I recently made a decision which will almost certainly change the course of my life forever.
I quit my job.
It wasn’t in my long term plan — with 2 kids I’d previously dismissed working for myself as impractical and risky — but thanks to the government arsing about with tax credits I realised that post-maternity leave I’d be working 4 days a week for less than £200 a month minus childcare costs. It doesn’t matter how much I love(d) my job, I don’t love it enough to do it for little more than a fiver a day. Sod that.
So what am I going to do now?
I’ve registered as self-employed with HMRC and have stuck up a very basic “I’m cool, hire me” site on my named URL to bring in some PHP/WordPress/dev work.
I’m also taking the opportunity to pursue paid writing opportunities for other companies/pro bloggers, although don’t know if this will come to anything yet. Just because you crazy folk read the crap I stick on here doesn’t mean the public at large would give two hoots for my opinion on things!
Lastly, in my search for information on making the transition from working for someone else to working from home and the complicated world of tax, benefits etc that comes along with that I’d discovered a bit of a hole in the market (so to speak) so will also shortly be launching a site & community for UK work at home mums.
Fingers in many pies and all that.
This has the possibility to be the best work-related decision I’ve ever made or the end to what little savings I have. Let’s hope it’s that first one, eh?