During a business class in College, the term Mompreneurs was thrown around a few times, I had never heard this term before. I like everyone, have heard Entrepreneur many times before, and had a general understanding of what exactly and Entrepreneur was. I could only assume that a Mompreneurs was a new term for the work at home moms who were rocking the world of being in business for themselves.
According to Google Search, a Mompreneur is a mother who has her own business and raises her children. AKA Bad Ass Mom. Google didn’t quite give that definition but frankly, I think it should have, here is how Google describes Mompreneurs
Who Can Be A Mompreneur?
Everyone who has the title of Mom can be a Mompreneur, having young children at home is not a must! Although a typical Mompreneur chooses to set up a business and run it from home because she does have young children. The thought of going to work all day and leaving them in the care of another is not their idea of how to raise a family.
Some moms just don’t want to waste their talents working for someone else, and why should they? I say if you are able and willing to set up a business and be your own boss GO FOR IT.
Mothers young and old are turning to the world of business in huge numbers, and it is about time we do in my opinion. We are just as capable as our handsome counterparts in setting up a business and running it.
There is no need for a special education in order to become a Mompreneur, although I am a huge advocate of learning I do not believe College or University credits are a must in order to run your own business. They certainly can’t and won’t hurt to have, but are not a requirement.
What I do think is required is a drive, determination, creativity, commitment, strength, and effort. Something mothers already possess, otherwise, our offspring would not survive.
Money is another consideration many mothers have when it comes to setting up and running their own business, the old saying ” You need money to make money” is complete baloney! I know many single, low-income mothers who have started their business from scratch. Having no extra money to spare these women have used their drive, determination, creativity, commitment, strength and effort to get their business going. And many have done very well with their business, if you are hoping to start your own business you should not be expected to shell out thousands of dollars. I caution you to be leery of any business opportunity that requests your shell our money in order to be your own boss.
A successful thriving business can be set up and run without using any money at all, or next to nothing, while investing in your self and your business is something you will want to do later on once your business is succeeding. You most certainly should not have to break the bank or take out a loan to start up your business.
My Journey As A Mompreneur
I would like to share my journey with you, I won’t sugar coat any parts of it either, I wish someone had been raw and honest with me when I set out to start my own business. It certainly would have saved me a lot of time and hard-earned money!
My son was born in 2004, I decided that I had wanted to be a stay at home mother, I didn’t like the idea of someone else raising my child. The very thought of returning to work brought on a surge of panic and sadness when I thought about it, fortunately, my husband had a great job at the time and staying home was something I could do.
Flash forward to when my first daughter was born in 2008, my husband’s job was on the verge of no longer being available thanks to the auto industries crash. Eventually, he was laid off, and we were left with the fear of not being able to survive financially, we owned our home, we had a car payment and bills. What could we do?!
I had heard about a company selling adult toys to groups of women who gathered for ladies night parties, I was sold into the idea by a well-meaning representative of the company. I was promised the money would be amazing, there were of course perks and vacations to be had. All I had to do was be knowledgeable about the products, enthusiastic and show a group of women a good time while educating them about sexuality. I knew I could do this, and so it was decided I would take out a small loan, get started in this company and this would be my semi work from home business.
I did do well, and I did make great money, the company itself was straightforward and honest. However, I had taken out a loan and spent more time working in my business than I did with my family. The parties were always fun and I met wonderful women and even set up a few other women with their own business. The downfalls to these parties were once the market got flooded in my area business slowed down, the products were not exactly something you buy every day or often for that matter. I had to venture out of my own city in order to keep my business running. Lugging around products to parties, and delivering ordered product became a dull and annoying task that took up a good part of my day. Eventually, I quit working on my business out of exhaustion, and frustration with not being where I wanted to be. Oh and those perks and vacation, I never seen a single one, in short someone else’s business was making money off of my hard work. This was not what I would consider being in business for my self! I tried other companies hoping they would be different and spent a lot of money trying to make the business grow. Only they didn’t grow and my bank account suffered, as did my self-esteem and self-worth!
Defeated, I returned to the workforce, working part-time jobs I hated, all the while getting no further ahead financially. Looking back, I was slowly becoming depressed, it did not help that after my third daughter was born my marriage fell apart, and I soon found my self as a single mother of 3 children. I worked in sales for retailers and did my best to keep the kids and I fed and warm, often seeking the help of my family and friends to achieve this.
I decided to go back to school, I went back to college to study Massage Therapy, I wanted to be making a better income and the possibility of working for my self and owning my own business would be a reality. I went to school for 2 years, and I don’t regret a single moment of it, I have learned so much and made many great friends and contacts. I took a business class, that refreshed and updated my current knowledge of how a business was started up and ran.
During the end of my last term I was introduced to Wealthy Affiliate by my very own mom, and for the past few months, I have been working from home creating this blog! I am very proud of my achievements, and for the first time I feel like I am in business for my self, I am in full control of the content I choose to write about. I own my blog, it is mine to do as I please with.
What I chose to do was follow my passions and write about the things I am passionate about, in hopes of helping other families be inspired to live laugh love and play together. After all, my family is what sparked me to become a Mompreneur!
If I Can Do It So Can You
As I mentioned above everyone can be a Mompreneur, I truly believe that everyone can achieve the goals they set, the truth is though they will not happen overnight.
With some persistence, enthusiasm and commitment, you can and will see your business grow and thrive. Anyone promising you a vacation, perks and large sums of money almost overnight are being very misleading. I am not saying it has not happened for some people, but the way I look at it is like buying a lottery ticket. You spend $2 – $20 on a ticket, you wait and hope to see your numbers show up on the screen, and if you are the lucky one they will! For the rest of us who spent money on a ticket, we may get lucky and win a free ticket to play again or realize we spent money to win money and we lost.
If you listen to any successful business owner talk about how they started their companies they will tell you that it did not take off overnight, though it feels like it has when they are seeing success! It takes time and effort to build, they experienced ups and downs, and it tends to take anywhere from 6 months to a 1 year before they see any progress or footing gained.
Be Informed, Stay Strong, And Keep On
If being a Mompreneur is something your are truly passionate about your best chance at success is being realistic, staying informed, keep the faith and work hard. Your dreams can and will be your reality so long as you are willing to continue to put the effort into it.
Be informed, read and research as much as you can about your chosen niche, there’s plenty of information our there from experienced Mompreneurs. Learn from them, never be afraid to ask questions either, you are always welcome to message me as well.
QUESTION EVERYTHING Knowledge and Understanding are your very own Bad Ass Mompreneur super powers!
Don’t give up, there are going to be tough times, fears, worries, and long days of putting the effort out and not seeing instant results. Do not despair, it will all pay off, be patient!
Most importantly, spend time with your family, taking a break from your hard work is necessary! Do not cause your self to burn out.
I hope your have found this post helpful, please leave me your comments and Mompreneur questions I am more than happy to help.