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Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Nicola from Clarke Life
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.
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.
Welcome, tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and introduce your blog.
My name is Nicola and I live in Northampton (UK). My blog is Clarkelife.com where you can find me writing motivational posts as well as posts about being a mum to two (13 and 7) and other lifestyle type posts. I basically write about anything that I think might be interesting! I also have a YouTube channel. I work full time from home as a digital assistant.
Tell me, how do you make money from home?
I make a small amount of money through my blog, mostly from sponsored posts. I am also an Avon rep which I love as it gets me out of the house and meeting people. I also do surveys and reviews from home which I have found to be quite lucrative! I do work full time as well, based at home, so I find these jobs all work well together!
What makes it suitable for mums?
My children are slightly older and are in school so I have at least 6 hours a day to dedicate to my full time job. The other side hustles are great for mums as they can be done with children in tow(especially Avon). My kids love helping me deliver my books and collect orders and they are now old enough to take deliveries to our neighbours on their own - result! Surveys are great because I can do them while I’m sat in front of the tv in the evening and the same goes for my blog. I do often wonder how I fit it all in! In the school holidays I get up at 6 and do 3 hours before I need to start thinking about entertaining the kids!
What are three benefits of working at home?
Being there to drop the kids to and from school. Being able to take the kids to their after school activities. Being able to pop out for essentials or put a wash on during the week so the weekends are more free for family time.
What are three negatives?
Spending too long doing chores and not working. People thinking you’re just at home with your feet up all day (I wish!). Feeling guilty when the kids are on school holidays and you’re at home but having to work.
If you could only pick one, working from home or going to an employed job for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
Working from home 100%! I love it!!
People say they find it hard to be productive working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?
I do struggle sometimes but I try to focus on the jobs that need doing rather than the time I am spending doing them. If I focus on how many hours I am doing it becomes very stressful.
Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?
Work hard and be kind.
What words of wisdom can you share with mums looking to make their own income from home?
It can be done. I have been looking to work from home ever since my son was born 14 years ago and only managed to start working full time from home this year. I have always remained focussed on my goal and ended up having to learn a whole new career to enable it. It has totally been worth the wait though.
Thank you so much for taking part in my interview series!