Going solo // My excitement, fears and thoughts on the future

18/01/2019

This week marks my first full week of self-employment. Being my own boss and going solo. Something I never imagined possible a few years ago. I’ve taken a huge leap of faith and decided to work for myself using this blog and my social media experience as the foundations of what I hope to be a successful future for me and my family. 

Being a working Mummy during my first child’s early years was pretty tough. I felt guilty a lot of the time about not being around for him as much as I wanted to be and had to rely on family to care for him whilst both my husband and I worked. It was a needs must situation, we weren’t in a position to do anything different and we both had to make the most of our (very short) evenings and weekends together. It was only when I fell pregnant with our second child in May 2017 that I thought it could be the start of something new for us as a family.

I decided early on that I didn’t want to return to my HR job after my maternity leave. It was a job I had once enjoyed but towards the end of my pregnancy, I had decided enough was enough and that I needed to find a new job or decide on another career path that would allow me to be there for my children and ultimately wouldn’t make me so grumpy!

I wanted to be able to take Olly to school and pick him up afterwards, I wanted to take Freddie to stay and play and baby classes outside of my maternity leave. I wanted to cut down on the stress of rushing around everywhere trying to please everyone and making myself miserable.

After many discussions with my husband, we decided that it would be a huge leap of faith for me to go self-employed but I have experience on my side and a track record of working successfully with brands who have helped me build up my blog and allow me to work part-time self-employed. I had already made my blog a success (in my own eyes) whilst having the day job so wondered what I could achieve without the day job. Ultimately, my own wellbeing and happiness played a big part in my decision and knowing that I didn’t have to return to a workplace I no longer felt valued was a massive weight off my shoulders.

It’s a very exciting time for me and my family. I feel very fortunate that I’m able to stay off and work from home with my little one and be there for Olly when he comes home from school. It’s a real juggle but one that is already giving me huge satisfaction. I want to learn so many new things and hopefully I’ll get the chance to be able to do that.

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I do worry about money. Being a blogger and freelancer isn’t going to make me millions but I don’t want that. I want to be happy knowing I can help pay our bills and have the odd treat now and then. Success to me isn’t making millions of pounds or having power over other people.

It might be a struggle some months when invoices don’t get paid on time and the juggle will almost certainly be there when it comes to the boys and having time to work around them but I’m confident the work will get done (in my new shiny office) and being my own boss will benefit my family ten times over. It will work for us, it has too. There is no other option!

What if I fall, oh but my darling, what if you fly?

Thank you to everyone who’s supported my blog in any way, with comments, a like here, a share there. It is always very much appreciated and I hope I can continue to create and share content that is enjoyed and useful in some way. Here’s to the next chapter!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Plutonium Sox 18/01/2019 at 2:20 pm

    I’m so pleased for you Emma, I know you’ve wanted this for so long and you absolutely are going to make a success of it.
    Nat.x

    • Reply Emma Shilton 18/01/2019 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you so much for the support Nat, it means so much x

  • Reply Nicola Bradbury 18/01/2019 at 2:33 pm

    I’m so happy for you my love. I’ve seen how hard you’ve worked over the years and I’m so glad you’ve found a way to make it work xx

  • Reply Natalie 18/01/2019 at 2:43 pm

    So exciting for you lovely- you will do amazing!

  • Reply katykicker 18/01/2019 at 3:18 pm

    So pleased for you – congratulations! xx

  • Reply Claire yarnall 18/01/2019 at 3:22 pm

    Your gonna smash this I just know it, and if you need and apprentice and a Freddie a playmate or just a babysitter one day you know where I am xx

  • Reply Clare Nicholas 18/01/2019 at 3:58 pm

    So pleased you took the plunge hunny

  • Reply Helen - from Mummy to Mum 19/01/2019 at 1:50 am

    Well done on making a difficult decision. I’m sure you will do amazing in your new adventure!

  • Reply msedollyp 20/01/2019 at 2:44 pm

    you got this, life is a constant evolution!

  • Reply Newcastle FamilyLife 29/01/2019 at 12:48 pm

    Good luck Emma, I am sure you will do great xx

  • Reply Brandi Parsons 09/02/2019 at 12:48 pm

    I walked away from my FTE in mid-January. I am slowly building my brand too. I think everything you experience are common fears. I am right there with you, but I am so excited to do this on my own. I don’t want to be an under-utilized resource in my family and that was what I was becoming. (I was told at my previous FTE that I was an under-utilized resource at that job because they didn’t understand the volume of work I was actually doing since it was highly invisible and much was coordination behind the scenes with customers).

    Don’t ever think that doing what is right for your family and your career is a mistake. I’m sure there will be struggles, but you will be able to do this!

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