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Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Fiona from Savvy in Somerset

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Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Fiona from Savvy in Somerset

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 Fiona from Savvy in Somerset:

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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.

Hello, I’m Fiona. I’m 30 years old and I live in Somerset with my husband Pete. While I’m not yet a Mum myself I am currently trying for a baby. I’m very close to my younger brother – I was 17 when he was born so I’ve been like a second Mum to him. I love quiz nights, drinking cocktails and days out exploring the local area.  I’ve recently left my full-time job as a Chef to work from home blogging and making money online.

I blog at www.savvyinsomerset.com where I share money saving tips, mostly centred around groceries and shopping. I love being able to save on the basics and splurge on the odd luxury.

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?

The main things I do to make money from home are Mystery shopping, Mystery dining, surveys and selling on eBay and Facebook as well as making money from blogging.

3.      What makes it suitable for mums?

The great thing about working from home is the flexibility it offers Mum’s. It can easily fit around children and their needs such as school and nursery. It can eliminate the need for child care too.

4.     What do you love about working from home?

I love the flexibility it offers. You can choose where and when you work and when you don’t. Having worked in hospitality most of my adult life it’s a refreshing change to be able to do things on the weekend without having to worry about time off or finding cover for my hours.

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

First and foremost, I think you need to be disciplined – particularly if you are working from home for your main full time income. It can be easy to get caught up doing other things when you should be working.

Secondly it can be lonely. While some people enjoy having time alone for others it can be challenging not seeing other people all day. Networking with other Mums and taking time for coffee and cake with friends can help break up the monotony.

Thirdly cashflow can be an issue – for bloggers or those selling homemade products learning to manage your money is essential. If you’ve come from a job where you are used getting a paycheck at the end of each week it can be tricky to manage when you start out. Companies often don’t pay until 30 days after work is completed and even then you still end up chasing them!

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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?

I need money to eat and pay the bills so I treat it as though I’m going to a job each day, using set working hours but also using some flexibility if I need it.

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

The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

- Neil Gaiman

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. Neil Gaiman
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/neilgaiman461447.html
The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. Neil Gaiman
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/neilgaiman461447.html

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

Start small and gradually a keep adding bits as you go along. Taking on too much could leave you feeling overwhelmed and as though nothing is ever going to work. Take time to build up to working from home full time.

For those wanting to earn from a blog it takes a lot of time and effort to get going and you need to be consistent - even when it’s tough or you feel like you’re not getting anywhere fast. However, if you do stick with it is amazing when you do get there. Getting the point where I could leave my job to work on my blog, was a fantastic (if not slightly scary!) feeling!

Would you love to work from home, or perhaps you already do?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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

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