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How to Take Maternity Leave without Putting Life on Hold

Lesson 7 of 16

Intro: Putting Your Maternity Plan into Action


How to Take Maternity Leave without Putting Life on Hold

Lesson 7 of 16

Intro: Putting Your Maternity Plan into Action


Lesson Info

Intro: Putting Your Maternity Plan into Action

Okay, so let's get back to it. In this section, I'm going to talk about putting your maternity plan into action. So we've already talked about the grand strategy, we've done the worksheets, we've done all the analysis, and we know in theory how to decide which stage you wanna move through, what to do in those stages, but now we're gonna apply it a bit more to your business and a bit more like the nuts and bolts. And just keep in mind that this is an ever evolving process, you may have a great plan, and then you feel the need to get child care earlier than you thought, or maybe you're just not quite ready. It's always gonna be an evaluation of how you're spending your time, energy, and money, and our end goal status is final revved fully back up, and you can get to that on any time course that you need. So just an enesy bit about babies, if you've never met one before, so developmentally the zero to three months old baby is often called the fourth trimester of life because evolutionaril...

y, babies are born too young. So because we're really smart, we have really big heads, and babies actually wouldn't be born if their heads got any bigger. So humans are born way earlier developmentally than most other primates or any other animals. So it means when you get a tiny zero to three month baby, they're still very, they're mostly just interested in feeding and snuggling because in some sense, they kind of weren't ready to be born yet. So this is why we hear 12 weeks kind of being the average, I mean I don't wanna say average, but you know, the normalish kind of leave time, is because somewhere around the three month mark is when babies start to do things that you would think of as baby-like. They start to kind of sit up, they start to react to you, they start to have some little needs and desires that aren't just eating. So keeping that in mind, that's really the only baby schooling I'm gonna do as we're talking about timelines. So the needs of a newborn are really completely different from the needs of an older baby.

Class Description

If the term “maternity leave” makes you nervous, you’re not alone.

The big challenge: stepping away from life for 3 months with the expectation of returning to work after maternity leave like nothing happened. Many working women already put in 12 hours a day, so how does one manage with fewer? This common practice is particularly detrimental to small business owners, who find their business slipping away during maternity leave, along with confused and disappointed customers, even when the business has returned to normal.

There’s a better way.

Instead of a traditional maternity leave, in How to Take Maternity Leave without your Putting Life on Hold, Stacey will show you how to put your business into maintenance mode for as long as you want: keeping your business functioning at a high level to keep your customers happy, but not requiring your full-time attention. It will make returning to work after maternity leave much more seamless.  

Many business owners spend time on tasks that are not essential. By eliminating these excess activities, you can distill your business into a few hours a day of powerful productivity. Keep your business going while still spending the time with your family that only comes once in a lifetime. When you’re returning to work after maternity leave, you’ll find that your newly-discovered efficiency has transformed your business. You may even decide to limit work to a few hours a day, permanently!

You’ll Learn How To:

·       Determine which tasks in your business are worth your time and attention

·       Streamline your business down to the bare essentials, creating successful systems

·       Calculate how much money you need to earn during your leave, and work the minimum number of hours to achieve it

·       Take advantage of ‘down time’ in productive ways

·       Decide when to hire out tasks, even if you’ve never considered hiring contractors before

·       Find non-standard childcare options… there’s more than full-time daycare!

·       Effortlessly shift your business back into ‘full-rev’ mode

During Stacey’s daughter’s first year, she earned 65% of what she earned the previous year, working during baby’s naps and in the evenings. She was able to do this by streamlining her business and working on only what brought in results, cutting work time down to a couple of hours a day. Her daughter entered traditional daycare when she was 20 months old, with a transition that was seamless to customers, because it appeared as if she had been working full-time all along.

Learn how you can apply Stacey’s techniques and strategies to your maternity leave plan. Even if you’re not a small business owner, you’ll find ways to assess and streamline your work, make time for this once-in-a-lifetime period,  manage childcare, rev up and get back in the game.   


Patrice Horvath

Thank you for making such an important class!!! This is a topic we all really need to talk about openly and have some guidance on! I'm 29, recently married and went freelance last year because I knew I'd want flexibility when I started a family. My business has gained momentum recently and this will course be so important to have handy during the next few years when I start a family to help me maintain my business. Thank you, very excited!