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Jobs where you can take your child along? Suggestions please!

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Lotster Mon 29-Sep-08 18:21:53

Hi there,

I work freelance and for some months of the year I'm twiddling my thumbs, when others are busy. When I work, which isn't that uch TBH as I like being at home with my 2 year old old for now - he has a day at nursery, usually once a week.

Anyway, what I wondered is when I want to earn a bit of extra cash, what jobs can you do and take your child with you? I thought playgroups that kind of thing but don't know if they're paid or you have to be checked etc.

Taking him along means I can accept earning less than I usually get, without having to worry it doesn't cover childcare, plus he could enjoy it?

Any suggestions please?

southeastastra Mon 29-Sep-08 18:25:42

i have done this for a while, it's quite hard to remain professional when you have your own child in tow though!

twinsetandpearls Mon 29-Sep-08 18:32:18

I used to run play sessions for a children's charity while taking dd with me. I got well and truly slated on here for doing so.

I loved doing it though but it is hard to work and remain proffessional with your own child. It was much easier then dd was able to go to school.

Lotster Mon 29-Sep-08 18:33:29


what it it you do then? Do you mean playgroups?

I'm open to any ideas really.

expatinscotland Mon 29-Sep-08 18:33:54

pet sitter. dog walker. paper route/leaflet distributor. avon/phoenix/usbourne sales.

jamie oliver grew up with parents who ran a pub.

Lotster Mon 29-Sep-08 18:38:22

Thanks expat. I'd probably drink the takings! wink

The leaflet idea isn't bad though, as we could all get fresh air at the same time. Thanks!

Lotster Mon 29-Sep-08 18:40:55

just seen your post twinset, funny the things you can get slated for... So did you donate a large percentage and keep a bit to cover your costs and time?

expatinscotland Mon 29-Sep-08 18:42:22

DH and DD1 like dogs, but we can't have one because we're private renters, so they've turned a few extra bob at Xmas/Hogmanay acting as substitute dog walkers and pet sitters when the usual ones like to have some time off.

It's not steady work, but if you were the usual walker it could be.

twinsetandpearls Mon 29-Sep-08 19:50:26

The charity employed me to plan, and run the groups. I was paid on an hourly rate for my contact time and had to do my plannng and prep at home.

Lotster Mon 29-Sep-08 19:52:12

Ok, that's really interesting, thanks!

MrsBates Mon 29-Sep-08 19:53:38

Chimney sweep

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Mon 29-Sep-08 19:57:55

lol Mrs Bates!!!!!!!!!

Angela1982 Mon 29-Sep-08 20:34:41

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Brid72 Mon 29-Sep-08 20:37:09

I work as an agent for a company selling children's toys.

Taking children along with me to events is no problem as often they are at toddler groups or nurserys. I also work in evenings and at weekends as my husband is able to care for the children then.

Lotster Tue 30-Sep-08 10:27:39

Mr Bates, I like it. Then I can file my nails whilst my son does the hard stuff, he loves sweeping anyway. grin

Angela and Brid thanks, I'll probably drop you a private mail to chat more.

Lotster Tue 30-Sep-08 10:39:56

Sorry MRS Bates!

fridayschild Tue 30-Sep-08 12:54:24

Mystery shopper at Sainsburys (or anywhere!)

Angela1982 Tue 30-Sep-08 17:10:57

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whitetigereyes Wed 13-May-15 14:12:12

were do i start. it is hard to get a job with a toddler who has to start school late.

MoabitessMotherWoman Mon 26-Oct-15 05:02:35

Did anyone really do mystery shopping? If yes, did you have to pay first?

jclm Mon 26-Oct-15 22:40:34

The obvious choice would be nanny or childminder

PinkSquash Mon 26-Oct-15 22:44:20

Zombie thread from 2008.

Mumoftwoyoungkids Mon 26-Oct-15 22:55:14

Here's a funny thought - that 2 year old is now 9!

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