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New Parent, New Career

Becoming a New Parent Could Be The Start of your New Career 

Having a baby is a life changing event. It can make mums and dad reconsider their lives and what they want to achieve.  Pregnancy is not the only life changing event that can do this. Illness, bereavement, redundancy, in fact, any life changing event can make us look at ourselves and what we want from life.

Having a baby is no different. It can make mums and dads reconsider their current life, job, career and what they want from life.
Some new parents may want to stop work for a bit or reduce their hours. Some may want a new job. Others may want a whole change of career. Some may want to work for themselves. 

Terri had two children quite close together. She found the cost of child care prohibitive and wanted to spend time with her children. She gave up work and started looking for alternatives. She found that a small independent academic publisher was looking for freelance editors and proofreaders.  She applied and got the job. The deadlines were tight and it was hard work, but it meant that she could work at home and work around her kids. A few years later, she had a third child, but was able to continue working around the children. She has now been there for 20 years and is a senior editor at the firm. She still works from home and loves it.

There are advantages and disadvantages to working for yourself.


  • What you earn is based on your own hard work.
  • You can arrange work around school and your children to suit you and your family.
  • You can work in something that interests you.
  • Work when and where you want.
  • You can try your own ideas and see what works and what doesn't.


  • Income can be unreliable. A business may rely on one main contractor or may have a number of businesses they work for. We hear the saying – “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and this applies when you work for yourself. Try to ensure you have more than one client and one source of income, in case one fails.
  • It can be lonely working alone at times. 
  • Discipline is required to keep working and keep trying. Sometimes it can be hard to keep going, but keep track of why you want to do what you are doing. Review it regularly. Are you still doing what you want to do? What is your goal? If it’s not right for you anymore, why not consider something else.
  • It requires resilience to cope with set backs. Try not to set backs as failures, but as a way to learn, to try new things and to improve.
  • Sometimes you can get lost for ideas. When working in a team, there are often other people to bounce ideas off. This isn't always the case when you are working alone, but this doesn't mean you can’t talk to other people you trust or find ideas in another way.  Nikki set up her own business writing articles and blogs. She finds sometimes she loses her creativity. She will take time away, going for a long walk, sitting in a coffee shop, going for a drive, to clear her head and will usually come up with a range of new ideas when she does.

Setting Up Your Own Business 

Setting up your own business requires discipline and determination, but it also brings great rewards in terms of enjoyment and satisfaction when things work well.

If running your own business is something you are considering, why not consider selling ACS Courses and eBooks. It’s easy to set up and our experienced affiliate managers, Kate Gibson and Jade Sciascia, are there to help you every step of the way.

Find out more about becoming an Affiliate with ACS.

If you want to find out more, you can get in touch with Kate or Jade by phone or email on:

Kate Gibson is based in Australia and can be contacted at or +61 (0)7 5562 1088

Jade Sciascia is based in the UK and can be contacted at or +44 (0)1384 442752

We look forward to hearing from you!


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