Welcome to #RealMumsWorking, a series dedicated to sharing the stories, experiences and advice of working mothers. Working mothers are a diverse breed with lots of challenges we can learn from.
Today I’m joined by Kaya who runs Earning by the Sea blog and website for people who want to make money from home, whether that’s starting an Ebay business, network marketing, surveys and research, or just making your existing budget work better for you. She doesn’t just talk the talk on this though, her main source of income is an online business selling leather cowboy boots, as well as reselling on eBay and several side hustles. If you are looking to earn some extra cash from home, save money, or looking to start making money from home, you should drop by her site. You should also pay her visit on Twitter at @kayalaroche
Q: How did you feel about going back to work after children?
I was already self-employed but it made me more determined than ever to continue working from home.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a working mum?
Managing my time. I spent a lot of time feeling like I was ‘half doing’ everything in my life and not being my best at anything. I’ve found organising my time better has really helped. I get up a couple of hours before my daughter to start work as I find I work better in the mornings, this has only been possible the last couple of years as she sleeps better at night!
Q .What’s your top piece of advice for working mums?
Find a routine that works for you but be flexible, it’s one of the best perks of being self-employed.
Q: If you could change one thing about your current work situation what would it be?
I’d quite like an office at home.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
At the moment my blog is growing quicker than my other work so I imagine more time will be spent blogging and that will become my focus.
There’s a lot of this that I relate to. I desperately wanted my home office, but had given it up to create a spare room for guests and my husband more room for his musical instruments. We never have guests though and now my husband isn’t in a band, there’s a lot less “stuff” in there too. I’ve managed to grab myself a corner desk and a reading chair which we’ve re-purposed from my sons bedroom. At lot of the time I still end up working at the dining table, but I try to use it as much as possible. It’s much easier to get that balance if you can close a door on your home working set up.
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