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More time with your kids, making the money you know you’re worth and a better work/life balance. No wonder more women than ever are choosing to be become freelance mums. In the last decade, 70% more mums have chosen to go freelance. Annie Ridout was one of them. And in her enlightening new book, she shares the tips and tricks that helped her build a better working life aro More time with your kids, making the money you know you’re worth and a better work/life balance. No wonder more women than ever are choosing to be become freelance mums. In the last decade, 70% more mums have chosen to go freelance. Annie Ridout was one of them. And in her enlightening new book, she shares the tips and tricks that helped her build a better working life around her family.    From choosing a career and launching a website, to getting your name out there and perfecting your brand, to the nitty gritty of childcare options and daily routines, The Freelance Mum is a comprehensive guide to setting out on your own path.   Using her own experience, alongside advice from other mums that make it work, including Arianna Huffington, Scummy Mummies, Carrie-Anne Roberts, Robyn Wilder, Zoe de Pass, Cherry Healey, Sali Hughes and Anna Jones, Annie will show that with hard work and determination, any mother can thrive as a freelancer.


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More time with your kids, making the money you know you’re worth and a better work/life balance. No wonder more women than ever are choosing to be become freelance mums. In the last decade, 70% more mums have chosen to go freelance. Annie Ridout was one of them. And in her enlightening new book, she shares the tips and tricks that helped her build a better working life aro More time with your kids, making the money you know you’re worth and a better work/life balance. No wonder more women than ever are choosing to be become freelance mums. In the last decade, 70% more mums have chosen to go freelance. Annie Ridout was one of them. And in her enlightening new book, she shares the tips and tricks that helped her build a better working life around her family.    From choosing a career and launching a website, to getting your name out there and perfecting your brand, to the nitty gritty of childcare options and daily routines, The Freelance Mum is a comprehensive guide to setting out on your own path.   Using her own experience, alongside advice from other mums that make it work, including Arianna Huffington, Scummy Mummies, Carrie-Anne Roberts, Robyn Wilder, Zoe de Pass, Cherry Healey, Sali Hughes and Anna Jones, Annie will show that with hard work and determination, any mother can thrive as a freelancer.

30 review for The Freelance Mum: A Flexible Career Guide for Better Work-life Balance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Emin

    I have been a freelancer for approaching 10 years so I read this book out of personal interest when I fancied reading a non fiction book for a change. I think this book would be incredibly useful for a mother of young children who is considering freelancing as it covers a lot of highly relevant issues such as social media, self care, childcare and suchlike. The author has clearly researched well and includes a number of well known people and their observations as examples of freelancers in this bo I have been a freelancer for approaching 10 years so I read this book out of personal interest when I fancied reading a non fiction book for a change. I think this book would be incredibly useful for a mother of young children who is considering freelancing as it covers a lot of highly relevant issues such as social media, self care, childcare and suchlike. The author has clearly researched well and includes a number of well known people and their observations as examples of freelancers in this book which is interesting - more so than if the book was from one point of view alone. This book would be of most use to someone in the field of writing or media. As I work in publishing I did skim read some of the information which is based on the writer's personal experience and focussing on writing/journalism. Likewise the section about getting your husband to help out - being divorced this again is irrelevant to me and almost slightly annoying as it assumes everyone has help at hand on a daily basis, when some of us are very much going it alone. To be fair the author does also mention a number of examples of single parenting mothers who are freelancers in several other sections. On the whole I enjoyed this book and it was good to read it with hindsight and feel safe in the knowledge that my freelance set up does tick most of the boxes the author highlights. I would recommend this book to others who are considering going down the freelance route, especially those who are considering it and don't know much about it yet - you will find everything you need to know in this book, and it would be especially useful to those considering becoming freelance writers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After the life-changing experience of motherhood, many new moms lack the confidence to dive into freelance work and charge the fees they deserve. But with a business-savvy attitude and the right childcare in place, you too can join the freelancing revolution and make your career work for your family. Actionable advice:  Figure out your story.   When starting out as a freelancer, you’ll want to spread the word about your services. One way to do this is to get media organizations, like magazines and After the life-changing experience of motherhood, many new moms lack the confidence to dive into freelance work and charge the fees they deserve. But with a business-savvy attitude and the right childcare in place, you too can join the freelancing revolution and make your career work for your family. Actionable advice:  Figure out your story.   When starting out as a freelancer, you’ll want to spread the word about your services. One way to do this is to get media organizations, like magazines and online news sites, to give you coverage. You can attract the media by crafting your personal story and sharing it on your own platforms. Annie tells the story of how having a baby and losing her job pushed her to start her online magazine The Early Hour. This means that whenever a journalist wants to talk to a victim of maternity discrimination or a freelance mom, Annie is poised to offer her thoughts. So get working on your story – it’s an invaluable part of your brand. Action items: 1. Be clear on what Ur dream job looks like. Don't despair if it doesn't pay right away 2. Understand your cost (especially hidden ones like your home office, appliances, childcare fees, annual/maternity leave /personal leave etc) and do your research (talk to people in Ur industry) - when it comes to how much to charge your customers 3. A strict morning routine and avoiding screens in bedroom help 4. Good childcare and supportive partners 5. Fake it till U make it 6. Blogging can be powerful to build Ur business 7. Don't network, make friends instead.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a ARC book in exchange for an honest review and apologies for the delay with my review. It's helpful reading a book like this and I'm grateful that I have been able to combine being a Mum with freelancing as a yoga teacher an option which is not viable for many mothers out there for different reasons. I've always wanted to work for myself mainly to avoid office politics whilst doing something that I love. There are many tips in this book that work wel Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a ARC book in exchange for an honest review and apologies for the delay with my review. It's helpful reading a book like this and I'm grateful that I have been able to combine being a Mum with freelancing as a yoga teacher an option which is not viable for many mothers out there for different reasons. I've always wanted to work for myself mainly to avoid office politics whilst doing something that I love. There are many tips in this book that work well though a few things that were left out. One of the downsides of this book, if I'm going to pick a fault with it, is that it would be great to see a book that caters for a more everyday type of mother rather than a middle-class stereotype. What I'm referring to is one of the budget breakdowns, which could be frustrating for someone on a lower income to read. When a person starts out in business they may need to cut down on personal luxuries even more because of some of the income going back into the business. Overall i would recommend it though as a book that was well written and easy to follow.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Synthia Salomon

    YOUR STORY = YOUR BRAND “After the life-changing experience of motherhood, many new moms lack the confidence to dive into freelance work and charge the fees they deserve. But with a business-savvy attitude and the right childcare in place, you too can join the freelancing revolution and make your career work for your family. Actionable advice:  Figure out your story.   When starting out as a freelancer, you’ll want to spread the word about your services. One way to do this is to get media organizati YOUR STORY = YOUR BRAND “After the life-changing experience of motherhood, many new moms lack the confidence to dive into freelance work and charge the fees they deserve. But with a business-savvy attitude and the right childcare in place, you too can join the freelancing revolution and make your career work for your family. Actionable advice:  Figure out your story.   When starting out as a freelancer, you’ll want to spread the word about your services. One way to do this is to get media organizations, like magazines and online news sites, to give you coverage. You can attract the media by crafting your personal story and sharing it on your own platforms. Annie tells the story of how having a baby and losing her job pushed her to start her online magazine The Early Hour. This means that whenever a journalist wants to talk to a victim of maternity discrimination or a freelance mom, Annie is poised to offer her thoughts. So get working on your story – it’s an invaluable part of your brand.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pritesh Pawar

    This book is good for one time to read but I felt the book is merely revolving around the author's life, writing, etc. This is to say that the author could have explored more into the freelancing industry and given a path to such aspiring women. Not all are interested in writing. However, it is a good book if we have a different mindset. Indeed, working women face many hardships while managing work as well as life. This book is good for one time to read but I felt the book is merely revolving around the author's life, writing, etc. This is to say that the author could have explored more into the freelancing industry and given a path to such aspiring women. Not all are interested in writing. However, it is a good book if we have a different mindset. Indeed, working women face many hardships while managing work as well as life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Fay

    The read I needed As a mum who is wanting to break into the entrepreneurial field and work from home whilst looking after my son this book was just what I needed to read. With so many stories, tips and facts it covers everything you need to get started and build a successful business or freelance writer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    Great perspective and useful ideas I’m feeling much more positive about freelance mum life after reading this. Lots of good ideas about structuring your day and knowing your value. Thanks Annie.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sinead

    Though obviously not a mum I think this book will be an excellent resource for any working mother that wants to start a side hustle or go freelance full time.

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