Parenting is a lot of fun and comes with an abundance of unparalleled rewards, but it’s also a strain on resources. And one of the things many new parents worry about is how they’re going to support their new family when the offering from employers or the government is so slim, especially if they’re only entitled to maternity allowance or statutory maternity pay.
If you’re currently pregnant, you are probably aware that each employer has their own set of maternity guidelines and policies, many of which won’t favour you too well. Companies struggle to support parents in taking significant time off work on full pay and often employees are offered nothing more than statutory maternity pay (currently £145.18 per week). Sometimes statutory maternity pay can contain an enhanced element where you receive all of your salary for a set number of weeks, but this isn’t always the case.
What’s worse, if you’re new to your employment or currently unemployed or self-employed, you may only be entitled to maternity allowance which ranges anywhere between £27 and £145.18 per week depending on your eligibility. And it’s all taxable, by the way! And one last kick in the teeth, if that weren’t enough, is that men are often given 2 weeks off on statutory paternity pay, putting parents in a stressful situation where, collectively, they take a massive pay cut. It means that sacrifices have to be made at a crucially important time in life, adding pressure, stress, arguments, exhaustion and guilt. Sounds great, huh?
And the news gets worse. The cost of living is rising throughout the country and, let’s face it, these figures aren’t enough to cover your rent / mortgage / energy bills, let alone the bits and bobs required to support a baby. You might even be considering quitting your job and claiming a different form of benefit just to try and meet your financial obligations.
But what if you could charge the equivalent of one week’s maternity allowance (£147.18) for one blog post or article? What if you could receive the same as a whole month’s maternity pay for re-writing a business website?
These are real options.
Here are some of the genuine advantages to becoming a freelance writer while pregnant or on maternity leave.
- You can begin earning money while you’re employed elsewhere. There’s nothing to stop you earning the occasional £50 or £100 on the side of your usual job as long as you’re transparent for tax purposes and there’s no conflict of interest. This means you can save money in advance of your maternity leave, lifting the financial burden after the baby comes.
- So long as you pitch, write and stay active, you can earn more (often a lot more) than £147.18 per week as a freelance writer. And you can earn this working less hours than you normally would in a regular 9-5 job.
- There’s a real demand for freelance writers and maternity leave gives you a great opportunity to spend some time marketing yourself.
- You don’t have to leave your home to earn money. If you’re drenched in milk and haven’t taken a shower in 5 days, it won’t matter. You’ll have more time to take care of yourself and your baby and won’t need to worry about commuting or looking good for clients.
- It costs nothing to get started. As long as you have a laptop, internet connection and Microsoft package, you can be a freelance writer.
- You can work as much or as little as you like. When you join Learn Freelance Writing, you gain access to a ‘rates calculator’. This is a calculator that allows you to input your financial data, and then gives you an hourly rate you’ll need to charge clients in order to pay your bills and sustain your lifestyle.
- You can work your freelance writing job alongside or instead of your regular job. So, if you currently hate where you work but feel trapped, freelance writing can be your ticket out of there.
- You’ll get to spend more time with your children without stressing about money.
- Your relationships might improve due to less financial stress.
- You can work from anywhere, so if your home is a little cluttered with bottles, breast pumps and dirty clothes, you can pack up your laptop (and your baby) and head to a local café for a few hours.
Why not let us help? Learn Freelance Writing can help to free you from the financial burdens that come with parenting by offering support, guidance, job opportunities, competitions, templates and much more. We want you to ENJOY being a parent, and if you have an interest in writing, there’s no reason you can’t make a career of it.