Working mums come in all shapes and sizes. You could go to the office every day, work from home, or run your own business.
A great part of being a blogger is that you get to meet them all. I recently worked with what2buy4kids on a post, and this week I have the owner Lisa telling us about how she manages to run a business and raise a family.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
Hi – I’m Lisa, wife to Jeremy, and mum to 3 kids, Chris, Emma and Katie. I live in the village of Appleton in Cheshire.
What line of work are you in?
I own and run an online business selling good quality toys and gifts for kids from birth to 12 years. My website is called what2buy4kids and I have just opened my first high street shop.
How many hours do you work?
In the beginning, I worked pretty much all the time, as I ran my business from my dining room at home. Last year I moved into new offices with a warehouse attached, so although I still work lots of hours, I do try to have at least a Saturday or Sunday off. Easier said than done, especially in the run up to Christmas!!!
Who looks after your kids while you work?
Fortunately, my kids are now old enough to look after themselves, but when they were younger, I had to rely on family and friends. After school clubs were very helpful too!
Are you in the same line of work as before you had children?
No, before I had my kids, I was a primary school and early years teacher. I changed career, because I was frustrated at the amount of paperwork that teachers had to do, and felt it was taking away the enjoyment of teaching and why I went into it. I wanted to be with the children in the classroom teaching them new things and watching them learn and develop, feeling that I really did make a difference in their lives.
How quickly did you return to work after having your kids?
I was a SAHM until my kids were school age. Then I wanted to do something that I was passionate about and also I wanted to use my knowledge and expertise as a teacher, so what better than setting up a website selling fun and educational toys and gifts for kids.
Did you want to return to work?
Yes because once Katie, my youngest, went to school, I felt that I needed to fill in the gap that had now been created.
What are the hardest things about being a working mum?
Finding the right balance between work and home life.
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
I love the social side of my job, working as a team and also meeting new people, such as suppliers, bloggers etc… I love sharing my passion with them.
What are your least favourite things about being a working mum?
Not being able to drop and pick up from school, having to prioritise what I miss at school and asking someone to go in my place, e.g do I miss sports day, the Christmas play, end of term concert? etc…
Do you have any tips for other working mums?
My top tip for working mums is to do something you enjoy and are passionate about – then it really won’t ever seem like you are actually working!! That way you’ll see your work more as a hobby. Also believe in yourself, convince yourself that you will succeed. Also, try to challenge yourself each day by taking on something new and exciting.