The secret diary of a single parent bloke
It’s been about 2 months since I was escorted from work, and I’ve never looked back. I did have to go back in there a few weeks ago to be formally told of the obvious (my job was redundant and therefore so was I). I said my “goodbyes” (although to many I’d have liked to have said my “fuck offs”, but what’s the point?) But I’m glad to be gone.
Since then, I’ve spent some much-needed quality time with Natalia and Jack, been to various business training sessions, written a business plan, and am about to embark on possibly the biggest change in my life since becoming a single parent: the work from home dad!
I’m a decent graphic and web designer, and after working in the print industry since I was 18, I have a knowledge of print that many established designers sorely lack. I’ve been doing “foreigners” for a couple of businesses for a few years, and they’ve said that they’ll continue to put work my way for my venture.
It’ll be difficult to get work, do work, get paid and manage family life but hopefully I’ll never have to try to wrangle time off for sports day, pretend I’m ill because the kids are or wonder who is the most juvenile; my kids or my colleagues.
Money could be a problem- I’ll be going from a good wage to an atrocious one. But I’ll get some Tax Credits, my ex pays maintenance (fortunately, it’s deducted from her wages before she can spend it) and I’ll work part time on the minimum wage. I’ll never be rich, but that’s not why I’m doing it. As long as I can pay the bills, I can live without luxuries.
Longer term, once the kids are older, I can decide whether to try to grow the business or get a job working for someone else.
You could say I’m a “male mumtrepreneur”.