This statistic from The Sunday Times highlights the shocking cost of childcare in the UK. A mother with two children at nursery needs to earn at least £40k a year to make any profit from going to work. And that's not even taking in to account the stress of commuting, dealing with days when the kids are off sick, and paying for top up childcare during school holidays. Many highly talented professional women are being pushed out of their careers because of this. How is this fair?
Prior to having children I worked in Television Production, and I faced the very same dilemma of having to work out whether it made sense financially to return to work. Especially when it would mean not being home to put the kids to bed, or attend school plays. If you end up only breaking even after the cost of childcare, is it really worth it?
For some, it absolutely is, as their career is an integral part of their lives and they shouldn't be forced to give that up after having children.
However, for anyone out there who is wondering if there is an alternative - I'm here to tell you that there absolutely is. There is a huge surge of incredible women setting up businesses after having a family. They are taking their future in to their own hands, creating their own economy and enriching the society we live in.
You may not earn the same salary in the early years of setting up your own business, but without doubt you could have a better quality of life, for yourself and for your family.
It's never too late to re-skill and re-invent yourself as an entrepreneur!