How to take parental leave and keep your freelance business thriving

My customers will forget me if I take a parental leave.

My business won’t thrive anymore when I become a parent.

That’s what I’ve heard from many young freelancers and business owners.

For a long time, I was also convinced that it’s impossible to combine parenting with running a freelance business.

And then I became a mother and my perspective on business has changed. There’s only one thing that you need to transition smoothly into the life of a parent and freelancer: the right preparation!

So, how do you make sure your customers won’t run away from you while you’re running around your baby?

1. Crunch the numbers

As a freelancer, you always need a financial buffer to be ready for unexpected events. Late payments, health issues, family problems, pandemic — there’s always something that could stop your usual work flow. That’s why a good safety net should be an inseparable part of your freelance business.

You could also use your savings to take a longer parental leave. The law in each country varies, and depending on your location, you might be eligible for a maternity allowance from the government. For example, in the UK, if you meet the appropriate criteria, you qualify for about £140 per week.

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