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Create an Online Business That Fits In With Your Family

I often think of motherhood as similar to diving into the waves at the beach.

You have your first baby, plunging head first into the waves from the shore. Whilst you’re under the water swimming and surviving you forget all about your ‘old self’.

After a few months of newborn mayhem, you come up to the surface and take a big gulp of fresh air. You make an effort to wave at your ‘old self’ waiting patiently on the beach.

Then baby two comes and you’re fully submerged in the water again, surviving, swimming, out of control and forgetting all about who you were. Baby three and four, on it goes.

Sound familiar?

Then all of a sudden your kids are walking, talking, out of nappies, going to kinder and then eventually stepping into the big world of school.

Your little people are gaining independence and so are you.

Slowly you find your feet sinking back into the sand, walking back towards the shore, slightly invigorated, inspired and excited to go and reconnect with your ‘old self’.

As you raise your eyes to focus on the beach, your skin drying in the sunshine – you look out across the sand and your ‘old self’ is no-where to be seen.

Where did you go? Who are you now?

All you’ve done for the past few years is talk about, think about, cook for, wash, dress, pamper, hug, kiss and cuddle your beautiful kids. It’s the way you’re hard wired so it’s no surprise you’re feeling a little disconnected from who you once were. You’ve lost yourself somewhere along the way.

Let’s face it, when your little ones are finding independence and you’re barely able to remember what life was like before they came along, it can be a little scary. How did you spend your time? How did you earn money? What used to occupy your brain?

You could just plod back to the corporate cubicle you used to inhabit, but somehow that no longer appeals.

Something new has been born within you, a fresh perspective on life.

Maybe you’re feeling ready to take some first steps back into work life but in a more meaningful and passionate way. 

The truth is you owe it to your kids to spend your life doing work that you love. The likelihood is they’ll look to you, your choices and follow in your footsteps.

The perfect opportunity is here right now to work for yourself, doing something you love, while creating a flexible life that works for you and your kids.

In today’s world, setting up an online business makes sense. (click to tweet)

You can work from home, choose your own hours, take holidays without asking permission and if you have a sick kid at home you won’t feel guilty for taking a day off. Plus it’ll feel great to contribute to the family income again.

No need for a large set up budget or technical skills to get to grips with creating a website and social media presence. It’s all just a learning curve.

Here’s your small steps action plan to get you off the starting blocks:

1. Ask your loved ones these questions:

What do I do with ease? When do I shine? What am I good at?

2. Now ask yourself these questions:

What could I happily do all day without noticing the time? What would I do if money were no object?

3. Get inspired:

Put some headphones on and play some music that makes your heart sing. Exercise at the same time. Get your heart pumping, feel alive again and open your heart. With a head full of natural endorphins you are naturally in a more creative and inspired state of mind.That is when the ideas and clarity come.

4. Research:

Take yourself on a research journey via the web. See how other people are making money online by using their skills and helping others. You will be amazed how many women are starting their own solo business. Immerse yourself in finding out how others are doing it.


I hope this gets your cogs turning about a possible online business that fits in with your life and your family.

In the comments below, throw your questions at me about starting an online business or what’s holding you back from taking some first steps. I’m here to help.


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  1. Kate on April 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Excellent post! Certainly is a great time to start creating a life that we want as mothers, and as women.

    • Clare Greig on April 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Thanks Kate, it’s time to rethink it all and create a life that works for us. 🙂

  2. Alex on April 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I love your analogy to the waves and having a newborn – it is SO true. I have never felt so swamped and amazed at my survival, yet simultaneously exhilarated and keen to try it all again (after a few years)!! Thanks for the inspiration to get myself up and going with something new and creative – and to do it not just for me, but for those little creatures that started all that body boarding in the first place!

    • Clare Greig on April 29, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      It suddenly popped in my head whilst listening to music, it is utterly swamping and amazing 🙂
      I am so glad you are feeling inspired and ready to get started. Love your comment.

  3. Bambi on April 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    This post couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for me. I have a full time job and a side business, however I yearn for more creativity and fulfillment in what I do for a living. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and this post feels like an affirmation that I’m on the right track. Thank you!

    • Clare Greig on April 29, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      Bambi that was me a 4 years ago, I eventually ditched the job and went freelance and created Breathe Online – now I absolutely love my work, the sky is the limit and I have a great varied life.
      Not to say it isn’t still a juggle, it is a balancing act everyday. However doing work I adore and being able to make decisions for myself and my family makes it all worth while.
      Thanks for your lovely comment, wishing you lots of luck. Keep me posted.

  4. Nicholette von Reiche on April 29, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Oh Clare – such a beautiful + inspiring post.

    I’m struggling to find the words, but it resonated so much and so deeply. I loved the analogy and found myself nodding along through the entire article.

    Thank you again, Nicholete

  5. Clare Greig on April 29, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Thanks for your lovely comment Nicholette.

  6. Kelly Pietrangeli on April 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I want to join in on this discussion and say that I always knew I wouldn’t want to return to work (and that horrible commute) once I had my baby, so I set up as a freelance graphic designer working from home.

    What I loved about it was the flexibility, having time with my baby (and an excuse to get a nanny 3 days a work while I worked).

    What I grew to loathe was the constant start-stop nature of my work. When a client briefed me I was at my creative best and in full flow. But then there would be a wait for approval and revisions – and they’d say they’d get back to me the next day, so I’d be sitting in my home office waiting…. I’d ring them end of the day and they’d say they’d have it ready by the next day…. etc etc.. Then once they did give me the revisions they’d be wanting them urgently and I’d be pumped with adrenaline again – asking my nanny if she could please stay late or come in tomorrow even though that was meant to be my mommy day…

    This was the constant nature of my work – and I spent half the time sitting around (while my nanny took my son to the park and baby groups) and then racing against the clock, super stressed out! If I took on an extra project to fill up the waiting around gaps- inevitably I’d find myself in an even worse situation.

    I was at crumbling point when I began to create my own ‘project ME’ and it was this process of breaking my life down into different areas and tackling each one individually that ultimately formed the foundation for this very website.

    Now that I am running my online business, Project Me!, the only pressures and deadlines I have are my own. I truly do set my own hours, working when I can and not when I don’t want to. I never miss a kids sports day or teachers meeting, concert or play. I take them to and from school every day.

    I wouldn’t go back to working outside of the home again for the world, nor would I take on any more freelance graphic design work. I absolutely LOVE being my own boss and it helps that I am so deeply passionate about my work and helping other mothers overcome their challenges find a happier balance in life 🙂

    Thanks for writing this great guest post for Project Me Clare! I fully support women who want to create a business that fits in with their family and I absolutely love your website and courses.

    • Clare Greig on April 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Thanks Kelly, such an inspiring post. I think once we get on our journey we tweak it and change it, the business model and our vision until it works. Exactly what you did right there. It can be tricky those early days of being a working mum going through the process of working it out so I try to help mums with my experience and they can see what works for them.

      Thanks for having me 🙂


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