Tips for working mums

5 Ways to Earn Money from Home During Coronavirus Lockdown

5 Ways to Earn Money from Home During Coronavirus Lockdown

Between usual everyday errands and work responsibilities that every woman deals with, finding a way to earn some extra cash is rather difficult. Now that there is a lockdown around the world due to the impact of the Coronavirus spread, it’s now hard to go out into the world together work, so we have to think outside the box and look for ways to make money from home.

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Time Management Hack No. 1: Outsource as Much as Possible

I’m all for being as sociable and friendly as possible. But – and it’s a big but – when it comes to time management, if you don’t nip the constant distractions in the bud, you really will suffer the consequences.

Whether you work for yourself, or in a large organisation, there will always be that one person who wants to chat all day long about everything and nothing. 

4 Ways to Make Returning to Work After Maternity Leave as Painless (and Stress-Free)as Possible

4 Ways to Make Returning to Work After Maternity Leave as Painless (and Stress-Free)as Possible

Returning to work after maternity leave can have mixed feelings. I know this for sure because my sentiments were quite different after each of my two maternity leaves.

For our first child, I remember crying all the way to the train station. It was nothing, in particular, just the thought of leaving him with anyone, compounded by the guilt at even thinking about heading back to work, leaving my first fruits with complete strangers.

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Redundancy – Part 1: What to Do When You Are Laid Off

Gender equality issues have come a long way since Emily Pankhurst and the Suffragettes put their lives at risk to fight for women’s right to vote. However, there are still a lot of kinks to iron out in employment law and the daily reality us working mums face.

Redundancy is just another area of concern. Pregnant working women are twice as likely to be made redundant than any other working woman. The Fawcett Society (the UK charity that campaigns for gender equality and women’s rights at work, home and in public life)  have been striving with Maternity Action to ban employers from making pregnant women redundant.

Do you have the right skills and attitude to be a WAHM?

If you’re new here, let me just start by defining WAHM: it is a ‘work-at-home mum’. WAHMs can be self-employed or work for an employer – there are so many options available these days. However, the primary requirement to be called a WAHM is to, well, to work from home.

My first experience of working from home started about 13 years ago, shortly after returning to work from maternity leave. I had applied to work flexibly at work, and the editorial director was so incensed by the audaciousness that she made me a full-time homeworker. I would show up in the office once a fortnight just to stay connected to my work colleagues and to attend meetings.

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Why You Need More Women in Your Marketing Team

Although women are now increasingly visible in various sectors in society, they still need more seats at the table. In many other areas, women seem invisible. In the absence of women, some things could go wrong. Hence, it is crucial to consider the presence of women in these areas to…

How a Virtual Office Can Improve Business Profitability

Your virtual office in the UK provides your business with internet access, but it also can provide your business with facilities in some of the finest buildings in London and other major cities. On top of having this kind of access, your business has the freedom to move around the…

Are you a #bossb*tch or just intimidating without realising it?

Social stereotypes are everywhere and the workplace is no different! It’s amazing how, even in 2018, women as men do not have a level playing field when it comes to their expected behaviours. If a man is assertive in the workplace, he’s a great boss, or an asset to the team, but a woman doing exactly the same is labelled bossy, confrontational or a b*tch.

The one thing working mothers don’t often think about when deciding to go back to work

Making a decision about if, when and how to return to work after having a baby is one fraught with complexity and is utterly personal. It is certainly a topic that lots of people feel strongly about, but each family has to make its own decision about what is right for them, and there is lots to consider. Suzanne Todd, head of family law at Withers Worldwide (and a working mum herself!), provides a comment piece on the stories behind recent stats on the number of working mums.

What’s wrong with being a Billy (or a Betty) no mates?

I had an amazing conversation with one of my favourite cousins recently (you know who you are, Canada! Lol), and we spoke about what can happen to friendships when you start a business. The main focus of our conversation was the fact that when you start a business, priorities and interests can change or become more time consuming, affecting relationships.

How to build a business in your spare time

 

Juggling motherhood, employment and all of life’s other challenges can start you thinking about the practicality of starting your own business. Being able to work to your own timetable and not having to answer to a manager could definitely alleviate some of the pressures of being a working mother.

So, if starting your own business is a pursuit you’re giving serious thought to, here are a few tips to get your plans off to a strong start and guide you in the direction of success.

new year,new approach to being a working mum

New year: your new approach to being a working mum

Do you feel like you have to constantly prove yourself in the workplace because you’re a working mum? With most of us having a few days off because of the Christmas and bank holidays, this is your chance to go back to work renewed and ready to stand firm!

We don’t ask to be treated like martyrs, or for a medal, neither do we ask for special treatment, just because we have children. Most of us working mums just want to get on – by that I mean getting on with the work we’re being paid to do. Most of us want to get in with that work without feeling as though every step we take in the workplace is being scrutinised in case any semblance of life outside it is impacting on our work or how we do it.

What does a bullet and a journal have in common – and why you should care!

When technology fails, the traditional, fail-safe methods are what we gravitate towards.

You may ignore a reminder, forget to add an important meeting to your Google Calandar, or your battery might run out on your smartphone when you desperately need to confirm a date. But a notebook or a bullet journal won’t leave your side – unless you choose it to be so.

Tips for working mums like Victoria Beckham on beating the guilt

Victoria Beckham has recently been quoted saying she often feels guilty about being a working mum and has to juggle like everyone else – millionaire or not!

Speaking at the Vogue Festival in London she said: “It’s difficult juggling working, having the children, having a husband who travels. I do have a bit of help, I have a nanny, I can’t do it all myself.

“I really enjoy being a mum, I love them [her children] and I’d do anything for them. But I also love what I do. I think anyone who says it’s easy is lying.”

Her sentiments are shared by working mums across the globe. We have to work for one reason or another, but the guilt of leaving our children with someone else, or missing school events because of work, or always being too tired and time pressed to chat and spend as much time with the kids is all too real.

So does the guilt ever go? The answer is no, but here are some important things to know: