to ask what you do if you are self employed/work at home

(289 Posts)
PocketFluff Mon 11-Nov-13 08:58:45

In a few threads recently people have talked about being self employed, some only doing a few hours a week, or being able to have a work at home job that fits around the children.

Can I be nosey and ask what it is you do and get a bit of the action myself?

Binkyresurrected Wed 02-Jul-14 13:16:13

I own a Birds of Prey Display team. I visit fairs and fetes, youth groups, basically anywhere that wants something different. I also take my team to parties, it makes a nice change from soft play for the kids and adults.

Commele Wed 02-Jul-14 13:05:59

Copywriting when the work comes my way. I also work for www.redurchin.co.uk a baby and kids clothing company. They are looking for more people who want to earn commission/free clothing by holding parties.

loveolives Wed 01-Jan-14 18:52:33

I don't work but my OH is self employed. He owns a roofing business.

AllDirections Wed 01-Jan-14 18:49:25

I'm just starting to do online moderation for an organisation that do online qualifications. I also do NVQ assessing for another organisation, mostly from home.

SugarHut Wed 01-Jan-14 18:35:09

Model. Although less and less as the wrinkles appear and appear grin

BombayBunty Wed 01-Jan-14 18:01:34

Occupational health advisor. I phone people who are off work sick or struggling at work and make plans for them to return or review them until they are well enough to return.

biryani Wed 01-Jan-14 17:42:36

Bit of lecturing, bit of translating, bit of teaching. Also a small landlord. Work in music shop on casual basis.

Wherediparkmybroom Wed 01-Jan-14 17:18:27

I run my own fishmongers on the beach, I take the 7mo with me and let him sit, sleep, play in his sivercross while I work, anyone who doesn't like it can buy their cod in waitrose!

HOMEQCRICH Wed 01-Jan-14 16:53:55

Cleaning and property inventories for landlords

TracyHi Wed 01-Jan-14 16:47:11

I am a mentor with Usborne books, started when the kids were at school, they're in their 20's now lol!

I've got several jobs, I work 4 days in an office working for safeguarding children board, then I work for myself as an holistic therapist, I also work in direct sales (Juice Plus and Tropic Skincare) so can get out and about in the community too with party plan etc....makes for a varied and exciting lifestyle at times smile

MistressDeeCee Mon 16-Dec-13 08:20:47

Music Tutor and in between that, Data Entry

Blondeshavemorefun Sun 01-Dec-13 15:30:03

temp/emergency nanny/night nanny

I agree with Little RE price mark, £20 at most. You might get slightly more at local craft markets.

Littleredsquirrel Thu 21-Nov-13 21:48:49

If you report yourself MNHQ will delete your post.

newbiemum13 Thu 21-Nov-13 21:46:43

Hi thanks for your advice. I'll have a look at all of those things. I actually thought I was private messaging someone on this forum but clicked the wrong thing (new to mumsnet!) I did then send the other mumsnet member the same message but this time through private messaging-phew!! No idea how you get a post deleted though! Does anyone else know?

Littleredsquirrel Thu 21-Nov-13 14:09:29

Ditsie/newbiemum13 I would agree with what's been said. Your price point is way way off. £85 is a price I'd hesitate at for a piece of art for my living room. I would never in a million years pay it for a picture for a nursery. I would have thought you'd be looking at the £20 mark.

Ditsie, Ignoring your blatant advertising:

My first thought is that no way in hell would I pay £85 for three animal shapes which aren't at an amazing quality. Especially not when I can get something like this:
tinyurl.com/ngbfwy2
For significantly less.

Your shop isn't that old so that won't help, nor would having only one item, the more items you have the better on etsy. You need a shop description and picture. Your product needs a better description (and price!). Your shop name doesn't really make it clear what you do. Your tags are odd ("children's"). Have you got an etsy sellers team in your area? Might be worth joining for local advice, my local team are really good.

newbiemum13 Wed 20-Nov-13 19:07:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SlightlyDampWellies Sat 16-Nov-13 21:15:34

I write project funding proposals for charities in a specific and quite specialised area. I did it for a charity for about £30 k full time salary, but the commute and childcare meant that I was paying out some £500 per month more than I earned after tax.

I am very ad hoc now.... I quit my job earlier in 2013 and would say I have earned about 9k since... before tax. I also do the admin for DH's business so we can have just a part time bookkeeper.

The freelance thing is not quite working so I am considering returning to study and branching out.

tummybummer Sat 16-Nov-13 21:05:40

Another freelance writer, editor and proofreader. It scares me that there are so many out there, just waiting to pounce on my work if I drop the ball. grin

Like most I started out in f/t work for a publisher and then went freelance and with a lot of hard work and a side helping of luck I have now found myself a really, really nice niche.

I earn good money and can fit it around childcare. I feel very lucky, but obviously there are things like no sick days, no paid holidays... and to be honest the eternal fear that it's all going to evaporate...!

CraziMummie Fri 15-Nov-13 08:33:20

Photographer mainly specialising in babies/children, first days at school, birthday parties etc etc.

minibmw2010 Fri 15-Nov-13 07:10:52

I'm self employed as a Legal PA working from home. Last tax year I earned £9k, this year it'll be closer to £13 as I've got more clients working 3 days and a few hours here or there in the evenings, about 25 a week. Based on what id have paid working in the city 3 days together with train fares I'm much better off the way I am. Only downside is it's a bit lonely working virtually but on the upside I can catch up on TOWIE in my lunch break or put on laundry, etc.

Lazysuzanne Thu 14-Nov-13 22:32:59

Free range Talkinpeace. ..are you an egg grin

ScienceRocks Thu 14-Nov-13 22:28:59

Good luck sim!

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