Our family is just days away from welcoming our second little bean into the world, and I am so. not. ready.
I mean, I’m ready to meet this little monkey who has been doing non-stop somersaults for the past three dozen weeks! I cannot wait for those cuddles.
But it seems as though I have a ridiculous to-do list to address before signing off on this delivery due date (slated for Nov. 2).
When thinking about what it takes to go on maternity leave as a solopreneur, I thought I’d put together my business-related pre-maternity leave list of things to get done before we double (over) in diapers.
1. Decide how to address current client work.
During my last maternity leave, I was so fortunate to have a former colleague and good friend take on my client work. She had recently launched her own freelance business, so she was happy to take on the client work while she built up her base. For six months, she took over my work with the understanding I’d take these clients back on when I returned from maternity leave. It was a ridiculously nice feeling of assurance to have some I trust take on the workload while not worrying about losing my clients. This same gal is going to take on those clients again for me during this maternity leave. I owe her a ton of chocolate.
2. Get my finances in order.
When it comes to filing my bills and receipts, I have an ugly system of throwing the papers into a folder and then organizing them madly as tax season approaches. I want to get my filing system in order before the babe comes so that it’s one less thing to think about. I purchased a filing box and I’m excited about the organization that’s about to go down.
3. Complete my billing.
I’m fortunate to work part-time at the local College and have accrued enough hours to qualify for Maternity Benefits! That said, I can’t keep doing client work while I’m off, so I have to wrap up all my invoicing before maternity leave begins.
4. Make a plan for this blog.
I’m not naive enough to think I’m going to have enough time to continue blogging during my time off. I have to still figure out what I’ll do with this blog when I’m off. Part of the plan is to write a handful of blog postings to bank. Then, maybe when the New Year arrives, I’ll set out a blogging schedule to ensure I don’t fall off the face of the Earth.
5. Chill out.
One of the hardest things about working from home is separating your work life from your family life. I know I have to learn how to switch off from work when the little one arrives. I need to learn how to put the phone down, embrace the little moments and soak in the time off together. I’ve done a few “phone-free weekends” to unplug from the world, and after a few hours of withdrawal, it is so liberating. I’m tempted to use this opportunity to disengage from social media while I’m off and don’t need to use it for work purposes. But ask me that question when I’m up for a 3 a.m. feeding with nothing to do.
If you’ve been on maternity leave, what worked for you when preparing to go off work for an extended period of time?