Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul,
the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. – Napoleon Hill
This is what I love about life, that without planning something but wishing it dearly sooner or later it will happen. I’m back to work for the first time since Jan 2008. I was quite difficult to please as well.
- I wanted something I could work around my girls’ school hours so I could still be their main carer.
- I needed a job that was flexible and would allow me to nip out to a gymnastics class or swimming lessons
- I wanted a job that would allow me to develop my skills and allow me to learn more preventing eternal boredom
I was only 10 weeks into my twin pregnancy when I was made redundant by the Publishing company I worked for.
The one thing about being made redundant is the complete surprise of it all, I was called into the boss’s office one Monday morning and told there and then that my position had been closed. I stuttered asking what did this mean, did I have a month’s notice or? No, no notice required just pack your bag and leave.
Then I was shocked to discover I would actually be escorted off the premises by my manager, who stood waiting for me to empty my drawers, close the PC down and collect my coat and personal belongings for the last time. This is of course to prevent any sabotage being done to existing documents or theft of business related information but it makes you feel like a convict, a criminal and once out of the building and sitting in my car I broke down in tears.
I can sympathise with anyone who has been made redundant as it is a soul destroying experience but once I had my head around our finances (I had to drop my dreams of a designer nursery for my twins) I started to get used to home life and enjoy my pregnancy even more. Having previously lost a baby at 21 weeks I could now focus all of my effort on these two little beings and bring them into the world safely.
Had I known about blogging I would have started then instead I played on Facebook and pregnancy forums as I whiled away my time. Seemingly a time waster everyone thought but apparently not so because my new job is all to do with Blogging and more importantly social media…who’d have known I was practically training back then?
My new job is with Brit Mums I help edit their blog which is the perfect job for me. I can do it from home and I can jump on and off the computer as and when I have time. Fitting it around school drops, swimming lessons, gymnastics and supermarket shops. I can even meet up with Domestic Goddesque for coffee at Bluewater and still do my job.
I have a feeling that with rising fuel prices, costs of transport and the development of the importance in social media with regards to products and brands more and more jobs that are home based will be cropping up in the future. Whereas people were looking at me quite blankly just 2 years ago when I mentioned I wrote a blog (She does what?) now they know what it is and can see the benefits my family gain from it.
My advice to mums looking for similar job possiblities? Find out more about it
Blogging – read the Brit Mums blog and search for tips on how to start up there are some fabulous contributors from all over the spectrum giving excellent advice.
Facebook – Follow brands on there, watch what they do, chat and try your hand at setting up Fan pages, learn to use the tools available. Here’s my Mari’s World Facebook page
Twitter – Set up an account and start following people, chat with them and don’t be intimidated by the newness, you’ll find plenty of helpful people and more posts on Brit Mums about Twitter etiquette. Here’s my twitter account
Google + – this is the new big guy out there and one you need to be on, think Facebook, Twitter and the biggest search engine out there. If you want to be spotted set on here. Here’s my account it’s still quite new to me but come and join in the fun!