IT GIRL RADIO EPISODE #73: Blending a Career and Family with Jessica Nazarali

Did you know that, on average, a woman gets only seven weeks of paid maternity leave? If you were shocked by that statistic, believe me, so was I. If you want to have a career and a family, it’s never too early to start thinking about maternity leave, returning to work, and how you can set yourself up for success in your business and career. My research on maternity leave and women’s rights in developed countries turned up some shocking numbers. Even if you’re not planning on starting a family, it is still something to be aware of and plan for in your career.

On this episode of It Girl Radio, I share some insights about things to consider when starting a family, as well as the benefits of starting your own business as a mother. As a nanny in my university days, I saw how being your own boss can give you the freedom and flexibility to be financially independent, while also catering to the needs of your family.

As a mother, are you wondering how you can create more flexibility in your business and career? Or are you just planning for the future for when you decide to start a family? I have just the tips for you, so be sure to tune in to find out more!


[:24] Jessica’s topic for today is maternity leave, returning to work, and setting yourself up for success in your business and career. [:45] Jessica shares the experience of a client that prompted her interest in maternity leave and women’s rights and some of the statistics she discovered. [2:52] Some of the issues to think about if you want to have a career and a family are maternity leave, childcare, and leaving your child with a caregiver for extended periods once you return to work. [4:22] Jessica shares her personal experience of being a nanny in her university days, and how that inspired her to start her own business. [8:30] What are some of the benefits of having a business while being a mother? [10:53] What women need is freedom and flexibility in their work options. What are some steps you can take to make your work more flexible? [14:54] It is important for mums to still do work that inspires them and lights them up because that is an example for their children. [15:25] Another option to consider is moving to a smaller city, a town, or even overseas. [16:37] Jessica reflects on her journey as a mother and a businesswoman and how this has fueled her passion to help other women.

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“On average, women get seven weeks of paid leave at their normal salary rates.”

“If you know that you want to have a career as well as have a family, I think it makes a lot of sense to start to really think about [maternity leave], and just plan how you are going to handle it.”

“The mum who was definitely the happiest, the most fulfilled, was the mum that had her own business.”

“The best time to start a business is when you realize that you want to start a business.”

“I truly believe what women need is more flexible work options.”

“It’s important that we are excited about life and we’re doing things that light us up because that is an example for our children.”


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