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Maternity Leave for #StartUp Founders: 6 Things To Do Before You Take Off

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Business Strategist and digital entrepreneur Nathalie Lussier is 8 months pregnant with her first child and is about to go on maternity leave, but oh wait, she works for herself!

How does maternity leave work for an entrepreneur?

Lussier, and her husband, who is a developer for the company and will also going on paternity leave,  took some steps to prepare their business and team an entire year in advance to keep it running smoothly during their absence.

Lussier chronicled the steps, which are, in sum:

1. REVERSE ENGINEER YOUR DUE DATE AND KEEP COMMITMENTS MANAGEABLE

2. FIND OUT WHERE YOUR BOTTLENECKS ARE

3. BRING YOUR TEAM UP TO SPEED ON YOUR MATERNITY LEAVE PLANS

4. AUTOMATE, DELEGATE, OR DELETE ANYTHING THAT CAN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT YOU

5. SET FIRM BOUNDARIES FOR YOURSELF + PREPARE TO SAY NO MORE OFTEN

6. GET THE SUPPORT YOU’LL NEED IN PLACE EARLY & TEST YOUR SYSTEMS

She goes into great detail on a podcast and blog about this topic that you can find HERE!

As a digital publisher, I was most impressed with her list of obligations needing tending to before leaving:

  • Plan out our editorial calendar, newsletters, and content for the next few months ahead of time
  • Record updated tutorial videos for how we do certain things (think Facebook ads, setting up campaigns, etc.)
  • Create an escalation plan for support requests, so that most support requests can be handled by the team unless Robin is needed on the “tougher ones”
  • Writing more canned responses and beefing up our Knowledge Base to answer questions more proactively
  • Set clear goals for everyone on the team, so they know exactly what they’re working on and responsible for

Read the rest of the blog and access the podcast HERE!

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