The Summer Holidays as a Self Employed Work at Home Mum

It hit me last week that this summer I will be at home for the whole of the summer holidays. This is something I dreamed of since having children and aside from my maternity leave with both children I have worked at least part of the summer holidays since they were born. This has meant juggling childcare, Hubby’s shifts, my work and trying to have some tome together as a…

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Half a Year Spent Working from Home

Today is six months since I left my day job. I have been working from home with no other employment, solely self employed for six months. It feels like it has gone so fast – faster than I expected. We spent most of that time surrounded by building work and it’s only now that the work is finished and the weather is nicer than I can sit and reflect on…

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Why Self Employed People Should Want to Pay Tax

Having worked in personal finance for the whole of my adult life and now being self employed one thing that often comes up in conversation is self assessments, tax returns and how being self employed can effect your eligibility for credit. One thing I hear so often, both in my time in High Street banking and also in day to day life is how hard it is, as a self employed…

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Things I’m Loving Since Leaving the Day Job

This time last month was my last day at a company I had worked at for nearly 14 years. It’s been a bit surreal not going into work each week but a month on and I thought I would share some of the things I’ve been enjoying now that I don’t have a place of work to go to: The holiday feeling – it still feels like I’m on annual…

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To Work or to Stay at Home? The Freedom of …

Back when I was on maternity leave and we were looking at our options when I returned to work, there didn’t really seem to be much choice at all. I could go back to work – or I could stay at home. Staying at home would massively reduce our income but going back to work would have the added issue of childcare and trying to juggle that childcare around Hubby’s…

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Going Back to Work and Making Ends Meet

There is a certain stigma attached to being a parent to young children. While many may credit you for all the hard work you do taking care of the kids, not as many will remember how good you may have been at your job or be willing to take a chance on hiring you back once you decide to return to work. Now there is a nice subset of parents who go…

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Work/Life Balance?

So here I am. 9:30pm on a day when we have been out from early until late. The children are in bed and I am at work tomorrow. I’m sitting on the sofa writing blog posts, scheduling tweets and reading other blogs whilst Hubby watches TV in the background. This is my typical evening. I blog every night until around 11pm, sometimes later depending on my plans the next day.…

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