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!