Baby on one hip, business on the other. Bluetooth curled around the ear. I balance two jobs: being a mom and running a business. It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of fun, and I’m about to tell you a lot about it.
Like a lot of little girls, I always dreamt of being a stay-at-home mom. But like a 20-something in the 2000s, I built a living first. I also fell in love, got married, and settled into house and home while nurturing a small business on the side. And by the time my son arrived last New Year’s Eve I was enchanted with both. I was in love with my baby and I was in love with my business. And I was determined to balance both. Thank God for iPhones, but more about that later…
I know women like me are not alone. A statistic from mashable.com cites an Atlantic article, titled “The End of Men”, which ran in July 2010. It says that in that year, women became the majority of the U.S. workforce for the first time in American history. In addition, the Mashable article continues, a recent American Express report found that between 1997 and 2011, the number of women-owned businesses increased by half, a much higher rate than new businesses in general.
So we’re on the scene, and we’re rocking it, but it's a delicate balance. My little one turned one over the holidays, and a few weeks later I was featured in the New York Times about setting rates as a small business owner. I’ve learned a lot over the past year since leaving my "day job" to be both a mom and a web developer for hire. I’ve met a whole web of women – we call ourselves “momprenuers” – who do it all. Or at least try to.
So join me here, where I’ll share tips and stories of what it’s really like to run a business out of your home. Unless you’re selling Playdough pancakes, it’s not always a walk in the park. But for me and my family, it’s a lot of fun and a lot of fulfillment. Come along for the ride!