Running a home based business - tips and advice

On this page you'll discover handpicked articles from my main blog related to running a business from home. This page is regularly updated with newer blog posts added to the end.  Discover lots of useful business related articles, how to set up a home-based business, tips on being self-employed and more.

I've been self-employed since 2012 and have tried a variety of methods to make money from home as I wanted to create more flexibility for myself whilst I raised my two children.  It would have been impossible for me to return to work once I had Bella and work full-time hours in a managerial role that regularly required last minute overtime.  The cost of the childcare, especially once we had two children, would have been unaffordable!

Instead I have tried my hand at a few ways to make money from home and now I have successfully made a full-time wage since January 2017 settling on blogging as well as a few other side hustles to generate extra income.  I have experience in selling online as this was my original home business aim and I was an ecommerce fulfilment manager, before I had children, for a busy High Street fashion website.

I've also used Etsy to sell handmade crafts, set up my own ecommerce store, used various social networks to sell and market my products and learnt how to make a living as a blogger.  I can bring all my experiences into helpful blog posts so others don't make the same mistakes I made and can learn how to do all of these things effectively.

Marketing is an essential part of running any business, including a blog and any self-employment. I love to share my knowledge of how to get a business out there both online and offline, paid and unpaid.

Not only have I been self-employed for several years, but my husband is a self-employed handyman and also has a business making handmade furniture which he sells online and locally.  Between us we run a few different businesses and have a lot of experience working from home in a variety of fields!  We understand the many challenges working from home and raising a family can bring!

Here are some handpicked articles to get you started and you'll find lots more below.