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Becoming a work from home mum

February 23, 2016

Just like most mums who have taken a long sabbatical from work to focus on the 24/7 job of motherhood, the idea of going back to work can be exceptionally stressful. While most companies are understanding of a shorter working week or reduced hours, the ability to get picked for promotion or a pay rise to cover the school fees isn’t always ‘fair’, leaving many with the harsh truth that after taxes and travel, it can be cheaper to retire than re-embrace working life again.

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A good friend of mine who set up her online business in affiliating trading sites and comparison deals told me she used to take 10 minutes a day to catch up on the market news and developments and picked something she was passionate about that took just a little time each day for her to run. Now by no means are we saying that the annoying pop-up ads you see about people claiming to have made millions are true, but the principle idea is something to think about. If there was something you enjoyed writing about and you could drive consumers to buy something they had already planned to buy and then get a commission for it, surely you would be creating a sound business plan for a ‘work your own hours’ business.

Take the retail sector and one of the largest known names – Amazon. There is actually an Amazon sellers program where you can make up to 10% commission on millions of products. While each new customer may not carry the same value a spread better or market trader may, the volume of everyday products available on the site from baby goods to kitchen utensils means that almost every mother has at one point in time bought or searched for something to buy there. If you have a Social Media account or Blog, a simple shout out about some of the products that you found useful could generate a few sales and start a small but steady income stream dripping in.

The benefits of trying it are innumerable and while it may not be for everyone, the work from home lifestyle gives you the ability to still be in your kids’ lives while getting the same perks that a job will bring from financial security to confidence in yourself. At the very least, even if it doesn’t work out, you haven’t lost any ground and can still go back to work if you choose. Online services such as Desktop in the Cloud and hosted Sharepoint 2016 give you the flexibility to work from anywhere.

But rather than continue to tell you about all the positives that can be achieved, I’ll leave you to try it on your own and let me know how you get on in the comments sections below or on social media.

Best of luck

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