Are you concerned about how to plan for growing your family while running a freelance business?
In this episode of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, my guest Arianna Taboada, the founder of The Expecting Entrepreneur™, shares how to plan for maternity leave and beyond.
You’ll discover benefits that you may not have known about, project planning for maternity leave, and how to communicate with your clients. Learn how to project plan for leave and ways to keep revenue coming in while you take time off. We explore the questions that you should ask yourself when you return to work to plan your schedule and whether or not hiring subcontractors may be a solution for your business.
Arianna shares how to plan with a spirit of experimentation and curiosity and resources to babyproof your business.
Here are some things we covered in this episode:
- Policies and benefits that freelancers should know about
- Considerations when you do not live in states with paid leave programs
- What would you like your maternity leave to look like?
- Project planning for maternity leave
- How to plan for no or less income
- How to create SOPs to keep revenue coming in while you are out
- Time blocking for leave
- Should you hire subcontractors for your business?
- The questions you should ask yourself when hiring subcontractors?
- The value of projects that are highly flexible
- Things you should be thinking about as a true solopreneur
- Why you should allow yourself to have a gradual return from maternity leave
- The things that you can do in advance to maintain client communication
- Considerations for communication about maternity leave and your return
- Questions to ask yourself to structure your business when you return to work
- How to determine which clients you should keep and let go of
- Pre-planning your savings for maternity leave and beyond
- Purchasing disability insurance for freelancers
- How to plan with a spirit of experimentation and curiosity
- Grab Arianna’s book at www.theexpectingentrepreneur.com
Arianna Taboada, MSW, MSPH, is the founder of The Expecting Entrepreneur™, a consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs design parental leave plans that meet their business model and personal needs. Her highly personalized services for entrepreneurs incorporate both her expertise as a maternal health professional and her own experience as a business owner and mother. Prior to her consulting practice, Arianna worked on maternal health issues for over a decade as a health educator, a social work trainee, a reproductive health researcher, and a yoga therapist.
Arianna speaks and writes about parental leave and respectful maternity care as an issue of social justice, human rights, and economic equity. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Health Equity, Advances in Social Work, and Ethnicity & Health. She is a coauthor of Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School, published by The University of Illinois Press in 2020.
Arianna completed two traineeships with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the US federal government’s Health Services and Resources Administration—one at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities and another at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her Master of Social Work and a Master of Science in Maternal and Child Health. She is also an in-house senior researcher at Hopelab, a social innovation lab focused on developing health and emotional well-being interventions for adolescents and young adults, including those who are pregnant or parenting.
Arianna is bilingual, binational, and bicultural, and has spent much of her life working across the US and Mexico. She currently lives, works, and plays with her family in Berkeley, CA.
Learn more at www.theexpectingentrepreneur.com
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Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 10,000 people.
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