Month: August 2019

  • 27 Work-From-Home Career Ideas For Mums

    27 Work-From-Home Career Ideas [Plus BONUS Tools, Tips & Resources!] 

    Are you looking for ways to earn money from home as a work-from-home mum? Perhaps you’re just finishing up maternity leave or you could be completely over your 9-5 and can’t stand the thought of working another day.

    Whatever your current situation, imagine how life if you were able to be so successful with a stay-at-home mum career that you could more than your 9-5! Whether you’re considering using the skillset you already have or learning some new ones. This is the ultimate guide to career ideas for work-from-home mums!

    Keep reading for some work from home ideas that every business need.

    27 Work-From-Home Career Ideas:

    1. Copywriter
    2. Virtual assistant
    3. Graphic designer
    4. Social media manager
    5. Web design
    6. Translation s
    7. Video production
    8. Photographer
    9. Bookkeeper
    10. Blogger
    11. Cake Baker
    12. Career or Life Coach
    13. Child Care
    14. Direct Sales Consultant
    15. Etsy Seller
    16. Financial Planner
    17. Hairdresser
    18. Spray Tanner
    19. Beauty Therapist
    20. Network marketer
    21. Pet groomer
    22. Recruiter
    23. Resume writer
    24. Sales representative
    25. SEO Consultant
    26. Facebook ads specialist
    27. Wedding planner

    Top Tools for Working-From-Home Success:

    • Canva – The Ultimate Graphic Design Tool!
      Canva is the ultimate secret to making your content look like it has been professionally designed! You can also by hundreds of templates for different things at Creative Market and load the templates into Canva for use over and over again. There’s also a magical function to resize your Canva design into another size format at a click of a button – think Facebook covers, YouTube covers, Pinterest posts and so on
    • Asana – The Ultimate Organisation Tool!
      If you’re a self-confessed organisation queen, you would have tried countless apps for checklists, reminders and to-do lists! Asana is hands down the best to-do list EVER and it even has an app version you can keep on your phone. Projects, teams and lists – plus you can print them off if you prefer hard copy lists.
    • Creative Market – The Ultimate Online Creative Market!
      This place is honestly like HEAVEN for creatives – or not so creatives! There are thousands and thousands of amazing assets for sale. If you need to find stock images, stunning website themes or Canva templates then Creative Market will be your new best friend as a work-from-home mum.
    • Upwork – The Ultimate Freelancer Directory!
      You can literally find an experienced Freelancer within budget for just about anything on this magical site. Need a virtual assistant, bookkeeper, graphic designer, sales funnel expert? The list goes on and on – you’re bound to find what you need here so if you need to expand your time, have a logo designed or some copy written for your new website – this is the place! Plus – you can also advertise YOUR services here!

    Top Tips for Working-From-Home Success:

    • Wake up earlier than the kids do – sacred time is productive time and you can get so much done between the hours of 5am – 7am. This is also the perfect time to exercise or have some self-love time doing whatever it is you love!
    • Batch your tasks when possible and set timers using your iPhone clock app so you keep your focus on completing as much as you can within a certain time frame. You could set timers when working on important tasks and not check emails or your phone during this time.
    • Review your personal and business goals regularly to ensure you always have a roadmap to success. After all, how hard would it be to get in a car and start driving but have no idea where you’re going?
    • Do your food shopping online – Use click & collect or have it delivered – don’t waste precious time at the shops! Plus, think of how much more organised you can be if you plan your meals and shopping in advance. Magical!
    • Listen to podcasts – Podcasts are a great way to get extra self-education in without sacrificing time to do what you need to! Listen to them in the car, while cooking dinner, cleaning – it’s the perfect compromise and there are so many amazing podcasts to choose from for every business, industry or niche.

    Favourite Resources: 

    • Get a good daily planner – the best type of planners for busy work-from-home mum’s will have personal and business tasks separated on the same page. You can pick these up from organisation shops, Officeworks or make your own! 
    • Get a good weekly planner – again, productivity is all about the planning! Be sure to plan your week out in advance so you know exactly what your goals are for the week.

    These tools, tips & resources will help you start your work-from-home career, automate systems and processes, save time and build the business as a busy mum. Balancing mum life and working mum life is an art, but with good tools and resources, you can sky rocket productivity too.

    The more organisation, preparation and planning you do – the better. Remember – we are what we repeatedly do. Our daily habits are shaping our future.

  • How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

    ☁️ How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep ☁️

    Can’t sleep? I hear you. This year has been shocking for my sleep. I felt like no matter how much sleep I had, I never felt refreshed in the morning. 😭 It’s interesting because as parents, we often have a sleep routine for our babies to get theme into a good routine, yet a lot of us (myself included) can be a bit relaxed when it comes to a bedtime routine for ourselves. 😴

    ☁️ Here are my top tips for a sleep routine that works! ☁️

    👉 Invest in good quality pillows & bed linen. The key to a relaxing sleep is in the quality of your pillow and linen. We’ve been using the new Adairs bamboo pillow and linen range and I’ve never had a better nights sleep. They are soft, breathable and hypoallergenic – need I say more?

    👉 Read instead of scrolling social media or the news. Choose a book to read instead of scrolling on your phone. Your brain is much more likely to feel sleepy instead of wired if you swap your phone for a good book!

    👉 Write down worries and reminders for the next day. Before you go to bed, make sure you write down your worries and reminders for the next day. It’s one less thing you have to think and worry about overnight so you can relax easier.

    👉 Write three things in a gratitude journal. Keep a gratitude journal next to your bed and make it a ritual to write down three things you are grateful for every day. Gratitude is the best way to attract more positivity in your life.

    👉 Use lavender essential oil. Pop a few drops of lavender essential oil in a humidifier and keep next to your bed overnight for a better nights sleep. Lavender is my go-to oil for dream time and a relaxing bath!

    Have you tried any of these tips? Share with me in the comments below. 

  • How To Organise Your Life Better: Simple Habits For Working Mums

    How To Organise Your Life Better: Simple Habits For Working Mums

     

    Organising your life if you’re a mum is quite challenging. Whether you’re a stay-at-home or working full time, your responsibilities are often the same.

    As a mum, you have to ensure your kids are healthy and safe. You have to feed them, bathe them, and get them ready for school every day. After that, you have to face the household chores waiting for you, from picking up toys to doing the dishes and laundry. And on top of that, you have to worry about not being late to work or a meeting. 

    But it doesn’t stop there. You also have to do some grocery shopping on the side and make dinner. The list seems never-ending! And it’s enough to overwhelm anyone just thinking about every little thing you need to accomplish in a day. 

    Any minute mums don’t spend with their kids is gold as this is the time you can maximise their time at home. This is also one of the factors for staying organised. Besides, you’ll simply waste your time if you spend it being disorganised.

    So how do you stay organised if you’re a working mum?

    1. It’s time to start creating a solid routine

    Yes, we all have daily routines. But they need to be solid so that you can easily run your life. You need to ensure that it involves activities and tasks performed the same way every day. Pick a time of the day where you’re the most confident you can accomplish more.

    For example, if you feel like mornings in your home are unpredictable, and you more control at night, then opt for an evening routine. You can pack your children’s school bags, fold clothes, do the dishes and laundry, decide on the family’s breakfast, and so on. The more chores you can do, the easier your morning will go. Keep in mind that the number one enemy of organisation is not having a firm routine set in place.

    1. Write everything down

    We have so many things going through our minds that it’s simple to forget the itty bitty things. Don’t worry, that’s normal, you’re a mum! You don’t have to memorise or try to remember everything as this will not help you stay organised. 

    It’s been proven that you can remember things better if you write them down. You can simply use a pen and paper or download my free printable planners. It’s the easiest way to become organised, remember the tasks you need to do, and accomplish your goals without feeling overwhelmed.

    1. Get yourself ready first

    Getting everyone ready ahead of you is what we’re all accustomed to. However, this will not serve you, and let’s face it, mornings with kids are unpredictable. Fortunately, you’re not.

    So wake up early, take a refreshing shower, dress up, and get your morning caffeine fix and eat before everyone. So even if your toddler makes a mess or two, you’ll have more time on your hands to clean it, instead of worrying that you’ll be late for work.

    1. Clean as you go

    You can stay on top of organising and keeping things clean in your home is to clean before you go. As a busy mum, you may not have a particular day of the month or week to do stuff even if you love cleaning. Instead, consider doing a few tasks every day. 

    You can fold towels and clothes while your little one takes a bath. While your kids are playing, you can also vacuum a room or wipe down light switches and handrails. There are ways to keep your home spotless without the need to spend precious hours on your hands and knees cleaning over the weekend. 

    1. Make decluttering a part of your life

    You can maximise organisation by decluttering often. Write it down on your calendar or planner and set a day for it. You can also declutter regularly at a specific time. It’s something that will not stick with you if you don’t do it frequently. It’s like showering. It has to have a place in your routine and life. 

    1. Learn to say no

    One common thing that every organised mums have in common is that they know when to say yes or no. But enthusiastically, of course. Saying no to stuff that has no clear purpose will not make you a bad mother. So, make sure to say yes to things that will serve you.

    1. Learn to accept help and delegate

    Let’s admit it, we love being saints! I’m sure you often see yourself not taking up the help offered by someone. We’re all guilty of thinking that we’re the only ones who know how to do a certain task. And it’s a habit that you need to kick out of your system.

    Being a very organised mum means you know that it’s okay to accept help when it is offered to you and delegate work to others. Give your children things to do, as it’ll teach them valuable things in life. Go ahead and say yes to your mum when she wants to babysit your little ones. Allow yourself not to take care of everything.

    1. Forget about technology for a while

    Leave your work at the office. Do not bring it home with you. Consider turning off your email notifications if needed if you have a habit of checking it constantly. Keep important ones such as SMS, phone calls, voicemails, and so on. And if you have numerous apps on your smartphone, turn their notifications off to keep you from getting distracted. 

    You want to be as intentional about the time you’ll spend over the weekend so that you’ll be fresh and ready on Monday. I know this will be challenging, but if you want to be more productive if you don’t have phone distracting and interrupting you with alerts throughout the day.

    Remember that if you truly want to organise your life and home, there’s no better time to start than today. It will not come naturally for all of us, so push yourself. If you have time today, do it instead of telling yourself that you’ll have plenty of time tomorrow or on some other day. 

    Looking for more advice on balancing everything as a busy mama? Check out my latest book; the Busy Mamas Guide To Balancing It All.