Every Friday I invite other bloggers and money making mums to share the ways us busy parents can make money from home. These are real life people making a living from home who can share their experience with us and inspire us. 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.
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.
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 Faith and I live with my husband and two children in Suffolk. We left London nearly 4 years ago, and I blog at Much More With Less about moving to the country, living on less and making the most of it.
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?
After my children were born, I decided not to go back to my office job as an editor and journalist specialising in personal finance aka money. Instead I went freelance, writing articles from home for a wide range of publications and companies.
What makes it suitable for mums?
As a freelance journalist, I can work pretty much anywhere so long as I have a phone, a computer and an internet connection. As I'm not tied to the office, I can drop my children at school, pick them up, make it to all the school activities and parents' evenings and be around if they are ill.
What do you love about working from home?
I love the flexibility and being around for my family. I can work in my pyjamas if I fancy it, and don't waste time on commuting. I love having projects of my own, separate from being a mum. I've also been able to start blogging, getting paid to write content for my own blog rather than always writing for other people. If I didn't work from home, it would have been much harder to move to our dream house in the country.
What are your top three negatives to working from home?
I don't have set working hours, so can end up working really early or at weekends trying to fit in around everything else.
I miss the buzz of a news room when a big story drops, and the chance to ask colleagues quick questions.
When I'm chasing jobs or invoices, I miss the regular, predictable income!
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, definitely. I love where I live and the freedom it brings.
Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?
Deadlines! My productivity improves immensely the closer I get to a work deadline. So fear, basically.
Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?
"You've got to be in it, to win it". If I'm ever feeling nervous about pitching for work, or finishing an article, I remind myself that it's good to have a go.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?
Think how you can use skills and contacts from when you worked elsewhere, and make the most of any new opportunities and contacts that come your way. I could only work in short bursts when my children were younger and at nursery for 3 hours a day, but I've been able to do more since they started at school full time.
Thank you so much for taking part in my interview series!
Would you like to take part?
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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.
Check out the rest of the series here: Money Making Mums