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Work That Works: Founders of Mush, Katie and Sarah

May 15, 2017
Mush app founders

Without a doubt, becoming a mum is the loneliest thing I’ve ever done. As many others do I gave up a thriving career – I led a marketing team for a big media company – to spend time at home with my baby.  A baby who cried at everything, never slept more than two hours straight and near enough chewed my nipples off, natch. I was the first person I knew to have a baby so felt very much on my…

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Work That Works: Laura, Hero of Stockbridge

April 26, 2017
Laura Hero of Stockbridge

When you become a mother your world flips upside down. Your whole identity – which for so many of us is based on our careers – is removed from our core, and we’re expected to adapt to a new and foreign persona: MUM. For me I remember this entry into motherhood being incredibly jarring. I went from ‘having it all’ – a Marketing management job at Vice.com, a professional reputation, a team, fancy event invites – to responsibility for one tiny mewling person…

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Could This One Productivity Trick Change Your Life?

February 27, 2017
Donna Ida

Last week I had the absolute pleasure to spend the day with Donna Ida at her flagship boutique in Chelsea, working with my lovely client TUSTING on the launch of their (brilliant) new Spring/Summer collection. I’ve long been an admirer of Donna, who is arguably number one in the business of denim. And so I was totally delighted to have the chance to interview her on all things British business for the TUSTING blog. I couldn’t resist asking her the…

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We Are Not Sodding Mumpreneurs

February 9, 2017
Mumpreneur

Here are a few facts about me: I am a woman, I am an entrepreneur; a writer, a creative person. I run two businesses (this here commercial blog and a Marketing consultancy), and I do a bit of journalism on the side. I like shopping, keeping fit and travelling. I am also a mum. The fact I have birthed two children from my body has no bearing on the others. I have two awesome kids who I come home to…

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5 Ways to Make Working From Home Work For You

January 9, 2017
Growing On Up

Working from home is often seen as the easy option, the slacker’s way to work. After all, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to sit around in their PJs all day watching Jeremy Kyle? That’s not quite how it works, though. I have to admit, when I first began working from home I was highly excited to be able to type in my yoga pants without a face full of office-friendly make-up, but I soon worked out this was not a…

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Finding Flexible Work: All About Coople

November 30, 2016
Coople review

Increasingly I’m noticing how popular flexible working is. Not just in my circle of work colleagues but within friends and family too: it’s really refreshing to see how many are shunning the confines of the 9-5 for a more family-friendly and flexible way of being employed. Certainly in my situation I couldn’t do it any other way. At least, not without missing my children terribly and paying out extortionate costs for childcare. I need to work flexibly for my kids,…

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Self-Employment: Finding Flexible Working Hours

October 17, 2016

One of the main reasons to quit the rat race to work for yourself is flexibility. And by that I mean the flexibility to live your life in a way that’s most productive for you, whether that means being able to pick up and drop off your kids from school every day or spending more time with your husband: it’s your life, you should build it your way. When I first started working freelance I missed this point a bit.…

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Online Earning: The Money Shed

October 14, 2016

So you’re a new mum who needs to start bringing in a bit of income, and you’d like to do it from home with zero outlay. Where on earth do you begin? I have just the man for you! Jon runs earn-at-home website The Money Shed and, having spoken to him on this topic, I can can confirm he is a veritable expert in the art of making money online. I wanted to get the low-down on how you could make…

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How To Set Up A Small Business

October 13, 2016

Once you’ve decide to join the freelance or self-employed working world it can be difficult to know where the heck to begin. For me, it was an approach of a small (£200) project with an ex-work colleague – influencer outreach for Glastonbury 2010 (!!) – which prompted me to set up a website (which is now in its 5th or 6th iteration) and formally offer my Marketing services as a business to the world. It seemed like a no-brainer. It…

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The Struggle To Return To Work As Mum

October 12, 2016
working mums

One of the things that bugs me most about the society we live in is how difficult it is for mums to return to the world of work. Or rather, return to the world of work that is familiar to us, that we experienced before we went off to birth our children (or, as far as some of our employers are concerned, have children AND lobotomies). If it’s not a money thing it’s a time thing; working in London with…

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