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The Mumpreneur Diaries - Mosey Jones
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The Mumpreneur Diaries - Mosey Jones
Disadvantages: The procrastination got to me a bit
A bit about
The book follows a year in the life of Mosey Jones, who works on a marketing journal but is soon on maternity leave with baby who she names boy two (having already got a two year old). The point of the book is that Mosey doesn't want to return to work so she views this year off work as a time to develop her own business. She has a few ideas she wants to explore and a very understanding husband, plus the costs of full time childcare for two children totally negate any money she can earn in her usual job.
The book is written in a diary and I struggled a bit with the font that said the day and date as the ones looked like 8's and vice versa. Apart from this the diary style worked well with entries most days and breaks when not a lot was happening.
The ideas Mosey has are to do with being a doula, caring for pregnant ladies and their babies during and after the birth. With the hands on experience of two children herself, Mosey feels with a little training this is something she could be good at. The other idea is a 'rent a mummy' sort of babysitting or party organising idea that could cover regular care duties or emergency cover.
A whole minefield of tax, liability insurance, self confidence, being professional, what to do with her own children while she is caring for other mums or children, competition locally and people who seem interested but don't want to put the legwork in. Add this to her own duties towards her children and it doesn't leave a lot of time for fiddling with websites!
I sort of loved and hated reading this book. I can completely understand where Mosey is coming from on the work vs childcare front and she is really quite a wonderwoman when it comes to her own children, still being a fun mummy and managing to breast feed boy two for the whole year around her appointments and business building.
When Mosey is off for maternity leave, she still keeps her first son in child care a lot of the time and doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with this. Like a lot of parents she spends a lot of time trying to work out who she can foist her children off on. Admittedly, she doesn't have a lot of family support and she is working on her husband's spare time out of work to a good effect. Mosey seems to want the money but not the inconvenience of work and makes excuses not to do work right from the beginning. She is going to have to reel in a lot of £3 booking fees to get the mortgage and bills paid.
I would like to end on a positive for this book, as it was based mainly on reality it did have some good content and she is able to vent her frustrations in the diary, especially with the constant 'treading in treacle' feeling you get when you never seem to have an hour of time to yourself. Another good part I felt that you usually get with the yummy mummy type books was that there wasn't some bloke in the sidelines (apart from her husband) trying to catch her eye and fling himself at her. With leaky boobs and flat shoes, as with most mums with young babies, an affair is the last thing on their mind! I thought Mosey's husband was quite wonderful, putting up with her whims and procrastination events - in trying to start up two businesses and save money by not spending she practically redecorates the whole house and garden and he doesn't blink an eye at this.
I would have to say I found this book equally energetic and also draining to read. I was worried on Mosey's behalf about her money situation which despite a house remortgage remained difficult. Her husband's job was also on the line and the business situation was a real slow starter. Ultimately, if you are thinking about starting your own business from home, this is a realistic look at the spending you must do to start up and how little in return is gained. I was dismayed to see that central London prices meant you could be working for £8 an hour and within that the rent a mummies had to use their own transport to get there. I think there are many parts in the book that a harrassed mum can identify with and it also highlights the issue of working to pay the childminder. Until you are a parent yourself you will never really fully appreciate the sacrifice a lot of working parents make with childcare costs and working ungodly hours, commuting and missing bedtime etc.
Summary: It's harder than you think
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