According to Investopedia.com, a Momprenuer is defined as: “A slang term describing women who run their own businesses while also acting as a full time parent…Because of family obligations, mompreneurs have to balance the requirements of running a business with the demands of their children, and may do the bulk of their work during the time when their children do not require as much attention.”
Being both a mom and an entrepreneur does sound very impressive, but to become the Momprenuer takes time and effort. There are so many steps and obstacles women need to go through in order to bring their two passions into a unified relationship. It’s just bizarre to think how a mother can manage raising her children and also running a business at the same time – I mean, there’s only 24 hours in a day! But who can ever dare try questioning those fierce and passionate women, right? So without further ado, EmmeNation wanted to acknowledge those awesome super-mommies, and also introduce to the other fabulous women who are thinking of joining the Mompreneur team what this real deal is absolutely about.
Business Plan Tips:
1) Scout! Simply look around your community and study the profile of households, and identify the kinds of services you might be able to offer. Think about how you can approach the service in a way no one has done already; always be open to originality!
2) Use your skills you have obtained from past jobs and experiences to use in your business. Explore your options and interests, such as anything from cooking to consulting. This is your business after all, so you also need to think about what you’re passionate about, not just what others can get out of.
3) Make sure you’re tech-savvy. If you claim you’re an entrepreneur in the year 2012 and on, then you got to know your technologies! One main aspect of being a Mompreneur is that you’re mostly working at home…with your computer, smartphone, tablet, and all that gadget. Connecting with others is like connecting with the media, some people say. Learning from books and seminars will get you to planning, but without the Internet you will not even be able to get started.
Time Management Tips:
1) Set business hours, build a schedule, and prioritize. Know what works best for you, your family, and your business partners. The worst thing that can happen to a Mompreneur is probably when your children are mad at you and your business is deteriorating. Make sure you set your schedules at least a month ahead of time so you don’t miss out on any special events outside of your business, or to make sure nothing conflicts. It’s hard for anyone to stick with a daily routine, but actually setting up exact times for the tasks will help you plan ahead, stay on track, and get used to it.
2) Share your goals/schedule with your family. Nothing is better than communicating with your family. Let them know what your goals are for the week, for the month, or for the year. Effectively talking about your schedule with them will definitely help you manage your time more, since your family is helping you out as well. Don’t try to do everything on your own, but also don’t make promises that you aren’t 100% sure about.
There are so many resources you can look up to become a Mompreneur. Sometimes, reading about real-life stories or joining a forum or discussion with people who know exactly where you’re coming from will make you feel a lot better. Check out some of these wonderful Mompreneurs – and don’t forget, social networking is key!