Paid maternity / paternity leave was a consideration for my public relations agency. It was a benefit that I had to decide whether or not I wanted to offer to my employees. Similarly, it may have been a benefit I had as an employee (since it never applied to me, I never paid attention to whether or not I had it).
Yet, we expect it. Like, we’re entitled to paid leave… Hey employer, I just had a kid. Pay me to stay home and take care of it. But for entrepreneurs, that’s not quite how it works.
As entrepreneurs, we’re accountable to so many people, ourselves included, that any significant leave (let alone paid leave) may not be an option… especially for solopreneurs.