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Working from Home: A Modern Mum’s Guide

December 23, 2016

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

 

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!

 

C  R  E  D  I  T  S

 

1 | Shoes: Chie Mihara

 

2 | Jeans: Feather & Noise

 

Hipster Mum for Garnier

August 26, 2016

so i’m usually behind the lens, but this month i stepped out for garnier to share a day in my shoes.

i’m in love with these videos for so many reasons:

1 | they feature my mum, my grandma, my sister and my daughters

2 | i collaborated on the scripts

3 | the product is actually amazing. been tired since 1998? me too. this stuff is vaseline on the lens for modern mums.

let me know what you think!

 

my local florist: posy supply co. founder louise reeves

March 29, 2016

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hipster mum x sydney flower market x posy supply co | www.hipstermum.com

 

“we rise by lifting others” – robert ingersoll 

 

there’s a striking graphic popular on social media right now that features these words written in soft brush lettering. once you see it, it’s impossible to forget & the sentiment often floats back to me during my day – it’s something i strive to live by – though it can be hard in a big city. but when i look around at the people in my life who honestly manage it, there’s one person who stands out: louise reeves founder of posy supply co.

louise is a ray of sunshine. and she’s made a business from sharing that sunshine with others. posy supply co is a flower delivery service located on the northern beaches of sydney founded by louise in 2015 & based on a simple premise: $28 flower bouquets, free delivery. minimal fuss, maximum love.

 

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What do you love about what you do? 
There is nothing better than seeing the look on someone’s face when they receive flowers – they are simply stoked! They feel so special and appreciated and acknowledged and when you read some of the messages on the cards – it’s all words of love and support and often full of pet names and personal jokes – it just rubs off on you.

One of my best deliveries ever was to an aged care facility and the nurse receiving them was completely shocked and all her colleagues were teasing her and yelling and dancing around, it was so joyful!

 

I spent a morning with you at Sydney Flower Market – 4:30am start time! – for this story and it was hectic! Take me through your thought process from the minute you walk in. 

The markets are seriously amazing, so many different people from all walks of life in this hustling, bustling warehouse while the world outside is still snug in bed – it’s the coolest feeling.

It’s actually one of my favourite parts of the day – visiting the different growers and seeing what new treasures they have in, mixing and matching colours and textures, trying (and often failing) to work within a budget – I feel like I’m on the floral version of Project Runway every day and it is awesome!

 

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Describe your earliest memories of flowers. When did you become interested in working with them?
I remember hanging out in the dandelion patches at my local park when I was a little one, making daisy chains and looking for four leaf clovers and subsequently ending up with a massive rash (i’m allergic to dandelions it turns out… not a great start!).

In early high school days, if it was your birthday you would get a single stem gerbera from all your mates – gerberas were SO cool at the time – I had five fake ones on my bedside table in five different colours which REALLY complimented my inflatable furniture.

In terms of working with flowers it was more the idea for the business that got me into it, I saw a gap in the market for affordable flower delivery and ran with it. My parents were so dubious, they were like ‘but…you aren’t a florist’ and I thought ‘Oh yeah! Ahh well how hard can it be?’.

 

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What’s your background/training? How did you get to where you are now?
I have zero formal training. I grew up being obsessed with Interior Design and studied at Design Center Enmore and, unfortunately, it just sucked all the passion out of it for me. I’m not meant to be in a classroom, I’m more of a learn-as-you-go kind of girl which has been my greatest lesson on this whole journey. My background in styling and, yes, probably the elements of design I learnt whilst studying have definitely helped in the floral design department but I think there’s only a certain extent to which that can be taught.

On the flipside I’ve had my fair share of mishaps as well from not knowing the basics that I would have been taught at TAFE – like the time I used Waterlilies in a Posy and learnt the hard way that their stems need to be in water all the way up the the bud at all times… that was a dark day. Ha!

 

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Where did the name Posy Supply Co come from?
I went through so many different names like Beach Posy Co., Incy Flower Co. (too much like Incy Interiors) but everything sounded too girly and I wanted my branding to be unflowery as weird as that sounds. I didn’t want that florist-y feel I wanted more streamlined and androgynous so I started playing with words like “industry” and “supply” and it all just came together. I still really love it!

 

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What’s the hardest thing about running your own business? And the most rewarding?
I started as a one-woman-band and was putting in 15 hour days at the markets, doing the social media, putting the posies together then delivering them in the afternoon and trying to remain a semi decent friend/partner/daughter. That’s pretty tough but I’m so lucky to have such understanding people in my world! But at least once a day I have a pinch-myself moment when I realise I’m getting paid to do what I used to do for fun on the weekend and I get excited to go to work on a Monday – how lucky am I!

 

Find Posy Supply Co @posysupplyco and www.posysupplyco.com.

Words and photos by Hipster Mum.