‘What  you do with your days? Aren’t you dreadfully bored as a stay at home mum?’


‘Well, I get up very early

write, packed lunches, iron, tweet, check stats, diary, COFFEE


breakfast, clothes, book bag, car keys, school gates, kisses


playtime with my littleest, baking, friends, parks, swimming, hugs, lunches, drawing, giggling 


a little TV, rest time,  blog, write, plan, design, create, tweet, hoover


play, pick up, reading,  more play, swim club, tennis, friend for tea, cooking,


bathtimes , cuddles, books, songs, prayers, cup of tea

© Ben Goode |


invoicing advertsiing, reading, commenting, freelancing, emailing, competitions, reviews


tea, hubby, tv, chess, bath, book, bed

Flipping heck!

I sleep very well and  I wouldn’t give up a thing but how many times have I been asked if I am bored being a full time mummy!


Thank you Kerry – a regular writer for baby budgeting for this inspiring post


When I fell pregnant with Baba I was working with children with special needs, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to go back into this job. It was a really emotional job and I knew that it would drain me while looking after a young baby. But we knew that I had to work.
I had been self employed for many years, and had tried Direct Selling before and knew that this would be a good route to go down. As I could work from home and build up my business gradually.
I knew about Avon Cosmetics, and thought that I hadn’t seen a book for ages so applied to become a representative. It only costs £15.00 to sign up as a representative taken over two equal instalments, so there is no money up front. The commission is great you earn between 20 to 25% in commissions on your total order value every three weeks, and it is fun flexible and a great way to meet people.You can choose your own hours and can sell to family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues and you can buy discounted Avon products for yourself and can get some products for free! 
I loved Avon from the moment that I started and wanted to take it a step further so I looked into Sales Leadership. Sales Leadership costs £25.00 which is deducted from your earnings and you get a business pack to get you started for this fee. It is another way to earn with Avon, you are a self employed Avon Sales Leader and you recruit and train your own team of Representatives, earning commission on their sales as well as your Representative earnings. I love this you get to be your own boss, have your own team and help others to get into Avon and train them to make a success out of their business. As a Sales Leader you have to promote your business and advertise to get representatives to join your team, and to help you do this you have your own personal website, to introduce yourself, promote your business and encourage people to join your team!
                 Here is my personal website: 
 Avon is a self employed job so you have to do your own tax and inform your benefits that you are doing it. You are setting up your own business, it does take time, you have to get your customers and get the loyalty there, once it is there though customers love you, from the young to the old. Avon caters for everyone, and it is not just about the makeup any more! They do hair care, skin care, gifts, jewellery, make up, underwear, men’s things, holiday stuff, fitness and perfume there is a lot in that little catalogue! 
 You get loads of support with Avon and get to meet lots of the other Representatives and Sales Leaders. It is a lovely job to do and fits perfectly with your children. When Baba was really poorly at the beginning of the year and we spent a month in and out of hospital, there was no added stress. I didn’t have to let work know, I didn’t have to call in sick, make up my hours somewhere else. I just didn’t work and it was fine, it meant that I could totally concentrate on him, to get him better.
 Avon has opened up lots of opportunities for me, I have got to meet some amazing people and love my job. I am hoping to take my Sales Leadership to the next level in the next few months and can’t wait to see where I will go after this. It is a fantastic opportunity to make extra money and if not that then a fantastic place to buy budget make up, hair care, skin care, gifts, jewellery, underwear, men’s things, holiday stuff, fitness and perfume that is great value for money.
             Please note that I am an Avon Sales Leader and the views expressed here are my own and I am not speaking on behalf of Avon Cosmetics UK.

A brilliant guest post by the fab Helen Lindop

Many mums are starting businesses so they can spend time with their children while they are little, but still have an income. That income could be anything from a few pounds to put towards the Christmas budget to a full-time income or more. But most choose to run a part-time business until their children start school, and sometimes longer.

For some mums, getting their business idea is easy. It’s what they have always wanted to do, a chance to turn their passion into a means of earning an income. But what if you’re stuck for ideas?

A good place to start is by thinking about what you can give to your business and what you want from it.  How many hours a week can you spend on your business? And when will these hours be – weekends, evenings or when the children are at school? If you don’t have any time during office hours without children around, it would be difficult to run a business that needed you to spend time on the phone to clients, for example. How much money are you aiming to earn? With all this in mind, you’ll be able to drop the business ideas that sound great but that won’t work for you.

As you’re a mum you’ll probably be short of time, energy and business experience.  This makes franchises, party plans and direct selling attractive options. These can work well, but they aren’t for everyone and you need to research them carefully before you part with your money and time. Direct selling schemes and party plans can give you useful skills and the confidence to move on to your own business later, though.

Do you have a skill that lends itself well to freelancing, such as web design, graphic design, marketing or writing? If so, you could offer your services to companies who need an extra pair of hands for a big project, or small companies that don’t need to employ someone with these skills on a permanent basis.  If these appeal to you but you don’t have the right background, you could take a course and do some work free-of-charge to build up your skills and experience.

Still stuck? Look at your talents, skills, interests and passions.  Look a little deeper, so instead of thinking ‘I’m good at cooking’, think about why you like cooking – is it because you like seeing people enjoying your food? Do you love to create something that looks and tastes wonderful? Is it because you like to explore other cultures through their food?  Or are you good at cooking, but don’t enjoy it enough do it all day? All of these can give you useful clues. Don’t be afraid to discard ideas that would make a good business but that don’t grab you. 

Now you know more about your talents and passions look around for opportunities to use them. Read magazines, newspapers and websites, listen to friends – what problems do people have that you can solve? You don’t have to invest lots of money in inventing an ingenious new product, sometimes all people want is someone to take care of their pets while they are on holiday!

If you decide what you want from a business, look at the talents and interests you have to offer, listen to what people want and then add a sprinkle of creativity, you’ll have a recipe for a great business.

Helen Lindop is the owner of, a website dedicated to helping mums of babies and toddlers start their own businesses. Her book ‘Start a Family Friendly Business: 23 Brilliant Business Ideas for Mums’ (co-written with Antonia Chitty) is out on 15th September. On 15th September Helen and Antonia will be giving away useful bonuses for mums who are starting a business. To find out how to get hold of the bonuses, sign up to Helen’s newsletter.