Every Friday I invite other bloggers and money making mums to share the ways 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 of a relevant topic or you’d like to take part in the interview, please do get in touch or find the interview questions by clicking here.
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. I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home and hope to be inspired by the many people in this interview series.
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.
Hi – I’m Vicki. Cornish by birth, I now live in North Wales with my husband, two children and our big fat white cat. I blog over at www.tippytupps.com which is a parenting and lifestyle blog that follows the daily chaos of our lives.
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?
A little bit of everything. First, there is the blog which is starting to bring in a little income. Although positive, it’s not at a stage where it can support us as a family. Therefore, most of my income comes through copywriting on a freelance basis. I find clients though reaching out to local businesses, responding to ads and using sites such as Upwork and Freelancer. Aside from writing, I also work as a freelance photographer doing product shots and baby shoots from time to time which helps to fill the gaps when copywriting may be slow. Finally, I also do a few bits of testing here and there through a site called What Users Do which asks normal people like us, to test websites. They only pay £5 per test, but those tests take 5-10 minutes to do and it all adds up.
What makes it suitable for mums?
Just being able to set my own hours. It offers a flexibility that is not offered by a more traditional job. Having a young family means that I have a choice of paying a ridiculous amount of money in childcare to work a Monday – Friday 9 to 5, or I can find my own way of supporting my family that fits around our family life. I chose the latter. Being able to manage my own diary and commitments, means that I can plan and deliver it around my children.
What do you love about working from home?
The fact that I get to spend more time with my family. My children are only young once and I don’t want to miss it. Working in this way, I get to make my own hours doing a job I love, while spending time with them. What’s not to love?
What are your top three negatives to working from home?
(1) The hours that I need to keep. I do most of my work in the evenings when the kids have gone to bed which means it’s rare that I will be in bed before around midnight. In fact, it’s currently almost 1am as I’m writing this now.
(2) The vicinity to the fridge. It’s true that fridge pickers wear big knickers and working from home does not help that picking!
(3) The inability to switch off. I sometimes feel like I am either a mummy or I’m working. Very rarely is there any downtime as it’s so easy to cram in ‘one more thing’ when the to do list never ends and you work out of your home.
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?
Home without a doubt. Even when I had a ‘proper’ job before children I still regularly worked from home and find it far more relaxing, flexible and focused than working in an office.
Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?
By loving what I do. I’m so lucky to be able to do something that I have always dreamed of doing and be able to make a small income from it (though I’m working on the small). I also work to my strengths. For example, I am energised first thing in the morning so that’s when I do most of my planning, and I am most creative in the evenings so that’s when I do most of my content writing. When I get restless, I pick up my camera and get outside. Nothing focuses me more than my photography work and I love nothing more than getting what I have onto the computer and seeing what I can do with it.
Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?
There are so many, but here are a few I love:
- Nothing worth having comes easy
- Dreams don’t work unless you do
- If you aren’t willing to work for it, don’t complain about not having it
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?
Figure out what you do well, what your strengths are and play to them. There are so many ways to earn money from the home, it’s just a case of thinking outside the box and finding them. Crafts, writing, photography, virtual assistant, social media, telephony, marketing. There’s earning potential in them all plus so much more. However, I’m not going to lie. It’s not something that’s going to just come to you unless you are incredibly lucky. It takes hard work, dedication and perseverance. If you’re willing to work for it though, there is no reason that you wouldn’t be successful.
And that’s it…thanks for reading!
Thank you so much to Vicki 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