This week’s Women Making Work Work series features Becca who is a fellow twin mummy. Thanks to Becca for taking part and telling us all about how she created a flexible working plan that works for her and her family after having her twins. You can find Becca on social media or at her blog:
Tell me a little about you
I’m Becca, I’m 34 and my twins – Jack and Alice – will be 3 on February 17th. I’m self employed and earn an income from my blog and as a Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant.
Tell me about how you have made your work work for you
Before I had the twins, I worked on a complaints and customer service team. I couldn’t return to this after having my babies, because the cost of childcare meant it was too expensive for me to work. So I decided to find something that would fit in around being a stay at home mum. I trained as a nail tech and started seeing clients, but didn’t really enjoy it.
After that, I started blogging at www.beccablogsitout.com, which I love and I started making a small income.
In addition to my blog, after starting to lose weight with The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, I decided to become a Consultant and now I help others to achieve their weight loss goals (Instagram @one2onediet_becca).
Why did you make this change?
I wanted to be able to stay home with my children after my maternity leave, rather than going back to work and spending every penny I earned on paying someone else to spend time with my children. If I’d only had one baby, it would have made sense to go back to work, but twins made it impossible. But I didn’t want to give up working completely, so I found something I could do while still being at home with the twins.
What is the best thing about your working situation?
I get to spend every day with my children and still earn a bit of money to keep some independence. I love my work, which I’ve never been able to say before, and I get to pick and choose my own hours, so it really does fit in with my family.
What isn’t so great about your working situation?
Sometimes it’s hard to stop working. Clients text me at all hours and I don’t mind, because that’s what I’m here for, but it does sometimes eat into family time, even if I’m not technically working that day. Doing my tax returns isn’t fun, either!
How do you balance your personal life with your working life?
I have a fairly small client has and I try to keep Sundays free to spend with family. I don’t work evenings, so that I can be there for my kids’ bedtime. I work on my blog after they go to bed, so that if I’m not seeing clients during the day, that time is for my family.
Once again thank you to Becca for being part of our series and for sharing how she has combined two different roles to make work work for her and her family. If you would like to take part then please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org