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How to boost that paltry maternity leave pay!

maternity leave pay

If you’re on statutory maternity leave pay right now, my heart goes out to you! I worked at different companies for each of my periods of maternity leave. Unfortunately, neither of them offered an enhanced scheme, leaving me to manage on 90% pay for 6 weeks and SMP for 33 weeks

But some maternity leave pay is better than nothing right?

And I would absolutely agree; women in some countries have far worse deals on maternity leave than in the UK.

But on a personal level, even with savings and mega-budgeting strategies deployed (which I excel at by the way), my husband and I were going to struggle to make ends meet when I was on my second maternity leave.

Could I increase my income?

I started to think, “can I work on maternity leave?” and after doing some research, found that indeed I could!

As well as ‘keeping in touch days‘ with my employer, as long as your contract of employment allows it, you can work freelance whilst on maternity leave.

Enter Virtual Assistant job

I was reading on a money-saving website about ways to boost your income. As well as there being ideas such as completing online surveys and focus groups etc, there was a freelance website mentioned. On this site you could sign up and start bidding on projects to work on from home. I signed up, started bidding and the rest as they say, is history!

How did you fit it in?

This is a question I get asked a lot, but essentially the best advice I can give is, where there’s a will, there’s a way! I would work when my daughter napped and my eldest was in school, or in the evenings once she was asleep.

It took off so well, that I considered quitting my full-time job and going freelance after my maternity leave instead. However, it did feel risky so I sought a part-time employed role which I am still in today. I work for a university in events for 17.5 hours per week and I freelance around it.

Fast forward six years

I am living my maternity leave pipedream! What started as a way to top up my maternity leave pay, has given me a fabulously fulfilling and flexible way to earn a good living around my family.

I am there for the school run each day which my daughters love. They have also had extra-curricular opportunities afforded to them which would have been closed off if I worked full time.

You can do it too!

It’s not going to be for everyone, but if you wanted to find out more about how to become a freelance Virtual Assistant, then do check out Virtual Assistant training and my other Virtual Assistant blog.

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