To ask those SAHM who are self-employed to tell us what they do?

(110 Posts)
Dryjuice25 Mon 22-Apr-13 13:21:53

I have seen posts of mums who work for themselves from home and always wondered just being nosey what they do and how they get their money.

I expected no posts so come on here and tell us if you don't mind.

I have to say that I'm looking for something to do at the moment as I have 3dcs, single and find it hard to get child-friendly jobs that don't involve travelling to London(1 and half hours drive!) Preferably something that only requires a small capital outlay.

Thanks in advance

BastardDog Mon 22-Apr-13 13:26:15

I retrained as a beautician and work from home.

I don't make a lot of money, but I enjoy the work, the hours are convenient, no commute and I have some lovely clients. More of a hobby to earn a bit of pin money than an income though.

Fairylea Mon 22-Apr-13 13:26:32

I used to earn money as a marketing consultant working mainly from home with the odd meeting with clients thrown in. I used to work as a senior marketing manager for quite a while so I already had some contacts and build on them through online networking.... I got fed up with it all in the end though. Ultimately I am too lazy (I'm honest!) And I'd rather live on a lot less money and not have to worry about self assessment tax! (Although if you earn under a certain amount I don't think you need worry about that, I'm not sure now).

seeker Mon 22-Apr-13 13:27:05

I make cakes.

NickNacks Mon 22-Apr-13 13:28:41

I'm a childminder. I don't think of myself as a SAHM though, just someone who works from home.

twirlyagogo Mon 22-Apr-13 13:30:06

Writer - no outlay at all! Work from home, here for school runs, take all school holidays off.

Spatsky Mon 22-Apr-13 13:31:28

What did you do before you had children? Have you got any old work colleagues you could tap up for some freelance work?

In these times employers might feel more comfortable about throwing some work to a freelancer than they would taking someone on full time and permenantly (with all that entails) so you might get some interest.

minibmw2010 Mon 22-Apr-13 13:31:32

I'm a legal PA who works remotely for her bosses, works very well for all of us, very fortunate for me.

twirlyagogo Mon 22-Apr-13 13:31:55

Like NickNacks I don't describe myself as SAHM either. This is my job, I'm self-employed and I work from home. I work in a way that allowed me the time I want to spend with my children, but I never describe myself as a SAHM.

LittleTyga Mon 22-Apr-13 13:38:42

What kind of work did you do in the past? Can you do some consultancy work?

I was a recruitment consultant for years and built up my client base through previous contacts and clients I used to work with. I work from home (or the park!) as with a tablet and a smart phone I can work anywhere!

I also do window dressing a few times a month.

MisForMumNotMaid Mon 22-Apr-13 13:39:36

I eBay anything with a value for myself and I'm just thinking about doing it at a 50% cut for friends and family (after many requests). Its completely flexible no outlay, i can do messages in the evenings etc and I have the space to store stuff whilst I sell it. Just with selling the three DC's (and our) old clothes/ toys/ furniture we no longer want and things like pushchairs which I've changed my mind on I regularly have little bouts bringing in £200 - 500 a time.

Its not an income as such but it helps buy the next size up in clothes, new to us furniture etc. I think if I did it more seriously for friends and family as well it could be a reasonable 2nd income.

fromparistoberlin Mon 22-Apr-13 13:40:36

sex cam work grin

kerala Mon 22-Apr-13 13:41:27

Host foreign students. On a good month its £1500 a month on a bad zero. No childcare/office sitting required. You need a biggish house though but outlay is minimal.

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 13:42:18

accountant/bookkeeper - though I also don't call myself a SAHM. Not that it really matters to me either way I have been a WOHM, SAHM and currently SFHM (shirk from home mum)

GashlycrumbZillah Mon 22-Apr-13 13:45:20

Artist / Illustrator / Printmaker

Not a SAHM mum though - just work from home - DCs are school age.

It's great to be able to work around holidays etc. but very hard too. When they were little i had to have folks look after them as it's not something that's compatible with having small children around.

That said - i'm not sure most work is compatible to having them around - i have found that if you seriously work from home you do still need to have child care in place.

And make sure any friends and family know you are working - nothing worse than having someone 'pop in for coffee' when you are working as they know you are home. You can see i have had issues hmm

It's a hard balance - wish i had a studio elsewhere

elfycat Mon 22-Apr-13 13:49:33

Complementary therapist.

Of course you do have to take the courses which costs money, but I did one as a hobby a few years ago and the other last year to keep me sane. I'm doing just enough to cover my expenses and a little more, at the moment, but once DD1 goes to school in Sept I'll be looking to expand my client base.

I have a dog handling business, so I look after, groom, walk and train dogs in term time. I also write fiction and draw comics, which I do from home. grin

anewyear Mon 22-Apr-13 13:54:07

Im a Childminder too, but I also work in Pre School, so Im self employed and employed..

Pendeen Mon 22-Apr-13 13:55:34

I'm an architect.

Although I have an accommodation address for work-related post and on my calling card, I actually work from my back room. Nearly all the current commissions are for public bodies - most of them via an intermediary - so my name doesn't even appear on my drawings!

As DD is school age I can easily manage my time around her (apart from a site meeting last week which was totally unnecessary but at the whim of a very irritating and smug 'project manager') angry

HoHoHoNoYouDont Mon 22-Apr-13 13:55:44

kerala that sounds interesting, how would one find out more info on that. By contacting universities perhaps?

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 13:56:08

Yes gashly - I can;t work with DS around except on a very limited basis - eg answering a few emails. Mind you I find it hard enough to bring myself to actually do any work without DS at home!

GashlycrumbZillah Mon 22-Apr-13 13:57:10


NynaevesSister Mon 22-Apr-13 14:01:21

I write. Anything but mostly it is technical stuff. White papers, case studies, commercial analysis. Like the others I am not a SAHM but a full time worker who works from home. I do six solid hours while children are at school, and another two hours after they go to bed, or I work a Sunday and the other half takes over. Is really stressful, and I find it a huge relief on the one day a week where we use after school care. In the holidays I do a mix of swaps with other parents, holiday club, and getting up bloody early. I got up at 4am every day for the second week of the Easter holidays to get in a few hours of work time.

I don't like the loneliness, the never being able to switch off, and managing tax etc sucks big time. But, I get to do drop offs and picks ups and school holidays, and I can do things like PTA stuff because I can move my work hours around. Also I can do things like go out for lunch or coffee, or go see a movie in the middle of the day, if I can manage it!

My house is permanently in need of housework though.

Tweetinat Mon 22-Apr-13 14:05:15

I'm self employed with two jobs:

I work two mornings (3hrs) a week teaching baby signing. Initial investment was approx £900 and made profit from year one. Averages out about £550 pcm take home.

I also work as a Pampered Chef Consultant. Averages about £250 pcm take home based on working 3 evenings a month with a £120 investment.

Dryjuice25 Mon 22-Apr-13 14:05:17

Thanks all for quick replies.

I worked as a tax advisor in my previous life. Didn't make any lasting contacts as I'm rubbish at that sort of thing. Made redundant before I obtain robust experience and had retrained as a career change initiative!! So this move went really badly.

Fairylea Start your business again I will do your SA! grin

Some really imaginative/interesting ideas here.

Kewcumber I suppose that is not too far from reach for me but I'm rubbish at networking though.
Kerala If only I had a bigger house..
Twirlyagogo That sounds like a dream. I would love to do that but I'm rubbish at seeing a written piece to completion! I do write just for my eyes though as a hobby and I'm rubbish

Ebay sounds good though I wouldn't flog the dcs grin but I suppose I can spring clean a lot of unwanted items in the house

butterflyexperience Mon 22-Apr-13 14:06:19


Starting set up when dd1 was 2.5 and dd2 was 7 month old
<smug about all my hard work>

DramaAndCrisis Mon 22-Apr-13 14:07:31

I'm a historian. People hire me for research. I have several projects on the go simultaneously and research / write around the children (one still pre-school age). I work 3 mornings and 3 evenings a week until DS3 gets to pre-school proper in September, when it will be 5 mornings. I am Mum in the afternoons, which is also percolating time - history works best with plenty of time for little tiny bits of information to connect themselves up in your head. It does mean it all overlaps a bit, though, and sometimes I have to check which century I'm in [only slightly joking].

sheeplikessleep Mon 22-Apr-13 14:08:54

Market research consultant.

Dryjuice25 Mon 22-Apr-13 14:11:40

I'm in awe of all of you guys and I'm inspired by all these posts to want to do something with my life and not have intrusive feelings of being a complete failure. Thanks

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 14:15:19

Dryjuice - there is a big market for saelf assesment or bookkeeping (depending on your bookkeeping skills) - contact a few firm of local accountants and ask them to consider you for clients that are too small for them. You'd be surprised how it adds up - you need to start now though as forms came out this week and will remind people. Get the word out at school. Thats another good source.

GashlycrumbZillah Mon 22-Apr-13 14:15:31

Children grow up Dryjuice ... just because you have been concentrating on bringing them up doesn't make you a failure ... anything but. Especially as you are a single mum.

There is a time for everything, planning and thinking are half the battle with anything like this. You won't know yourself in a couple of years .... and you can look back at what a great job you made with the DCs before that.

Skybore Mon 22-Apr-13 14:16:46

TweetinatMon 22-Apr-13 14:05:15
I'm self employed with two jobs:

I work two mornings (3hrs) a week teaching baby signing....

I also work as a Pampered Chef Consultant...

I don't know what either of those jobs actually are! Wondered for a mo if you meant 'baby singing' but thought nah, surely not grin

twirlyagogo Mon 22-Apr-13 14:16:58

DramaAndCrisis - that sounds like a perfect job! What sort of projects do you work on?

Dryjuice25 - if you write anyway, is there anything you have that you could force yourself to complete? Actually, all you need to complete is the proposal then if it gets taken up, the promise of cash might push you into doing the whole thing grin.

Chattymummyhere Mon 22-Apr-13 14:17:15

I deal with holiday rental.. SAHM however I can be answering messages till 2am then get up and of still had some at 3/4/5am

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 14:17:25

bookkeepers can earn upwards of £15 per hour (depending on where you live) and you can charge at least £100 for a self assessment.

I don;t really network - have a deal with 2 local accountants and considering contacting a local business coach - in fatc might do that now as you've reminded me!

mumblechum1 Mon 22-Apr-13 14:18:19

Will Writer (PT). It's great, because my clients are all over the country, everything's done by phone/email so I can work in my pjs smile. It's a world away from wearing suits in an office all day.

I have a paid for ad over on Classifieds at the moment and am running a special offer for Mumsnetters.

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 14:19:29

Oh and I'm also single - have after school care two days a week, manage within school hours/after school club rest of the week. Holidays need more planning but combination of holidays clubs and Mum works for me.

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 14:20:04

mumblechum - may contact you re wills - may as well keep the money within the family so to speak!

motherinferior Mon 22-Apr-13 14:20:20

I am not a SAHM. I am self-employed and work from home.

Mominatrix Mon 22-Apr-13 14:20:59

I purchase and resell principally photography, but sometimes sculpture. Takes very little time (auction periods are principally 2 times a year), and can be quite profitable. This is far from what I studied and was trained in (medicine), but much more portable and flexible.

GashlycrumbZillah Mon 22-Apr-13 14:26:01

Something tells me you have also had the coffee-mums come calling motherinferior grin

lljkk Mon 22-Apr-13 14:26:19

Blog-type articles with income from Google adsense.
Trying to get a real job, though!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 22-Apr-13 14:38:55

OP- you need to work on your self esteem. In your post on page one you said "I'm rubbish" three times!

I bet you're not. Work on that and the world is your oyster!

Fairylea Mon 22-Apr-13 14:41:35

Why do people feel the need to categorically state they are not a sahm? It really doesn't matter in terms of the thread.

Another one who thinks of herself as a WAHM rather than SAHM.

I was a magazine journalist, went freelance before kids, took on quite a lot of event reporting work as well as editing work I can do from home and some writing.
Since getting pregnant I shifted the emphasis away from event work as travelling is off the cards, lots of editing and some pr/copywriting, 90 % of which is done from home.

I work office hours whenever possible, have childcare for my work days, and make up extra tiem in the evenings. It is not easy, but I think it is better for all of us than me going to work in an office 3-5 days a week.

You definitely can't have any kind of 'job' at home with small children at home. Forget it. Never. gonna. happen.

Fairy I think it matters because it conjures up an image of mothers making Cath Kidston millions whilst airily looking after a brood of babies and toddlers at the same time.
It doesnt' work that way, you need to be organised about your work time just as you would be if you went out to work. You have some additional flexibility, but you need to either limit your work to school days/middle of the night, or have childcare in place.

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 14:45:32

Because Fairylea the implication by saying you are a SAHM is that your day-job is unimportant, a hobby, just a little pin money... etc.

I am single and I support a family on my wage - to call me a SAHM is misleading. I work at home. If I am asked what my job is I say I'm an accountant, previously I would have said I look after my child full time.

twirlyagogo Mon 22-Apr-13 14:46:06

Fairylea - it matters to me. I know women who preface things they say in a work environment with their status as mothers. They choose to do that. I choose to not categorise myself that way. I'm not a mother who stays at home and earns pin money, I'm a self-employed writer who works from home who also has school-age children (but I don't mention the latter in a work context).

motherinferior Mon 22-Apr-13 14:46:28

I'm not a SAHM in that I've paid for childcare - not any more, but when my children were small they went to a childminder four days a week; I am not available for 'social' stuff in the day; and most of all I am not 'fitting a bit of work around the children'.

It's hard enough being a journalist anyway especially on MN where you are considered the moral equivalent of pond scum without everyone thinking you're just pottering about with a little bit of work to keep yourself busy.

wordfactory Mon 22-Apr-13 14:48:14

I'm a writer and I also own several online businesses (websites, blogs etc) but I am not a SAHM.

I think people who work from home and make a living from it are not in the same siuation as a SAHM. You can't just drop your work for your DC.
It's not a hobby.

motherinferior Mon 22-Apr-13 14:49:33

Interesting how it's all the people who put words on the page for pay who're getting irate grin. There's nothing like doing a job that everyone thinks they could do to get one that way, I find.

Also a cakemaker. Hobby at the moment - hoping to expand and do it properly in a couple of years.

ben5 Mon 22-Apr-13 14:51:35

sounds really sad but I have a paper round. I do it while the kids are at school and if I don't finish it while they are at school they help me. Also I clean peoples houses. Some only want a couple of hours a week and pay cash in hand. When they are able to walk to school themselves I'll retrain and get a different job. I work for Ngala also which is like sure start but on a casual basis. This is also school hours but if I do cert 3 I can get 8hrs a week. suits me fine. Also look into Avon and tupperware/ partylite and pamper cheif

kerala Mon 22-Apr-13 14:58:07

Interesting debate- I think of myself and would describe myself as a SAHM but some months earn quite a bit. Maybe the test is if you put your children in childcare to do the job then its self employed if you don't need to do that its SAHM earning money <scratches head>. It is quite funny watching the frantic "I am not a SAHM" ing going on as if its a dark and shameful thing to be grin.

Chattymummyhere Mon 22-Apr-13 15:01:00

Im still a SAHM, it is pin money an investment for free holidays, but not a living wage

issimma Mon 22-Apr-13 15:02:46

I'm a book editor. I work from home and the DC go to nursery to allow this. Working freelance is great for fitting work around childcare, but it is still a proper job, not just something I play at for pin money <glares>.

twirlyagogo Mon 22-Apr-13 15:07:53

No one is saying SAHM is a shameful label or a dark thing to be. I don't see anyone getting irate either. Some of us are just saying we categorise ourselves in a different way - OP just wants some ideas about jobs you can do at home and some of us are just pointing out how we perceive our jobs.

kerala Mon 22-Apr-13 15:08:45

I suppose I would count work I did as more "real" if it involved using my brain and doing something related to what I used to do (solicitor). As what I do now is so different to that I cant see it as a proper job <confusing myself now>.

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 15:09:02

kerala - I didn't feel even slightly frantic confused in fact I did say I have been SAHM, WOHM and now SFHM. I can tell the difference. I don;t much object to people calling me SAHM, I don;t particularly find it offensive - its just wrong.

issimma Mon 22-Apr-13 15:09:43

(My glare wasn't at you lovely folk, more for people in RL who drop round when I'm at work or make snide comments about my job --even though I earn more than they do--).

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 15:09:54

MI - the one advantage to being an accountant is virtually nobody thinks they can do your job. In fact that you can even add up seems to qualify you for mensa status in many peoples eyes.

Saffra Mon 22-Apr-13 15:10:43

I have an online business that contributes to half of our household income. I employ a PT assistant too. I'm incredibly lucky (I think) to be able to have really flexible work as it means I can do plenty of stuff with 18 month old DD.

I don't identify myself as a SAHM per se, but think others may perceive me as that perhaps as I'm much more likely to talk about my DD than work.

Kewcumber Mon 22-Apr-13 15:12:46

I don't always need childcare to do my job but my clients would be shocked if they thought a SAHM earning some pin money was doing their accounts! I take my work seriously and it earns me money. Not sure why it needs qualifying anymore than that to be a job confused

If a man were doing my job they would call it "work" they wouldn;t qualify it by whether they had childrne or not or whether they did it from home or a client or a workplace.

Dryjuice25 Mon 22-Apr-13 15:17:27

Funny as it sounds wahm didn't even cross my mind when I was posting. I think I agree with Kerala on this issue though.
Kewcumber Many thanks your way. You have given me something to seriously consider, and great ideas too. Thank God you came on this thread.
Twirly I do have a manuscript that I finished a couple of years ago. But just for me and my friends, so yes, I think I can apply myself and commit well if there is an incentive I suppose.
Momi Just wow! Don't you miss medicine though?
Choco I have issues with self esteem since I was made redundant. It knocked me for six and I was weepy for some time. I'm working on it and I'm volunteering and hopefully I will get back to where I was before. --I'm rubbish though--grin
Kirjava Good luck with business dvt. I hope it works out for you.
Ben5 I think you're doing a great job and there is nothing sad about what you do. It's the variety of things that you have going that says a lot about you as a person. You get up and do something. It's commendable.

Thanks guys just for saying I'm not a failure. I feel encouraged.

Knottingnotknitting Mon 22-Apr-13 15:20:04

I am a facepainter. I also do a bit of p/t reception work. I take home approx 1500 quid per month but still class myself as a SAHM as that is what I do for the majority of my week.

I'm a fundraising consultant, I was a senior fundraiser before the children were born, so it was easy enough to make the change. I advise charities on major income streams (I don't do things like community or individual giving although I can help with that) - I write applications to grant making trusts, statutory funders and the lottery etc And if needs be I can look at the whole organisation and make recommendations about strategic fundraising. The bulk of it is writing.

Anyway, I do that 99% of the time from home, I have clients at opposite ends of the country, only see them once a year if that. And if I'm at a loose end, I do ad hoc event management, which was my previous job before voluntary sector.

Today I've been sitting here for hours trying to get my head together to write something, both kids off sick and a pile of dirty plates by the sink, pretty run of the mill day for me. I do get lonely and bored, hence being on here a lot!

CailinDana Mon 22-Apr-13 15:24:26

I edit a magazine. It's extremely flexible and i don't need childcare.

twirlyagogo Mon 22-Apr-13 15:26:15

Aren't lots of us writers? I had no idea!

Dryjuice25 Mon 22-Apr-13 15:44:56

Twirlyagogo grin I wouldn't go as far as thinking that I was a writer though. Only a hobby that I enjoyed and need to reignite. I would love to be at the level you're at. I find it quite liberating to be able to write your own stuff and getting paid for it is a bonus.
I was watching Hamlet last night and just the diction of it made me realise why Shakespeare is such legend. But this also showed me how rubbish my writing was. Not that I think it's helpful to ever compare yourself with such literary giants, but somehow, I paid more attention to his diction and I was in awe.

VIX1980 Mon 22-Apr-13 15:45:44

Im a seamstress, i do alterations and also dressmaking, did my degree in 2008 and jobs within the fashion industry were very thin on the ground, so i set up myself, dont think im running the business the ideal way as i have a 10 month old, but i do a few days here and there until he goes to nursery then ill start full time again.

Would you take up a hobby and start doing that? my friend did chinese cookery at nightschool a few years ago and now she teaches it for party nights every month, the only outlay is the equipment but once bought you reap back the money from bookings.

TattyDevine Mon 22-Apr-13 15:48:55

I make jewellery. Fun, creative, great profit margin.

DramaAndCrisis Mon 22-Apr-13 15:53:40

Twirly, sorry, I started this reply an hour ago and the school run intervened... most of my projects are for individuals and quite a lot are genealogical. Since my specialism was early medieval land holding and family structure it's only a step sideways (and has improved my early Victorian social history no end!). I also do some work for bigger organisations who want a historical flavour for something (what the is background of the land the new head office is on etc etc) and spread the love around with little bits of volunteer transcribing / checking for the local archive. In the spare moments I have my own post-doc project running to keep my hand in with 'proper' history grin.

BooksAGoGo Mon 22-Apr-13 15:55:13

Another writer here - but definitely not a SAHM. DC goes to nursery so I have proper writing time. And OP I started writing as a hobby but am taking time out of work for a few years to concentrate on writing books in between MNing If you get a decent advance you can earn the same as in FT work with all the lovely flexibility of working for yourself.

Waving at the other writers on thread - there are more than I thought smile

You're THE TattyDevine! That's very exciting, I used to live in the East End and love mooching at your stuff on Sundays!

<feels about 400 years old>

DramaAndCrisis Mon 22-Apr-13 15:59:04

Dryjuice I also used to work in tax - I found it did not gel well with a family and returned to history instead because it flexes better. It did very much start out as pin money and it will never make me rich, but we'd notice if I wasn't bringing it in. When DS3 gets his 15 hours in September, we'll see more of my money.

I try to make it clear that I am a SAHM in the afternoons, but work in the mornings. This means I only do coffee mornings, volunteer reading, parcel collection etc if I believe I have time to do it. Otherwise, I'm at work.

twirly I guess it's about feeling at home in a site with a Pedant's Corner grin

mnistooaddictive Mon 22-Apr-13 16:05:57

I am a maths tutor. I spent 22 years as a maths teacher beforehand. I work evenings and weekends when DH is home to look after our children. I love the fact it is flexible but am really sick of working weekends. It is seasonal do I don't work at all July/August which is great time wise but means I don't earn anything! I earn about £200 per week which makes a massive difference to us. My youngest starts school thus September so I am going back to school teaching so we can have family time again. Easter holidays was hard as I had both my DVD all day and then went to work on the evening so I never got a break! My students wanted extra sessions however and it is hard to turn down the extra money!
I am somewhere between pin money/ proper job but would class myself as a SAHM.

motherinferior Mon 22-Apr-13 16:09:56

April, I think you mean pedants' corner grin

<deregisters in shame>

DolomitesDonkey Mon 22-Apr-13 16:23:03

I'm a small business advisor. Most definitely not SAHM! grin

Dryjuice25 Mon 22-Apr-13 16:43:06

Drama You used to work in tax too! I'm finding it hard to find flexible work locally and I totally get you. Not sure why I'm even studying for more exams in this field to be honest. Good luck with everything.

Books Sounds like an exciting move that you're planning to make there. Enjoy it.
X1V1980 Just goes to show you where a hobby can take you. I also love your resilience. Good on you.
Tattydevine I love that idea. Sound like a lot of fun. I love jewellery too.

So many ideas here. I am inspired. Totally.

Thanks to all of you for sharing, amazing women. What you have is my idea of having it all, so to speak. Single or married. Big or small scale . All empowering stuff.

CocktailQueen Mon 22-Apr-13 16:48:21

I'm a copy-editor/proofreader. Fits round the kids but lets me do fun things as well unless I'm working all day on a very tedious book with a tight deadline and do all pick-ups and drop-offs, as well as go in to hear readers at school and do PTA stuff. But it's also a career and pays for all our holidays, everything for the kids and so on, and gives me great satisfaction.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Mon 22-Apr-13 16:50:37

I'm a dressmaker/seamstress/crafty sewer. Set up for myself 2 years ago, now my DD is as school so I work around 20 hours a week through school time. Means that I am always around for school things, helping in the classroom etc as I can re jig my working hours to fit DD and her extensive list of after school activities.

It's hard work, I class myself as self employed rather than a SAHM although I sometimes feel a fraud when people ask what I do......

zaphod Mon 22-Apr-13 16:51:25

Clown for children's parties. Except for school events, it's week-end work, short hours, good pay.

Doubtitsomehow Mon 22-Apr-13 17:02:00

Aid consultant. Work from home, but have to travel. Definitely not a SAHM. Need full concentration when wfh, and therefore childcare. Can do the school run but often at the computer at midnight.

I think to start something up you would be best to:
- Use your prior skills - I bet if you placed an ad in the local paper, or contacted local firms saying you were looking for freelance work, you'd get replies
- Use your prior networks - you said you were no good at networking, but I bet you do have some prior contacts through work. Would it help to sit and write down a list of names, however random, of professional contacts, then go through and select a few to email, saying that you're looking to get back into the workplace and would be interested in any freelance work that comes along?

Good luck op! It's a lovely life, imo.

LifeofPo Mon 22-Apr-13 17:13:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Elefant1 Mon 22-Apr-13 17:36:00

I have been reading this thread with interest as I have been looking for something else to do along side my part time job. I have been thinking about book keeping. May I ask Kewcumber please if you know what courses are any good for getting the right qualifications, there seem to be lots of different ones out there and I am worried about paying a lot of money for a qualification that is not very good or usefull!

piprabbit Mon 22-Apr-13 17:49:50

I'm trying to start a small business offering Basic IT Skills training, aimed at people with little or no experience of using computers (think retired people wanting to keep in touch with friends and family, start online shopping etc,). I know there is a lot of demand, what I'm not sure of is if anyone is willing to pay.
It's sort of based on my professional career plus volunteering work I've been doing since becoming a SAHM.

Kahlua4me Mon 22-Apr-13 17:54:18

I work for my husband who is a self employed tradesman. I do all paperwork, invoices etc.

Amykins Mon 22-Apr-13 17:56:56

I work for Oxford open learning as a tutor. All done by Skype/email/phone. I was a secondary teacher before having my daughter.

I'm a storyteller.
I tell stories at local cafes and schools, make puppets, sell illustrated stories and am writing an e-book.
Not megabucks, but it keeps me out of mischief and I love doing itsmile.

kerstina Mon 22-Apr-13 18:09:21

Interesting thread. I am a stay at home mom to one school aged child. My DP gives me a weekly allowance for doing 99% of the housework and being around for DS. I also have 2 voluntary jobs reading in school and doing art activites with pre school children. I earn extra money by making cards. I sell them at craft fairs and to friends and family.Would love to turn this into my own business but at the moment it is just a bit of extra cash rather than earning a living so am grateful that my partner is happy for me to stay at home as I like my life at the moment.

DoTheStrand Mon 22-Apr-13 18:10:50

I do affiliate marketing - I promote other people's products and services on my sites and blogs and get commission when I sell something. It is all done through cookies and tracked links.

I was originally a web editor and have done contract work in that field for ex employers (they like that I know their style guide inside out, quite often because I wrote it smile) any contract work was also done from home so I earned less than if I worked in London for a daily rate. But I saved massively on travel costs, clothes, childcare for that commuting time.

Mumblechum you did our wills - I had no idea you were answering my emails in your pyjamas, I am one of those people who has to be dressed with full make up before I even sit in front of my computer grin

cuillereasoupe Mon 22-Apr-13 20:12:33

I'm a translator. Nice little earner once you've got your network built up.

emma123456 Mon 22-Apr-13 20:48:15

Im a chartered accountant. I work with small to medium sized businesses doing their accounts and tax. I work from home and work my hour s around the kids. I do somewhere between 20 and 30 hours per wk .

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lovesherdogstoomuch Mon 22-Apr-13 21:21:25

Kerala. i have quite a big house. kids flying the nest etc. me twiddling my thumbs. foreign students? tell me more. i was thinking of running a B&B. too much investment tho. can you send me a link?

jennywren45 Mon 22-Apr-13 21:37:57

I run a livery yard from home .

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Mon 22-Apr-13 21:47:47

I run a tourism website.

I also do the website d&d, book keeping, some admin and all policies and procedures for my husband's business, including the 4 ISO systems the company has. (they took me bloody months to do and I had to get myself banned from MN in order to get them done on time blush )

And I do some consultancy and design training days now and again (I'm an accredited trainer) - but I'm not in that business any more and don't take new customers, so I just update procedures for those who already bought from me and one whole system for a friend of someone who had hired me to do their entire system a few years ago. Maybe a couple of jobs a year on that side and tbh I'd rather drop it altogether, but I feel mean grin

mumblechum1 Tue 23-Apr-13 04:30:13

Mumblechum you did our wills - I had no idea you were answering my emails in your pyjamas, I am one of those people who has to be dressed with full make up before I even sit in front of my computer

grin here I am again at 4.30am having just written 4 wills since 1.30am; being an insomniac helps!

TheFallenNinja Tue 23-Apr-13 04:34:49

I'm a SAHD and I organise Mud Running events.

DP works a shift system so it works out quite well.

DolomitesDonkey Tue 23-Apr-13 05:57:46

Oh yes, helps if you don't have an aversion to working when everyone else is asleep. smile

Getting work done with the children around? Not going to happen!

kerala Tue 23-Apr-13 07:07:24

Lovesherdog I live in a tourist city there are about 6 language schools I host their students. They stay between a week to 6 weeks, I give breakfast and dinner. They at school/outings all day and have a separate sitting room in the evening so basically I chat to them in English over dinner. The schools are supportive if there are problems. I only host girls who are in the main fine. My little girls love having glamorous "big girls" around! Almost all European mostly Italian and Spanish. Cost is £200 extra on house insurance bills and food though food bill usually not affected as I am canny! In summer it's £1600 PCM but I have 3 at a time.

Mumble chum very interested in will writing as ex solicitor am looking into that one...

Dryjuice25 Tue 23-Apr-13 22:36:29

Hi all.
Thank you for all your generous posts and advice. It just opens your eyes to the possibilities...

I take my hat off to you and I'm now just mulling over these ideas to see what might work for me. I'm feeling hopeful that I will get there in the end
piprabbit I would certainly do a bit of market research to see whether people might want to pay as I believe most libraries over basic skills for free. Good luck
Emma That would be my dream scenario re what you do.

Most of you seem to be doing what you enjoy, which I think is great.
mumblechum You are up at 4:30 am with work? Now that's dedication. When do you get to sleep? brew

Dryjuice25 Tue 23-Apr-13 22:37:47

*offer basic computer skills for free

Sheshelob Wed 24-Apr-13 06:14:47

I am a writer and researcher. I do five hours in the morning while toddler is in nursery, another 2-3 while he naps at home and another 2-4 once he is in bed. And I still don't feel like I get enough done!

But I get to spend at least 2 hours a day playing with my 18 month old, which is priceless.

Dryjuice, could you offer basic computer skills in people's own homes, or at odd times to fit around their work patterns? That could be your USP perhaps, a reason they would pay.

twirlyagogo Wed 24-Apr-13 11:03:04

I think it can be done OP because most of us have skills we don't even recognise, although it is also as much about confidence and putting on a front when you have to though. I ended up in my current job largely because I was pregnant again and wanted to be in control of my own hours, own commitments, but then actually became ill a few years ago so could never have worked in a 'traditional' work environment anyway. Everything has worked out well - I can be ill when I need to be, I can work when I need to, I can be with the kids when I want.

You do have to be quite strict with yourself though and that's where I fall down. I waste a lot of time - which is fine eventually as I work fast when I need to, and still write more than most people I know, but I do wonder just how much I would get done if I could focus.

It looks like some people on this thread have it cracked, so maybe they could help with some advice as to how they have managed that.

Good luck in whatever you decide!

Kewcumber Wed 24-Apr-13 11:32:19

You do have to be quite strict with yourself though and that's where I fall down. I waste a lot of time

Join the club!

Confidence is the key. I too gave up "normal" work when I became ill but was lucky enough to get a temporary job with a local firm of accountants and they encouraged me to set up on my own as they are short of decent book-keepers/accountants to refer smaller clients to.

I don;t think I would have set up without their support.

Dryjuice25 Wed 24-Apr-13 12:00:44

Inmysparetime I suppose I could but will have to think about childcare as ds is only 9months atm. The other two go to school. Nice idea too.
twirly sorry about your illness. You seem to have risen above it and doing well whilst raising your dcs. You sound like a great individual.

Indeed I'd have to put on a front with something like self employment I guess as my confidence levels are very low. I'm quite disciplined though and I do get things done when required. Thanks for the support.

Kewcumber I'm so glad things worked out for you too after your illness.
I like to hear stories like these; so very inspiring.

Again thanks

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