How to Prepare for Maternity Leave as an Entrepreneur

Entering maternity leave as an entrepreneur can be an be an unpredictable journey. You don’t know when baby will come and you don’t know how long you’ll need to adjust to life with a new baby. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare for maternity leave as an entrepreneur.

This will be my first time as a full-time entrepreneur (and one who is obsessed with all things systems, automation, and workflow) with a newborn so my planning will consist of the following:

  1. Communication with clients is key. Be sure to be transparent with your current and prospective clients about your availability and what you can reasonably offer, especially a few weeks before your due date. It’s better to have all your client work wrapped up than to possibly go into labor while still in the middle of client work.
  2. Income Planning will help you financially. The hardest part of financial planning while on maternity leave is not knowing when you’ll be returning to work. However, you have quite some time leading up to your leave to book more clients, run promotions, or spread out your clients on retainer to plan for the months where you won’t be actively working on your business.
  3. Scheduling is KEY! Schedule out any content (social media posts, blog posts, videos, emails, etc) that you may not have the time, energy, or headspace to do while you are prepping for baby to arrive.
  4. Accepting Help is not a sign of weakness. Use the help from the people around you who are willing to offer it.

 

Are you an expecting entrepreneur and planning for maternity leave? Let me know what else you’re doing to prep for your transition out of and back into work.

Author: Latoya Dixon Smith

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