International Women’s Day – The rise of the ‘Mumpreneur’

The time of the ‘Mumpreneur’ is here! But what makes a mum so well equipped to be a business owner?

It’s funny when you ask someone what they think a woman in business would look like. If you asked them to draw a picture, you’d likely be staring at Miranda Priestly from Devil Wears Prada. A glitzy office with designer suits and perfectly blow-dried hair at all times. The reality is a lot less glamourous, probably more along the lines of a plate spinner at a circus to be honest and the past year of home schooling has only magnified this!

As a mother you wear so many hats. My days consist of juggling home schooling my 5- and 9-year-old sons, making sure we’re eating healthily and getting out for exercise, keeping the house clean and tidy for everyone. We’ll throw in some emails, phone calls and client meetings, managing my business finances and just sprinkle a bit of mum guilt on top to finish it off. But, do you know what? I wouldn’t change it (apart from the home schooling of course – thank god they’ve gone back!) It’s hard and at times it feels impossible, but this innate ability that mothers have is just a mirror image of what a business owner requires to be successful. Patience, drive, organisation and being able to set an example for others. They’re all key to both motherhood and running a business.

So, if you’re a woman, thinking about starting a business, DO IT! It will be one of the hardest but also one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. I strongly believe, although sometimes I question this when it gets to 2pm and I haven’t brushed my hair yet, that some of the best companies in the world are run by women who are also mothers.

Happy International Women’s day!