On the last day of January, while most accountants are knuckling down making sure the last tax return has been completed and filed on time, I had a meeting with a company. A company that offered me work writing about accounts. I’m going to be paid to write about accounts! Can you believe that?
Who knew over 7 years ago, when I first started writing this blog and then started my own blog that I would enjoy writing and eventually get paid to write? Well I haven’t started the job yet so I’m not completely sure I know what it will involve. I’m also a little worried that I have all these high hopes about what I will be doing and then when I start I will be completely over my head struggling to cope. I’ve never done any work like this before although it is almost exactly what I want to do right now and have been wanting to do for some time.
It’s only for maternity cover for 12 months so if I don’t like it there is an end in sight. Or if they decide that I’m not doing well there is an end for them too! But the person I spoke to suggested that there may be a chance to stay longer if the role develops. I originally applied for a different role, a part time tax writer quite a few months ago but didn’t get that. I was disappointed at the time but then decided to focus on my blog. At the beginning of this year, I received an email saying this position had come up and if I was interested. Errr….Yes!
I’ve been so excited about starting but not quite believing it. I’ve been waiting to get confirmation before I told everyone. It’s a part time role with working from home, so fits in with my bookkeeping role that I still have and enjoy. It was partly because of my blog that I got this role. Apparently, this person who recommended me had been following and reading my blogs. She liked what she had read. I’m still in a bit of a shock to be honest at how I got this work. Although the bookkeeping work I got was also through my blogs so I probably should be used to it.
Blogs, reviews and radio
Other strange things that have happened recently include being asked to come on our local BBC radio station because I’m an accountant, a mum and a blogger and apparently opinionated! There’s been no confirmation of this yet. I got contacted on twitter about it but this one is even more terrifying. I’m happy hiding behind written words on a blog but talking and on radio is a completely new ball game.
Finally, when I decided to focus on my blogs, I’ve found there is a whole new different world out there with blogs. I’m so overwhelmed with the things that you can do with a blog in order to monetise it. I’ve also had an offer for a paid day out in return for a review. Apparently, there are lots of opportunities like that out there if you just ask. However, for now the blogging part of my life will stay as it is while I juggle this new role and my bookkeeping role in between school runs and after school activities. Things are looking up!
About A mum and an accountant
Attempting to be an amazing accountant and an amazing mum, somehow combine the two and meet somewhere in the middle but currently failing at both. Hoping that in a few years I will have found something I enjoy doing or found some sort of work life balance and will be in a less stressed out place but until then, or as I get there, I think I will vent all my frustrations out on these blogs! And the responses I've had to the blogs have been quite nice which spurs me on to keep going.