After a week’s break (I forgot to schedule a post while I was away!) I’m back with the next post in my Interview With A Working Mum series.
If you haven’t seen any posts in this series before the idea is that each week we hear from a different working mum. Being a working mum is hard, trying to juggle a career, a family, house work, sleep! By having a working mum share their story it hopefully helps you realise that you’re not the only one rushing around in a whirlwind trying to get everything done.
This week’s guest blog is from Tessa who blogs at Grumpy Mum Reviews and has recently gone self-employed…
Tell us a bit about yourself…
Hi, I’m Tessa a work at home mum with one beautiful daughter who is just coming up to 11 months, and two step-children 9 and 14 who live with us some of the time. My fiancé bought a house in Swindon just before our daughter was born and we are currently in the process of doing it up while also planning our wedding next year. It’s all go.
What line of work are you in?
Last month I took the plunge and became a self-employed full-time blogger.
How many hours do you work?
Currently, I work around 6 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mostly around my daughters sleep routine and at night, after she had gone to bed.
Who looks after your daughter while you work?
I look after my daughter 100% of the time. It’s not easy, and sometimes when I have a deadline I end up working until long past midnight.
Are you in the same line of work as before you had your daughter?
Not at all. Before having Baby I worked in Project Management Support for a large financial company. It was full on and could be quite stressful. I do use elements of my old job in my current line of work though. Managing timelines, keeping to schedules, and staying on top of finances are all important parts of being self-employed.
What made you decide to change career direction?
My employer did make it very easy for me to return to work, offering me part time hours, the possibility of school hours later on, and ultimately an employment break which I have accepted. I chose not to return straight away and to instead become self-employed and work at home because I felt strongly that staying home and being with my daughter was the right thing for me.
How quickly did you return to work?
I began working on my blog 2 months after my daughter was born but I didn’t begin to treat it as a job until several months after that. I’m not intending to return to an office environment until after my daughter starts school.
Did you want to get back to work?
I was undecided when I left for maternity leave but once my daughter was born I was adamant that returning to an office job wasn’t for me. I have however always wanted to work self-employed and so when the opportunity presented itself I jumped at it.
What are the hardest things about being a work-at-home mum?
For me, it’s the hours. I often get up at 5 or 6am after broken sleep and will be on the go one way or another until gone midnight.
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
I love the fact that I can have the rewards of working and earning a living (all be it a lot less than I did before), while also having the joy of raising my baby girl 24/7.
And what are your least favourite things about being a working mum?
I literally have no me time. Before Baby, I would draw, sew, and read, and I was learning piano. Now I look after Baby, do housework, and work. There is absolutely no down time unless I hide in the toilet!
Do you have any tips for other working mums or mums worrying about returning to work?
Don’t let society pressure you into going back to your old job if you don’t feel it is for you. These days women are told constantly that they should be leaving their baby and heading back to an office because they are empowered to do so. Real empowerment is doing what’s right for you. If that’s going back to your old job then great, if it’s trying something new, that’s also great, and if it’s being a stay at home mum then that’s great too. Be the woman you want to be, not the one people tell you to be.
See you next week for another great guest blog post!