Pastures New and Beyond, My Digital Mums Journey
Hi, my name is Suzy and I am about to graduate from the #DigitalMums Social Media training course, words I did not expect to typing a mere seven months ago!
I am a mum to Charlotte 3 and Harrison 1. Before I had my babies, I worked in London 2–3 days a week and was home based for the rest of the time. Unfortunately, I found myself in the worrying position of being made redundant when I was still on maternity leave and around three months pregnant with my second. I faced the situation of trying to get a similar position but I was not confident of this in my condition! In the end I had to claim Job Seekers allowance until I could get my statutory maternity pay, something I obviously completely empathise with, but not something that I EVER want to repeat! The shame I felt may have been unfounded, but it was real all the same. My confidence had never been lower.
My husband and I very quickly realised that we could not afford to stay in our home and had to move. So, two weeks after giving birth we moved into our new house and wrapped in our new baby bubble things started to look like they were picking up.
I have always been creative and started to sell a few pieces of upcycled furniture to get in some extra money when the maternity pay stopped, but soon realised that this was not going to be enough. It was shortly after this that I came across an article about Digital Mums. I’ll be honest, I cried. (Well, to be totally honest I sobbed! I don’t know about any of you other mums out there but my hormones still seem to be a tad heightened!) Become a freelance Social Media Manager? Work from home and around my mummy duties? This seemed too good to be true, I really couldn’t believe it. But I took the plunge, signed up for the course and eagerly awaited the start.
I have been on Facebook for a long time and had also dabbled with Twitter and Pinterest but was still very much a novice on those, so when I started doing the lessons I did wonder if I had jumped in too soon and if I would ever be able to get my head around using all of these other platforms. In fact, I did almost give up halfway through (damn you low self esteem!) However, I decided to at least finish, even if I did not take things things further.
But then, things just clicked!! I had been matched with a lovely client, Helen Kemp founder of Just Got Made (an online directory for designer/makers to find good and suppliers). And all of a sudden I felt like I just really got what her business was all about, her target audience, what tone to use and what content was working well. The campaign ended up being really successful, getting new email sign ups for the company newsletter, driving traffic to the website and I had some fun building boards for her on Pinterest. In fact, most of it was fun once I got going. I had a few confidence wavers and was a bit timid when it came to engaging with people, but once I got over myself I realised it wasn’t that scary and to just go for it.
My life has changed in so many ways over the last few years. I am not where I thought I would be and I am not the same person that I was. But that’s ok, in fact it more than ok, it’s amazing! It has been a rocky road at times but I love my life now and I am so excited to start this new chapter in my career. I have a supportive family, great friends and now a wonderful new career path. I would definately reccomend Digital Mums and cannot wait to get freelancing. Who knows where it will lead and what the future holds, but bring it on I say!
Much love, Suzy