Why do I call myself a Momprenueur?

Lately I have seen “Don’t call yourself a Mompreneur,  because it’s a disclaimer”. The thought is we are all entrepreneurs, and saying you’re a Mompreneur makes you less of an Entrepreneur.

Is it fear, that as women we are not owning our own power by acknowledging we are Moms too? We are still fighting in the boys-club for equality so we have to be pc and equal in all areas? As women our power comes from our authenticity, our unique skills we each bring to the table, as human beings. Being a Mom is a uniquely female role, and rooted in the very creation of us all.

I am an Entrepreneur, but more specifically I am a Mompreneur.

Why the distinction? Because I run more that just my businesses. I run a bustling household of six, where I am the short order cook, taxi driver, nurse, I run our schedules, am the leader of the traditions we hold dear, I volunteer at the kid’s school and grocery shop like a champ. The moms of the world know the job description. Its pages long, and changes each day. It is a quiet job, unnoticed by those we serve.  This is not the 1950’s, I made the choice to stay home with my children, it was not a “given” in my marriage that as the woman I would be the domestic one. It was a discussion and a choice. It was a transition that was not all that easy either. But I fell in love with my children and felt my being at home with them was the best decision for our family and me. I also knew that the children were little for a minute of my life and would grow up and the seasons would change again.

We use many different titles these days, WAHM (work at home moms), SAHM (stay at home moms), working mothers. I know there are camps of believers in each court and I am not here to root for one choice as better than another. I believe your choices are your own and I applaud you, because however you do it, I know it’s a juggling act. Because being a Mom is a Big Job.

So when I call myself a Mompreneur, it’s not because I discount myself as an Entrepreneur. It’s that I acknowledge my other role as mom. I wear different hats than a single person, or even my husband. My responsibilities to my home and family are woven into the business I build from home. I love the title Mompreneur, I think it sums up who I am and what I do very succinctly.

Mompreneurs are biting off big chunks of life as once. It takes deep desire and self-discipline to run a successful business from home. I send my sisters in this role big props and love. Because we are not less by calling ourselves Mompreneurs, we are more!

10 Comments

  1. Mompreneur puts the emphasis where it should be. Your choice to be a mom and an entrepreneur. It’s a badge of honor, not a put down. By the way, my Australian client says they call it mumpreneur down there.

  2. I broke a few barriers in my day and commend you on your ability, resourcefulness & determination to do it all. I worked outside the home, full-time career and raised two great kids, and much more while my friends stayed home. We barely had ways for them to try to build a business from home so all their time while kids were in school, went to volunteering. I think whatever we do or did while making our life is a tribute to who we are as women, wives, moms, careerists, etc. I thought of myself as ‘superwoman’ & felt I did it with ease. When I decided at age 68 to create a business I knew I could because of how I lived my life before. I love all the titles in use today. Just go for it and break more sound barriers.

  3. I’m not a mompreneur anymore because while I’m still a mom, my kids are long grown up. We never get over being a mom but the years when the little ones are little are precious. It’ great that women can build businesses at home these days. You can have it all and be proud of it!

  4. I totally agree, running a business and being a mom is huge, and different from what other business owners experience. I was feeling a bit down today that I’m not further along in my business, so I made a list of all that has been accomplished and looked at the timeline. I ended that time feeling a bit awed and amazed at all that has been accomplished in the midst of homeschooling my kids, fostering others and doing respite for still others, taking classes, leading classes, etc. Now I plan to give myself a few days off – I’ve worked really hard. Thanks for affirming moms and what they can do. :)

  5. I’ve always found the term mompreneur confusing. It makes me think your business revolves around children. Women are many things; daughters, sisters, wives in addition to being mothers. So why single out just one role?

  6. I agree with you 100% and even when I had a “day job” that took me out of the home, I was still a mom and had 2 different jobs… one that I got paid for and the other I didn’t. You know the dealio. Now I have my own biz and while I know my family and friends know I work my butt off and deal with the countless interruptions, it’s easy to ask, can you bring this to school or can you be there when the plumber comes out, because after all “I am home”. But it disturbs me.. you wouldn’t ask me if I worked out of the home, why is my job at home (my biz that makes me more money than any job, to include corp America) less important and more distractable? I feel you!

  7. I think the distinction of a ‘mompreneur’ is entirely a personal choice, as you mentioned. However, having no children of my own, my opinion is that the title sets moms apart because it suggests that they have more on their to-do list than non-moms, dads, or those of us who work several jobs. We get it: moms are busy. I do understand why the term originated and beileve that moms should be applauded for their abilities to run a household and a business. Don’t get me wrong–moms are amazing!

  8. Here’s what I don’t get — why people feel it’s their right to criticize you for what you call yourself. Hell, I call myself the Empress of the Universe. So far, no one’s called me to task on it. :) If these are your friends, I’ll look for a better quality of friend.

  9. Erika Kalmar

    I never called myself a mompreneur – not because I’m not one, but I felt the first part of the word was a private aspect, why should I mention it. It’s true, for a long time I shared very little about my private life to my clients and prospects, which wasn’t too helpful in business, either. I think the name you call yourself is not what matters – it’s more if you find the right balance between sharing business and private stuff. But I’m still perplexed why some people frown upon this term. I totally share Jackie’s perspective on this…

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