I like to look outside the mumpreneur community for inspiration sometimes. It’s good to hear how other people came to run their businesses, what they do and how they cope with challenges.
I found the post Thinking on our feet in tough times by Jon Stow on Birds On The Blog the other day. In the post, Jon talks about how he was made redundant in the last recession and how he had to get creative to get himself an income. So he started a cat-sitting service alongside his new tax consulting business! Jon’s blog is called ‘On Our Bikes’ after politician Norman Tebbitt’s quote about his own father getting on his bike to look for work.
Jon makes the point that even though you may have main skill that you used in your old job (e.g. tax specialist in his case), that doesn’t always mean people will want to buy that skill from you on a freelance basis. Look at all your skills and hobbies and see if you can do something new with them.
Jon also says that you don’t need to think in terms of a whole new career. Any self-employed work could lead on to bigger things, keep your self-esteem healthy and bring in some much-needed income. It doesn’t have to be forever. I think this could easily apply to mums in business as many do go back to employment once their children are older.
What do you think? Do you see your business as a way of filling a gap until your children are older? Or do you expect it to be a long-term career?