I don’t know about you, but this week is a busy one for me? Great clients to work with, the beach to walk on and a two day trip to London on Friday – work and pleasure.
I am going to kick Monday off with ‘Mums on the Run’ and if you have been looking at how to make extra income, but don’t know where to start, this is perfect for you.
My business is The Passive Income Mama. I’m a passive income strategist for female business owners who are tired of hustling for every penny in their business. I help women create automated income streams in their business so they can have more time back, without sacrificing sales.
What is your morning routine in the week?
I’m one of the only mums I know whose child sleeps all night and isn’t up at the crack of dawn! So usually I’m waking my daughter up at 7:15 and making sure she gets dressed into her uniform, while I get myself dressed and make breakfast. School for us starts at 8:25am so we have to leave by 8am. We don’t live far from school but we have to drive so most mornings we have a sleepy sing along in the car on the way to school, which usually gets our day off to a happy start. Once I’ve done the school run I’m home by about 8:45am so then I usually eat my breakfast and start work by 10am.
What is your school / work / mummy fashion style?
I pretty much live in jeans and T-shirts these days! I can dress it up with a nice t-shirt and shoes or dress it down with a hoodie so it doesn’t take me very long to decide what to wear.
If you are running late what is the one thing that will make you feel confident?
Perfume and earrings. Usually if I’m running late I’ve thrown my hair into a ponytail or messy bun, so earrings and a spray of perfume at least make me feel I’m a bit more put together. I’ve always got a few different coloured pens and a notebook in my rather large handbag so I can always fake being prepared if I need to!
Tell me a bit more about your business and where you see it going towards the end of 2018?
I practice what I preach in my business so the vast majority of things are run passively. That means that I spend a lot of time on the back-end of my business and the promotional/marketing side. Lately this has been more in person networking so my goal for the rest of 2018 is to grow my UK audience by at least 50%.
What is the biggest challenge for parents who work?
Juggling everything. I started my business when my daughter was a few months old and just after she started school in 2017 I applied for a part-time job. My business was set up to run passively so I figured a part-time job would help me bring in a bit more steady income and we could get some more savings behind us both in my business and personally. I lasted 8 weeks so I’m in awe of the parents who work full-time and run a successful business! I couldn’t keep all the responsibilities in my head and I was struggling to remember what needed to be done, for who and by when.
How could the Government make things easier?
The UK desperately needs more affordable childcare. One of the biggest reasons I didn’t go back to work was because I would have been left with about £50 each month after paying for childcare. I figured since I wouldn’t be getting the money either way, I might as well take the leap like I’d always wanted to. If childcare didn’t cost the best part of £50 a day and was more like £10 a day so many more women would be able to go back to work, even part time, and we wouldn’t face such an uphill battle getting back into work.
Would you say there are more politics in the playground or in the boardroom?
I think it’s the same amount but in different ways. I’m the chair of the PTFA at my daughter’s school and sometimes I do wonder if my demanding ex-boss was easier to deal with! At least at work it’s not as personal.
What words of wisdom can you give other parents for dealing with the everyday juggling family and work?
Schedule everything. The reason I can keep my head most days is because everything goes into my google calendar with plenty of reminders so that I know what’s going on when and I don’t double book myself.
What would be your perfect day off?
To be honest I really do love almost every day. I work from home during school hours and because my business is so passive, I have time to myself when I want it and I get to spend time with my daughter. I can go to school activities during the day and we still get family time in the evening when my husband gets home from work. If we could get more sunshine in the UK that would be a bonus!
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To find out more, head to www.thepassiveincomemama.co.uk and see you same time, next week, even though it is half term.