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Things That Keep Your CV Fresh – Working Mother Wednesday

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Last week we launched Working Mother Wednesday with a short post about available jobs and boy did it open a can of worms. I received so many emails from readers telling me about their working woes and one topic that came up, again and again, was ‘How you keep your CV interesting if you are taking time to be at home with your children’

Disclaimer – I do not get involved with the woking mums/full-time mums debate nonsense. Raising kids is hard however you are doing it and we should be PRO ‘other women’ and not trying to tear each other down for their choices.

So today, How can you keep your CV looking snazzy when you have been raising your kids and worry that it doesn’t translate well to your employment history.

The key is activity. I know it can be hard to get anything done when you have kids but YOU CAN. there is always a way. So check out my tips below.

Volunteer Your Time

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If you are able to get out of the house and have someone else look after the children, volunteering for a few hours is a great option to consider. Charities are always crying out for help and whatever your previous employment history I can guarantee that you have some skills that you could lend to a charity.
It get’s you out of the house and interacting with adults and you can also network with new people and explore key activities and career areas that you may not have tried before.

Freelance from home

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This fills a lot of people with terror but it is possible to grab the odd freelance gig similar to what you used to do pre-kids. You could provide admin services, take over a companies social media or act as a consultant. the freelancing economy is huge and sites like People Per Hour and Upwork are full of legit opportunities for you to keep your skills fresh and earn some cash.

Blogging

Blogging Mums

Now, of course I’m gonna say this right but you can blog in many guises. It is entirely possible to make a good living from blogging. it’s not quick, it’s not easy but it’s there for the taking but aside from that, it’s also a great cathartic thing to do when you have very little time for you. You can go private or public but blogging does show that you have been doing something with your time and also offers a lot of transferable skills to the workplace. you can also start for free!

Courses

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Have you looked into freshening up your skills and taking a course locally or online? Depending on your situation you may be entitled to financial help towards the cost of gaining new training/qualifications. Lot’s of education facilities have childcare on offer and if leaving the house just isn’t going to happen you could look into the many courses available online that could help you freshen up your skills. Always check out the best level of accreditation for the area you are looking to work in. You don’t want to be wasting precious time/money if the qualification isn’t worth the paper it is printed on.

 

If you are looking the best ways to head back to the workplace you may be interested in the the amazing workbook I’m creating with Career Coach for Mums and super expert Gina Visram.

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4 Top Ways To Make Money at Home

Since I started This Welsh Mother & as a by-product started documenting to you, how I spend my day’s, I have had a ton of direct messages and emails about business and making money. This makes me very happy because business & making money is TOTALLY my thing. I have been in business for eight years, I’ve trained as a Business Coach worked with some of the UK’s top financial organisations and coached a heck of a lot of women in the ways of making money online.

I know that you can make money from home because I do. You just need to start and starting is sometimes the hardest part. So today I want to share with 4 Top Ways To Make Money From Home.

  • Buy & sell like a boss

So first up, if you are really short of cash it’s good to have a think about the stuff you have, that you don’t really NEED. Selling your unwanted, unused goods frees up space and also frees up cash. I actually funded the launch of my first business and my first few months of trading by selling loads of my stuff to finance myself. There is no shame in it. I’m now a prolific seller if it’s not being used. I sell it.

Secondly, there is money in buying and selling if you do it right.

The amazing biz master Gary V, created this ace episode of his own show all about buying at car boot sales and re-selling on eBay if you apply some common sense and search out items that sell well you can turn a profit quite quickly. It helps to know what to look out for.

In my own experience kids clothes from certain shops will fly out, I have often sold items on eBay for more than I originally paid. Jeans are also another strange item. they sell really well in the second-hand market.

So think about your own passions and hobbies, do they lend themselves to selling items online. Are you a whizz when it comes to grabbing kids clothes or toys, do you love shabby chic interiors or have a hobby or sporting interest. Whatever it is I’m pretty sure you can find a way of buying low and selling so that you make a profit. It doesn’t always happen but it’s an easy low-cost way to get started.

  • Make it, make money

The market for ‘makers’ is booming. There has never been a better time to unleash your inner maker and start selling your stuff online. Whether you decide to sell your wares to friends and family on FB, in groups or set up an online store with Etsy or your own site there are plenty of people willing to pay for unique items of hand crafted goodness.

So if you have a talent why not turn that into a cash injection and start selling your goods. You never know where it could take you.

  • Get your freelance on

I know what you are thinking. What about if you have no great talent and you also don’t have any money to start buying and selling stuff. Well, my friends, if you have access to the internet & you have a computer/laptop you could start up as a freelancer in no time.

The gig economy is booming so why not take your skills online and offer them to other people as a freelancer.

Sites such as People Per Hour, Upwork & Fiverr are helping people get set up and start earning quickly. (These sites take a cut of your earnings but it’s a one stop shop that helps you find clients).

Once you know what it is you are offering, use that internet connection to start networking online, in facebook groups, twitter etc and go out and hunt down more work.

The key is knowing what you offer, what you charge and presenting it in a really simple and easy to understand way. You can also set yourself up a website FOR FREE on Wix.

  • Remote Working

Remote working means working for someone else, in an employed position but remotely, so you do not need to be in your employer’s premises.

This is big business in the USA and sadly not as widespread here but it is possible to find companies who employ remote workers.

My top tip would be to scour job sites online and use remote or home working in the search bar. Enterprise car rental employ home working agents as do many other larger companies. (Do not confuse a remote working position with many of the home working opportunities advertised online. It’s not the same thing. Remote working for a company means you are employed by them, you simply work from home)

 

So there we have it. Those are my 4 top tips for earning money from home. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started but trust me, you can do it. Try setting aside some time today to think about which of these options seems like something you could tackle and start thinking about ways that you can move forward and start earning some money from it.

If you are looking for employment opportunities, check out this week’s jobs postings to see if anything there is suitable.

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I’m a Mum & I Need to Work

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Why would we be introducing a Work section? Work, we all do enough of that right? So let me explain.

I am a Worker Bee. I love work, I’m not crazy, I just learned really on that the by-product of work was money and I don’t mind telling you, I love money. No shame in that. Most importantly I love the freedom that money gives me.

You see not too long ago I didn’t have much money. I had a new baby, I was exhausted and thought I was failing as a Mother because I couldn’t go out and buy him all the things I thought he needed. I cried myself to sleep because I didn’t get him a really special present for his very first Christmas and I stopped going shopping because it made me angry & upset that I couldn’t buy the stuff I saw.

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He’s almost two now and with some hindsight, I know he didn’t need a special Christmas present and he also didn’t need any of the ‘stuff’ I thought I had to buy him but I remember how it felt to have no money!

Struggling to get by didn’t make me feel good about myself. Having to ask my partner to do the food shop or give me money to take Fred to soft play made me feel like I had failed. I didn’t want to do it, so I hid at home where I didn’t need to pay for anything, where no one could see the change in me.

Luckily I realised that I needed to make a change. I too the time to focus on things that made me happy and I started to work again. I didn’t and don’t make tons of money and bath in it every day – far from it but I can buy myself some jeans, even if I never stray far from Primark these days. Work means that I can pay my bills. Work means that I can buy Fred that ball that I know he’s going to lose by 3 pm but that he so desperately wants. For me, work means traveling, being at home more and also being the person that I want to be, being something outside of this huge, all-encompassing Mothering role.

I recently popped onto the This Welsh Mother Facebook page and asked what kind of problems & pain points people had and I wasn’t totally surprised at the answers.

“How do I go back to work when I can’t afford the childcare”

“Budgeting -I’m totally crap with money”

“There is too much month at the end of my Money!”

“Getting a job that isn’t minimum wage”

“Starting a business from home but I don’t know how”

When I didn’t have work & things were tight, I was a different person. I was unhappy with me, I was unhappy with my relationship, I was unhappy with life. I’ve written all about my experience here if you’d like to learn more about my journey.

This is why I know we need to talk about work and that’s why I’m adding in a dedicated section called This Welsh Mother Works on the website.

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This Welsh Mother Works is for all Women. It’s for you if you are a stay at home mum, a part time working mum, a full time working mum, a student, a business owner or someone with a burning business idea.

This Welsh Mother Works will talk to inspiring women, teach you practical finance skills and talk about the things we need to talk about.

It will showcase parent-friendly jobs, talk about working Mum issues and help you up your game if heading back to work or improving your job is what you would like to do. I’m also going to talk business because I personally feel that Mothers make excellent business women so if you have a burning desire to go it alone and work for yourself, look out for me talking about my journey and sharing my hints and tips.

I am passionate about work & I hope that This Welsh Mother Works will allow you to achieve all of your passions too.

Keep checking the dedicated area on this site for more information, posts & meet ups.