I have recently set up my own PR and Marketing agency having specialised in Consumer PR in London for years. Decided that I wanted to do it locally as a 'return to work' job and have set up my own agency/gone freelance. Started pitching to some local businesses mid-December and finally took on my first client this week! Not huge pay but covers by daughters childcare and hopefully more to follow. Just to say really that you can make working from home work if you can set up with a small initial outlay, but it is scary and at the moment my husband is having to make up my shortfall.. I'm looking forward to taking him and my DD on holiday this time next year with my profits... Fingers crossed!
well done. wish i had the balls (so to speak) to do it but feel very out of agency/client work having worked in the public sector for five years. i sort of keep wishing i'd get made redundant so that i get a pay off and could set up on my own.
I was kind of lucky as my commute to my old job was over 2 hours, so there was no way I could go back. Which gives you a big kick up the bum, as there is so little part-time work out there. And I'm an older mum (well ish!) so I kind of figure that I didn't wait this bloomin long to have my dd only to see her at weekends!
I am terrified about not having enough knowledge on stuff, especially as I am offering marketing services. I know plenty about marketing having sat in joint PR and marketing meetings for the last ten years or so, BUT putting together leaflets, brochures and an ad campaign - great but OMG! I am beavering away on Microsoft publisher and hoping that the printers will sort out my amateurishness!!
I would love to support and be supported... so carocaro and choufleur if you want to stay in touch would love to!!
After working in PR for years, I set up my first business at the end of 2008. I found that the agency hours and commute were just utterly impractical, leaving me no time for my DH and DSD.
I'm now expecting my first DC, and can honestly say that my working arrangements could not be more flexible. I'm lucky to consult with a couple of public sector clients, both of which have been very happy to build my contract around a maternity leave. It's given me a far better income and so much more flexibility than one employer could offer - I'd recommend it to anyone!
Can I join the club? I am currently setting up in the North East in PR and marketing. I am planning to take on a couple of freebie clients as I have been out of the market for five years (DD2 with health issues).
Tofuturkey, would you like to meet up one day on Manchester for a coffee/drink?
This is me,
Still in the early stages, more to add, logo, headers and to develop etc, I was sort of naturally lead this route from the consumer PR stuff I have been doing over the years. Just been to London to talk to a client about a project which was all very grown up and exciting!
Congratulations katherine2008! My DH and I have recently set-up a print and design company following his redundancy last year. It has been bit of a scary time but we are getting there! If you'd like to use us (well DH really) to sort out your amateurishness we are very understanding and patient!
We're in the Midlands. We've managed to get plenty of work but like every other small business (I imagine) cashflow is an issue due to slooooooooooow payers.
Congrats on setting up! I set up on my own in 2006 - shifting sectors completely, from tech pr to parenting - and it's been a steep learning curve, but lots of fun. Happy to share ideas if you want to contact me via my website http://www.peekaboocoms.co.uk
Incidentally, I found the best way of getting clients is to find a company that you're genuinely passionate about, email them and tell them why you love their company and what you think you could do for them. I've got lots of my clients that way - and it means I genuinely like working for them!
SO ! treasure trove of PR mums ! My friend and I have started a business, great response to initial website and market stalls we've taken. Trouble is, we're poverty stricken and looking for some PR help - cant afford an agency ( can barely afford beans on toast inspite of having a FULL time job and a DD while trying to make the biz make enough for me to quit my stinky job) Any kind souls here looking to take us on as a case study ? we could link to each others fb page and mutually support each other ?
if you fancy a challenge, get in touch and i'll send you my details so we can have a proper chat !
I worked as a journalist for years and covered ad features, page design and writing. I was made redundant after dd1 was born and took a job in a school which included PR for the school, but I'm expecting twins in 2 weeks and the cost of childcare will be more than my salary. I've thought about going freelance, covering PR and copywriting but I'm terrified of approaching potential customers (which I will have to get over) and have no idea about how to work out what to charge. How do you do this?
I set up my own Luxury Travel PR & marketing agency 5 years ago BC and have managed to juggle it whilst having two boys (aged 3 & 18 months now). Its been interesting times and its never easy juggling being a mum & a businesswoman as sometimes you don't feel like you're doing either particularly well....but I love it!!