Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Sarah from Dream of Home

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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.

Enjoy.

Welcome, tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and introduce your blog. 

I'm Sarah, an interiors blogger at Dream of Home, though I also write about weddings and occasionally books. I'm based in Chester, and my day job is in digital marketing.

Tell me, how do you make money from home?

When I left university, I set up my own proofreading business, Sarah Macklin Editing. I can proofread pretty much anything, from essays to novels, to non-fiction, website content, even cafe menus or wedding invitations!

What makes it suitable for mums?

You can choose what work you take on, and can do it completely from home. If you have a busy month, you don't have to accept any work. Plus, as long as your spelling and grammar game is perfect, that's really the only qualification you need. This means you don't have to attend night classes, or do extra training, which takes time away from family.

What are three benefits of working at home?

If you're a silent worker, you can work in silence. If you like music blaring, you can do that. There's no one else in the room with you, so your working conditions can be just as you want them.
You can claim tax back on any internet usage, house phone business calls, or electricity. Just remember to track when you're using these things for business.
You can please yourself. You can pick your children up from school when needed, take a half day if you have a parent's evening, etc. Totally flexible.

What are three negatives?

It can be a bit anti-social.
Motivation can sometimes be difficult to find. And working can be difficult if you have the kids at home.
You eat way too much food and snack constantly because the fridge is right there. 

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?

Going to an employed job. I love working freelance, but couldn't do it all the time. It's lonely working at home by yourself all day.

People say they find it hard to be productive working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?

I always get dressed. No working in pyjamas. Have a shower, have breakfast, get dressed and begin work at 9am. This gets you ready to start, as though you've actually got ready to go to the office. I also write a to-do list. I love lists and it helps me stay on track for the whole day.

What words of wisdom can you share with mums looking to make their own income from home?

Don't over complicate it. There are loads of ways you can make money from home, and it doesn't have to include making or selling products, which can take time and effort. You don't even have to set up a proper 'business'. Just offer people services you're good at. It could be admin jobs, helping someone with social media, etc. And don't be afraid to ask people if you can help them. They'll more than likely be happy to pay you to help them.
 

Thank you so much for taking part in my interview series!

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