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The Work Home Juggle

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There are many of us out there making it work, working from home and many more who have children and are looking for a way to work more flexibly. When you have a family and need to earn, you engage in the work home juggle whether you like it or not!

I always worked in corporate roles before having my children but once my daughter was here I wanted to find something I could do from home, and when the new tax year starts in about a week, it will be the 10th continuous year that I’ve been self employed. A whole decade of working for myself

Movie poster: I dont know how she does it

Movie poster: I don’t know how she does it

A few weeks ago I recorded a video diary of a training day I attended. I wanted to partly document the excitement of getting a ‘day out’ when you are a work at home mum – trust me, most of my work days are spent alone, at my desk replying to emails so an actual day where I go out to a hotel conference room and wear make up is cause for celebration! But I also wanted to show the juggle that us work from home parents face when running a business. The business has to be run around the kids; it has to fit in with their schedule, and my husband’s schedule which means that my diary needs to be flexible and I have to be adaptable to roll with whatever the day brings. That is a skill-set in itself!

Another parent doing the work home juggle is new dad and founder of website Free Postcode Lottery, Chris Holbrook. I interviewed him recently to find out about his unique business (which I’ve been playing daily ever since btw!) and how he plans to manage the life /work balance as a stay at home dad.

Are you a parent who successfully manages the work home juggle? Share your strategies for keeping it going in the comments below!

Article Categories:
Business · Career · Lifestyle · Womanhood

Comments to The Work Home Juggle

  • Wow 10 years working for yourself well done! I would love to find something I enjoy and pays good money working from home, i’m yet to find it!

    Gemma 22nd August 2015 9:16 pm Reply
    • Thank you – I could hardly believe it myself when I realised it was 10 years. We just go day by day, don’t we? But those years creep up!

      Nadine Hill 23rd August 2015 10:19 am Reply
  • Well done on ten years! I gave up after two, my family were less than accommodating and considered my business a hobby which took me away from my ‘duties’ I am determined to do it again though, especially now all my small children are at full time school.

    Anne 23rd August 2015 10:22 am Reply
    • Good for you! It makes such a big difference when the little ones are at school all day.

      Nadine Hill 23rd August 2015 6:08 pm Reply
  • I have a regular lunch date with my bestie, well I take my lunch to her (she lives five doors away) and we have it together and have a cup of tea each day otherwise I would hate working from home and being on my own each and every day!

    Jen 23rd August 2015 2:21 pm Reply
    • That’s a nice idea – it’s good to find ways to make working from home work for us!

      Nadine Hill 23rd August 2015 6:07 pm Reply
  • This is my 7th year of being self employed and my youngest is about to start school meaning no more part time hours. I’m excited about the prospect of being more organised but worried about having to increase my income.

    Joanne Dewberry 23rd August 2015 4:58 pm Reply
    • Congrats on your 7 years! With your youngest at school you’ll be amazed at how much extra you can pack in!!

      Nadine Hill 23rd August 2015 6:07 pm Reply
  • You must be really proud of your achievements! I’m fortunate to have a job that works for me, and spend a couple of days each week working from home so really appreciate trying to make the social element work. The self-employed bit though is the bit that I fear the most- I’m scared of not being motivated enough- well done on 10 years!

    Debbie 23rd August 2015 8:18 pm Reply
    • Thank you so much – I can hardly believe it’s been that long myself:-)

      Nadine Hill 23rd August 2015 9:22 pm Reply
  • I have no idea how some of my friends juggle looking after their children with full time jobs. Congrats on 10 years as your own boss. Stephen :o)

    Stephen 23rd August 2015 10:19 pm Reply
    • Thank you! There are parts of office life that I miss occasionally but the benefits far outweigh the negatives of working from home for me.

      Nadine Hill 23rd August 2015 10:36 pm Reply
  • Well done on 10 years! I’ve been working from home for almost two years, can be lonely sometimes.

    Rebecca Smith 27th August 2015 10:09 pm Reply
    • Yes it definitely can Rebecca. I feel like I’ve got used to it now though and I do quite like the solitude mostly!

      Nadine Hill 28th August 2015 10:05 am Reply

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