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.
Hi! My name is Donna. I’m originally from the West Midlands, but I’ve lived in Sheffield for the last 12 years. I’ve got a food and lifestyle blog over at www.bobsysmum.co.uk
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 been working as a freelance writer for the last year.
3. What makes it suitable for mums?
I think the best thing about it, is that you can work your own hours. You take on work when you want to. So, I can do less some weeks if we’ve got plans, but then if the kids need new shoes or we want to do something special, I’ll take on more work to pay for it.
My husband is a chef, so he can work pretty odd hours which means I do quite a bit of work once the kids are in bed. I’d be stuck in probably messing about on the internet anyway, so why not make money?
4. What do you love about working from home?
The flexibility. After I’d had Robyn I went back to my retail job and just found it impossible. School finished at 3, my childminder finished at 5, I could basically work 10-2 unless I was willing to pay even more for after school childcare, but even then, I could only work until 4:30 to have time to pick them up. It just wasn’t working. Don’t get me wrong, I have deadlines, but I can work them around school runs and pick-ups. Some days I get up at 6, work until 10 and have the rest of the day playing with the kids.
5. What are your top three negatives to working from home?
It can get quite lonely. I miss working with people. Especially the days I’ve got a lot on and husbands at work all day. There’s also no escape. If we’re at home at night and husband is watching TV or playing on his phone, I end up thinking “well I might as well work” I find it hard to switch off.
It’s hard if I’ve got a big deadline and both kids are home. They’re not quiet kids! It’s been a tough summer.
Sometimes I feel under pressure to make it work. It was my choice to quit work and try this and husband has backed me all the way. But, as a freelancer, sometimes there just isn’t work and I get quite agitated. This is happening less the longer I carry on though.
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?
Home! I can’t ever see myself working “properly” again!
7. Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?
It’s not a huge problem for me to be honest. I’m very organised, so I like a to do list and a planner. I’m at the moment trying to be more structured and have work days and days off, so I can stick to a routine a little more.
I do have some days where I just don’t want to work, but then I think “I used to have to run around a shop for 3 hours to earn what I now earn sat in my pjs eating biscuits for an hour” and it spurs me on!
8. Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?
It’s not a famous quote or anything, but years ago when I was having a hard time of things, someone said to me “just find something you love doing and keep doing it” and I’ve never forgotten it. This is my thing that I love doing.
9. Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?
Just give it a go. I remember chatting to a friend before my maternity leave ended trying desperately to think of something I could do from home and coming up with nothing. I didn’t think I was good enough at anything. But, I gave this a go and it worked!
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