When you’re a busy working woman, the idea of taking a career break can come with a ton of mixed emotions. 

The bottom line is, you have every right to do what’s best for you and your family. We know the mom guilt (or just plain old guilt) can hit hard when you least expect it, but just know that guilt shouldn’t dictate any of your life choices.

If you take time to plan and be strategic before the break happens, you’ll go into the break with peace of mind knowing you’ve covered all your bases and are making a wise decision.

This guide provides a few things to think about before taking that break.

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Rachel Cruze is a two-time #1 national bestselling author, financial expert and host of The Rachel Cruze Show and Smart Money Happy Hour. Since 2010, Rachel has served at Ramsey Solutions, where she teaches people how to avoid debt, save money, budget, and win with money at any stage in life. She’s authored three bestselling books, including her latest, Know Yourself, Know Your Money: Discover WHY You Handle Money the Way You Do, and WHAT to Do About It! Follow Rachel on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube or online at

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