A Mum’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Balance

A Mum’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Balance

Hey there! I’m Laura, the founder of Baby Squids, we teach baby swimming lessons to 1000’s of children every week in the UK. Juggling work and family life can feel like spinning plates, especially for mums with small families in the UK. But fear not – the UK is bursting with opportunities to create a work-life balance that suits your family while letting you spread your wings in your career. Let’s dive into the vibrant possibilities that await you on this exciting journey of balancing independence, family, and a fulfilling work life.

Picture this: a job that dances to the rhythm of your family’s needs. Flexible working is the superhero solution for mums. Whether you’re into part-time gigs, job-sharing, or working from your cosy spot at home, the way in which we work has never thrown off more options. The cherry on top? You’ve got the legal right to ask for flexible working arrangements, giving you the power to mold your schedule to fit your family life like a glove.

This post isn’t aimed at the 0.1% of successful entrepreneurs… We’ve all heard that story, we are exploring here some other options.

Freelancing, flexible working

Have you ever dreamed of freelancing? Platforms like Upwork and Fiverr are your playgrounds to showcase your skills, from writing to graphic design. And if you’re feeling brave, why not start your own business? The UK’s entrepreneurial spirit is contagious, with support systems ready to help you turn your dreams into reality.

Business in a box, ever considered franchising?

A franchise business is a business in a box in terms of paying a fee and having instant access to that ready-made business plan and the toolbox of the marketing, the training, the technology, and the support. However, operating the business is not that simple. This is where the owner comes into play. Nobody can tell you how much money you’re going to make in the business because you are the biggest factor in determining the success of your business, the support. It’s not a one and done. You’re going to get trained in the beginning and grow your business. But you’re going to need further training because the business will change and grow, as well as you in terms of support. We offer an outstanding franchise opportunity at Baby Squids which gives you an idea of what’s available.

Remote Work

Say goodbye to the morning rush and hello to remote work. Particularly since the pandemic the world has caught on to the convenience of telecommuting, letting you contribute to your job without being confined to an office. Working from home means creating a workspace that feels like a home run for both you and your family. Plus, the beauty of remote work is that it opens doors to global collaborations, turning your home office into a hub of independence and self-reliance.

Skill Up – Because Learning is Earning

Investing in yourself is the ultimate power move. In the UK, you can spruce up your skills through online courses, workshops, and certifications. Platforms like LinkedIn Learning and Coursera are like treasure troves waiting to be explored. And guess what? The UK has your back with government-backed schemes and grants, making it easier than ever to upskill and increase your earning potential. Who said learning can’t be fun?

Co-Working Spaces and Networking – Where Work Meets Community

Sometimes, you crave a professional space, but not the nine-to-five grind. Enter co-working spaces – your bridge between the office and independence. They offer a collaborative vibe, networking opportunities, and all the perks of an office without the stuffiness. Networking is your secret sauce for success. Attend events, join professional groups, and dive into online communities. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals not only expands your opportunities but also brings a sense of camaraderie to your journey.

The world is getting ever smaller, and opportunities continue to expand

The possibilities are endless! From flexible working and entrepreneurial escapades to remote work and skill-building adventures, the UK has so many opportunities for creating the perfect work-life blend. As the workforce landscape evolves, you have the chance to shape a work life that aligns seamlessly with your family life while fulfilling your professional dreams. So, go ahead – embrace the exciting opportunities that await you on this fabulous journey of balancing work, family, and the joy of being your own awesome self!