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Portfolio working? Need inspired!

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Mazzimaz2709 Fri 06-Jan-17 21:48:26

Ok so 10 months on from DD's birth I was looking forward to going back to work. I had great colleagues and an interesting sales job that I have done for 10 years. When I returned to work I was offered a new challenge in business development for another business unit (same company), and was able to reduce my hours to 4.5 days a week. I have been in this new role for 6 months now and I am so disappointed.

I won't go in to too much detail but the position is not working out. My new colleagues are bitter towards me as in their eyes I have been brought in to "sort out sales" and they have been doing everything in their power to ignore suggestions from me and try to catch me out almost daily. Basically I am miserable! I have additional stress that I don't need or want now that I am a mum. I don't have the emotional energy to deal with work place politics (certainly when this was not an issue in my previous role that I thought I was going back to!) and of course now I am on a part time salary for 4.5 days a week I actually work longer hours for less pay. Apparently my previous role is no longer available to me.

New year has brought with it a new attitude and new ideas. For the first time in10 years I am thinking this is no longer the job for me. I want to chase the dream of flexible working (like most mums I'm sure) and make it work for me and my family. I have been researching a few options and the one i keep coming back to is digital mums. A few mumsnet searches however has come up with some mixed reviews, but ultimately I am very interested in the idea of re training to eventually build on the concept of portfolio working.

Can anyone share some successes or inspirational stories? Tales of similar situations and the desire to make work work better for their families? I would be particularly keen to hear from those who gave up a healthy salary (I am the main earner) and somehow still made it work.

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