Hi, My name is Amy and I run Freedom Mamas from my house in North East Scotland. Here’s a random fact for you: I met my husband when I was 20 working on a Roller Coaster in Wildwood, New Jersey.
I used to have a career in retail buying but once my son was born I wanted to stay home with him and be available for him.
It’s pretty tricky to have an extra (little) person to pay for and to suddenly be living on just one income instead of two. We managed for a few years and once my son started playgroup at 3 years old, I set about looking for a part time job. It became very apparent that there are so few jobs available to suit the needs of mums who need or want to be around for our little ones too.
It was at this moment that I realised that starting a business was probably my best bet for being able to bring in an income and still be available for my son. I also thought, that a lot of mums would be in the same boat as me and would probably also decide to become self employed.
What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?
I would tell my 21 year old self to have kids sooner. It took us two years to have my son and I would love to have another but it has not happened for us yet.
Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?
Plan in advance. Know what you need to do each day then when you have time you can just get on and do it.
Be flexible - I created a flexible system to move jobs from one day to another when something unexpected crops up or your child is off sick.
Be kind to yourself - Don’t beat yourself up on the days where you don’t get stuff done. It happens to all of us - we’re trying to balance a lot. Instead celebrate what you did achieve, even if it’s getting to the end of the day and everyone has been fed - it’s still an achievement!
Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home mama!
That people around me wouldn’t take my business seriously and respect the fact that I’m working. My family all phone me for a chat even though I have told them I am working.
What is the best thing about being a WAHM?
Being able to take my son to school and pick him up every day as well as spend time with him in the school holidays.
Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?
I created a course to help mums create work life balance. It’s called Focus Pocus. The course helps you get clear on what your personal goals are and then helps you to break that down further and focus on the right tasks for you. Those tasks are then plugged into a tool to help you get through your tasks each day with an element of flexibility in the system.
I just ran a live challenge in my Facebook Group to launch my course, I am planning on repurposing this content in an evergreen automated format to free up my time to work on providing value in other ways but only once I have tweaked my existing project so I am happy with how all elements are working.
The best advice anyone ever gave you?
Don’t give up. We all fail, it’s how we react to those failures that is a measure of success. I love the saying. “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”
What WAHM has inspired you lately?
I really love Nikki Elledge Brown, she is so down to earth and I love her podcast.
What are you reading right now?
I am listening to ‘The Confidence Code’ by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman.
How do you practice regular self care?
I go to Yoga once a week and try to go for a walk each day once I drop my son at school.
Finally Amy, where can we find you?
Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/freedommamascommunity
Facebook page www.facebook.com/freedommamas