I have noticed in the last few years the rising popularity of female entrepreneurs, especially during maternity leave and beyond. The digital industry (blogging, marketing, PR, web design, social media etc) has made it even easier than ever to start your own enterprise and earn an income from it. A business that you can launch (and run) from the comfort of your own home – and around childcare – is actually REALLY rather appealing.
Being able to set up a website/social media account online instantly means that people can now do it with little outlay. I have met so many women over the last few years whose blogs/websites/social media accounts went from hobbies into businesses and they continue to get amazing opportunities.
This is something that has also happened to me lately too. I started blogging 3 years ago when the twins were little. I was a Stay-at-Home-Mum (I opted not to return to my Human Resources career, after maternity leave) and ‘fell’ into blogging through a recommendation. Now I earn from my blog and social media channels, plus I have several clients (and growing) that I manage their social media for. I also get asked to do various freelance writing jobs and I write content for websites.
Whilst I love ALL of these areas in different ways, I am finding myself increasingly busy. Stretching myself here, there and everywhere! Even though I am a self-confessed master at organisation (!) even I am finding that I need more hours in the day and pairs of hands to keep up. I get 3 days a week currently when the twins are at preschool and this time is now SO full up!
Whilst this is a fantastic position to be in given the current climate (no complaining here at all!) it is actually not something that I am used to, having never worked for myself before.
I am therefore at a point where I have been evaluating my workload and really scrutinising where I spend my time. I have looked at where I could potentially change the way I work, get more streamlined, charge more money etc. The hours really can run away with me and so making sure I am not spending time on unnecessary tasks is important. As well as still keeping it all fun too and not taking away the bits I truly love, because after all, that is what keeps me so passionate. My Hubby has helped by advising me on finances etc and I’ve recently started to look into possibly outsourcing some of my administration.
If you are looking to start a venture yourself then my advice would be that you need to be prepared to work hard, network, learn quickly and be adaptable. A lot of self-motivation is required too. However, it is an incredibly rewarding, flexible and empowering position to be in and therefore I’d highly recommend it to anyone who was contemplating doing it themselves.
Love, Jess x