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 also interviewing relevant bloggers to discover how exactly they make money from home. They aren't all mums, but the methods they use to make money from home are totally suitable for parents who want to earn their own income around childcare and general parent duties.
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 Kaya from Earning by the Sea:
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 Kaya, 34 from Margate. I blog over at earningbythesea.co.uk and I mostly blog about ways to 'make & save money at home'. The main focus on my blog is helping other families achieve their financial goals and find as many ways as possible to make a good wage from home.
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?
Including my blog I have multiple income streams which I believe is key to me being a successful work from home parent. I have been selling second hand clothing on eBay for a decade now. I also really enjoy matched betting to top up our monthly income, mystery shopping and task apps.
What makes it suitable for mums?
I go to bootfairs to buy eBay 'stock' on a Sunday morning and mostly I am home before my daughter, Willow, has even finished her breakfast. The rest of the week I set my alarm for an hour before she wakes to get my work planned for the day (this is new as previously there wasn't much sleep!) and I also work when she is in bed at night. I've never really needed to rely on anyone else for childcare and I have flexibility which as a busy mum makes life a lot easier!
What do you love about working from home?
Again the flexibility has meant I could stay at home with Willow who has just started school this year. I also love that with a stay at home business you get back what you put in and there are no limits to your success.
What are your top three negatives to working from home?
I have to really push myself to take time off from thinking about work, or I'll be reading eBay messages at 3am.
It can be lonely at times but mostly I quite like my own company, plus with Willow, five cats and a dog at home 'helping' me work I quite like my little team!
No works Christmas night out.
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. I do the odd temping job but I would hate to go back to work for someone else full-time.
Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?
Making a list of monthly goals really helps as I find it motivating crossing things off it as I have completed them. I stay motivated with my blog by the messages I get from readers, it blows my mind every time I get a message thanking me for the information on my blog and of course wanting to provide the best life for my own family helps!
Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?
"Thoughts become things" I truly believe in the law of attraction so I try to keep my thoughts positive and open to attracting good things into our lives.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?
Create multiple income streams! I learnt this watching so many other eBay sellers lose their accounts over the years and their business is gone overnight. Concentrate on the work that makes you happiest.
Thank you so much to Kaya for taking part in my guest series.
Would you like to take part? Find a contact form in my top menu or email firstname.lastname@example.org - not a mum? No worries!
This guest series is all about inspiring parents to earn their own income and realising they have more than two choices of going out to an employed job or being a stay at home parent. Of course if you choose to do either of those options that's absolutely fine, no judgement here, but lots of mums, like me, didn't realise there was another way to make money by the many self-employed options available nowadays. If you earn from home, parent or not, and it's suitable for parents then you can take part.
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