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The challenge.... find DH a job..... any idea GRATEFULLY recieved....I need Mumsnet POWER!

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pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 09:27:00

As some of you know DH is largly a SAHD.... but my income as a doula is not sufficient and we are now going through a rough patch financially... I want DH to get a JOB!!!!
He has a degree in marketing and communications, he use to work in market. comm. for a very large car manufacturer in another European country but that was 8 years ago,..... he has since re-trained as a yoga teacher.... his students LOVE him..... but he has stopped teaching in London because the corporate classes he was teaching have dwindled.... the company stopped allowing him (and others) to advertise these internal classes so only a hardcore of 10 kept going but that was just not worth the hassle to go for the day to London for £40..... profit for the whole day was £ 25 ! *
So he has lost his confidence..... he needs to work...... preferably something flexible as I am often on-call but if it was a great jobn for him (not just £££ wise) I am happy to slow down or re-organise my activities and let him work.

ANYONE ahs got any idea ??? We are in West Kent (50 mins from London)......
Thank you....

*And if you work for a London our South East company who wants a yoga teacher... let me know... he has glowing references !

cornfield Fri 04-Mar-05 09:36:41

do you live near to a village? because these always have a village hall and daily classes...could he not do yoga there, where we live it's £4.70 for 11/2 of yoga, get 20= people there and maybe you only have to pay the hire of the hall...just a suggestion..

flashingnose Fri 04-Mar-05 09:41:36

Are we talking yoga type money or marketing type money needed? And does he have any preferences?

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 09:42:46

Get teh 20 is the hard part.... he use to teach locally.... the hall was £6/h and he HAD to book it for 3 hours.... he did this for well over a year... he charges £5 per class (1h30) and the number of times he had more than 4 or 5 people can be counted on 1 hand... always the same 3 but the numbers were not high... there is another teacher and she advertises everywhere and her classes are far from full too !
And whilst your idea is very good (as I have encoursged DH to do this) you need several classes (who would need to be successful) to make any sort of living.... hence the corporate classes worked really well at the begining but not anymore....

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 09:44:17

Any money..... I am not fussy.... he loves teaching yoga but he feeels too many people do yoga as a form of exercise and miss the true value of yoga .... though his hard core group didn't....
I am happy for him to go back to mktg but I am sure he will say he is no longer comteptent enough.... and I bet he thinks he would never get a job !

katzguk Fri 04-Mar-05 09:44:38

could he train to do baby massage/baby sign langguage, very popular courses here and possibly even PG yoga

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 09:47:08

I use to teach PG yoga and I had 5 to 7 mums per class.... and I am well known (profit £10 for 2 hours at best and that's 1x week.....)!! There are 4 baby massage instructors locally..... so market is full.... great ideas though (please don't get me wrong)..... keep them coming

Let's brain storm... if anything it's cheering me on !

morningpaper Fri 04-Mar-05 09:47:23

i'd second the PG yoga or mummy and baby yoga - very popualar. You could try the local NCT for advertising or support?

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 09:49:58

BTW - i rely on Mumsnet power as it is YOU lot whop suggested I became a doula and it was a wonderful idea !

katzguk Fri 04-Mar-05 10:01:50


what about reflexology?

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 10:03:38

I'll suggest it (he can practice on me LOL - I can see benefits for me already...) .... of course he'd have to train for that and I am trying to get him to earn now!

flashingnose Fri 04-Mar-05 10:05:53

Children's party entertainer? Round here, they get very booked up and the most popular one charges £150 for a two hour party . If I had the guts, I'd do it!

dinosaur Fri 04-Mar-05 10:08:27

Is he musical at all? I know a lady called Sarah Carling who set up a company called Musical Bumps - singing and music groups for 0-5 year olds - she's done it really well and she's coining it now!

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 10:19:25

What an idea flashingnose... I'd have to ask him..... yes it is big money !
He is very musical..... we'll suggest it too....

WideWebWitch Fri 04-Mar-05 10:21:46

Pupuce, have you thought about contacting someone like Accenture, who have lifestyle concierges for their employees and offering them corporate rates for yoga classes. You would need to put a glossy proposal together but you could do that (iirc your background is big company and if he's done marketing, well!) Or what about runnig yoga retreats/holidays or contacting an holistic holiday company to see if they want any freelance teachers?

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 10:27:06

WWW- yeah I like that.... we have talked about yoga retreats in the past.... didn't recently... thanks !

WideWebWitch Fri 04-Mar-05 10:32:37

one holistic holiday co

WideWebWitch Fri 04-Mar-05 10:33:34

But actually, you don't want him off out of the country do you, so maybe find one/set one up in the UK. You could do a post baby yoga break? What about joining up with someone like parents need pampering?

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 10:43:33

Do you know 2 years ago we were talking of offering yoga retreats for pregnant couples.... seems ages ago!

Pamina3 Fri 04-Mar-05 10:45:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Keane Fri 04-Mar-05 10:46:43

know its a bit boring, but I noticed both hoverspeed and P&O are having a major recruitment drive atm and the money isnt too bad

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 11:16:09

P&O is letting go 800 people though....
Thanks Pamina

Cam Fri 04-Mar-05 11:16:22

What about being a self-employed yoga teacher at already established health clubs or gyms in your area? David Lloyd and Bannatynes at Eastbourne hire these.

pupuce Fri 04-Mar-05 11:25:12

Well I have suggested this but he did look into it (and they were unbelievably uninterested and this is despite them saying their yoga classes were full!) and I think they only take British Wheel Yoga teachers anyway - he is not he is US trained.
He tried with Esporta and LA Fitness.

ScummyMummy Fri 04-Mar-05 11:54:51

How about teacher training? I would love my kids' teachers to have a holistic yoga based approach!

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