🎶 “9 to 5, yeah, they got you where they want you. There’s a better life. And you think about it, don’t you?” 🎶
Hi fellow mamas, my name is Chloe, welcome to my blog.
It’s NOT your 9 to 5 is a UK based family finance blog to help busy mums like you save money (& time), and earn extra income outside of your 9 to 5!
Just like you, I’m a mum who is putting family first and letting my 9 to 5 career take a backseat…
Raising children is a phase in life that demands both our TIME and MONEY, two elements that seem to always work against each other. Part-time jobs that can work around school scheduleS are just a few and far between.
Even for those who are lucky enough to work part-time, most of them are either overqualified and (or) underpaid.
Well, that was me!
Before I became a mum, I was an engineer on the fast track climbing the corporate ladder with my heart and soul invested. Seven years ago, after my 1st child was born, I made a decision to work part-time so I could devote more time to my family.
At the same time, I was desperately trying to prove that I could still progress in my career despite working part-time by taking on more responsibility and working on stretch assignments…
As it turned out, with little reward, I became extremely stressed from work, while carrying a pang of massive mum guilt for not being able to be the best version of myself for my family.
The truth is, even if I get the next promotion, I will be trading even more time with my family.
Is that what I really want?
Overworked, frustrated and feeling guilty, I started asking myself –
Can I truly have both MONEY and TIME, at the same time, so I can enjoy spending it with my family?
Being an engineer at heart, I figured there are really 2 ways to have more money – SAVE MORE & EARN MORE.
… and for the past decade, I’d been in the rabbit hole of only trying to earn more from my corporate job!
I then started to figure out how to <<<save money>>>, and other ways to <<<earn extra income>>> outside of my 9 to 5.
Fast Forward >>
A year into my journey, I was able to save over £2000 just from our day-to-day spending like <<<groceries>>> and <<<bills>>>. I also made over £3000 extra income, a big chunk of it is <<< Tax-Free>>> (don’t worry, no dodgy business, it’s 100% legal).
While it’s fun to earn extra cash, ultimately I wanted to find a way to make a passive income so I can stop trading time for money.
That’s when I started to build my online business. (found WA?)
Today I still work part-time, still giving my best to the corporate world, but I no longer spend mindless hours that only push me harder against the glass ceiling. My finance is no longer solely depend on my next promotion.
Instead, I am able to save more, diversify my income stream, and can spend more quality time with my family.
… and guess what? I am happier!
It’s Not your 9 to 5 was born…
After having some early success in my journey, itsnotyour9to5.com was born.
I figured if I can share my experience in the search of TIME & MONEY while raising a family in the UK, this may help other mums like me who are in the same boat.
In this blog, you will find the essential UK family finance-related topics explained in a non-finance way. You will also learn endless tips and tricks on how to save more money and waste less. If you’ve finally ready to start that side hustle that you are passionate about, you will find plenty of <<<work from home opportunities>>> that I have done the research for you.
I hope this blog serves you as a source of HOPE as it did for me.
Remember, you are a mum, you can do anything!
It’s time to take control of your finances, diversify your income, and unstuck your 9 to 5.