In today’s episode, Anna explores how to plan for maternity leave and how you’ll keep your business running while you’re off taking care of a newborn.
(1:48) “First, this means looking at the logistics of when you want to start your leave, how long you want to take off, and when (and how much) you plan to start working again. As a full-time employee, this would involve a more formal process of asking your boss for specific dates you want to take off, and there would be a clear point at which you’d come back to the office for a certain number of hours per week. When you’re working for yourself, this can be much more flexible.”
(7:07) “It’s always going to feel a little uncomfortable to take time off and watch your bank balance dwindle with little or no money coming in. However, the more you plan ahead, the more confident you’ll be that you and your business will survive this phase and it may not be the strongest sales quarter or year but you know that you can cope and manage.”
(9:51) “Everything we’re talking about here is about thinking, and planning, ahead: you want to get clear on what success looks like for you ahead of time so that you can work towards that vision; get your financials in order, including planning your income-generating activities on the one hand and applying for any maternity pay on the other; and set up any new tools, or team members, in advance so that they’re working smoothly once you take that time off.”
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