One of the biggest juggling acts we have to deal with in life as a woman is having children and work. While it’s certainly possible for women to ‘have it all’ and there are lots of very successful mothers out there, often the practicalities mean that we are forced to choose between the two. Thankfully, these days the internet provides endless opportunities to earn money from home in a flexible way. That means if you’re a mum or have other commitments you can still make a living in a way that works for you and your family. Here are some things to bear in mind if you plan on taking the plunge:

If you want to work from home but aren’t sure where to start, have a think about your skills. Are you a keen writer? You could start a blog, it might take some time for it to get established but later down the line it could be a fantastic way to earn money. Sponsors offer good rates to work with bloggers, you can also earn money from ads. Otherwise you could sign up to a freelancing website and write articles, this allows you to start earning cash right away. More of a talker than a writer? You could set up a Youtube channel, there’s a huge audience for family lifestyle vlogs so you could make money just by recording your daily life. If you’re a creative person you could set up your own business selling things you’ve made, whether it’s jewellery, beauty products, art or anything else. If not, you could buy things cheaply from a wholesaler and sell them on for a profit. There are plenty of options depending on your skills and interests so have a think about what would be practical. For example, if you want to buy and sell products do you have storage space to keep it all at home?

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to working from home is finding the right balance. When the boundaries are blurred, it’s easy to feel as though your work day is the entire day and as a result you never really ‘switch off.’ Having a space you can go to solely to work from can help with this. Once you’re finished for the day you can shut the door behind you and not think about it again until it’s time to work again. You could transform a spare bedroom into an office, or if you don’t have any more space in your home you could consider something like a garden room. Companies like Lifestyle Timber Buildings offer easy to set up fully insulated rooms for the garden that are cheaper than an extension so a good option. This allows you to have your office separate from the home but it’s still close to the house so you can keep an eye on kids and pets.

Whether you’re looking to earn a little extra pocket money from a hobby you have, or you want to earn a decent living from home there are ways you can go about it. Best of all, you get to choose the times and amount you work so it can slot in easily around family life.

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Last Update: Thursday, 7th December 2017