5 fulfilling self-employed roles for mums who mean business
There’s no reason mums can’t turn their talents to any job role. We see hundreds of inspiring stories every week, where mums have done just that. However, childcare commitments might mean that it’s tough holding down a full or part-time salaried role — so setting your own hours as a self-employed entrepreneur is a sensible (an very viable) solution these days.
There’s a wide choice of jobs available that are enjoyable and lucrative — so here are five fulfilling self-employed roles for mums who mean business.
If you’re already a bit of a super-mum, breaking down doors and leaping from buildings as a stuntwoman might not stretch your imagination too far.
You’ll need to find a Joint Industry Stunt Committee (JISC) training provider to teach you everything from the basics of a break-fall to working with explosives and firearms.
While you’re on TV and film sets, you might have to spend longer hours away from home — but good rates of pay facilitate longer breaks between projects.
Becoming a Counsellor isn’t as action-packed as working in the stunt sector, but it allows you to work from home in a supportive role that improves clients’ lives.
Registering for a training course that’s accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) will help you work towards qualification — but many courses can be completed at least partially online.
Counselling offers you the opportunity to help people from all walks of life navigate through challenging times to emerge confident and capable.
- HR consultant
Senior HR partners who want to work independently often migrate from corporations to HR consultancy.
If you choose to follow this path, you could find yourself earning a pretty penny from applying your skills to a range of tasks — from helping companies find reliable automated global payroll solutions to advising on staff wellbeing strategies and company culture.
Generous fees mean you might earn as much in a couple of days as you previously did in a week — so more of your time will be your own.
- Virtual PA
When you love being a PA, or using technology to turn out presentations, spreadsheets, snazzy PowerPoint presentations, website updates (you name it!), but hate long office hours and claustrophobic commutes, continuing the same role from the comfort of your own home ticks all the right boxes.
Competition is increasing in this niche — but by targeting smaller companies who need your specialist skills on a flexible basis, you can build up a varied clientele and a steady income.
And as your virtual PA career progresses, perhaps you’ll choose to focus on two or three clients who you work particularly well with.
Many VIPs prefer a highly-trained female bodyguard because they look less conspicuous than their male counterparts and are often better at defusing dangerous situations.
A Security Industry Authority (SIA)-approved training provider can help you upskill in unarmed combat, defensive driving and surveillance — so you’re primed to pick up contracts providing close protection to politicians, businesspeople and celebrities.
And you’ll be able to find interesting work around the world or closer to home.
Whether you’re a mild or wild mum, pick one of these five fulfilling self-employed roles to add another dimension to your life.
Do any of these jobs appeal to you? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Founder and editor of www.motherswhowork.co.uk, a mother of two wonderful children, wife, entrepreneur (check out www.geekschool.co.uk) and journalist.