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Turn your hobby into a career

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The Beginning

Many people wonder how to Turn their hobby into a career. When you love your job, it is never really “work”. When you turn your hobby into a career, the impossible becomes possible, and life starts to have a full meaning. I remember when I had a traditional office job for a big gas company. It was a job I juggled before the twins showed up, and I truly hated every second of it. The only thing that mattered to me was my monthly pay check, and that was so little, it was pretty much gone few days after payday. Then the wait for the next pay check started.

 

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It was soul draining

Life was hard. It was a long commute to the office everyday, and I was miserable.I spent long hours indoors at work trapped in a call centre with a headset permanently on my head. To simply describe, it was soul draining.  It was so hard in the summer. I never got the chance to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I got to work for 9am everyday and sometimes I would work until late in the evening. The only good about the job was the free vending machine on some days, and the building itself. It was nicely furnished with roof lanterns in some rooms which allowed me make the most of the amazing weather when we had it.

I had no interest in the job or the business, but it was the only job I had so I had to hold on to it. Then I stated Fashion and Style Police, and that gave my life a whole new meaning. I had something that was mine own and I put my heart and soul into it. This blog got me through that job, and even though it hardly brought me any income in the first year, it didn’t matter to me. It was a hobby that gave me hope.

 

Turn your hobby into a career

Most times, we don’t see how our hobby can become a career but most times it can. I enjoyed reading and writing from a very young age, and setting up a blog allowed me to create a home for my hobby. And now, that hobby has become a career. I write on her here for myself and my readers. Many of the articles are sponsored by brands, which allows me to continue to work from home and be there for my twins. I also write for my other websites, manage marketing campaigns for many clients as well as managing their social media platforms. My working life has become a dream come true and many times I still pinch myself when amazing collaborations land in my email.

 

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Yes you can

This post is not about me bragging about my working from home life and living the dream. I wrote it to motivate anyone thinking of turning a hobby to a career. I would say go for it. You never know until you try. To be safe, you can start working on growing your hobby into a career by the side, while you hold on to your regular pay check. If you like writing, set up a blog. If you have a good eye for fashion designing and are good at sewing great designs, think of setting up your clothing label. And if makeup is more your thing, think of setting up a makeup artist business.

The internet has made it super easy to start off any type of business with various useful content online and social media platforms you can utilise to help grow your brand.

 

No regrets

I am happy I took the leap of faith to work for myself. It has not been a walk in the park but I rather do this walk than any other. No regrets here. I would do it all over again if I had another chance.

 

What is your hobby?

 

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Finding the Time to Freelance and Parent

Freelancing and parenting on their own are two extremely challenging activities. But when you’ve got to combine both freelancing and parenting this challenge can turn into an uphill battle.

 

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With running my own business, I am having the time of my life doing my own thing from home and making money. But I must admit that juggling both working from home and parenting 2 under 5 has its fair share of challenges especially when it came to managing my time.

As always, I’m here to share my tips with you. For all the parents who are freelancers out there, if you’re finding it difficult to create time for freelancing because you’re swamped with parenting, here are some tips for you.

 

  1. Steer clear of anything that will distract you

Scrolling through social media, watching TV or flipping through magazines may be harmless at first glance. However they can take away your precious time. Time is limited and so you need to clear away anything that has the potential of eating up your time.

Limit the time you spend on social media. Commit to using it only three times a day for a short period of time. Keep your phone away while you’re working.

Getting rid of distractions also involves you informing your family members of your working hours. During these times you should not be disturbed unless there is an emergency. Setting such boundaries will ensure you have uninterrupted time to work.

 

  1. Build your schedule around your children

Although it may seem from the outside that taking care of children could take up all of your time, it will interest you to know that there are little pockets of time you can leverage on to have some work done. A good example is nap time. Nap times are ideal for you to finish a freelance project or two. You can also work when your child falls asleep at night. Since my kids started reception, I now do 85% of my work while they are at school and 15% at night when they are asleep. I hardly work weekends these days and when I do, I make sure to do my work when they are in bed.

Do your kids have activities that keep them busy? Use that time to work as well. On school days, when the kids are not at home, you can focus on your freelance work.

 

  1. Locate short batches of time

Most freelancers feel that it is practically impossible to have work done in less than an hour. Some even think that they have no time to work unless they have long stretches of time to work on their freelance projects.

The truth is that you can get work done when it’s broken down into smaller batches of time. For example the 10 minutes you spend reading the newspaper at the breakfast table could be used to do some research for an article that you have to submit to a client. The 20 minutes you spend waiting for your kids at the parking lot for them to close from school could be used to send emails to prospective clients.

When you look hard enough you will find a few minutes here and there to get some work done.

 

  1. Set your priorities

Having time to balance work and parenting requires you to set your priorities right. Sometimes we engage in activities that only take our minds from our work and parenting.

When you set aside time to work or spend time with your kids you need to make sure that it’s non-negotiable. Don’t allow anything or anyone to steal into the time you allocated. This may be a little challenging but with practice you’ll get it right. All it requires is for you to remain focused.

 

Do you freelance and parent? How does it work for you? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below.

 

Working from home with the kiddies this summer holiday

The kiddies had their graduation ceremony from pre school last week, and are finally off to Big School this September. We are looking forward to the exciting changes, and we can’t wait but for now, it is the summer holidays. I work from home, so working during the day with the kiddies are around is always very tricky. I do most of my work when they are in school and when they are asleep. But with the 6 weeks summer holidays, I have to be able to do some work during the day.

I love the flexibility of my work and being able to care for my kids while making living. So since I am unable to take 6 weeks off work, I have to make this working from home thing work for the next 6 weeks. My business grows and grows every year. Which means I am a lot more busy this year, than I was last year, which means more work.

 

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So how do I plan to work from home this summer holiday, here are some ways –

 

Focus on what needs to be done

I am going to be focus on what needs to be done and make sure it is done. There won’t be any room for goofing around online when I am supposed to be working. Not that I do much of that, but with time being so precious these next few weeks, I will be focusing 100% on work while I work. There will be no room for distractions.

 

Plan my schedule

I will need to plan my schedule for the next few weeks in order to get work done quicker. Knowing what needs to be done well in advance helps me stay focused, which is why planning a schedule works extremely well. I don’t have to spend minutes/hours going through emails to decide on what needs to be done urgently.

 

Plan my outgoings

If you work for yourself, you have to keep an eye on your money. Keeping a watchful eye on my outgoings is very important especially in the next few weeks, as I can’t predict how much work I will be able to get done. Knowing where my money goes and having my money work hard for me is crucial. So no unnecessary spending this period. Like most families, we have important bills that need to be paid every month, like the mortgage, council tax, and other utility bills. Which means we have to watch every penny.

We own our home and that comes with a responsibility. Money needs to be set aside for unforeseen circumstances with regards to our home maintaimace. We have spent quite a few hundreds of pounds on home repairs already this year, which can be frustrating when money is tight. The only thing keeping me going is the fact that I know our home is definitely an investment, and every penny we spend on it goes towards our investment. Sunlife has a great calculator for home owners to check how much their property has increased in value.  I like to check the value of our home from time to time, just so I know money spent on home repairs and improvements are not in vain.

 

Do you work from home? Do you have kids? How will you be getting work done this summer holidays?

 

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