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Want to be a mumpreneur?

By Marni Dixit May 15, 2013

Photo: Willow Belle Portraits

What is a mumpreneur? Do you have to be a mum to be one? Well, uhum, yes, otherwise you would be a female entrepreneur!

The main motivation behind a mumpreneur is to have it all. We strive to run a business, a household and raise our children, all in a well-balanced world. That is if you are either very organised, have a nanny or somebody else who runs the business for you, etc.

Most of us started out after bub one or two and found a gap in the market.

Me? I was asked to do some data entry (being an office manager/secretary/personal assistant by trade) in MYOB, but I just had to get an ABN. And so my little business PA on the GO was born. Like me, so many other women/mumpreneurs started out in a similar way.

It is the most challenging job I have undertaken and also the most satisfying. And oh yes, having my kids of course!

So in all of this somewhere along the way, you feel disconnected, as most mums in your mothers' group go back to part-time or full-time work or become a stay-at-home mum, and getting excited about your business cards or your new logo is not something on their agenda. And so you find yourself looking around for a group of women similar to you...

And voila, you have found yourself a network group.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one that suited my hours (anything after 7pm), my budget (free or very cheap) and my location (preferably in walking distance), so I met a wonderful and gorgeous woman on Facebook (where else do we meet nowadays?) and together we created the network group Mumpreneurs Northern Beaches Network, which has now grown to a company called Mum Entrepreneurs Pty Ltd.

We hold monthly network events that sell out each time, with guest speakers talking about topics that any woman or mum in business can relate to.

To find out more go to our website - mumentrepreneurs.com.au

So think you have what it takes to become a mumpreneur? Come on, I dare you! It will be the most exhilarating trip of your life and if you're lucky, your kids will talk about it for years to come.

 

Mum Entrepreneurs can support and guide you regardless of you stage of business, providing you with access to resources, events, articles and introduces you to other inspiring women with whom you can network and learn from and with.
Diana Holwerda is mum of a five-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter.
Banika Smee is mum to a four-year-old son and six-month-old daughter. She is also director of eco collection and fashion label Witjuiti.