Anyone else think that flexible working is a myth? When it came to looking for a part time job after number 2, it was a minefield of 9 to 3 jobs that don’t revolve around the kids.
With spiraling childcare costs and raising debts, I still had to work, but couldn’t find anywhere flexible enough.
After the recent budget, that mentioned 5 million pounds being injected to help mums like me back to work, and to help us stop being so underrepresented in the workforce, the main question is, will this make any difference at all?
There’s a growing need for flexible working, which is maybe why so many women turn to self-employment to fill the void.
No long daytime hours, stuck in an office or on a till the net has opened up a range of jobs to us parents that would never have been possible before.
Instead of rushing out the house at 8 am for the gridlock that is the M3, I now work for myself, when and if I can.
It may sound like a drag, but by signing up to sites like Opinion Outpost, you can earn money while watching TV.
Joining these sites cost you nothing but time and can be done anytime you have a few minutes’ spare.
The surveys are really easy to complete and can fit around whatever is happening from one day to the next.
The only downside is that you can’t take every survey, as some they are just looking for people who have bought a certain product.
Spend time getting your profile up together so that you’re selected for more targeted surveys.
Payment comes in anything from £5 Amazon gift cards to cold hard cash!
The best thing is, you don’t have to sit around checking the site for new surveys. They email you when they are up!
It may be a crowded marketplace, but Ebay is still the top place to sell.
You can sell anything! From your old clothes or furniture to homemade crafts and toilet roll inserts. (Yes, that’s a thing!)
I started by going through the house one room at a time and boxing up everything we know longer use.
Search eBay itself for inspiration. Someone’s rubbish is another person’s treasure, right?
Once I’d sold everything unused at home, I started to pick up bits and pieces from charity shops, school fairs or car boots that I thought would sell for profit.
If you have a good eye and like to haggle, then there is definitely money to be made.
Instead of giving your local council your cans for free, hold on to them and swap them for cash.
There is around 300 Cash for Cans centers around the UK, who pay between 40p-60p per kilo of cans. (That’s around 65-70 cans.)
Yep, you won’t become a millionaire over night, but for something you would normally give away, it may just be worth keeping.
Clothes are another one.
You can drop them off or have them collected and earn 50p Kilo. So if like me, you just don’t have time to label them all up for your local facebay, then this will be a dream come true.
As you can see, you can pretty much recycle anything for cash. Used up ink cartridges will get you a £1 an empty while your own hair could fetch up to £200 for 19 inches!
Using Transferable Skills
Before the kids, I was a writer for a marketing company and couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Now, I sell my skills to the highest bidder using sites like PeoplePerHour and Freelancer.
Again, you won’t become rich straight away, but I make a good income and can work when I want.
It’s not just for writers either. Whatever skill you have you can sell. From virtual assistants to graphic design, voice over artists to proofreaders, your skill will be needed!
So What’s Next?
Of course, these ideas won’t be for everyone, or are seen in mainstream society as “jobs.” But to me, if they bring home the bacon and take the time to perform, then it’s a living.
Get creative. 9 to 5 is no longer the only option!