This is the first summer where I am officially self-employed. Last summer I was on maternity leave from my HR job and had some income guaranteed at the end of the month. It was a great summer with Olly at home helping with a then baby Freddie and being able to go outside, meet up with friends and take each day as it came. This year it’s a little different being completely self-employed and it’s both terrifying and satisfying all in one go!
Olly broke up from school last Friday so we’re on day two of the school holiday break here. He’s off until the first week of September so it’s a 6 week summer holiday for him. My husband is off work until early August too so I have both of them in the house with me helping out with Freddie who is now a little whirlwind and wants to be here, there and everywhere as usual.
We have a holiday booked and I’ll be taking the whole of the week off work. No blogging or scheduling for social media clients and whilst I’m really looking forward to the break, I’m hoping that I won’t miss out on too much financially. That’s the thing with blogging, you can have a really good week with plenty of paid opportunities and the next, absolutely nothing.
Working up to our holiday, I’m trying to plough through as many of my work commitments as possible. I’m trying to write up blog posts, schedule content and bulk take photographs so I can edit them in one go rather than do a little here and a little there. With my husband being off work too, it’s nice that he’ll be able to spend more time with the boys and we can have a couple of family days out somewhere. I tend to stay up late usually and get work done so nothing will change there, I just need to be smarter about when I can work without leaving my husband feeling his on his own with the boys.
We have scheduled in some time with the the boys’ grandparents and they’ll be spending a day with them each week. It’s something we usually do anyway except they’ll have both of them together rather than on their own. Other than that, we don’t have any other childcare arrangements as I am the childcare so it’s going to be a summer of juggling and hoping that the week I take off doesn’t dent the finances too much!
I’ll be trying to stay sane by writing lists so I don’t forget anything, taking it easier throughout the day where possible and lowering my expectations of myself. I know my house will be messy with toys and crayons everywhere. I’m hoping I can ask Olly to do some basic jobs for me for some pocket money throughout the summer (which I know he’ll want to do as he loves pocket money!) and I’m going to be asking for a little bit more help from friends and family if I need it too.
It’s the first summer where I feel like I don’t have to justify my time to anyone or cram in as much fun as possible in annual leave weeks. The summers I had when I had to leave Olly with his grandparents or my husband all day were painful. I’m glad to be able to do this for my children now. It’ll be hard work but it’ll be fun!
If like me, you’re self-employed but have older children, Donna from What The Redhead Said has some tips of how she’s planning her summer around being self-employed and Lauren from Scrapbook Blog has some brilliant tips on how to survive the summer holidays with kids whilst you’re working. Do you have any tips?