Back to work after maternity leave?

successlHave you been impressed by the mumpreneurs you have seen on TV or in the news? Would you love to be able to run your own family friendly business but are unsure how? Many working mums and dads are stuck in inflexible jobs, and short of time for their family and themselves. At the other end of the spectrum, there are parents who would love to work and earn some money but can’t find an opportunity with the right hours to fit with the kids. Antonia Chitty shares her tips for starting your own business.

Look at your budget

Work out an ‘essentials’ budget, to see whether you could afford to give up work. Remember that you won’t spend as much money on fares, expensive lunches out and work clothes. If you are expecting a baby, look at other things that may change: you might go out less often once you have a new baby, but equally, babysitters can add to the cost of the evening when you do get a break. Think about the cost of childcare: if you work for yourself you will need different childcare to if you have an office job. Some work at home mums slot in work during evenings and nap time and get all day with their children while others swap playdates to get things done.

Check your rights

You may want to start a business gradually, keeping your paid job on and fitting in the start up on evenings and weekends. Or, you may decide to work part time and star the business part time. You have the right to ask for flexible work if you have a child under 18. Your boss has to consider your request and can’t refuse outright.  She has to base a refusal on one of the following grounds:

  • Burden of additional costs
  • Detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demands
  • Inability to reorganise work among existing staff
  • Detrimental impact on quality
  • Detrimental impact on performance
  • Insufficiency of work during the periods the employee proposes to work
  • Planned structural changes


 This post is in association with Working Mums

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