How to build a business on your maternity leave... | Lucy Griffiths

How to build a business on your maternity leave…

It takes 9 months to grow a baby… and growing a business is just the same thing. You need an incubation period to take your idea from embryo to fully-fledged business (even if you’re still working at the kitchen table and blogging it). 

Whether you take a sabbatical, or set up your business on your maternity leave, this period of growth is essential to give you the space and time to be creative and think about what you want. 

It might sound crazy starting a business on your maternity leave, but so many women do it, and many women succeed! Why are they so special? Errr, they’re not. They just fight the fears, are consistent about what they do, and are prepared to work at strange hours to get the show on the road, and still be there for little one. 

My blog post here explains WHY maternity leave is the perfect time to just DO IT! 

I’ve written a piece for the Honest Mum blog, and I would love you to read and let me know your thoughts

 

GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME TO CREATE YOUR BUSINESS

SCHEDULE YOUR TIME:  

Google Calendar enables you to have a separate calendar for family, life and work and partner and make them all visible.

Plot out everyone’s schedule for the week, and work out how much time you have left.

Is there enough time for you and your dreams? 

If not, can you hire some extra childcare, or get your husband to help? 

When you plan in time for you, and what you want to do, it means it’s less likely to get bumped down the priority list. 

DECIDE TO WORK EARLY OR LATE: 

Waking at 5am can be tough on a cold winter morning or working late into the evening, but two hours of precious time at midnight or at 5am on a regular basis can make all the difference.

MAKE THINGS NON-NEGOTIABLE:

Put in your plan the things you want to do and make them non-negotiable… even if that means hiring a babysitter.

STOP DREAMING:

Do you waste hours on Facebook wishing you lived someone’s life? Quit dreaming and start doing! It’s amazing how much time you’ll create.

DO IT AND STOP FAFFING:

Set a 15 minute timer for things you hate, and just do it. 

Create blocks of time to work… baby’s nap time is a fantastic block of time to write a blog post, or email your clients. See my blog post on writing a blog in 20 minutes.

MAKE DECISIONS QUICKLY! 

Successful people make decisions quickly.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the wrong decision, just take action and quit procrastinating your life away.