Working from Home: A Modern Mum’s Guide

November 23, 2016

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My last job involved a one-hour-and-forty-five-minute commute from door to door. During the journey – a one-hour-and-10-minute bus ride, 15 minute train session and 20 minute uphill sprint – weather systems would shift around me, empires would rise and fall and I would. Still. Be. Commuting 💀

I loved my job – and tried to make it work for as long as I could – but between my spirited 5 -year-old and my parent-less office it soon became abundantly clear I was failing to tick boxes required for both. Maybe, just maybe, that 15 hours a week spent in unpaid transit had something to do with it? So I quit.

My resignation hit me like a break-up. I spent a month after my final day waking at night in a cold sweat and lamenting in the early morning that even the garbage collectors had jobs. At that time a girlfriend of mine said something I’ll never forget: “We’re mums. If you want to earn money, you have to create your own work.”

I was scared. What did I know? What could I do? I thought about what I loved about my job and there was one person who stood out — a freelance photographer who set her own time and days, who would come in when required, but mostly work from home.

I wanted to be like her.

Fast-forward two-and-a-half years and I have a thriving photography and social media business working for multiple clients — all from home. Technology is no longer a barrier. Fact. We will all soon have faster internet speeds on the NBN, and together with apps and tools such as video conferencing, cloud sharing, and group work platforms, today you’re able to forge the same collaborative, productive relationships from home that you used to in a traditional office 💪

Even more importantly, I have a second daughter who I get to spend time with up to 9am when I drop her off, and from 4:30pm when I pick her up.

Here are the 3 things that helped me do it — so you can too.

 

Working from Home: Tips for Mums | Photo by Hipster Mum | www.hipstermum

 

Believe In Yourself

OK, that heading might make you vomit a bit in your mouth, but there’s just no other way to say this: you can do this. Every company on earth at some point in time started with someone saying “Might as well give it a shot”. The people I used to work for? They had a crazy idea and figured it might just work. So did I. So do you.

Besides, if there’s one thing that parenting has taught me is that raising kids a hell of a lot harder than anything else. If you can survive 3am poo-namis, everything else is a walk in the park really.

TIP: Unlike full time work in an office, it’s unlikely that the working from home for yourself with one single client will match your previous income (and anyways, it’s super risky to have all your eggs in one client basket!) Consider layering your income sources to meet all your needs. That could include working for a larger employer a few days a week, managing your own clients a few  days, or developing your own passive income sources like an e-commerce store.

 

Working from Home: Tips for Mums | Photo by Hipster Mum | www.hipstermum

 

Get Smart with Collaborative Tech

On a daily basis, I communicate with my clients, collaborators and audience via email, text, Instagram, FB instant messenger, Snapchat, Instagram messenger, Trello and occasionally phone. Contrary to being overwhelming, it’s actually awesome. These tools are free, easy and fun. Without them, I’ve found that business gets a whole lot harder. And who needs that?

Look After Your Body

When I first started working from home the dining table was my desk, our dining chair my seat. Cut to 30 days later and I found myself frozen in that position — the pain in my shoulders, hips and spine was excruciating and took multiple trips to the physio to sort out.

Do yourself a favour: invest in a quality desk and chair set up from day one. Your back is literally worth anything.

 

Do you work from home? Do you want to? What’s your experience of working with kids been like so far?

This post is brought to you by the Telstra Work Life Index . Check out more info from the results here!

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Bobux Shoes: Best Sandals for Kids This Summer

November 16, 2016

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Hands up if you’re after comfortable, stylish, durable shoes for your kids this summer? 🙋🏻 Can you see both my hands waving above my head? 😂

Little feet grow so fast, and tiny shoes get so worn out, that buying new sandals every season is a must. Enter Bobux Shoes — a New Zealand-based, international brand that specialises in podiatrist-approved shoes for babies and toddlers.

Since their launch in 1991, Bobux has led the way in developing shoes that love kids’ feet. Their current styles are the result of years of research into how children move as they grow from newborn to running and jumping little maniacs. Oh, and did I mention the shoes look great too? 👌

This season Bobux invited me to showcase my favourite styles from their summer range. I hope you love them as much as I do! 💖

 

Bobux Best Summer Sandals for Kids | www.hipstermum.com | Photo by Hipster MumBobux Best Summer Sandals for Kids | www.hipstermum.com | Photo by Hipster Mum
Bobux Best Summer Sandals for Kids | www.hipstermum.com | Photo by Hipster Mum
Bobux Best Summer Sandals for Kids | www.hipstermum.com | Photo by Hipster Mum
Bobux Best Summer Sandals for Kids | www.hipstermum.com | Photo by Hipster Mum
Bobux Best Summer Sandals for Kids | www.hipstermum.com | Photo by Hipster Mum

 

C  R  E  D  I  T  S

 

1 | Valentine (2 years old) wears Bobux Unisex Reef Sandals; Hello Minouche Nina Top in Peach; Hello Minouche Emma Bloomers in Blue and White

 

2 | Grace (2 1/2 years old) wears Bobux Pop Sandals in Silver; Hello Minouche Maya Top; Hello Minouche Adele Skirt

 

3| Izzie (4 years old) wears Bobux Skip Sandals in Silver; Hello Minouche Olivia Dress in Peachy Pink

 

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Beautiful Swimwear for Girls by Surlaplage

October 16, 2016

Surlaplage Swimwear for Girls | Photo by Hipster Mum | www.hipstermum.com
Surlaplage Swimwear for Girls | Photo by Hipster Mum | www.hipstermum.com
Surlaplage Swimwear for Girls | Photo by Hipster Mum | www.hipstermum.com

 

In summer we live in our swimmers. Fact. But this season I’ve found it really hard to find simple, sweet swim gear for my girls free of garish logos and blazing neon colours. Enter Surlaplage: a new children’s swim label offering sweet and fun swim gear for girls in sizes 6 to 14.

Created by a Dutch Australian duo who share over 10 years’ experience in design, the range features a strong emphasis on rash shirts with 50+ UV protection in long-lasting fabrics.

Bonus: the label also offers cute triangle tops, killer sunnies & the comfiest raffia hat for kids you’ll ever find. You know when you stumble on a label that just does everything right? Surlaplage is it. Visit www.surlaplage.co for more.

 

C  R  E  D  I  T  S

1 | Surlaplage Swimwear, Hats & Sunglasses 

2 | Sun Bum Sunscreen 

3| Colour My Lightbox Mini

 

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