Mumpreneur / Mumboss – we all know what they mean… a mum who runs a business. Some women / mothers have taken offence to this title as they feel like it belittles their role or somehow takes away from the importance of their job. Labels are never one size fits all though are they?!
I don’t want to get into a debate about language and it’s totally fine that these labels bother some people, but they really don’t bother me… here’s why:
- I WOULD NOT be running my business had I not become a mother. Not only because I hadn’t had a career break, but because I was a lawyer with relatively little interest or understanding in babies or what it meant becoming a mum. My business very clearly focusses around supporting mothers – something I could not have understood until I became one myself.
- I’M NOT ASHAMED of being a working mother running her own mum-related business – sounds like a maternity leave cliché, but I think being a work from home mother is incredibly challenging and involves a LOT of juggling, especially compared to the full-time work and nursery option I had lined up. Being a ‘mumpreneur’ instils an understanding in others that yes I’m juggling my business, but I’m juggling motherhood too… so I may well not reply to that email immediately… and ultimately, that’s the freedom I wanted from running my own business, that my family came first.
- LET’S SUPPORT OTHER WOMEN – we’re all just doing our best. I’m passionate about supporting other women and mothers, largely as I get to meet so many inspiring women in my job running Nurturing Mums – this passion has come from being a mum and having a mum-related business.
- MOTHERHOOD CHANGES YOU – for better and worse, but it also really focussed my mind. My lioness instincts came out in spades and it made me aim for success in everything I do.. something that had been simmering under the surface before.
- BEING A MUM IS HARD – it’s a hard old job being a parent. It’s 24/7 crazy exhaustion, love, tears and giggles all rolled into one.. and that may be from you as well as your baby. Running a business as a new mum isn’t the easy option…
- SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY – maternity leave is a great time to explore an alternative career. My son’s illness dictated my inability to return to work – I was a mum, I had entrepreneurial spirit and I went for it – Now Nurturing Mums has a small team of flexible working women supporting it and runs postnatal courses in 8 parts of London, as well as having an online store! I wrote a post for the wonderful Clemmie Telford on my tips for balancing a baby and a business, which you can read here.
I wouldn’t’ be doing what I’m doing today had I not become a mother. It changed EVERYTHING. I certainly wouldn’t be my own boss, which is something I relish… so I really don’t mind being a mum boss.
Call me a mumpreneur, mum boss, entrepreur, mother, lawyer, hard worker and hopefully nice person… I’m sure I’ve been called a lot worse…