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1000 quid club revisited

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DolomitesDonkey Mon 15-Oct-12 06:59:14

How is everyone getting on? Since our last thread I am moving in to a totally new area, once which I'd wanted to do (many a time), but didn't feel that I "could" - for a variety of daft reasons (e.g., self-esteem!).

I've really been struggling the last few weeks finding the time to work on this new project - my paid job has been pretty full on - e.g., 11 hour days - then with 2 tiny ones on top of that - and the change of season isn't helping.

I long for the days when the children will need to be prised from their beds rather than shouting in my face from 5am.

Has anyone got any tips for this? I'm really a morning person but my toddler is destroying my will to live, never mind my will to work. I'm open to all sorts of tips from behavioural/reward strategies through to "best doping devices". wink

I tried working late the other night but my brain turns to mush by 8pm.

I had been planning to attend the great British business show in London next month but as my new business isn't ready to launch I just feel the timing isn't quite right. I know we talk about procrastination but it's not simply that... it'd be a 300 euro day out which seems a lot for what I feel it could return to me right now. Anyway, if anyone's interested the tickets are free and there are more details here:-

bacon Tue 16-Oct-12 16:36:13

Really 5am? Seriously we dont put up with that. If DS2 gets up he goes back to bed and we have done this firmly on many occassions. It has paid off as he does shout around 6.45/7am now. No one can put up with a 5am start surprised how your little ones arent dropping at 9am! I didnt move both of the cot till nearly 3 though so having a bed too young leads to this I'm afraid. Could go on the baby whisper forum did read some tips about body clock adjusting on there.

Not surprised you cant work after 8pm. Even at 7am start I do struggle many nights past 9pm and find if I do too much too late I dont sleep properly.

Working with young children in tow is no fun I'm afraid. Now they are older, my time is taken up with other childrens stuff, cleaning, packed lunches, uniforms etc.

InMySpareTime Wed 17-Oct-12 18:38:27

My business officially started todaygrin. I phoned HMRC to register for tax, and got my business card designs to the printer today.
One thing that has surprised me is how much people will pay for unique things that are easy for me to make (personalised framed stories) and how little they will pay for things that are a lot of hassle (handmade puppet party bags). I need more market research.
My reach is pretty good right now though, I've been name dropping my business everywhere, and it's really paying off.

MrsMargoLeadbetter Sat 20-Oct-12 08:34:20

Saw this event which might be of interest to you £1000-threaders There is talk of free tickets, but it sounds like you need to get there very early in the am to get a seat! Also in London, so not accessible for all.

ZombTEE Sat 20-Oct-12 08:42:54

The only way I've managed to make my company even a little bit successful is by having childcare.

My son has been going to daycare since he was 13 months, when I launched my company, and now goes to preschool 5 mornings a week and is picked up by a child minder 2 times a week.

Otherwise I'd have no time to work as I also can't work after he's in bed due to brain mush.

Novascotia33 Sun 21-Oct-12 22:26:07

I had an early riser like you, and this really worked: I recommended to a friend and it worked for them too.

I'm a night owl, and get a ton of work done between 9pm and midnight, but I need to sleep until 6 - 6:30 for this to be possible. Like has been said above 5am is too early to put in a late night.

At the least it's worth a shot for £20. My little boy still woke early sometimes, but didn't bother me until his clock said it was 'morning'.

Best of luck.

DolomitesDonkey Mon 22-Oct-12 14:50:07

hi novascotia - I actually have that clock - and whilst he takes great delight in reading the book - and he quite clearly understands the concept, there is an underlying "fuck you" in his eyes. wink

I would like to be harder on him about this - i.e., bellow "back to bed right now!", but because he's sharing a room with his baby brother I tend to give in rather than having them both scream themselves puce.

A 5am start is my preferred start - however, this is without helpers thankyouverymuch!

I do have daycare, but obviously I work full-time too - so my options are limited, it's not as though I can sit down with a latte and a laptop 10-3 daily.

caramelwaffle Tue 23-Oct-12 20:35:50

I'll be booking tickets to that event; thanks DD

Cubaba Wed 24-Oct-12 22:35:46

OK - call me stupid but what is the significance of the title of this topic "1000 quid club revisited"? (relatively new to the forum here) blush

DolomitesDonkey Thu 25-Oct-12 15:19:13

hi Cubaba It's the intention that we will earn 1000 pounds a day. smile

JurassicFart Fri 26-Oct-12 16:03:22

1000 pounds a day! Marking my place ... I'm a freelance writer, currently earning much less than that. Happy to swap tips smile

Cubaba Mon 29-Oct-12 23:01:00

Oohh...I like the sound of that! I'd work for 10 days of the month and bugger off for the other 20/21!

fatfingers Tue 30-Oct-12 12:35:55

Hi all, I followed the original 1000k threads and was inspired by them although I didn't actually post. For some time I have looked at setting up my own counselling service, as I have specialist knowledge and training in working with specific groups and I believe there has been a gap in service provision in this area for years.

I haven't actually done anything about this out of fear that I'm not good enough but I'm really contemplating taking the plunge now. The counselling would be largely group based so I would need to hire a room. I would also need another person to facilitate the groups with me and I'm worried that to cover those costs and make a profit, the price would put people off attending. Any advice on where to start planning properly or is anyone willing just to give me a push?

Xenia Sun 04-Nov-12 12:19:18

The original thread was someone looking to earn £1k a month and those of us who earn £1k a day said don't limit yourself.

Glad to hear people are getting started. I certainly think for a lot of people working for yourself and eating all that you kill in that sense is much more fun than hunting for someone else who then takes most of the spoils and just tosses you a few scraps.

Xenia Sun 04-Nov-12 12:22:24

Just as a reminder as bits of it were interesting and some female consultants and others who earn £1000 a day posted some details of types of work they did here is the link to the first thread

porridgelover Sun 04-Nov-12 12:51:45

Glad to see this is still going.
I bit the bullet and set up contact stuff for my little business. While I am a long way off £1000 a month yet, it is a goal....and perhaps ultimately more than that.

fatfingers I am in a specialist therapy area of work; and more-or-less inspired by the thread, I just did it. I am a single parent to 3 DC with an abusive exDH and one DC with SN. If I can get started, you can.

DolomitesDonkey Sun 04-Nov-12 13:03:51

Since the previous thread started I have totally changed the direction in which I'm going and have started something new. We have a live date of 21st Dec and the backing of several universities plus a UK MP and an MEP.

So now I feel under pressure to deliver! ;)

I swing from thinking "it will be great" to wondering how I will ever get it all done. I've had crisis of faith wondering how or why I ever felt myself capable.

We are also all battling lurgy this end and I feel run down.

I'm loving my ft paid job right now which really helps as I don't spend 40 hours a week feeling resentful.

I re-introduced the special alarm clock and this time it's worked! smile

I am dead on my feet and need to earn $$$ so I can pay someone else to clean the house and do the 101 other things which always need doing.

How is everyone else getting on?

Xenia Sun 04-Nov-12 13:45:30

As I am in year 18 of working for myself and my children are so old they help rather than hinder it is all dead easy but I am always keen for other women to do well so good luck to everyone on the thread. As ever lots of things I try fail but enough succeed.

Paintbynumbers Wed 07-Nov-12 10:08:33

Can I join?

I left my lovely job 4 years ago after DC2. I left London and moved back to my hometown.

Since then I have been consulting in my previous field and earning decent money. However, I know I could be doing much better but my self esteem has really taken a knock.

I feel in leaving London I've really shot myself in the foot as I don't have the time for networking. I also feel I've lost a lot of the status I used to have in my quite senior position and am a little embarrassed about being such a small one man band. Essentially, I'm now selling to the people who used to work for me!

I know this is all in my own head and I just need to work on my confidence. Lurking on these threads have really helped. I've been a lot more forceful in looking for work and negotiating my fee which seems to be paying off. I still close my eyes when I press send and assume they are going to laugh blush.

But thank you, for giving me the kick up the arse I needed.

Xenia Wed 07-Nov-12 10:13:32

Of course you can. It sounds as if you are doing the right things. Women often undersell themselves and quote too low and men often think they are the bee's knees and quote double what they hope to get. I am generalising a bit there but studies do show it.

You can probably network on line and it may help you are in your hometown. You can probably just turn the status around in your own mind. Now you are the owner, entrepreneur, top dog. Before you were just part of a bigger thing and probably did not own it all. So arguably your status is higher now. Better to own than work under PAYE as someone's underling.

greenbelly Thu 08-Nov-12 23:38:58

I'm joining too!! (See, I can be assertive)

I started my business in March and it has really taken off. Not £1000 a day though... Not yet. It will be as soon as if not before my youngest is in nursery more often.

caramelwaffle Fri 09-Nov-12 00:19:46

Good luck, greenbelly

Xenia Fri 09-Nov-12 10:15:48

Yes, good luck with it

aroomofherown Wed 14-Nov-12 20:45:46

Hi everyone - I feel like I birthed my business last night! Have been disliking feeling 'owned' by my job (7.30 - 5.30 most days) for several years now and have been wondering what kind of business would be good for me. And I've been inspired by the 1000 a day thread as it really did lift my expectations and made me believe that these things are possible.

Anyway, quite suddenly (as in less than a week) I've come up with a great idea and I'm in the 'just so excited' stage. It uses my professional expertise but also fills a gap in the market. I've decided my business name, applied for a business number and now need to buy a domain name. And write a business plan.

I'm actually quite terrified, but excited at the same time. Will need to work FT for the next 6 - 9 months while I set it up and then probably go PT while it hopefully gets going.

It's an online business so I need a great website. Any ideas at what stage I should develop it and how much I can expect to pay for it?

Ceasnake Wed 14-Nov-12 21:55:03

Am jumping in. I read the original thread and was so inspired.

I am currently on maternity 'leave' although have no job to go back to and have a number of income streams which I'm trying to grow. It's hard, though, with a toddler and a 4 month old.

aroomofherown, have you considered having a WordPress site? (, not .com). I have several and they are VERY easy, also if you can't be arsed to do it yourself you can outsource to someone else for not much money. I taught myself how to use it but I also have a freelance web designer and coder who will update the sites for me. She built a totally new site for my DH for around £350.

WordPress is great because it's open source code, basically everyone can weigh in with updates and apps and things like that. I pay for some premium themes (templates) but pretty much everything else is free (I do pay for hosting and domain names obviously but those are pretty cheap).

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