Did you enter the Netmums Work From Home Award from Remote Employment? The shortlist of people who could win a work-from-home business has been announced, and we’ll find out the winner on the 10th in a ceremony at the stunning Cliveden House in Berkshire. Those on the short list were the entrants who best demonstrated how remote and home working solutions will benefit both their working and family life.
Sadie Hawthorn From Northampton, Northamptonshire
Whilst pregnant two years ago with her miracle IVF baby Sadie worked hard to complete her Masters Degree in Leadership for Learning whilst working full time as a teacher. This qualification has fuelled her passion for continued personal development as well as demonstrating her commitment and drive for success. Sadie thrives on challenges and feels she is ready for an exciting opportunity to learn new business skills. This Remote Worker Award would give her an unrivalled starting position in the business world and assist her transition from part-time teacher to working-from-home mum. And with websites like Business Case Studies, teachers would also know the other perks that they might not be using.
Sadie says, “I feel incredibly lucky to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award and am excited by the life-changing career possibilities opening up ahead of me”.
Holly Sharma From Cannock, Staffordshire
Holly has used her academic qualifications and life skills to help guide young disadvantaged people into education and employment. As Holly’s family grew she started childminding this allowed her to have a career whilst being able to care for and bring up her three children.
She now feels ready to share her enthusiasm for life and learning with other families. Holly’s combined experience, determination and energy make her a great candidate to be short listed for such a prestigious award.
Holly says, “Being short listed is somewhere between a child on Christmas Eve and a butterfly kiss.”
Ayesha Siddiqui From Hayes, Middlesex
After her marriage Ayesha moved to the UK from India 4 years ago, and had a daughter within her first year in the UK. When her child was 14 months old, she took up a contracting position in a large Pharma in drug Regulatory Affairs, since she had previous experience in Pharma Regulatory Affairs as well as Pharmaceutical sales and marketing back in India.
Inspite of having a wonderful learning experience in GSK, she had to resign since her daughter fell very ill woth amoebic dysentery during her stay in India. After resigning from her job, she utilised all her time to look after her child and at the same time, she began thinking what would be the best option to getting back to work. Looking at the economic climate, she decided it was time to try her hand at some interesting home-working ideas. She has been tinkering with the idea of buying wholesale jewellery from India and selling them n UK through an online business.
She has always been passionate about setting up her own business, being her own boss, and managing her own work. Ayesha said: “I’m excited about being short-listed for this esteemed ‘Netmums Work from Home’ award, and it would be very interesting to actually win the award, as it would provide an invaluable source of advice and mentoring for my business start-up.”
Karin Joyce From Northborough, Cambridgeshire
Karin applied for the Netmums Work from Home Award because, as a first-time, stay-at-home Mum to one-year-old Ella, she needs a challenge that would give her the flexibility to work around her family, allow her to stay at home and raise her daughter and bring some financial assistance to the family budget.
Karin has managed to start her own blog (which we mentioned earlier this week) and website to provide resources to other mothers. It’s given her a creative outlet as well as professional perks, but the opportunity of running her own business is where her future goals lie. Being able to work from home is of supreme importance to Karin as it would give her the opportunity to raise her daughter Ella and give her the best possible start in life.
Karen said: “I am thrilled to find out about being on the shortlist for the Netmums Work from Home Award. It’s always been a goal of mine to run my own business and with a one-year-old at home it would be the perfect fit for our family.”
Darren Carter From Northwich, Cheshire
Darren entered himself for this award following a fairly lengthy period of unemployment. Although he expended a great deal of effort to source a new role, he has been considering self employment and work from home opportunities.
Darren has 15 years experience in the Recruitment Industry and laterly being a Director of a Group of Recruitment businesses, that was highly successful but due to financial arrangements the business had to close.
With a baby due in October 2009, Darren feels this award would validate his self belief and help justify his decision to consider such opportunities as well as provide many useful tools and open up many potential sources of assistance and professional support that would otherwise be unavailable all with the qudos of having won a national award as well as helping to promote more flexible working practises in the UK.
Esther Bauer From Staplehurst, Kent
Esther moved to the UK from Holland, in 1996. 13 years later and married with 3 young children, Esther found the urge to share her passion for home making and interiors. She gained a diploma in interior design from the Interior Design Institute in London and now wants to channel her creativity into providing home inspiration for others.
In setting up Esther Bauer Home Inspiration, she hopes to offer a unique affordable interior service, tailored to individual style, aspirations and budget. As such, this new breed interior design service is ideally suited to the current recessionary climate.
Working from home and maximising the available time during school hours creates the flexibility she needs to manage her own time whilst still prioritising the needs of her family. However, she fully recognises the reality of establishing a new business, the resources needed and reputational credibility required to gain a competitive advantage in what is a very cluttered market-place.
Winning such a prestigious award at this early stage of her business’ development would provide the perfect platform to successfully realise her dream.
Esther said: “Running a business whilst maintaining a hands on approach to bringing up my 3 young children can only genuinely be facilitated by working from home. It creates the flexibility I need to manage my own time. I am absolutely thrilled to be short-listed for the Netmums Work from Home Awards and this could be just the catalyst I need to get Esther Bauer Home Inspiration up and running.”
Wendy French From Bracknell, Berkshire
Having had two careers, one as a textile designer and the other working in different office environments, as an office manager, senior PA and now an admin and finance officer Wendy is ready to combine the two. By fully utilising her artistic and administrative skills she’s confident she can make a success of a new business, working from home.
Her own home business would enable her to return to a more creative environment, take control and maximise her earning potential. With a son at primary school it is important that I have flexibility in her work.
A few months ago she started life coaching sessions and this has really focused her mind on what she wants out of life and what changes she needs to make to have the lifestyle she really wants. Starting her own business from home is one of her priorities but it’s having the confidence and support to make that first move that’s the most difficult. Winning the Home Worker Award would be the perfect stepping stone she needs to move nearer to her goals and enjoy a more enriching life, both at work and with her family.
Wendy said: “I was over the moon when I found out I had been short-listed for the Netmums Work From Home Award and have been smiling ever since! It’s exciting to think my life could change within a matter of weeks. I’m really looking forward to the event.”
Other shortlisted candidates include:
Sharon Bannister From Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Sarah Acklam From Warwick, Warwickshire