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