If asked, many so-called 'mumpreneurs' will admit the initial transition to self-employment was not as a result of a positive choice, but as a frustrated response to inhospitable workplace cultures, the rising cost of childcare, inflexible work schedules, poor quality part-time jobs, and discriminatory attitudes
For many of us, the minute that we become Mothers we feel a loss of identity and self. Suddenly it is all about looking after another person and we feel like we no longer matter. This feeling rears itself in a number of ways...
There is nothing like a label to make me grumpy. Call me anything that pins me down to more than that moment in time and I will kick against the label pinned to me until it well and truly falls off.
One final thing to consider, we can only learn in the moment, making mistakes along the way bearing in mind that our children who learn from us will hopefully find it easier to lead the way for their children in the future.
The word 'mumpreneur' was added to the sixth edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011 - a tribute to the growing numbers of women in the UK who regularly don two hats, one as a business-owner and the other as a mum, usually with young families. According to research released last year, the UK is home to more than 300,000 mumpreneurs who contribute as much as £7.4 billion a year to the economy.
There are several issues with the logistics of this - especially for micro businesses (a business being run by a single person) using the most basic sales software.
I blame coaches. And I might get a bit sweary so you'll have to forgive me.
Think back to when you were in your 20s. If you were anything like me you had a BIG VISION to change the world and become
In describing mumpreneurs as the "pin-money posse" the Daily Mail article defined mumpreneurship as being something that people dabble in - a kind of play business where the reward is pocket money for new shoes.
It's hard for me now to imagine juggling two young children with a demanding home-business, but I guess I always had the bigger picture in my mind, which was the huge possibilities that lay ahead if I could get this to work. I looked permanently exhausted, but I didn't mind.