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NOW CLOSED: Do you do paid work at home: either for yourself or for an employer? If so please take a few minutes to complete a short survey: you could win a £250 voucher

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 03-May-12 16:38:02

We have been asked to find Mumsnetters to complete a survey - we are looking for mums (or mums to be) who undertake any kind of paid work at home.

This would include full or part time work at home, being self employed and working from home, running a business from home, working some of your working week at home, being a freelancer etc..

The survey is about your views and experiences of working at home as well as energy use at home.

If this is you, please take a few minutes to complete this survey - everyone who does will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get a £250 voucher for Capital Bonds - this can be spent at over 160 retailers (including John Lewis, Boots, B&Q, Homebase and many more!).

Here's the survey link

Thanks and good luck

BellaOfTheBalls Fri 04-May-12 18:41:20


Gauchita Fri 04-May-12 19:03:44


LadyInPink Fri 04-May-12 19:16:35

Done smile

BIWItheBold Fri 04-May-12 19:19:47

Done - but there was a massive assumption that those completing the survey had young/small children at home to deal with - unlike me, who has much older children.

DirtyMartini Fri 04-May-12 19:28:40

Or me - I have small ones but I use paid childcare on my work days, which didn't seem to fit into Q11.

Maybe a box for any other relevant info would be worth adding if not too late?

potoroo Fri 04-May-12 19:45:18

What DirtyMartini said. When I'm working I use paid child care.

TequilaMockinBird Fri 04-May-12 20:08:52

Done smile

gazzalw Fri 04-May-12 20:13:46

What are you all doing from home? DW is looking for some inspiration ;-)

Instinctivemum Fri 04-May-12 20:16:22

Done ! How exciting to have a chance to win the vouchers <salivates at the thought>

Bibblebobbleparsnip Fri 04-May-12 20:17:22

Done. And me too re the working from home but use paid childcare...

Babylon1 Fri 04-May-12 20:20:50

Done grin

BellaOfTheBalls Fri 04-May-12 20:25:39

gazza admin & HR. All done via email & calls. I field emails, process time sheets, do all paperwork relating to hiring & firing. It's not rocket science but pays the bills!

DirtyMartini Fri 04-May-12 20:39:07

I'm probably overthinking this, but having looked at the questions again, it does read a little bit like a survey written by people who think mothers working at home automatically = mothers simultaneously working and being in charge of children. I mean surely "views and experiences of working at home" should acknowledge a broader set of scenarios. Don't quite a lot of self-employed people use childcare?

It strikes me as a teensy bit sexist, actually. We are not all constructing matchboxes whilst huddled around the dying embers with our shoeless brood in order to make ends meet, as in some Victorian etching.

Have they really asked you for "mums", MNHQ? Would they not want a dad to fill it out?

Hmmm <strokes chin>

DirtyMartini Fri 04-May-12 20:39:34

gazza, editing & proofreading smile

bintofbohemia Fri 04-May-12 20:46:49

I'm a script editor. And yes, I use childcare during the week and after school, apart from a couple of evenings where ds1 is home with me for an hour and a half. He's happy entertaining himself and I'm in the same room so he's not completely fending for himself. smile

SardineQueen Fri 04-May-12 20:52:15

Adding to the list of people who use paid childcare while they work at home.

Dirtymartini that is a good post I was a bit baffled by that question as well. Clearly I am not going to be able to work whilst looking after a toddler.

SardineQueen Fri 04-May-12 20:52:50

I put that I fit work around the children. Which is true, I work when they aren't there grin

potoroo Fri 04-May-12 20:53:48

Again, I agree with DirtyMartini (I am not stalking).
Some of the questions didn't really fit me. I work for a large employer, but most of my colleagues are in other parts of the world. I spend a lot of time on conference calls and doing presentations, so there's no way I could look after children at the same time; in fact, I imagine my employer wouldn't allow it, emergencies notwithstanding.
The "claims" question didn't fit for me either. My business phone line, Internet package and mobile are paid for by my employer directly - same as they would be if I worked in an office.

duchesse Fri 04-May-12 21:02:49

I use childcare- DD3 goes to day nursery when I have work. When I don't have work, she still goes 2 days a week, but I add days where necessary and supplement with DH and MIL as required.

duchesse Fri 04-May-12 21:03:46

Oh, and I'm a translator. Freelance. No boss peering over my shoulder, only honest to goodness deadlines to work to.


gazzalw Fri 04-May-12 21:09:43

Thanks for your answers!

1andAhalfWines Fri 04-May-12 21:43:13

Done, although on maternity leave at the mo. The office is now a dumping ground smile

kellykateneedsaholiday Fri 04-May-12 21:50:56


membrillo Fri 04-May-12 21:51:34

I too was annoyed by the assumption that people 'work at home' to avoid childcare costs. I'm a professional- my children are in school/childcare when I'm working, whether that is in an office, out on-site, or at home!

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