And just like that, I’m a working mum

It doesn’t seem like a moment ago that I started my maternity leave. In actual fact it’s about 10 months since I began to wind down my workload and nine months (39 weeks) since I officially stopped work properly in readiness to give birth.

In actual fact, I didn’t get much maternity leave before my daughter decided to show up. I formally downed tools on 13 April 2017 and she came into the world a week early on 16 April. Now, she’s a day away from being nine months old and I’m back in my (home) office getting stuck into projects and drumming up new business.

It’s a funny feeling to be my own boss and a working mum. Most mums I know have returned to work with someone else telling them what days they can do, how many hours they need to work and when they should arrange childcare for. I am in the fortunate position to decide all that for myself and I can fit my freelance copywriter business around my family life. However, it also means I have to stay 100% motivated all of the time to complete work, acquire new business and keep on top of all of the admin, all in a reduced amount of time.

It’s a challenge that will be exciting to rise to.

So, between parenting, being a freelance copywriter, and my work with wehearttech C.I.C., I’m definitely going to be kept busy. But I’m always interested to hear from anyone with a project they’d like me to look at so please do get in touch whenever you need to!

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Blogging 101 with wehearttech C.I.C.

As well as being a freelance copywriter, I have a second job on the board of directors for social enterprise, wehearttech. On top of my duties as a director, I also assist on projects for the company, which focuses on using technology for social good – everything from teaching elderly people how to use mobile technology, engaging adults with learning disabilities in social media safety or  working with young people to become cultural producers.

A big part of this is making digital training and education accessible to everyone, no matter their skills and background, and that’s why we’ve launched our Blogging 101 workshop! The idea behind Blogging 101 was to create an affordable and engaging workshop suitable for sole traders, SMEs, charities and not-for-profits who may not be able to afford an agency or freelancer to do their blogging for them. Instead, it enables them to take their blogs into their own hands and boost their brand and website visibility themselves.

The workshop aims to give participants the skills they need to set up their own blog (we use WordPress but the skills can be transferred to most blogging platforms), as well as the know-how to plan, research and produce content for said blog. We aim the day at beginners, but more intermediate bloggers will also find it useful in terms of getting the most out of their existing blog.

The first Blogging 101 workshop will be held on Tuesday 13 December 2016 at Wigan STEAM on Library Street, Wigan, opposite the town hall with plenty of parking and transport options nearby. It will be facilitated by myself and Hayley Trowbridge and, between us, we have more than 15 years of experience in teaching, tech, digital marketing and PR. As well as delivering the course, we’ll also be on hand to answer and blogging questions, go through some of your existing posts if you want and, basically, help you and your blog in any way we can.

The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm and places can be booked via Eventbrite for just over £80, including lunch and refreshments. Places are restricted so book yours ASAP or, if you know someone who would like to attend, feel free to share the link.