Mompreneur (mom-pruh-noor) A woman who juggles raising a family, managing a business and keeping up a household. Also see: Rock Star
It’s estimated that there are currently over four million moms in the United States that are in business for themselves. Mompreneurs, as I so lovingly refer to them, are sweeping the nation, illustrating the fact that it is possible to be a successful business owner and mom at the same time. It’s no wonder there are so many mompreneurs in this day and age. Between the lack of affordable and quality child care and the need for families to earn as much extra income as possible in these trying economic times, moms are more motivated now than ever before to get their businesses off the ground. Now they can provide for their families with the extra income they need while staying home to raise their children.
I am one of those moms. Five years ago, as I was pregnant with my second child, I decided that it would not be worth it to pay for childcare for two children while I worked hard away from my family to barely take home anything extra. It was then that I decided that I needed to find a way to have my own business that I could run from home. Since my background was in multifamily marketing and management, it was a challenge to come up with something I could do from home that was related to my education and experience. My wheels were spinning for months trying to come up with the right option, when finally it hit me and my multifamily marketing company was born. Throughout the next couple of years, I built my business through a lot of trial and error, research and hard work. I was quite proud of my “third baby.” It was quite successful and allowed me to provide for my family while having the flexibility to be home with my boys.
As the years went by, other moms would ask me all the time to share my secrets. They were so anxious to have the same opportunity that I had-to earn money and raise my family on my terms. It got me to thinking…there are probably hundreds, even thousands, of moms out there who are struggling with becoming a mompreneur and perhaps I was in a position to be able to help them. Afterall, I had spent years researching how to start, manage and market a small business and had learned a lot along the way. It was time to share that knowledge with others. It was then that Business Among Moms was born.
Business Among Moms, or BAM for short, is a support network for moms running their own businesses. My goal in creating the website was to be able to offer mompreneurs educational opportunities that would help them learn how to grow a successful business, but offer that material in such a way that was easy to understand and relevant to a mompreneur’s life. I also aim to provide unique opportunities for moms to promote their businesses, whether it be for free or for a small fee, much less than a typical advertising fee elsewhere. As BAM grows and these goals are being realized, I can’t help but become quite proud of the network of amazing mompreneurs we have. With over 1,300 subscribed members, plus a network of nearly 10,000 followers across our social networking platforms, we’ve grown to be “the place” for mompreneurs to come to network, get educated and promote their businesses. We also have over 30 local groups and counting across the country of mompreneurs that meet up to connect with one another in their areas so that they can build lasting personal and professional relationships.
As big as we’ve become, we always have room for one more! If you’re a mom in business for yourself, or, if you’re thinking about starting a business, please join us. You can find us at http://businessamongmoms.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/businessamongmoms.
Submitted by Morgan Oney, Founder of BusinessAmongMoms.com.