Motherhood has definitely changed me in many ways. There’s the obvious of suddenly becoming responsible for little beings, feeling love you never have before etc. But it actually has changed my entire career path too.

I have definitely grown to value flexibility more than ever and am stoked that now my ‘passion projects’ have become my actual work – my podcast and my social media page – we make money through sponsorships across those platforms that are in line with the specific audience.

Plus, running our Airbnb and now my Poshmark closet (I made $2K in one day from it!).

I think motherhood has given me a greater confidence in myself to explore these passions more fully and I feel extremely lucky to now do work that I love while still being able to be around my kids.

Want to know how to start your own side hustle? These are my top tips…

Start with what you love doing and lead from that space

I remember when I gave birth to Poppy, my first-born, I was like ‘think of a business, think of a business’, and I just don’t think you can start a business that way, you can’t force it.

Side passions aren’t supposed to feel like work (initially) so the key is to find one that excites you and has a degree of flexibility to it that allows you to dip in and out of it at your own leisure.

Sophie Pearce’s tips for side hustles that work with motherhood.

Tips for setting boundaries

Of course, you are the best judge when it comes to setting boundaries, but ways that work for us include being as organised as possible and sharing our calendars so we know how the week ahead looks. It means we can “roster” in time for ourselves, time together, time with the kids or time for our businesses, whatever it may be.

Another way of working that we’ve found helps is outsourcing, where possible! Originally, I found myself getting snowed under but now I am in the position to outsource some tasks like editing content. While it can be hard to relinquish control, it is almost a necessity to keep your passion alive and stay motivated.

Sophie says being organised is key when running your own business and that she “rosters in” time with her kids.

Sell your pre-loved items

Honestly, I absolutely love my Poshmark closet. I’ve tried many different ways to sell my goods – over Instagram, markets, the list goes on, and I have definitely found this the easiest and most convenient way to make a quick income.

It’s especially been great for selling the kids’ clothes that they’ve grown out of. I can do it from home and have a courier come and pick up my parcels (I have a fear of going to the post office so this is a big PLUS for me).

I also love the community aspect of the platform, it’s a really great way to connect with likeminded sellers too.