Find out about: Your options after maternity leave

Antonia ChittyFamily Friendly Working is packed with articles on all sorts of topics, whether you want to run your own business, join a party plan or direct sales business, or buy a franchise. In this article. I round up some of our news and advice about  your choices during and after maternity leave to make it easier for you to find out what you need to know.

For most women, particularly those having a first baby, going back to work after maternity leave is the main choice, perhaps because you want to continue your career, perhaps because you are required to in order to keep maternity pay. Whatever your motivation, this can be a tough time so read these 6 Ways to Ease Your Transition Back to Work After Having a Baby.

Lots of women decide that having a baby is time to change the way they work. For me, the crunch point came six months after I returned to work. I felt like I was doing a bad job at work and home, so I went freelance. I’m not alone in that decision: Rise of the ‘Returners’: Women over 30 taking the plunge and starting their own businesses increases by one third in a year.

If you want a middle way, read all about your right to request flexible working. There are lots of different patterns of flexible work – and a round-up article on the topic here will tell you all you need to know. you’re serious about starting a business or simply want some more ideas to avoid returning to full time work after maternity leave, Antonia Chitty has lots more advice for you:

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