Freelance mum on mat leave

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radioactiveimagination Mon 19-Nov-18 15:51:46

I work PT but also do a bit of freelance work, but am currently on maternity leave. However a really great freelance client from a company I have been wanting to work with for ages offered me some work a few months ago. I did the work as it was fairly straightforward and non taxing on my sleep deprived 'baby brain'. They were happy. Then asked if I could do some more work for them which would be similar so I said yes fine as could do with the money to be frank. However, the brief has come through and it’s a bit more involved than I honestly think I can handle right now. Back before the baby, when I had proper sleep every night I wouldn’t have hesitated but I don’t want to make a pig’s ear of it and cause myself stress and ruin a so-far good relationship with this client. But I sort of said I’d do it already so I’ll have to risk pissing them off if I’ve changed my mind. So how do I reply without potentially losing this client’s business? Would you be honest and cite baby brain/lack of childcare or would that be viewed negatively? I’d really like to work with them again when I’m fully back at work so don’t want to be seen as unreliable. Help!

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Rkay2 Mon 19-Nov-18 15:54:12

How much of your time would it take up? How old is the baby?

I did some extra work on mat leave and I honestly think it kept me sane and reduced baby brain!

You are probably more than capable but seeing the brief might have thrown you a bit?

radioactiveimagination Mon 19-Nov-18 16:01:03

Thanks for replying, I think it would take 2 or 3 days at least and needs to be done in next couple of weeks. DS is 6 months. He doesn't sleep though, that's the problem. So I'm still in that brain fog of sleep deprivation. I'm worried I'll get too stressed and completely mess up. Then I'll have wasted everyone's time and they'll never want to work with me again

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radioactiveimagination Mon 19-Nov-18 16:02:45

I agree a bit of work has helped but think I'd be biting off more than I can chew with this new one!

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BikeRunSki Mon 19-Nov-18 16:06:54

“Having now received the full specification of waiting required, I am afraid that I will not be able to complete the work to a satisfactory standard within the required time constraints. I am currently taking a short step back from my business, but anticipate to be working again in **, and would be delighted to work with you again then.”

radioactiveimagination Mon 19-Nov-18 16:10:02

Thanks BikeRunSki, I like 'taking a short step back', avoids having to mention anything too personal. Think I'll say something along those lines. Very helpful, thanks!

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BikeRunSki Mon 19-Nov-18 16:20:19

I hope it works out radioactive. Good luck.

User20182008 Tue 20-Nov-18 14:33:35

Or I might ask if you could have a month to complete it more slowly. It's the timeframe that's stressful? If you could do one day per week that might be manageable? Or even half a day a week.

Don't lose confidence in yourself! That's your baby brain talking saying you can't do it. I promise.

I'd try and keep in with them if at all possible. They sound like they like having you work for them and it's money for you. Win win.

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