I am newly pregnant with number 3 and also self employed, running a business with a friend. Thankfully it's in a semi-understanding business (we run a toddler group) and of course ny business partner has a great understanding of being pregnant.
But it will be a bit different to being employed as although I can take maternity leave I won't get paid and we need to find someone to help out too. Providing I feel up to it I am more than happy to return asap, it is only 2 days a week and a 'lifestyle' business, but realise that it will all be a juggle as it usually is.
So just wondered if there were any stories/tips on this situation. How long did people take off, what happened to your business in the meanwhile and did it set you back?
Hi I am a childminder so in roughly the same boat as you being self employed. Check that you don't qualify for Maternity Allowance its not much but it is £117 and you can claim it for up to 9 months. You are also allowed up to 10 days during the 9 months where you can work as contact days and therefore it is a good way to try going back to see if you are ready. I know a few childminders who have had maternity leave and tend to take between 2 weeks and 9 months depending on what they can afford to do. HTH
Hi Pootlepod. It's definitely worth checking with your local job centre about maternity allowance. I am self employed and thought I had no chance of any maternity pay, but it turned out that I could get the £117 a week for 9 months which was a big help.