You are still entitled to statutory maternity pay. It would just have to switch from being paid by your employer to being paid by the government. When you register to become self employed you do so here - 08459 15 45 15 - perhaps it would be worth phoning them to find out how you go about it.
Yeah that's what i thought. thing is what i want to do is a bookkeeping business so it would take a while to establish myself and get enough clients to stop being employed aswell. Was hoping to start whilst on maternity leave but won't if it means losing maternity pay. Ho hum, will have to just be either poor for a bit whilst i set up or work aswell. Neither option appeals at the moment but plenty of time as on maternity leave until December!!!
Mmm, that is a tricky one. Why don't you give the helpline a call to see if they can help. There might be a way around it. I know when my DH set up his own business he claimed unemployment benefit for 3 months (his previous firm had gone bust). Might be worth seeking futher advice.
Good luck. I became self employed 3 months ago (marketing) and haven't looked back!
You can always start the business up that can take a couple of months and then when you get clients you can advance date the invoices to after your maternity pay ends and get them to pay you then. My friend did a similar thing with HR consultancy.
I'm no expert or anything but i always thought you could be self employed whilst being employed aslong as there is nothing in your employment contract against it? Is it not just employed paid work you can't do whilst on maternity leave?
You can certanily be an employee and then work weekends self employer or in another employment unless your employment contract restricts it but not sure of the rules on SMP. If you were back at work you'd get your wages so I suppose you get the SMP because you're on maternity leave but it's a payment based on national insurance contributions so may be you do still get it? I suspect not and if you don't get SMP then you get maternity allowance I think, if you didn't have enogyh NI contributions etc which is presumably a benefit paid to those who have had babies and didn't qualify for SMP and you wouldn't get that if you had an income I think.
Just had a look at DWP website and it says about SMP and then starting work for someone else. In this case SMP stops. But doesn'e say anything about SMP and then becoming self employed. Although i'd imagine the same rules apply. Pressumably if i don't actually get any money then SMP would continue but if i do earn anything it'll stop. If i didn't earn anything it would be because i didn't get any work so therefore wouldn't have actually started self employment anyway and would go back to my job.
Well everything points to having to do nothing until SMP finishes or nearly finishes and then either do both or just see what happens with just being self employed
Does anyone know what you do about maternity pay when employed and self employed? My earnings are under the tax threshold for employed work but over if include self employed work.I found out i was pregnant only 2-3 weeks after starting self employed so i don't know where that leaves me!Can anyone help?
Does anyone know whether it is possbile to work on a self employed basis whislt on statutory maternity leave?
I am hoping to take 12 months maternity leave and supplement my income by working on a consultancy basis, as I do already, whilst I am on maternity leave from my main employement. My addtional employers contibution of maternity leave ends after 6 months meaning for the following 3 months I will be on statutory maternity pay, followed by having no income, it is only legitimate to work in the final 3 months?.
I'm Self-Employed for the last 2 years and I earn approx £600 pm. This is commission based job so my earnings depends on how much my team sell in a month. I only work few hours per week just by making/answering phones/e-mail and delivering orders to my own customers. For the last 10 months I'm also employed full-time through the agency. I'm going on Maternity leave in 2 weeks and I will get 39 weeks SMP from them. I'm not coming back to my full-time job after mat leave and I want to keep my home business running. My commission will be still paid even if I don't work a lot so I don't want to close my business down. I wonder if it won't make me into trouble. Can I legally get my SMP and keep my home business running?