Why I launched parenting platform The Early Hour

Annie Ridout lost her job during pregnancy so she launched her own business…

You can read the first part of this story here

As soon as my first baby was born, I knew that I wouldn’t want to be parted from her.

There was no way I was returning to full-time employment.

So instead, I enjoyed my first few months as a new mum.

Falling more and more in love with my baby.

And then, I started looking at jobs I could do from home.

I thought about doing transcription.

I looked into freelance journalism, as I’d trained as a journalist.

Eventually, when she was 10 months old, I got a job writing articles for a parenting magazine.

The pay was very low but I enjoyed it.

I’ve got to go into an office one day a week and work from home one day a week.

I felt like I was getting my identity back.

Unfortunately, that magazine folded.

So I decided to create my own.

In September 2015, The Early Hour launched.

Articles were published at 5am every morning, seven days a week.

I interviewed people who woke early.

Parents from all different backgrounds and situations.

We interviewed musicians, writers, artists, chefs, entrepreneurs.

Benjamin Zephaniah, Arianna Huffington, Raymond Blanc, Anna Jones, Oliver Jeffers.

Wrote feature articles about women’s issues, and motherhood.

And off the back of The Early Hour, the Guardian contacted me and asked me to write a piece in response to a book about why parents should wake up early.

So I started doing the freelance journalism I’d wanted to be doing in the first place.

But when I had my second baby, it all got a bit too hard.

I’ll tell you what happened when I could no longer keep up with my workload in another post.