What would you do if you got made redundant when you were 7 weeks pregnant?
5 years ago, I got called into the office. Something was telling me that this was not going to be good news and I was right.
The managing director was telling me that they were going to have to let me go. I was shocked. I cried. I had only been there for 6 months, but they needed to cut costs.
AND I was pregnant (they didn’t know this before they told me this news by the way). I begged for them to let me stay on until I was due to go on maternity leave but that wasn’t an option for them.
I was stuck. How was I going to find a job that would take a pregnant lady on for 6 months?
I had already overcome redundancy before, so I knew I could get through this, but I wasn’t pregnant that time and it was only 6 months previous to this too. How would I cope going through it all again?
The first time I was made redundant, I got the phone call to say I was ‘at risk’ exactly one week before I was due back to work from maternity leave after my first child was born.
This was such an awful situation to be in, but I knew in the end that this company wasn’t for me. They weren’t willing to give me the flexibility that I needed being a new Mum.
So, I looked for new opportunities and probably went for the wrong one as I was in a pretty desperate situation. I also knew I wanted to have another child before too long, so I took the first job that offered. The one that then went on to make me redundant at 7 weeks pregnant.
I found myself as a mother of a nearly 2-year-old, 7 weeks pregnant and made redundant for the second time in a year. This was not a good place to be. I was distraught, my confidence completely dented (was I good enough at my job?), questioning if I’ll ever find a job that would offer the flexibility I needed.
By this point I had already been thinking of starting my own business. It’s always been something that’s been in the back of my mind, but I had never acted on it. Could I go all in and replace the income I was making straight away? Probably not, is what I told myself.
I was being realistic, and I didn’t know about any of the mindset tools I use today. What I did know was that things always work themselves out and I knew I’d manage to get something sorted.
Then I got an email out of the blue about a company that that were looking for an Email Marketing Executive. It was a step down the ladder, but they were open to a 6-month contract and it was actually paying the same as my management position so win-win. I had an interview and got offered the job! Phew! See I told you things always work themselves out.
I knew that I would be secure for the next 6 months and within that time I could also set up and grow my business so that I wouldn’t have to return to work after my maternity leave.
When that time came, I wasn’t quite where I needed to be, but I was also not going to be returning to work full time either. Instead the same company offered me a freelance opportunity – how lucky was I? I was so grateful that they were so open to flexibility and it also boosted my confidence – they still wanted me.
I continued to freelance alongside building my product business and raising my babies. The thing is it wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. Running a business is actually very hard work and you have to do ‘all the things’, unless you’re in a place where you’re ready to outsource. I ended up burning out and hated creating the products I used to love.
So today I can look back and think, all of this happened for a reason. I think life throws you these curve balls and leads you on the path you’re meant to be on.
Had I not been made redundant twice, I may not have had the push I needed to set up my own business.
Had I not created a product business and gone through a burn out, I may not have realised that actually there are probably other product business owners out there trying to do it all and failing.
I started this new business because I want to help product business owners that are struggling with marketing their business. They want to be creating their products and not be a slave to marketing and all the technical bits that they just can’t get their head around.
Have you ever had to overcome challenges in your life that are tough at the time but in the end you actually think, “I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for that”?
I’d love to know below…