You might be thinking about starting a family, or you might already be pregnant — either way, it's an exciting time! Don't worry — you can continue growing your freelance business during these life-changing moments. However, you might have concerns about going through pregnancy and the early stages of your child's life while managing a small business. Those are valid concerns, so we're talking about how to achieve those goals.
Even though you're running a small business, communication is critical with every client. That extends to communicating if you're experiencing symptoms that might impede your writing schedule. Yes, speaking about your pregnancy is your choice, but your clients should know if you're struggling with keeping up with your current workload. They'll appreciate knowing what's happening and, in many cases, might reduce expectations until the symptoms subside.
Let's face it — we love freelancing and we want to take every step possible to grow our businesses. Freelancers are notorious for working odd hours, putting in extra time, and burning the candle on both ends. However, when you're pregnant, health must take center stage above all else.
That doesn't mean it's okay to miss deadlines or forgo looking for new clients. Self-care means:
Just like no two freelance writing businesses are the same, that also goes for pregnancies. That means we can't predict what might change each day. For example, before or during the early stages of pregnancy, you might think you don't have to make any changes. Consider how tiring it can be to go through pregnancy and then raise an infant.
Don't let that lower your confidence. You can do this, but it's going to take some tweaking. Maintain your confidence by:
Beyond that of communicating with clients and managing symptoms, you can also stay productive during pregnancy. Here are some tips for doing that while managing symptoms:
It's okay to look for help when you're trying to stay productive during pregnancy. Talk to your friends and family about struggles or lean on other freelancers in your network for support. It isn't impossible to remain productive and continue growing your freelance business while pregnant. When you prioritize health, reevaluate your schedule, and prepare for challenges, you can journey through pregnancy without missing a beat!