The 6 Secrets to Starting a Business Whilst on Maternity Leave

emma_walkerHaving children is a life changing event and when you first get pregnant, you may think that you will go back to your current job without too many changes, and for some women this will happen.

But for others, when they’re holding their baby in their arms, they just know that things have changed forever and the thought of returning to work fills them with dread.

This is why using your maternity leave is a great opportunity to evaluate your career and decide what you want to do after your leave ends – return to your job, become a stay at home mum or start your own business.

The most important thing to remember though is that you are doing what’s right for you and your family so please don’t feel like you have to follow ‘the rules’.

If you do decide to take the plunge and start your own business, follow these 6 simple steps and it will make the transition a lot easier for you and your family:

1. Decide on your business idea

Let me be very clear from the start.  Running a business is hard work and definitely NOT a get rich quick scheme – if that’s what you’re after, you need to go elsewhere!

That’s why it’s really important to choose something that you’re going to enjoy doing a lot of.

There are lots of business opportunities out there, whether you are selling your own products or services, or buying into a franchise or MLM business, you will find something that is a fit for your skills, experience and goals. Continue reading…

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