Can you make money blogging without spending a fortune?

Blogging can be a brilliant way to make an income. It’s flexible, offers some amazing opportunities and best of all, it’s great fun. But is it one of those occupations where you need to have money to make money? Do you need to invest in  a DSLR camera, a go-pro and expensive hosting? I don’t think so. Here’s why. Blogging on a budget Last weekend was the BlogOn conference in Manchester. This not-for-profit conference boasts numerous talks from experts to help bloggers up their game. The great thing about it is that individuals can choose which sessions they go to.…

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Freelance work and the perfect storm

This is a collaborative post.  Working from home isn’t for everyone. It’s one of those things that people think they want to do, but the reality of living the dream can be quite different. So, how do you end up as someone who sits in bed on a Sunday morning working on a laptop? There are a few factors, some positive and others not so great. You might call it the perfect storm. Work ethic Not so long ago, I was chatting to a client about remote working. He works in an environment where everyone is predominantly office based. People…

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The sound of silence

Knock, knock, knock. Muuuummm, mmmmuuuumm, Can I come into your room? Can I have the iPad? Will you read me a story? Where’s my onesie? Is it breakfast time yet? I close the laptop with a sigh. It’s 6.03 am and I thought (stupidly) that at this time I would get some peace and quiet. I’ve got so much to do. My husband is away, work is piling up and don’t even talk to me about washing. The door opens and they all pile in. Two excited children and two unruly dogs. The kids are jumping on the bed, laughing,…

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We need to talk about living the dream

It’s nearly midnight and I’m sat in front of my laptop. I’ve got a blog post to write, photos to take and social media to schedule. My phone pings and it’s a message from a friend. It kicks off yet another conversation about how I have the dream job. I work from home, I’m there for my children and the whole thing can be pretty exciting. But there are a few things you need to know about living the dream. It’s not a dream – it’s real life There’s no silver lining or fuzzy edges. My house is a tip and…

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How to increase productivity by using time wisely

Over the past few weeks, I’ve increased my productivity levels exponentially. Up until that point, it had been an ongoing battle to get everything done. There was nothing I wanted to give up and yet I couldn’t cope with everything I had to do. I needed to start training for a triathlon I’m doing in June but I was ready to pull out because I couldn’t find the time to do it. Reaching crisis point Back in 2015 things had reached crisis point. I was working from home and fitting my hours around the children. I was there for all their milestones and I was…

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Finding extra hours in the day

The main reason I chose to become self-employed was to allow me to be there for my family. I’ve worked hard to get to a point where I’m freelancing in roles that are both fulfilling and flexible. At the end of 2016 I finally felt like I’d got there and I was looking forward to getting into a routine in 2017. I’d decided that this year I’d be more organised with my blogging. I had a schedule, aims and objectives and I knew what I needed to do and when. But nothing ever goes quite to plan does it?  On New Year’s…

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Trials and tribulations of a work at home mum

When I started my first job working from home, it was a bit of a novelty. I was vaguely aware that it was possible to work full time from home, but before having children it never really crossed my mind. The past few weeks since my husband’s accident, I’ve experienced both the best and worst parts of working from home. The thing with being a freelancer is that there’s no respite. When I was driving an hour each way to and from the hospital every day, I still had to find the time to work. There was no respite, no…

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