Freelancing and the ‘sandwich years’.

Running a business around motherhood can be challenging enough, but what happens when you find yourself supporting a parent as well? As a freelancer, the flexibility can often be helpful to ‘pick up the pieces’, but what happens when the lines become blurred?

How can you look after yourself, without ‘shutting’ shop and still support others.

Lesley Waldron, shares how she managed her freelance life, as she supported her mother’s diagnosis of dementia.

“Being open about it and about the challenges of ageing, it takes the stigma away and it opens us to to support. I think being able to deal with dementia and other aspects of ageing, sometimes it’s like we should have be able to prevent it. It’s a disease, we don’t really understand the cause properly, nor how to treat it. So everyone is on an exploratory journey and doing it together makes it a lot better. And running our own business, supporting a family as well, the support network is really essential”.

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Building a community, around the kitchen table

This is the third episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, in our mini series and run up to International Women’s day. Faye Dicker continues to explore the themes of Inspire & Inclusion, with this weeks guest, Katie Evans from Good Evans Kitchen.

Together they continued to discuss this years themes of Inspire and Inclusion, looking at motherhood and business – which are both deeply intertwined for Katie.

 

For a long time, and it was hard to feel empowered and as a leader, when you’re feeling broken because you’ve had no sleep.

I think community for me is always the answer. If you can build community around you, that empowers you. If you can build trust within the community, that empowers you. And if you can build confidence within your community and really lean on that, then that builds presence that you can lean into when you don’t have it.

And I think for me, I learned that you can’t do this on your own. And it takes a village to raise a child, and it absolutely does. Katie Evans, Good Evans Kitchen

 

 

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Breaking down barriers for mothers in business

This is the third episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, in our mini series and run up to International Women’s day. Faye Dicker continues to explore the themes of Inspire & Inclusion, with this weeks guest, Nadine Campbell from ACE Entrepreneurs.

As fearless entrepreneur and community leader, Nadine has spearheaded the way for many – with new ideas often born in adversity. Nadine speaks openly about journey and what it means to support others, as well as breaking down barriers, when it comes to motherhood and business.

There are some really small changes we can make in terms of this apologetic way of living in order to just accommodate this, accommodate mothers.

We are holding up and bringing up the people of tomorrow. So really what we’re doing is prioritizing, ensuring that they’re getting what they need and then putting our next hat on when we get into work and giving our workplace or our business what they need. And as we know, when we, we clock off at 5.30pm/6pm.

That mum hat goes back on. Um, so really we shouldn’t apologise because we’re doing amazing. We just need to give ourselves some grace.

 

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From stand up comedy, to running a business around children – why motherhood is a feminist matter

This episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, is the second in a mini-series countdown to International Women’s Day.

The themes for IWD this year are #InspireInclusion. So on the FM podcast, we’re looking at ways we can both inspire and create a more inclusive space for women.

Faye Dicker, is joined by Jo Millett, from Lean Content. Jo shares her journey, from teaching to stand up comedy, to running her business and how motherhood makes feminism hit home.

“I think, a bit of a lag around motherhood, and I felt, for me, when I went into motherhood, being hit full force in the face by the patriarchy, and I skipped through my twenties as a feminist, and when I became a mum, I was like, oh, this is where it kicks in.

You know, my husband goes back to work after three weeks and gets a promotion and a slap on the back. Meanwhile, I’m doing breastfeeds through the night. I’ve got no energy and I’m expected not to work for a year. And when I go back to work, I’m going to get paid less. I’m going to get less respect.”

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A more inclusive world for women with ADHD

This episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, is the first in a mini-series countdown to International Women’s Day.

The themes for IWD this year are #InspireInclusion. So on the FM podcast, we’re looking at ways we can both inspire and create a more inclusive space for women.

Faye Dicker, is joined by Louise Tayler, from Understanding ADHD. Lou shares her own journey and diagnoses later in life. And how she is on a mission to support others, navigate their world with ADHD.

 

If it is something that’s that keeps niggling you, and you keep coming back to it, do look into it, do take it seriously. Because I know there is an issue, we have an issue with getting diagnosed, and we have an issue with doctors and all of that kind of stuff. But there is actually a huge amount you can do. While you’re waiting for a diagnosis, even if that’s what you want to do, you can learn a lot about the condition, you can learn a lot about supporting yourself, and you don’t need a diagnosis for that.

 

 

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Ways to grow your business that don’t cost the earth

In this episode of the Freelance Mum podcast, Faye Dicker looks at low cost ways that you can grow a business, that don’t break the bank. There’s practical advice and ideas, that you can take away and instantly apply. Let’s face it, growing a business can be hard, so here’s a range of low cost ideas that don’t cost the earth.

It can be a lonely old time when it comes to being a freelancer and being self employed. So this is why this is another great opportunity to grow your business in a way that doesn’t cost the earth.

Have a look at how you could collaborate or work with others. Um, is there something that the two of you, are your businesses aligned in some way? Is there like a natural synergy between you? Could you come up with a really lovely promotion? I mean, it happens All the time, in fact, a freelance when we readily see people working together.

But an example that comes to mind was Totsup reward bus collaborating with Little Dreams Sleep Consulting. And it just was such a great partnership and a really, you know, a really obvious one helping the commons to get to sleep and then. with tots like reward bus, rewarding them with passengers. So you can just see what great collaborations there are.

 

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Building Confidence: Strategies for Mums Facing Business Challenges

In this week’s Freelance Mum podcast, we’re talking about confidence – because, let’s face it, you need it in abundance when it comes to running your own business.

But we’re all human and it’s normal it’s normal to waver.

So, in this week’s episode, we’re looking at confidence building strategies, that can help grow your business. We include our top ten techniques and would love to hear yours.

“Continuous learning. I think it’s really important to always be open to learning, and it doesn’t matter what that looks like. You can embark on picking up a book or a free online learning course, but learning is really important because it helps you develop different skills in your particular field, as well as inquiring new knowledge that you in turn, of course, can pass on to fellow self employed people.

And it will make you stand out, and it will help you build confidence”.

 

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Balancing Act: Navigating Freelancing and Motherhood

In this week’s Freelance Mum podcast, we’re talking about the essence of ‘Freelance Mum life’.

It’s one of the hot topics as a Freelance Mom, as it’s one of the biggest challenges. So we’re going to be touching on the following points, time management.

Self care, building a support system, flexible work arrangements, and overcoming challenges. These are the main points for today’s podcast, so keep listening as we start chatting.

 

“As the old saying goes, work smart and not work hard. It’s really important that you carve out the right amount of time and allocate it to the right amount of tasks. Come up with a strategy and a way to manage your workload. For a start, look at how many available working days there are actually in each term”. 

 

 

 

 

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Make Money Your Friend – with Fanny Snaith

What’s your relationship like when it comes to money?

Is it something that makes you pull a face and wince a little? Is money more like a distant relative than an actual friend? Is it something that despite being a fully fledged grown up, you still haven’t got a handle on?

Then be sure to listen this awesome podcast, with the Money Coach, Fanny Snaith on How to make Money Your Friend. She’ll soon get you off the ‘fags’ (Fear, Anxiety, Guilt and Shame’).

Fanny Snaiths helps you identify your money personality types and busts some money myths.

Please don’t ever say ‘I’m rubbish with money again’ – it means nothing. It’s just a statement you have practised over the years, which is an umbrella term for everything that is going on underneath. And it’s not protecting you. It’s not helping you. It’s not giving you clarity. It’s keeping you away from being friends with your money.

Fanny Snaith, Money Coach

 

 

Goal setting and making it happen – with founder of Fearless Business, Robin Waite

Possibly THE most captivating and energising podcasts you can listen to when it comes to goal setting!

It’s so easy to mindlessly set a business goal, but in this Freelance Mum podcast, Fearless Business Coach, Robin Waite -talks us through how to set one AND make it happen.

A lot people will be journaling and goal setting at this time of year, but they’ll be writing vague goals. Like – I want to earn more money, or I want to move house. But what you really need to do is put it specify that goal….. Don’t put your goal off until the end of the year, make it happen now. Write your goal in the present tense, ‘I am writing a book’.

Founder of Fearless Business, Robin Waite

 

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