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.
My name is Amy, I live in Leeds with my partner Luke and our 18 month old son Harry. I started myblog A Mum Full of Dreams last year as a response to being made redundant while pregnant. My goal is that it will be a record of my journey back to work whilst also getting to grips with motherhood- which has been a challenge!
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 am a freelance social media manager - I work for two PR agencies running the social media accounts for four of their clients. Harry is in nursery for three days a week, so they are my main days for working - but I do also work in the evenings and weekends around him when needed.
What makes it suitable for mums?
It's completely flexible - you can create the content at whatever time works for you and schedule it to be published at the times that suit the client. You can also adapt it, some weeks I'll spend a lot more time researching than others if I have more hours free.
What do you love about working from home?
The peace and quiet, being in my own timetable and not having to deal with the politics of an office. I wasn't very fond of the atmosphere at my last job and have absolutely no intentions to go back into a corporate job like that again.
What are your top three negatives to working from home?
When something goes wrong with your computer there's no one around to fix it. Although I did have a lovely chat with a man from Currys yesterday who helped with a technical issue.
The temptation to work straight through without breaks is hard to resist because you feel like you've got to work hard to prove yourself. But getting up and making a drink or even going for a walk really does rejuvenate you. You'd do it in an office so it's okay to do it at home.
Everybody things it's cushy and that you don't really do any work. I always used to prefer working from home and found I was more productive on those days, but there are a lot of people who see it as a 'doss day'. I figure the best way to prove them wrong is have lots of finished projects to show off.
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
Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?
That's a really good question, because it's definitely been one of the challenges. I think mixing up work so I have things I enjoy doing as well as the stuff that I don't, listening to the radio while doing the less taxing stuff and, actually, letting myself have an off day if I don't feel like working. If I'm struggling for energy I'll stop for a couple of hours, watch some telly, maybe play with Harry and then come to it later. As long as I don't miss deadlines there's no harm in that. That's not something you can so in an office because there's always someone breathing down your neck!
Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?
You don't have life changing ideas just so you can torture yourself - Mel Robbins in a Ted Talk video I watch a little while back.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?
It's nerve wracking, but if you don't give it a go you'll never know if it can work. I always figure that if it doesn't work out I can get a part time job in an office for the stability- usually that's enough to keep me going!
Thank you so much for taking part in my interview series!
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