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Businessmum: Self Employed For A Decade

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Self employed for a decade

It is 10 years since I started to work from home. This makes me self employed for a decade.

I gave up my PR job to start a business when my daughter was 18 months old. She is a beautiful 12 year old now and we also have a 7 year old son, with whom I was able to enjoy the flexibility of working around when he was a baby. With my daughter I had to return to work after my maternity leave ended at 18 weeks and go through the necessary but hard work of expressing my milk in the work toilets and trying to still look well put together when I left the loos- no evidence of the breast pads that were soaking everything up underneath.

With my son, he fed when he needed to feed and my boobs were there when required to ‘go with the flow’ – no pun intended! It was a very different experience – a lot calmer and less pressured for a start, although I did have the pressure of having to bring in my own money. It wasn’t just deposited once a month the way it had been before.

But for all the learning curves and hardships. The sometimes loneliness of being alone all day with no colleagues to ‘bounce off’ or just grab a coffee with, I have never regretted leaving the stability of an employer to learn over the last 10 years how to create my own stability.

These days I’m unshakeable. That’s not to say I’m not human- I still have moments of doubt or insecurity. I still get intimidated when I’m taking the next step up in my career path, but I’ve learned to face it head on and get on with it. No-one is going to build my wings for me- sometimes you just have to take the leap and build them on your way down. But I can honestly say that “I make my own money”.

I go out there and pull it in. I find the opportunities that will yield results. I make the contacts, pitch the ideas, sit and brainstorm. I make time to take care of the business housekeeping. I send and chase where necessary – the invoices. I set aside time for strategic planning. I decide what my next goal will be and start to pursue it. This year, one of my goals is to learn about coding. It’s exciting but also a massive challenge and when I was just kicking about the idea – before I committed to it, I was totally intimidated by it. But I am pursuing it anyway.

Self employed for a decade

Women are stronger and more resourceful than we think. It was only when I became a mother that I entertained the idea of working for myself. Do something today that scares you. Then leave me a comment and let me know what you did. I’m right behind you, cheering you on!

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  • How apt this post is. I posted on facebook this morning that I currently feel as though I am whining everything, work, motherhood and life. I am still waiting for my responsible adult to show up!

    I have learned to feel the fear and carry on anyway!

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 6th May 2016 4:06 pm Reply
    • Yes! Feel the fear and carry on anyway! Glad the post came to you right on time!

      Nadine Hill 7th May 2016 8:45 am Reply
  • Well done, it’s something I’d love to do but I lack a lot of skills. This was my year for going back to work now that my lad is at school, but that plan has been scuppered so it’s back to the drawing board for me.

    Anne 6th May 2016 10:14 pm Reply
    • Good luck with your job search Anne.

      Nadine Hill 7th May 2016 8:47 am Reply
  • I think I’d miss the stability if you know what I mean – I like to know where I am with money etc and having a part time job alongside my self employed roles is perfect for me. I often envy people who take that step though and wish it was something I could convince myself to do x x

    Cass@frugalfamily 12th May 2016 8:59 am Reply
    • It is true – you have to get used to some uncertainty, and it is not a route for everyone. Thanks for commenting x

      Nadine Hill 12th May 2016 2:38 pm Reply
  • I am at a crossroads currently – I need to work more, both financially and for my own brain now my youngest is at school – but not sure whether to try and get more freelance/blog based/social media work or return to an employer and be thankful for a regular paycheck!

    Sonya Cisco 12th May 2016 12:23 pm Reply
    • Whatever you decide, it will be whatever is right for you – sometimes that may mean making a few adjustments but I believe we all get there in the end!

      Nadine Hill 12th May 2016 2:39 pm Reply
  • Well done, you have done amazingly well. I hope to do as well as you have done working from home

    Kara Guppy 16th May 2016 8:22 pm Reply
    • Aww thank you – it’s just about being organised, and doing something that scares you regularly – self employment really expands your comfort zone.

      Nadine Hill 17th May 2016 12:29 pm Reply
  • Congratulations!! I am nearly 2 years into being self-employed and not for a minute regretted it, I absolutely love it. Great to know I’m likely to feel the same way in 10 years time too! 🙂

    Globalmouse 18th May 2016 11:53 am Reply
    • Thanks and well done on your two years!

      Nadine Hill 20th May 2016 9:10 am Reply
  • Back when I was working (for 24 long years) I was totally tied to “the man” PAYE etc… I could NEVER EVER imagine working from home or the insecurity of it. Motherhood has made me do it. I am not good at it though, so I have found this post very very inspiring. The words “I go out there and pull it in. I find the opportunities that will yield results” have spoken to me. I need to get on with it and be a lot more focused. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Liska xx

    liska 22nd June 2016 10:37 am Reply
    • Glad to be of service Liska – good luck with it all. x

      Nadine Hill 22nd June 2016 5:14 pm Reply
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