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Need to make a little cash while you're on unpaid maternity leave? Here are some ideas.
Times are tough, and as much as we don't want to work while on maternity leave, some of us really could use the cash.
While on maternity leave with my first son, I contracted with my employer to do one of my regular projects, a newsletter layout and production project. It was easier for my boss to let me handle the project remotely than to train or burden the other employees who were already working harder in my absence.
I have to say it was nice to keep my hands in work and to have that small reason to stay in contact with the office while I was out. And the extra cash was nice too.
However, the tightly deadlined project did fall a little too soon after my son's birth (within days if I remember correctly), which was, of course, impossible to predict — and he was 10 days early! I might suggest contracting out on a project without a solid deadline, if possible, something more flexible. Also, make sure to test out any technical functions prior to your leave so you can do the work without any computer problems.
In this article "Making money on unpaid maternity leave," the author gives some other good ideas for earning cash while on maternity leave:
A few CafeMoms share some other ideas in the Any quick ways to make money why on maternity leave? question in Answers.
Some ideas from CafeMoms:
Don't forget to check with your employer benefits office and tax advisor before making any additional income during your maternity leave. The rules may be different state to state and depending on the additional income source.
And, of course, if you can save in advance or afford *NOT* to work when your maternity leave is unpaid, then by all means...enjoy it! It'll be over before you know it.