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Do Work-at-Home Moms really get Maternity Leave?

By Abbey Fatica on Dec 15 2011 • Filed under Mompreneurs at work

Do Work-at-Home Moms get Maternity Leave? (Photo)If I was working in corporate America or any job outside the home, the decision would be a simple one. Yep, I’m going to take 12 weeks off and all I’m going to do is take care of my baby. I need the time to recuperate from delivery and need to get the baby on a schedule so that we all will be ready to go  when the times comes to head back to work.

This will not be the case for me when my third child comes along. When my son was born, I had been running my business on my own for about seven months and it was still in the growth stages. In October (he was born at the end of November), I started planning on what I was going to do when he arrived. Was I going to take a break? Could I really go on maternity leave for an extended period of time? Did I really want to step away from all the hard work that I had put in for someone else to help me during this time?

I truly love my job and would not change anything for the world. The great thing about being a work at home mom is that I am able to create my own hours and live on my own schedule. Going on maternity leave as a sole business owner is hard to do but if you run your business out of your home and do not have a brick and mortar then it is doable.

Schedule Guest Contributors:

I enlisted the help of other mom businesses owners to write six weeks of blog posts. This ensured that even if I couldn’t write my own material my readers would still have something to read about running a business, marketing tips, etc. while I was nursing the baby or taking care of my toddler.

Hire a Virtual Assistant:

If you don’t have staff on hand to take over emails or simple tasks then hire a VA (Virtual Assistant) to do some of the work for you. Yes, there might be emails that pertain to just you but I’m sure many of your emails can be answered with a stock answer. They are also available to help you with your social media as well. There will be a fee with this service but if you really do need a break, it’s well worth the help.

Don’t run big promotions or giveaways:

Do as I say and not as I did. The only thing that I was thinking about during the end of my second pregnancy was “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that I’m running a huge Holiday giveaway and hosting my first ever Holiday Gift Extravaganza (to promote businesses over the holidays).” Luckily, I was smart about one thing and I wrote out all my tweets and Facebook mentions ahead of time so that all I had to do was copy and paste. I apparently like to add stress on top of an existing stressor, like pregnancy, so needless to say it was a very hectic holiday season in our house.

Have a staff member fill in:

At the time of my first two pregnancies, I did not have the advantage of having staff members being able to fill in and help out after I had my babies. Now pregnant with my third child, I know that I have a reliable and trustworthy co-owner that will be able to handle tasks while I am gone. The thing is, maternity leave might actually be something that I could do this time because I know that my business will be in the best hands if I’m gone.

Find someone to play with your other children:

For me this will be one of the major challenges when bringing a new person home to take care of. My children have been known to nurse every hour on the hour for an hour at a time, so whenever the day may come that I bring a new baby home then I will need someone to entertain the older kids. Does this pertain to you? Enlist the help of your husband (if he’s able to take off work), your mother, friends, or a nanny. After having two rambunctious kids, taking care of a newborn is easy. I’m pretty sure if I just had to take care of a newborn then running a business would be a cinch. I could answer emails and do conference calls while sitting on the couch nursing a baby.

Whether this is your first child or fourth child, remember that even if you love your business as much as I do, take a break, even if it’s just a day. That’s all I did with the second one ‘cause can you believe it, I was answering emails in the hospital and cooked a Thanksgiving meal the next day. Crazy I know, but there is such a thing as too busy. Enjoy your newborn and the bond that they will create with their siblings. They are only little once. Your business will survive if you take a break. All you need to do is find the right people to help you out.


2 Comments

  1. Great pointers for those that work at home! These principles can be even apply to recovering from an extended illness or a surgery.

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