if they’re poorly. I also enjoy being at home! I’m not a massive social butterfly so I do enjoy just being in my own company. I like not having to commute and not having to rush around every morning. I also suffer from migraines which mean I’d struggle some days to drive to an office or sit in an office all day. Being at home means I have my own comforts and can be more comfortable.

    5.     What are your top three negatives to working from home?

    It can get lonely occasionally.

    No work nights out!

    Sometimes I think I could do with some adult company.

    6.     If you could only pick one, either working from home or working in an office for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

    Working from home – no contest!

    7.     Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home.  What keeps you motivated?

    If I want to finish my work on time then I need to crack on! That’s enough to keep me motivated.

    8.     Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    Never compare your beginning to somebody else’s middle.

    9.     Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?

    If you want something badly enough, you’ll achieve it. Working from home isn’t the easy option by any means but it is the dream for many mums. Never give up!

    Thanks so much to Clare for taking part in my Money Making series.  Would you like to take part?  Contact me above^

    Check out the rest of the series here: Money Making Mums

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  2. Money Making Mums: How to make money selling your crafts from home

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    Money Making Mums: How to make money selling your crafts from home

    Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series.

    As you’ve probably guessed, I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps, and I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home.  I’ve decided to invite other bloggers and money making mums to share even more ways us busy mums can make money from home.  If you’d like to feature in this guest series please do get in touch.

    Introducing Michelle from Time and Pence

    This week’s guest post comes from Michelle at timeandpence.com where she writes about money making, money saving, family life and health.

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    HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING YOUR CRAFTS FROM HOME

    Have you ever wondered if you could make money selling your crafts from home?

    Lots of people have crafting hobbies that they enjoy so wouldn’t it be great if you could earn some money doing the thing you love.

    I have spent the last 15 years making money from home and now include various money making ideas on my blog. One such idea that I’m qualified to talk about is crafting. This is something that I’ve been making money from for quite a few years now and I’m here to tell you that you can certainly make extra money, or with some commitment, a full-time income from your handmade creations.

    Making crafts at home to sell has become more and more popular and now with the internet you can make money selling your crafts all over the world!

    How to Get Started

    As I always say with any kind of selling, do your research first. You may think your crafted item is beautiful, but unless everybody else does, then you won’t make much money from it.

    Join some Facebook Groups for crafters and see what other people are selling. Ask for honest opinions about your ideas. Ask your friends and family if it’s something they would buy.

    Look at what your competitors are doing. What quantity are they selling? Could you improve on quality? Could you put a unique spin on something?

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    Decide What to Sell

    When it comes to making money from your crafts there are hundreds of things you could sell. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

    • Beauty products
    • Wooden crafts
    • Art
    • Jewellery
    • Personalised Gifts
    • Knitted Products
    • Fabric Products
    • Candles
    • Cakes
    • Flower Arranging

    If you don't already do crafting and fancy trying something new, head to You Tube where there are hundreds of videos of people showing you exactly how to make money selling your crafts.

    Where to Find Supplies

    Supplies are easier to find than you think. Here are some tips:

    • eBay is always my first port of call and my favourite place to buy craft supplies. There are a huge amount of craft suppliers and if you are willing to wait for delivery, ordering from overseas can also reduce your outgoing costs.
    • Thewholesaler.co.uk is a great wholesale directory. Many of the companies sell ready products but there are a few craft and packaging suppliers on there too.
    • Aromantic.co.uk is a great website for anybody thinking of making and selling skin care and beauty products. (This is something else I personally make money from).
    • Local market stalls and craft shops.

    You can also find suppliers by looking at the back of labels on craft supplies in shops. Usually the suppliers name will be on there so you can then search for them on the internet!

    Wherever you decide to buy your supplies from, remember you want to get the best possible price. This will create more profit for your business.

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    Where to Sell Your Crafts

    Deciding where to sell your crafts will depend very much on how much time you have. If you want to get out of the house you can sell at local crafts fairs and markets. Stallfinder.com is a good site to see what stalls are available with a list of events should you wish to go down that route. For information on how to set up a market stall, I have a post on my blog about how to go about doing this.

    If you want to make money selling your crafts from home then start with Etsy or e-Bay. You can then expand and even set up your own website to sell your products directly. Setting up a Facebook Page is also a good idea. You can then share photographs of your creations to local pages and on your own personal page if you wish (do check the rules of local pages before you do this).

    You could also ask at local shops if they would be happy to stock your products. I do this with a local shop on a sale or return basis which works really well. I make a few products, pop them into the shop, and then all I need to do is collect the money once they have sold.

    Some local independent gifts shops will also offer shelf space for rent. Always worth the question when you are passing!

    How Much Money Can You Make?

    This depends very much on how many you can sell and how much time it takes to make each item. After years of getting my outgoing costs down and perfecting my crafting, I can make £30-£40 per hour from my crafting. Not a bad income from home!

    Making money selling your crafts from home is the perfect way to create an income, working flexible hours around family commitments and I love it. I hope this has inspired you to get creative too!

    Related blog posts:

    7 Easy Ways to Make Money from Home as a Mum
    How to make quick cash selling your story to a magazine
    How to Make Money on Pinterest
    11 tips for eBay selling

    Check out the rest of the Money Making Mums series here: https://www.lyliarose.com/blog/categories_39223/money-making-mums.html

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  3. Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Paula from Mummy Vs Work

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    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Paula from Mummy Vs Work

    Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series all about how to earn a decent living from home, even as a busy parent.  As well as guest posts from awesome bloggers sharing their tips and tricks, I am now also interviewing relevant bloggers to discover how exactly they make money from home.

    As you’ve probably guessed, I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps, and I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home. 

    I’ve decided to invite other bloggers and money making mums to share even more ways us busy mums can make money from home.  If you’d like to feature in this series with a guest post or you’d like to be interviewed, please do get in touch.

    This week I’m interviewing Paula from Mummy Vs Work:

    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview Paula from Mummy Vs Work

    1.     Hello, welcome to my Money Making Mums Interview.  Please tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and where you blog.

    Hello & thank you for having me! I’m Paula & I’m based in Luton with my husband and our two children. I blog over at Mummy Vs Work.

    2.     This series is all about mums being able to make money from home.  Can you tell me what you do from home to make money?

    I do a variety of things from home to make a steady income; this includes my blog, matched betting, eBay sales and surveys to name a few!

    3.      What makes it suitable for mums?

    It is flexible around the kids completely. My old role was very restraining on taking time off for plays or assemblies for example. Now I can work around those by either working before or after the kids go to bed or simply working a little harder on the other days that week.

    4.     What do you love about working from home?

    As well as the kids flexibility, it means I can work around things for me too. So, if I’m a bit under the weather or need to go out and get things done these can be done around work during the day rather than rushing at weekends. It’s also lovely having time in the evenings with the kids to do things rather than rushing around doing stuff around the home.

    5.     What are your top three negatives to working from home?

    Ooh that’s a tough one! There are only two I can think of!

    Income – I always worry about making sure the money coming in covers the money going out!

    No holiday/sick pay – there is no give or take; you have to earn it to cover the bills regardless of if you do a 20-day month or a 10 day month!

    6.     If you could only pick one, either working from home or working in an office for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

    Working from home without a doubt!

    7.     Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home.  What keeps you motivated?

    Thankfully I have my husband at home so it’s not too bad but the thing that motivates us both is we don’t want to go back to working for someone else so it is a case of making this work or that!

    8.     Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

    Not sure where the quote came from but it is my favourite and I use it to remind myself every day not to give up on my dream.

    9.     Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?

    Don’t be scared. Look around at all the different options there are and aim to make a little from lots of different ones building them up slowly as you go. You can do it!

    Thanks so much to Paula for taking part in my Money Making series.  Would you like to take part?  Contact me above^

    Check out the rest of the series here: https://www.lyliarose.com/blog/categories_39223/money-making-mums.html

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  4. Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Katy from Katykicker

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    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Katy from Katykicker

    Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series all about how to earn a decent living from home, even as a busy parent.  As well as guest posts from awesome bloggers sharing their tips and tricks, I am now also interviewing relevant bloggers to discover how exactly they make money from home.

    As you’ve probably guessed, I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps, and I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home. 

    I’ve decided to invite other bloggers and money making mums to share even more ways us busy mums can make money from home.  If you’d like to feature in this series with a guest post or you’d like to be interviewed, please do get in touch.

    This week I’m interviewing Katy from Katykicker:

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    Hello, welcome to my Money Making Mums Interview.  Please tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and where you blog.

    I am Katy, 29 from Essex. I live with my husband Thomas and our daughter Daisy. I blog over at http://katykicker.com and I blog about making and saving money, parenting, lifestyle and just about anything else. I like to say that my niche is me - Katy!

    This series is all about mums being able to make money from home.  Can you tell me what you do from home to make money?

    I do SO much! eBay selling, matched betting, surveys, paid content writing, social media management and my biggest source of income is my own blog, Katykicker. I make money from advertising, affiliate sales and sponsored blog content.

    What makes it suitable for mums?

    I’m a Mum myself and the ways that I make money from home are suitable for just about anyone. I’m not saying that you can begin a blog tomorrow and be making money in no time, however, you can certainly work on building that up while you explore other avenues.

    What do you love about working from home?

    I love being able to be home with my daughter, enjoy my home and always have time for my friends and family.

    What are your top three negatives to working from home?

    No sick pay, no holiday pay and no work colleagues to see in the flesh on a daily basis and have a chat with.

    If you could only pick one, either working from home or working in an office for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

    Working from home, of course. I love it and I would HATE to go back to working for someone else now, in any capacity.

    Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home.  What keeps you motivated?

    I stay motivated by visualising what I want to achieve for my family. I set myself monthly goals, and I share those on my blog. These keep me accountable throughout the month and I refer back to them when I want some motivation.

    Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    Love the life you live. I am and this encourages me on every day. I want to always be able to enjoy my home and my family, and working hard when I do work online helps me.

    Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?

    Be realistic when you start out. Nobody becomes successful overnight. Not many people make BIG money in their first year working from home. By being realistic, and setting achievable goals for yourself, you will create your own motivation to keep going and work smarter and harder.

    Thanks so much to Katy for taking part in my Money Making series.  Would you like to take part?  Contact me above^

    Check out the rest of the series here: https://www.lyliarose.com/blog/categories_39223/money-making-mums.html

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  5. Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Jon from The Money Shed

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    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Jon from The Money Shed

    Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series all about how to earn a decent living from home, even as a busy parent.  As well as guest posts from awesome bloggers sharing their tips and tricks, I am now also interviewing relevant bloggers to discover how exactly they make money from home.

    As you’ve probably guessed, I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps, and I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home. 

    I’ve decided to invite other bloggers and money making mums to share even more ways us busy mums can make money from home.  If you’d like to feature in this series with a guest post or you’d like to be interviewed, please do get in touch.

    This week I’m interviewing Jon from The Money Shed:

    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview The Money Shed Jon

    Hello, welcome to my Money Making Mums Interview.  Please tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and where you blog.

    My name is Jon and I’m based oop North in Leeds although I am originally from down South in Norwich. I came here for University and just sort of stuck around lol. My main job is working in ICT Management in Local Government but alongside that I run a website called The Money Shed which is the UKs largest community website dedicated to earning money from home. We have a HUGE forum with over 100,000 posts and thousands of members and a thriving community and alongside that we have a great blog that is chocked full with posts on how to make and save money!

    This series is all about mums being able to make money from home.  Can you tell me what you do from home to make money?

    I’ve been doing this ‘earning from home’ thang for over 15 years now and have done everything from selling socks on eBay to those god awful low paying surveys. These days I only really do 2 things and that’s Risk Free Matched Betting and Blogging! As the years have gone on I’ve dropped anything that is low paying or not worth my time. My motto is that just because you work from home it doesn’t mean you deserve a rubbish pay so anything that doesn’t pay above the UK Minimum wage isn’t worth mine (or your) time in my opinion.

    What makes it suitable for mums?

    Blogging is great because you can just fit it in whenever you want. Sure the promotion side of it can make you feel like you are stuck on a conveyor belt that never ends. Risk Free Matched Betting is something EVERYONE should be doing who works from home as it’s just basic math, Zero Risk and who on Earth wants to turn down earnings THOUSANDS of pounds each year of TAX FREE cash!

    What do you love about working from home?

    I actually still have a main job which I do 4 days a week alongside working from home so I have a real mixture. Each Friday though is my dedicated day to working from home and it’s when I catch up with all things Money Shed related. I enjoy the flexibility; I very rarely work from home and will often take my MacBook into town with me and work out of one coffee shop in the morning and another in the afternoon!

    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Jon from The Money Shed

    What are your top three negatives to working from home?

    1)    Trying to convince other people you can earn DECENT money from home and not just pocket change.

    2)    You can feel a bit over exposed on social media. If you are a blogger the emphasis is that you are ‘always seen’ and that can be a tiring if you have to do it over 4 or 5 different social media platforms!

    3)    Invoicing - Some companies will pay you much quicker than others and the endless chasing can becoming a bit of a chore.

    If you could only pick one, either working from home or working in an office for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

    Work in an office I’m afraid. I like the mixture I have now but I LOVE management and developing my staff which is something I can’t do being self-employed working from home.

    Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home.  What keeps you motivated?

    Targets help. If I want to earn an extra £2000 in the month of July then 9 times out of 10 I will smash that target. If I don’t set myself one then I just accept the amount of work that comes in and don’t bother chasing for any extra. It is quite hard to keep motivated all the time if you work from home so I don’t know how people do it who work from home 24/7.

    Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    JUST GET IT DONE!

    Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?

    Don’t settle for low paying jobs online. There is a whole raft of HIGH PAYING work out there and you are worth much more than earning 50p per hour doing a survey!

     

    Check out the rest of the series here: https://www.lyliarose.com/blog/categories_39223/money-making-mums.html

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