I absolutely love the freedom working from home on the blog gives me. I do hold down a part-time job alongside running the blog too, as a single parent I need the stability of a regular income so this arrangement works perfectly for me. But being able to supplement my income via the blog is such a big help and I love the flexibility of it. I can pick and choose what I want to do and when and plan my week around it whilst Olivia is in school.
Being able to work from home is the dream for many people, not just parents and just a few short years ago I never would have thought I would be sat here writing this post today about how I can supplement my income just from sitting on my sofa with my laptop on my knee (the office is currently out of favour and less comfy than my new sofa!) I won’t even mention how I never thought I would class myself as self-employed never mind doing my own tax returns each year!
Working online isn’t the only flexible working option available, however.
There are many professions you can train in to allow you the freedom and flexibility
you need for your job to work around yourself or your home. Whether it is something you can self-teach, like myself with the blog – I am learning every day, or a skill you need to go back to school to learn.
Social Media Management
If you are a social media addict why not look into making a career out of it and not just waste time on there. Whether it is something you learn on the job or take a course in like Becci from The Unnatural Mother, putting your skills and passion into something you can earn a living from is never a bad thing. The beauty is, social media never shuts making it a great way to earn money around either your family or other commitments you have.
Hairdresser/Beautician/Nail Technician/ Makeup Artist
One thing all of these professions have in common aside from the fact they all have the ability to make you feel a million dollars is that there is the ability to go self-employed. You become the boss and are able to slot your work around what works for you. My current hairdresser is a mobile hairdresser. She comes to me when I need my hair doing and it gives us the chance to have a good catch up (as she was my friend before my hairdresser) and she can fill me in on what she has been up to.
Being self-employed means she has to make sure she has all the appropriate tools in a carry case to be able to move easily between on house to the next. Capital Hair and Beauty have all the products you would need when looking set up your own hairdressing business from home or even looking to open your own salon! They can help equip you will all the tools and accessories you will need to turn your dream into a real-life business.
After all, an artist is only as good as their tools!
If you love kids, then this could be right up your street! Not only would you be able to keep your own children at home, thus reducing any nursery fees, you would also be able to earn a living by taking care of other people’s children whilst they too go to work. For the right person, this is a win-win situation. Once you have gained your qualifications and followed all the necessary guidelines and procedures, you can start your own business from home whilst also be being home with your own children too.
Last but not least, could you do what I do? You need a passion for writing and something to say. Determination and the ability to learn on the job. This isn’t a foolproof plan and building up your blog can take time and dedication but for those who can go the distance, the possibilities are endless. Bloggers like Donna from What the Redhead Said now make a full time living from running their blogs and make an income to match, if not exceed what they earnt in paid employment.