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Navigating the Uncharted: My Maternity Leave as a Work-at-Home Mompreneur

Hey there, fellow hustlers! It’s Krystan, and today I’m diving into a topic that many of us work-at-home mompreneurs can relate to – the elusive maternity leave. If you’re reading this with a baby on your hip or a toddler at your feet, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.

Let me take you back to where it all began. I started my solo-preneur journey in 2017, fueled by the dream of creating a life that would not only support me but also pave the way for a family. Little did I know that the road ahead would throw some unexpected twists my way.

Fast forward to 2020, and we all know what hit – the infamous COVID. While I managed to keep my business afloat, the growth I had envisioned plateaued. It was a tough pill to swallow, but life doesn’t always follow the script we write. Still, the dream of starting a family persisted.

When the decision to expand our family came, I found myself at a crossroads. My business wasn’t exactly where I had hoped it would be, but hey, when has life ever been perfectly timed? We decided to make it work, and that meant no luxury of an extended maternity leave.

I took a whopping two weeks off – not because I wanted to, but because as a solo-preneur in a service-based business, taking time off can feel like playing with fire. Clients rely on you, deadlines loom, and the bills keep coming. Maternity leave, especially the paid variety, is like a unicorn – rare and seemingly mythical.

Two weeks may sound like a blink of an eye, but for me, it was a delicate dance between bonding with my newborn and ensuring I didn’t lose the momentum of my business. It wasn’t ideal, but life rarely is. I made it work, and here’s the secret sauce – a hefty dose of support from my husband and family.

Owning a business, especially as a solo-preneur, comes with its unique set of challenges. Taking time off without sacrificing income or risking client relationships is no small feat. In future posts, I’ll delve into the nitty-gritty details of what my two-week “maternity leave” looked like and how I managed the comeback.

So, if you’re a fellow mompreneur or someone contemplating the wild ride of entrepreneurship mixed with motherhood, stay tuned. We’re in this together, navigating the uncharted waters and finding the beauty in the chaos.

Until next time,

​Krystan 💕👩‍💻👶

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