As many of you know, our founder, Dawn Wellington Psaromatis, recently became a mother! In addition to her title as an entrepreneur, wife and inspiration to the Wellington Group team, she is now officially a “mompreneur,” and we couldn’t be happier for her. Although she made the past nine months look easy, we are very well aware that it was not. So, we have taken some tips from the new mom herself in hopes that some of you with future plans to be a mom, entrepreneur, or both, can benefit from her advice.
*Disclaimer: if you’re a fearless leader who is used to being in control – get ready to accept the unknown and face the possibility that you’ll suffer a slight loss of control (babies can do that to you!).
One of the biggest fears when running a business while pregnant is that you’ll have to choose between the two – baby or business. But luckily there’s a way to have your cake and eat it too. The key here is preparation. Let your entire staff know in advance the amount of time you plan on taking off for maternity leave. This will ensure that no one is left in the dark while you’re away. Try leaving the office a few hours early for a few weeks leading up to your due date to ease into being away. It will make the transition process much smoother.
Taking a break:
If you’ve prepared and kept an organized approach leading up to your pregnancy, then you should have no problem turning to your team to take it from here. Dawn took a well-deserved break to really bond with baby Jackson, but still managed to keep a pulse on her business. It’s challenging, but be sure to touch base and keep a light focus. The hardest job in the world is being a mom, not to mention a business owner. So don’t think you can do it all by yourself – lean on your trusted network and/or partner for help when you need it! We’re telling you, it takes a village.
Getting back into it:
You may think easing out of work and actually having the baby are the two hardest parts of this timeline, but getting back into a work routine can actually be tougher than it was easing out. It’s highly recommended that new moms do a run through before that first day back at work. Practice getting up and getting ready a week before you need to be in the office as a dry run, and see how your schedule changes. In the past, you might have woken up at 5, worked out, ate breakfast and been out the door. Now, you have a baby to work into the mix.
Dawn is currently preparing to ease her way back into the office, and is already counting down the days until baby Jackson becomes billable! All joking aside, for those of you who have been through this taxing process, we’d love to hear how you managed it! Raising a kid is a full-time job in itself, so getting back to work, let alone running your own business, deserves a trophy or a superhero cape… right?