How to freelance when you have a baby

Banging enthusiastically on his musical activity toy to the repetitive tune of 'Baa Baa Black Sheep', my eight-month-old is absorbed in his own little world, playing happily just a few feet away. Bleary-eyed and on my third coffee of the day, I stare despondently at my flickering computer screen. The white page glares back at me and I let out a sigh. It's 8am and I'm exhausted. Life wasn't always like this.

A year ago I was still in the throes of full-time employment, trudging my heavily pregnant self to the train station for the early morning commute and counting down the days to maternity leave. Back then there was no question that I would return to my agency job, but after a messy break-up left me living in a flat I could no longer afford, moving 80 miles north back to my home town was pretty much a done deal.

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