THE FREE­LANCE MUM

An­nie Rid­out, 33, Lon­don

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Front Page -

CON­SUL­TANT, APP CO-FOUNDER, WRITER HOURS PER WEEK: TWO DAYS A WEEK PLUS EVENINGS

Be­fore hav­ing my daugh­ter and son, now aged four and one, I worked as a copy­writer for a tech start-up on a full-time, rolling con­tract, plus was a jour­nal­ist and blog­ger. Now, I have lots of jobs, in­clud­ing be­ing a co-founder of an app.

Flexi work­ing is re­ally im­por­tant to me. My par­ents were al­ways around when I was grow­ing up: Mum worked one day a week, so my dad took that day off.

I re­ally value the time my par­ents put into rais­ing me, along­side run­ning their own busi­nesses and I want this for my kids.

But both my hus­band, who is a film­maker and builder, and I en­joy work­ing.

When my daugh­ter was a few weeks old, I was back writ­ing ar­ti­cles. It made me feel like I was still con­nected to the old, adult, work­ing world I’d been im­mersed ersed in pre-baby.

For us, flex­i­ble work­ing means be­ing able to con­tinue ntinue de­vel­op­ing g our ca­reers, while spend­ing nd­ing loads of time as a fam­ily. am­ily.

Some­times, mes, work and home life blur, and my kids ds moan be­cause I’m m In­sta­gram­ming ming or email­ing when they want me to o read them a book. ok. But there are al­ways sac­ri­fices when it comes to fam­ily and d work. I hope pe when they’re older der they will un­der­stand d that, too.

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