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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
flexible working hours

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
the money shed

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
set up small business

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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6 Lessons I’ve Learned Working For Myself

August 19, 2016
working for yourself

What did you want to be when you grew up? I had dreams of being a Solicitor, Journalist or member of the Hollyoaks cast, and this year’s A-Level results day had me fondly thinking back 13 years to that time when I used to daydream about the career I’d have ahead of me. Funnily enough, in none of these dreams was I ever working for myself. My dad, my most prominent career role model, worked in Marketing for a big…

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Life Stories: Alice Audley, Founder of Blogosphere Magazine

July 5, 2016
Alice Audley, Blogosphere Magazine

What did you want to be when you grew up? My aspirations were: fashion journalist (not far off), solicitor (I watched too much Ally McBeal), and Hollyoaks cast member (WTF). My dreams changed depending on the day of the week and the direction of the wind, and I was a terror for spending more time thinking about who I wanted to be than actually working on being it. I think it’s wonderful to have dreams, to shoot for the moon…

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Losing Your Spark (Then Finding It Again)

April 14, 2016
Who run the world? Girls

This winter was a bit strange for me. I felt metaphorically stuck. Bogged down, heavy, tired. I was lacking drive and confidence at work, my get up and go had left the building: when you’re a mum you usually have LOTS of get up and go. It was in all aspects of my life – my clothes always looked crap, work felt rubbish, I was dropping balls all over the place, couldn’t be arsed for the gym and my usual…

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10 Ways You Know You’re a Work-From-Home Parent In The Holidays

April 5, 2016
Easter

Hooray! It’s the Easter holidays! Otherwise known at that time when the kids are off school and us lucky Freelancing parents – workload depending – get to juggle the delight of our children being at home while we frantically attempt to not lose work momentum (or our minds). Hah. Good luck with that. I genuinely miss the bones of my two when they’re at school. They are the lights of my life and there is nobody I’d rather spend time…

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Mums: Why Are We So Hard On Ourselves?

February 12, 2016
does divorce turn you into a commitment-phobe

On Monday night I did not sleep well. The wind was howling away at our windows, which meant Elfie, who’s a light sleeper when there’s background noises, spent the night shouting out in her sleep. It used to be alarming but it’s now generally pure comedy: she says the funniest things in her sleep and is always SO cross – “NO HUX, THE LEGO IS MINE!!!” – but it doesn’t half keep me awake. I had that kind of sleep…

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Do You Need To Be Less Nice To Get Ahead At Work?

February 3, 2016
Dating in the Digital Age

In life isn’t it nice to be nice? At home, at work, with your family. I’m a big believer in getting back what you give out and try to use this a basis for the way I treat other people. My thought is, that if I treat others the way I wish to be treated then I shall set myself up for the happiest life possible. Right? But then last year, working as a Marketing Director for a creative agency led by…

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