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  1. Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Donna from Bobsy's Mum

    Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series all about how to earn a decent living from home, even as a busy parent.  As well as guest posts from awesome bloggers sharing their tips and tricks, I am now also interviewing relevant bloggers to discover how exactly they make money from home.

    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. 

    I’ve decided to invite other bloggers and money making mums to share even more ways us busy mums can make money from home.  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.

    This week I’m interviewing Donna from Bobsy’s Mum:

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    1.     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! My name is Donna. I’m originally from the West Midlands, but I’ve lived in Sheffield for the last 12 years. I’ve got a food and lifestyle blog over at www.bobsysmum.co.uk.

    2.     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’ve been working as a freelance writer for the last year.

    3.      What makes it suitable for mums?

    I think the best thing about it, is that you can work your own hours. You take on work when you want to. So, I can do less some weeks if we’ve got plans, but then if the kids need new shoes or we want to do something special, I’ll take on more work to pay for it.

    My husband is a chef, so he can work pretty odd hours which means I do quite a bit of work once the kids are in bed. I’d be stuck in probably messing about on the internet anyway, so why not make money?

    4.     What do you love about working from home?

    The flexibility. After I’d had Robyn I went back to my retail job and just found it impossible. School finished at 3, my childminder finished at 5, I could basically work 10-2 unless I was willing to pay even more for after school childcare, but even then, I could only work until 4:30 to have time to pick them up. It just wasn’t working. Don’t get me wrong, I have deadlines, but I can work them around school runs and pick-ups. Some days I get up at 6, work until 10 and have the rest of the day playing with the kids.

    5.     What are your top three negatives to working from home?

    It can get quite lonely. I miss working with people. Especially the days I’ve got a lot on and husbands at work all day. There’s also no escape. If we’re at home at night and husband is watching TV or playing on his phone, I end up thinking “well I might as well work” I find it hard to switch off.

    It’s hard if I’ve got a big deadline and both kids are home. They’re not quiet kids! It’s been a tough summer.

    Sometimes I feel under pressure to make it work. It was my choice to quit work and try this and husband has backed me all the way. But, as a freelancer, sometimes there just isn’t work and I get quite agitated. This is happening less the longer I carry on though.

    6.     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! I can’t ever see myself working “properly” again!

    7.     Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home.  What keeps you motivated?

    It’s not a huge problem for me to be honest. I’m very organised, so I like a to do list and a planner. I’m at the moment trying to be more structured and have work days and days off, so I can stick to a routine a little more.

    I do have some days where I just don’t want to work, but then I think “I used to have to run around a shop for 3 hours to earn what I now earn sat in my pjs eating biscuits for an hour” and it spurs me on!

    8.     Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    It’s not a famous quote or anything, but years ago when I was having a hard time of things, someone said to me “just find something you love doing and keep doing it” and I’ve never forgotten it. This is my thing that I love doing.

    9.     Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?

    Just give it a go. I remember chatting to a friend before my maternity leave ended trying desperately to think of something I could do from home and coming up with nothing. I didn’t think I was good enough at anything. But, I gave this a go and it worked!

    Would you love to work from home, or perhaps you already do?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

    Check out the rest of the series here: https://www.lyliarose.com/blog/categories_39223/money-making-mums.html

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  2. Win £250 to spend at Sloane and Sons

    I’m here today to share a fantastic giveaway with you for the chance to win £250 to spend on bedding with Sloane & Sons, home to luxury mattresses.  When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, there’s nothing more important than the quality of the bed you are sleeping on.  The Sleep Foundation recommends adults aged 26-64 get 7-9 hours’ sleep per night.  This means we sleep for approximately a quarter of our lives!

    Quality sleep is vital for our overall health.  Sleep is needed for so much more than just resting.  There are many benefits to getting a good night’s kip.  Our body restores and repairs itself as we sleep.  It’s good for our mental health, physical appearance and even our brain.  Yep, our brain prepares itself for the next day as we snooze to better improve our learning and retain memories.  Enough sleep is also linked to a healthy weight, less stress and better concentration.

    To help you get a great night’s sleep, Sloane & Sons are giving away £250 to spend on a luxury mattress!

    Win £250 to spend on bedding at Sloane and Sons

    To be eligible for a chance to win £250 to spend on any of the products on the Sloane & Sons website, simply fill out the contact form here: https://www.bedmattress.co.uk/blog/win-250-spend-website-competition and submit your answers. If you are the lucky winner, you can spend this voucher on any of the products in the following categories on their website:
    Single Mattresses
    Small Double Mattresses
    Double Mattresses
    King Size Mattresses
    Super King Mattresses

    This competition will end on the 30/11/2017 and is open to UK residents only. If you run into any problems, email sloaneandsonsonline@gmail.com. Full competition terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the competition page.

    Click here to enter!

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  3. Claiming Compensation as a Victim of Domestic Abuse

    Today I have a guest post written by Gina Kay Daniel about a very important subject matter.

    In the UK, it’s thought that 13 million women experience domestic abuse at home every year. And, for every three cases of domestic abuse, two will be women, and one will be male. On top of this, the number keeps rising on average per year. Something needs to be done about the rate of Domestic Abuse cases here in the UK, whether that means we introduce classes in school, or we introduce longer sentences for those convicted of the crime. In the mean time, those who are victims of Domestic Abuse are not made aware enough of the compensation that they can claim from the UK Government.

    The CICA UK Government Scheme was put in place in 1996 as a way to combat compensation for those who fall victim of abuse. And, although Domestic Abuse is covered under the CICA UK act, so is nearly every form of abuse you could fall under by UK law. As well as this, more than 400 injuries and scenarios are covered under the act, including psychological damage inflicted, vision injuries and nerve damage. If you are a victim of terrorism here in the UK, you van also claim compensation from the CICA UK act. The way payment is made with CICA is based on a tier system, organized to pay victims of abuse based on their claim, injuries and how long their abuse has taken place. Obviously, those involved in terrorist incidents can also claim with CICA, and will be compensated according to their injuries and involvement in the incident.

    You can claim from CICA UK in a number of ways. Firstly, you must ensure that you are eligible. You are eligible if you are a British Citizen, if you are a close relative of a British Citizen, or if you are a national of a member state in the EU. It’s unsure if this will change once the UK leaves the EU, however, the government website for the CICA scheme reflects any changes made to the legislation if and when it occurs. You can also claim from the CICA scheme in different circumstances, which can be found on the government website under “eligibility”.

    Once you have found that you are eligible, you can put in your application for a claim. Now, you can claim directly from the UK government CICA website. Or, you can claim through advocates such as CICA UK, who are a team of solicitors who can claim on your behalf. Although you don’t need to claim through a solicitor, it is one way to move on from your abuse without having to deal with your compensation directly.  Some find this easier than claiming directly, as it ensures someone will work on your behalf to secure your compensation for you, which in turn allows you to move on from your ordeal.

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