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By Megan Smiley, Nov 25 2019 04:17PM


There are many pros and cons of being self employed. Being my own boss, therefore I can do what I believe is right and I don't have to get approval from the powers that be is a big draw. Also the flexibility, in theory, that it provides. I say in theory because as most small business owners know, the boundaries between work and life do get pushed at times as you are so passionate and involved in the business. But probably the biggest pro for me is that I've been able to make a business and career out of doing something I think is really important and that I love, developing my business over the years to a place I want it to be.


On the other side, the cons. Well the fact you don't get holiday pay, sick pay or all the other benefits you might get from working for someone else. But apart from missing that 'oh doesn't this feel amazing being on holiday and getting paid for it', the biggest con for me would be not having colleagues. I work from my own studio and massage room and it's just me. So there aren't people to ask opinions about work issues, seek support when you need it, make a cup of tea for and maybe most importantly, to cover for you.


So on the first day of over four months maternity leave, I feel I've deserted my post with no-one to cover. I have of course made plans for my clients so they'll continue with their health and fitness journeys and I've found replacement people/activities but I can't help feeling like I'm abandoning them a little.


It is quite hard to plan for the future when it's baby orientated. When to finish? How long to take off? I mean who knows when he'll actually turn up or how he'll turn up! I've been optimistic/thinking very wishfully that he won't be too early/late or problematic arriving! But it is a very much unknown event, and an unknown time. Some women change their perspective of life after having a baby and don't want to rush back to work if going back at all, some decide to change careers, others carry on (as much as you can) as they were before. My plan is somewhere in-between, starting working one day a week relatively quickly and then upping to two days when it feels right, with full-time hours somewhere in the distant future.


As a person who likes to have everything planned meticulously and doesn't really do well with spontaneity and going with the flow these coming months, who am I kidding, years, might be somewhat of a change and challenge for me! There has never been such a massive life-changing event (as everyone keeps telling us – life will never be the same again once you've had a child!) that I've had so little control over. But in a weird way I'm actually looking forward to the uncertainty of how the next chapter will pan out. It's exciting, daunting and uncharted territory!