Only gone and got myself a local editor position at Mumsnet... The UK's most popular parenting website.
It's all happened so fast. One minute I was browsing Mumsnet, posting about my next PANDAS support group meeting. I noticed on the sidebar that they were looking for a new "Local Editor" in my area. The next minute I was emailing in my CV, then a confirmation and partnership agreement!
It's a self-employed position, building up the content and traffic of one of Mumsnet's local sites: chat, meet-ups, local events and activities. I will earn money through the advertising revenue I generate for the site (a concept familiar, I'm guessing, to those parent bloggers who have successfully monetized their blogs).
It's an attractive role for me on a number of levels:
- I can finally use some of the business development skills I must have picked up while working at a Big 4 management consultancy
- I can certainly use all my local mummy contacts and knowledge that I have built up during the last 18 months
- and (lastly but my no means least) I can work flexibly from home, around the needs of The Boy.
It's quite daunting, stepping into this world of online marketing, but I think I'm ready for the challenge. I've really enjoyed using twitter, and starting this blog, over the last few months - so I see this as the next logical step. I'm sure it won't be easy: being confident enough to approach businesses, ensuring a good mix of content on the site, networking with as many local parents and groups as possible. But I really do think it will suit me.
Does anyone have any tips for making a successful transition from SAHM to WAHM?