To all women who have raised kids, if you are new to entrepreneurship, switching career gears or possibly jumping back into the workforce after having kids you are in the right place. As a mother myself of five older children and a 1-year-old toddler, I’m here to say, you couldn’t be any better prepared for being an entrepreneur than being a mom and raising children.
We’ve all heard that motherhood is not easy, right? Turns out, so is entrepreneurship. You aren’t going to start your own business if you are looking for pats on the back and a huge salary. Nonetheless, like motherhood, this shouldn’t stop you from jumping head first into the most amazing experience of your life.
I started my first business the same year I gave birth to my first children in 2000. A lot of people ask me how do I run a brick-and-mortar business, produce my own product line and run support groups with six children under my belt. On top of that, I have my ageing parents who need my constant attention as well. However, as long as I have been a mumtrepreneur (18 years to be exact), I have come to realise that moms can have a successful career as an entrepreneurs, especially if they have children.
Here are five reasons why we mothers make the best entrepreneurs.
1. No drama mama.
Moms are used to things not always going their way. From middle of the night diaper blow-outs to middle of the store tantrums, life as a mom is messy.
As mothers we’ve learned how to keep our composure to get through these unwelcome situations with a little more grace than our single selves could have. We know that while one minute we’re up to our elbows in poo, the next moment can bring pure bliss from a simple gesture like child’s smile. Suddenly, we are reminded that all our hard work and effort is well worth it.