Creating a Maternity Leave as a Full-Time Creative Entrepreneur

Guess what? I’m pregnant! My husband and I are very excited to welcome our first child this fall. As many of you know, I am a full-time entrepreneur and my employer (aka me) doesn’t have a robust maternity leave policy, so I’m going to have to make this up as I go along. Here is what I am doing to prepare. If you are a creative entrepreneur and trying to figure this out for yourself, I hope this can help you too.

-Okay so financially, I think I’m good here. I’ve spoken in the past about financial independence and how that was a big factor in my even taking the leap into full-time entrepreneurship, but my baby is due at the end of the year and I have had since March to plan ahead, book clients, close deals, and promote my books. So I feel like I am still going to be able to meet my financial goal for the business this year and then if I take the US standard maternity leave (just kidding there is no US standard – but other moms that I know who work a corporate job with paid vacation and FMLA) of 6 weeks I’ll be right at January 2021 so able to start the new year “back to work.” We’ll see how many hours a week that is for me. But I do get to make my own hours and I have been developing passive income for years. We’ll see how this all works out.

-For the actual business side of my business I’m planning to update my website with a waitlist for coaching and publishing project management services, starting to only focus on orders I can fulfill before the baby arrives, which includes POD paperback formatting.
-I’m finishing the books I can before I am out, for my own catalog and for clients. I had a super ambitious goal of publishing 6 of my own books this year. By the time this video comes out, I will have 3 books out so, not too bad. I’m still undecided about doing NaNo this year because I’m due in November. So I likely won’t be able to break 50K works before the baby arrives, but it might push me to finish the first draft of the sequel to the Infinite-Infinite before the baby arrives. We’ll see. I’m planning to be “on leave” a few days ahead of my due date so I may end up just reading and writing and twiddling my thumbs waiting for the baby during that time. I’m trying to not be too crazy about it.
-I’m also starting to think about more ways I can show up for indie authors where I am giving them really great information, helping them to achieve their dream, but where I don’t have to have my butt in front of the computer. I don’t like the idea of saying no to helping an aspiring author who is reaching out for knowledge just because I can’t predict when I can be available to coaching call. I’m planning to release more books in the Author Your Ambition series as well as a course. Is that something that would help you all? Let me know! If I can get the course done before the baby comes that will be a big relief that I can still help and provide you guys with answers and details but without taking time away from my baby. I’m also going to be pre-recording a TON of videos for this channel as well so don’t worry!
-First trimester morning sickness made it super clear that health has to be the priority. So I am doing a lot of mental preparation to remind myself that I can take a break and that I will need to take a break. This will be such a critical time in my baby’s life and I’ll need to recover as well. I am going to have to remind myself that it is okay if I’m not hustling and creating and doing bookish things every day.

And that’s what I have planned. Mammas out there – what am I missing? Any tips for a mom-to-be? Other expecting mammas, what are your concerns about building your own maternity leave? Let’s chat in the comments below.

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