I won’t bore you with too much of my back story as to why I chose to join Usborne Books but I will tell you this:
I was a PE teacher for 12 years and I loved it. I still do in many respects. For the first 10 years it was my life! I lived, loved and breathed teaching. I did 5 clubs a week, fixtures, trying to make lessons as fun as possible so more girls like PE.
Unfortunately the rat race of assessment, planning, deep marking, monitoring and hardly any work life balance took its toll.
When my daughter was born, over 3 years ago and I returned to work, I found it hard. I dropped to part time and was working 7 days a week but getting paid for three. My work life and life changed the moment I held my beautiful daughter for the first time. I realised that my new job was to the be the best mum I could be to her.
Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying. There are many mums who do work 7 days a week and are amazing mums, inspiring teachers and are mums with other professions that work long hours.
I bow down to them.
Some of these amazing women, I consider some be good friends. I think the world of them for doing this and still being the best mum. I know some mums who have chosen to give up work and I bow down to you too. Too all of you. You are completely amazing.
I knew something had to change when the dreaded Ofsted phone call came. It was my day off with my daughter. I sat at the dining table working all day and night to try and prepare outstanding lessons, resources and have everything ready, but one thing still makes me feel so guilty about that day. It was a day I was supposed to have my daughter! She kept coming up to me and asking to play. I, stupidly, said I have to work. What a fool I was. What would you have done?? It’s too late but I would welcome any ideas.
For many reasons, I left teaching in September 2016. I am now a supply teacher, Tiny Soccer Star Coach and have a little side business selling Usborne Books. I am so much happier. OK, granted I don’t earn as much as I used to and I don’t get paid in the holidays. Work can be a bit sporadic too. This was one reason I joined Usborne Books at Home.
To bring in a bit of money in the holidays and where possible to top me up AND I wanted to try it! It was time to try things I wanted to try. As a friend put it a mum venture.
Stock to display and sell.
There are plenty more in my stock.
I have access to amazing books for my daughter or use some to sell. It depends on how you want to work your business. You can work your business in hours that suit you. I am still on a learning journey and really want to make a good go of this.
I joined in November 2016, for £38 and you get £150 of books and stationary to start your business. I joined with a very good friend of mine and I am her mentor. We did it as a joint adventure and where it takes us. Well watch this space.
What I enjoy about selling these books is getting to chat to new people, holding pop up stalls in different places, selling to friends, family and hopefully nurseries and schools. I also enjoy the perks. Free books. Half price ones and a business I can work around me and my family.
My mum did a lot of her Christmas shopping. “wow, this saved me a lot of hassle, thank you”
However, you can’t beat seeing children’s faces when they get the books.
One happy little customer
For me, education is important. I cherish the fact that I will have been able to educate my daughter to the best of mine and my husbands ability. Both through having a better work/ life balance, being able to be a mum and having access to fabulous books.
If you are interested in knowing more about Usborne Books at Home please ask.
You can also find me on Facebook: Mighty Minds Books Shop.
This sums it up for me.
After all I cherish spending time with my daughter, whether it is reading, playing or taking her to classes. Most importantly I want her to have as many amazing experiences as possible.
After all it’s about making memories and the Usborne Books journey is definitely creating some amazing ones.