has anyone decided to go self employed since having kids?

Lindsay - posted on 10/12/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I had my daughter in March 2009. I took the full years maternity which ran out Feb this year. My decision to go self employed as a photographer wasn;t that difficult (made alot easier by the bad treatment I recieved at work whilst pregnant).
I was just wondering who else took the plung, how they are getting on and what they decided to do?

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Bonita - posted on 06/27/2011

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I waited until after my 3rd child to become self employed. As a teacher my salary didn't cover the cost of child care so I became a family child care provider, then an Independent Certified Instructor for the Baby Signs Program. From there I worked my way to the home office where I became the co-director...just in time to have my 4th child (and final child:-)). Now I do a combo. I am self employed as a Child birth educator (plenty of experience) and I am a work from home mom or work in the office with baby mom the rest of the time. I feel very lucky to have jobs which allows me to be flexible in my scheduling so that I can work and be mom! It is not an easy balance and a great deal of my work is doen after the kids go to bed...not my husband's favorite part, but all in all, it has been a good option for our family!

Lindsay - posted on 06/27/2011

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Hello all. wow so many replies. I haven't seen many of them cos it has been slightly crazy. I was expecting having a photography business to be slow going as there soo many photographers around, but actually its not to bad. I am double booked in sept and have had to tell people they can book sessions but it will take me double as long to get the images back to them. which most are fine with :) I hav my first wedding fair booked in october but I have nothing prepared for it yet. I have got 6 wedding booked for this year, done a schoool prom and have a charity event booked too :) I'm still not bringing in enough to take a wage from it so i guess its lucky i get tax credits but once my daughter is in school and i can do more hours i should start making a difference there.
Jennifer I would love to hear your ideas about keeping in touch with customers.
I have also now expanded and have 3 website dedicated to my photography work and have just set up a wedding directory and online shop. If anyone sells any wedding items and would like to list in my shop please let me know as its looking abit bare right now :)
hope everyone else is going as well

Jenna - posted on 06/26/2011

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I do data entry from home, which doesn't pay the best - it varies how much work I get from week to week, and the pay time is unreliable. I'm "technically" a sub-contractor, and they treat my invoices as such - pay at their own convenience. I'm just about to start doing a bookkeeping course so that I can do that from home instead. I think it will be easier to do with my bub home.

Lisa - posted on 06/26/2011

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Yes! I am currently working on setting up my own home care business in my home town. I have been caring for my elderly mother who has Alzheimer's for the past six years, so feel I am qualified in this area of expertise. I took a 'How to start a small business' course at a local college last fall and registered my business's ficticious name in December. I am now owner of Odessa Home Care, LLC.

Sandy - posted on 10/27/2010

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I took the plung and it was the best decision I ever made. I have been working from home for 7 years now with a well established company. No regrets. I would be happy to assist you if you are interested.

Pam - posted on 10/21/2010

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Congratulations on whatever new ventures you are in. I most recently have have entered a new partnership in a INC 500 health and wellness home business. I can honestly say it is this best decision that I have ever made.My team is growing every day and my reason is my children. A secondary is educate people on what might be harming them in their homes, products and usages of everyday mass marketing of shelved products... Women, especially , that open their own new businesses right now , i really encourage to read Success , and Success for Women .You can access these online. Good going Lindsay..

Alice - posted on 10/21/2010

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Lindsay,
Congratulations on your business!! :) I've had "self-employment" part time jobs since my first was born (tutoring, babysitting, selling produce, etc.) but didn't go FT to work for myself until after I entered the workforce when my 3rd daughter was about 5 weeks old. I worked for about 17 months and my husband & I worked switching shifts because daycare was too expensive. I loved the job itself, but hated the fact that I missed so much of my daughters' lives and almost never got to see my husband (we never had the same days off). So I started working at home. I work through a company, but am self-employed because I'm hired as a contractor. :) I'm an online fitness coach and it's been amazing!! I'm still a farmer (selling produce), we home school so I still offer tutoring and babysitting when people need it, and we love to craft jewelry so my daughters & I have a side business selling jewelry (just discovered we can sell through etsy so that's new). I also love doing fitness classes (especially "mommy & me" stuff) so occasionally we'll do a series or single fitness class. :) It's fun and I love what I do, plus I get to spend a lot of time with my children and working online it's super easy to go check out the "mommy!" scream and get right back to work... no one knows I was even interrupted lol!

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2010

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I don't like my daughter in daycare so I have recently become a distributor for an online greeting card company. I love that I have flexibility, no inventory is a huge plus! Self employed is the way to go! Good luck with your photography business. I have a great way to stay in contact with past and future clients if your interested in learning more let me know.

Tangela@simplynecessary.com - posted on 10/21/2010

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I wanted to stay home with my daughter after she was born. I ended up inventing a multipurpose breastfeeding pillow and starting a company. I am the inventor of the patented GoPillow!, a multipurpose baby pillow. I market and sell the GoPillow! through my company, Simply Necessary, Incorporated. Simply Necessary, Incorporated operates a website (http://www.simplynecessary.com/) where the GoPillow! can be viewed and purchased.

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Gretchen - posted on 10/21/2010

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Thanks for the discussion, Lindsay. I decided to become self employed about 3 years ago. However, I always envisioned doing it. I started part-time and have been full time for about 1 year. I love what I am doing, a life coach, however, there are those times when I wonder what the heck I got myself into, lol! Best of luck to you and you photography business!

Nache - posted on 10/21/2010

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Lindsay - congratulations on your new venture! I agree with the other posters that say it is difficult. Though I currently work a "9-5" I am striving to get to the point when I no longer have to make the commute and work for someone else. I too like Jackie am an It Works! Distributor! Check us out, the company is AMAZING!!! You could even possibly incorporate this with your photography to bring in additional income. If not, have you thought about something else you could use do that you could tie into your photography? Maybe jewelry or make up?

Brenda - posted on 10/20/2010

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lori hie
what your doing sounds interesting please let me know what l can do thanks

Brenda - posted on 10/20/2010

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l feel you .l recently moved to a new town and am realising that with long hours, distances l cannot afford to work a regular job .l dont know many people and between getting my two kids aged 10 and 7 ready for school ,dropping them ,cleaning,and then picking them up l have alot on my hands l need to look for something to give me income from home so am with you anyone got any ideas

Anne - posted on 10/19/2010

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I left my job when my daughter was a year old. My husband was a freelance photographer at the time, with a studio built on our home. We have since moved into advertising and now into website design. I love working from home! The last two years have been extremely tough - and I have often longed for a steady income at the end of the month. To make ends meet we have gotten into affiliate marketing, and I do freelance writing as well. Read about it at http://www.homebusiness-ideas.info my website all about the home businesses I have and have had. Now that my daughter is 10 I don't get much done once she's home from school, but then I start again once she goes to bed. Yes, we work long hours, weekends and holidays, but at least the money coming in is ours - not paying for the boss' fancy car and vacations! I love the flexibility I have - if my kids need me, I'm there. My 20 year old stepson has lived with us since he was 4, and I think he appreciated having us at home - at least until he was a teenager :) My youngest doesn't attend preschool at the moment as we don't want the additional expense at the moment (eldest is at university so that's quite enough), but I have him in a routine that allows me time to work. Good luck - it is difficult getting used to no fixed income, can be frustrating at times, but in terms of time available for your family - priceless!

Jamie - posted on 10/19/2010

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I decided about a month ago.My second daughter is 8months old now) I am trying to set up in home child care (from my home) so far no one has responded but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Jacquie - posted on 10/19/2010

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Hi, I am not quite working fully self employed but I am a distributor for an amazing company that puts health first! I am an IT WORKS Distributor! Check out www.chunkymonkeyshrink2fit.itworks.net and see what all the fuss is about with these amazing products. I have lost 40 lbs this year using the products and I won't go back to feeling tired, stressed, and overweight again...Hope to hear from you. Jacquie

Lori - posted on 10/19/2010

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I too took the plunge into self employment after the birth of my third child. Yes, being your own bo is sometimes difficult because you have no one to answer to but yourself, but its also very rewarding! I do LOVE it. I work as an independant consultant for a great company with loads of benefits and incetives for their consultants...plus I get discounts on the products that I love to use for myself and my family! I get paid for helping people improve their lifestyles too...that is rewarding for everyone! Mostly I work a couple of evenings a week with a few hours thrown in through the days when I have time. I work my schedule around my family...and that is just the way I like it! If you want any info on what I do let me know. I'd be happy to share! This is a simple business that you can fit into the nooks and cranies of your life! Isn't that what its all about! Being able to spend the time doing what you want.
Best of luck to you in your photography career Lindsay!

Terre - posted on 10/19/2010

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Working for yourself can sometimes make every boss you ever had look like a saint - we're much harder than ourselves than on anyone else! I've worked from home for 12 years. We have 4 boys and a special needs daughter. My choice in working from home was to find a way to create leverage in my life rather than something that depended on me entirely. Its worked for us. When my daughter was born 10 years ago, medically fragile, we didn't know if she would survive. I couldn't work, I couldn't think, I couldn't do much of anything for 2 years. Because I had created a business that gave me leverage I continued to get paid even though I wasn't working at all for 2 years! Funny thing, when I left my previous job in the airline industry, they stopped paying me!!! The toughest thing for me was separating my work from my life. Today, when I'm working, I'm working but otherwise I'm focused on my family. I love the flexibility to set my own hours and work in my own style. I couldn't possibly find a job that would allow me the time to raise my kids, make a great income and still have a life. My business gives that to me! http://www.sharelifestyle.com

Anita - posted on 10/18/2010

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I work from home as a consultant now that my son is 3. As Mel said - it is hard! In order to get it all done I work into the night a few times a week. For me, not having to commute and spend that time instead with my family - was a good trade off. I don't think I could ever go back to working in an office. I am just not structured that way any more and I think the workforce needs to recognize that mum's need more flexibility so they can be better employees, and better mothers.

Mel - posted on 10/14/2010

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I've been self employed since before I was pregnant with my first and I have found that self employment, pregnant or not, with baby or not, its extremely difficult.....on everything. The job, the family time, the husband, the baby. Being your own boss means no structured paid maternity leave. My hours are generally longer than everyone else's. Weekends shorter. Vacations fewer. No one will do the job I would so I have to be there. Sometimes I do wish I could just have a regular 9-5 with a guaranteed salary and be done with it. But I have employees and their families depend on me too so..... :(

Shannon - posted on 10/14/2010

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I made the decision before my son was born. I started doing child care in my home 2 weeks before he was born and I didn't stop until we moved. I am now looking for a job to do outside of the home and I'm having a hard time with it =/

Bharti - posted on 10/14/2010

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Good start Lindsay . Hats off to you.Well, I had also started working after 2 yrs of marriage by studying for taking coaching for government banks entrance exams in india. u know what i got finally selected as well.

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