How to start a business while on maternity leave

How to start a business while on maternity leave

Having a new baby and starting out on your path to parenthood is never easy. Not only do you have to adjust to looking after a small person who is entirely dependant on you, but there are also likely to be some changes to your work life too.

The first one of these is maternity leave. Maternity leave is when you are off work to take care of your baby. For some, this could be a couple of months, while some may get as much as a year. Being on maternity leave will often be the best time. However, there is always the dread that you will have to return to work at some point.

What if we told you that it was possible to make a major change to your life and your career while you are on maternity leave?

Setting up your own business is a big leap at any point in your life. However, when you are on maternity leave, it can seem a whole lot scarier. If you are considering it, why not take a look through our guide to setting up a business on maternity leave.

Remember your job is still secure

We have said that it can be scary, setting up a business while you are on maternity leave it actually makes sense. You are going to be dedicated to your little one, of course, but you are also likely to have more time then you realise for yourself too. Despite being at home, able to think about different things to do with your career and business, you are still being paid by your current employer which means that there is minimal risk to your financial situation.

Talk to as many people as possible

Just like with any big decision in your life, if you are considering setting up a business on maternity leave, then it makes sense to try and talk to as many people as possible. Learn their experiences and their opinions on your plans and take away from them some of their key points. Of course, the decision is all going to be yours, they should never influence what you end up doing, but they may have some valuable advice.

We interviewed Charlotte Wise the owner of Bip Bop Shop she set up a business while on maternity leave check out the interview here.

Take your time to write a business plan

Setting yourself up in business means that you need to sit down and think about what you want to do. Not only the initial idea or spark that puts your business wheels in motion, but also how you think you are going to go about it. You need to think about how you will finance your business and how you will make sure that it is a success.

Get used to working around being a parent

One of the hardest things to get used to when you are a parent and someone who runs a business, is balancing the two. Whilst you can be flexible with the times that you work, you are going to have to make sure that you are still dedicated to both. Learn to work in the evenings, or in the early mornings, as well as learning how to work when your little one has a nap. Once you manage all these things, then you will be well on your way to mastering the two.

Setting up a business on maternity leave makes great sense, so why not try it out for yourself? If you have an idea and you want to put it into motion, the break from work may just give you the opportunity to decide exactly what it is that you want to do.

Register here for Create Launch Grow a start-up course for parents.

How to Tell Your Children About Divorce and Separation

How to Tell Your Children About Divorce and Separation

Getting a divorce isn’t easy for any member of the party, and it may be difficult to tell your children about the family changes that are taking place. However, telling your children about divorce or separation doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may think.

There are ways to approach telling your children that will still make them feel confident and loved, and here is how:

Tell Them Together

During a divorce, it is common for a child/children to take sides and for one parent to come out of the divorce process worse than the other. By telling your children about the change together, it presents a united front, and it will show that both parents can still be civil and will stop your child getting dragged into any conflict if there is any.

If this cannot happen, then the best option would be to communicate with each other before telling the child, so that you both know what will be said at the discussion. A structured plan of what to say and what not to say will stop the absent parent from being shone in a bad light, and to avoid sadness for the child.

Tell the Truth

Your children deserve to know the truth and nothing less. This process will affect them emotionally, and there is no point in lying about what is going on, especially when it may come out in the future.

While sharing some of these details with your children may be difficult, you want it to be as easy as possible for them to understand and it is the best way to go about this. By telling them the truth, they will be able to ask questions, plus open and share their feelings more. You know your children better than anyone else, so only use simple language that they are comfortable with.

Tell Them Things Will Be Different

There is no point in denying the fact that this separation will have a big impact on your child’s life and it is important to acknowledge that and not brush it under the table. Your children won’t want to hear about all the changes, but it is important that they know how the movement will affect everyone involved.

Mention everything that may change over the next couple of weeks, whether this is in their home life or education, as the divorce may affect their results as well as living arrangements. Parents should really take this opportunity to emphasise everything that will remain the same, as children hate change.

Tell Them You Love Them

One of the simplest points: remind your child how much not just you, but your soon to be ex-partner love them. It is a reminder to tell your children that they are a production of love and that both of you will be there to support your child throughout every milestone.

Listen to Them

Children, especially those that are younger, may have a lot of questions and it is important to answer these questions rather than avoiding them. The process isn’t just about telling your children about the change, but supporting them throughout the difficult time and it is important to listen to their worries and feelings.

Once the news has been shared with your children, sit back and listen to everything that they may have to say about the situation and comfort them in the best way possible. You should encourage your children to share their feelings and help them communicate exactly what they’re thinking.

For more information about all aspects of divorce and family law, speak to experienced divorce solicitors at Howells.

Howells Solicitors

This post has been written by Karis Jones, a solicitor in the family law department at Howells Solicitors. Karis’ main area of expertise is private, and public law children matters although she has also obtained several non-Molestation orders for those that have been subjected to domestic violence. Karis also offers legal surgeries on a monthly basis at the YMCA, Huggard centre, and Women’s Aid.

6 excellent tips to remember when using video chat for customer service

6 excellent tips to remember when using video chat for customer service

Let’s face it: The Internet and connectivity, as well as social platforms, have completely revolutionized customer service. Decades ago, stopping by a physical store or making a phone call were the only ways that customers could reach you. Now, they can email, call, visit, and they can video chat.
There are a lot of things that are advantageous for companies interested in pursuing video chat. First of all, it distinguishes your company from the crowd you stand out and are willing to give people the chance to connect with you on a very human and very personal level. It offers value and community.

There are a number of different ways to think about video chat for customer service. One is to screen share particularly helpful if you’re trying to understand an issue, such as a computer problem, that’s going on. What else should you consider? This graphic explains it.

6 Tips to Remember When Using Video Chat for Customer Service

Author Bio: Kaylee White
Ghergich & Co.