I love hearing storied about working mums who have given up the 9-5 to work at home doing something they love. It’s every working mum’s dream isn’t it?
This week’s Interview With A Working Mum is Beth from Life As Mum, a work-from-home blogger who has turned her hobby into her business.
Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi! My name is Beth and I’m a Mum of three. My eldest, Mia is 7 years old and is the one who made me who I am today. I fell pregnant with her at 16 years old. I then met my current partner in May 2011, we then had Elliw the following year. In 2016 I gave birth to our first little boy, Freddie – who’s now completed our little family. We all live in a small village in North Wales. We love the outdoors and I have a huge passion for photography.
What do you do for a living?
I am a work-from-home Blogger. I started to make a good income from blogging (also my hobby) about a year and a half ago. I’ve not looked for any other job since.
How many hours do you work?
During the weekdays I will work when Freddie is napping and the girls are at school. That will be anything between 2-3 hours over lunchtime. I will then work during the evenings from roughly 7.45pm until 11pm/12am. I will try to have one evening a week off – sometimes two, it all depends on how much work I have. But Thursday is my day where I can work from morning until late afternoon.
Who looks after your children while you work?
Both my girls are in full-time school, 9am – 3pm. Freddie goes to nursery every Thursday from morning until late afternoon. The girls will also go to breakfast and after school club on Thursdays. If I have to work on the weekend, my partner will take the kids for a couple of hours.
Are you in the same job before you had children?
No, I’m not. I was previously a Nursery Assistant.
It was easier for me not to return to work. My employer/boss wanted me to go in earlier and she knew it was difficult for me to get in earlier with an extra child and longer to travel, as we had moved house.
How long was your maternity leave?
I took nine months off work. I started my maternity when I was 30 weeks pregnant as I had a rare pregnancy liver condition. I handed my notice in around 2 months before my start back date – I heard nothing else since.
How did you feel about returning to work?
I knew from the moment I went on my maternity leave that I wasn’t going to go back to work. At the time, it just wasn’t for me anymore. It was too far to travel and my boss didn’t treat me or other employees very well.
What do you find the hardest about being a working mum?
As I’m a work-from-home Mum, I find it hard being able to find the time to work. I always tend to feel guilty that I’m not spending enough time with the kids, although I try not to be working when the kids are home – but sometimes I need my partner to take over so I can work, otherwise I would get nothing done.
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
I love that I can pick and choose my hours. Although working around the kids is hard, it’s good too. I don’t have to worry about not being able to visit their parents evenings or Christmas Shows. I also love the opportunities we all get through my job – that is my most favourite thing.
Do you have any tips for other working mums?
Try not to feel guilty. Do it for you. At the end of the day, your child is going to grow up, looking up to you, in their eyes your a hard working Mum.