Freelancing mums a step ahead of the game

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working mumIf you are one of the many mothers who struggle to combine childcare and work then you might be interested to hear about the growing number of women who are plying their trade as freelancers.

Rising childcare costs and the ongoing economic uncertainty means that female unemployment is at a 25-year high, which might explain why the number of women signing up to sites such as peopleperhour.com has risen so dramatically of late.

In the past six months, there has been a 36% increase in the number of women registering with the site, compared to the 22% rise in male registrations.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder and CEO of peopleperhour.com, said: "Women are already losing their jobs at a disproportionately higher rate than men - an imbalance that will become more severe as cuts in the public service continue.

"But an increasing number of working women are discovering that the rising cost of childcare - together with the stress and strain of juggling a career while simultaneously looking after their family - simply doesn't make sense.

"Women are quickly moving with the times - they've discovered the jobs market is changing and that small businesses are looking for flexible, remote and skilled freelancers.

"This growing army of 'mumpreneurs' is taking advantage of technology faster than any other group."

If you need convincing about the benefits such a flexible working practice, some case studies might just sway your mind.

Creative writer Mikki has not looked back after signing up to the website and returning to her native Scotland after a stint in London. She said: "Living in London, I found the childcare system was so competitive and expensive that after paying for that and for my travel expenses I had spent my entire salary."

Single mother-of-two Sarah thought her career was over before it started when she had her second child at the age of 16. Fearing that the cost of childcare alone made it highly unlikely she would be able work for someone else, Sarah set up her own marketing company and juggles her work with being a mother.

Do not despair if you do not wish to strike out on your own, for this guide to getting ahead as a working mum could contain some useful information to help you climb that all-important career ladder.

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