Whilst searching the web for ‘mumpreneur’ vs ‘mompreneur’ usage and inspiring ‘mumpreneur’ content and images, I came across an article that provoked a question ‘Can we please stop calling business women mumpreneurs?’
I found there wasn’t just one article on this subject, there were many from news sites to social media and the response to them caused a huge stir.
This intrigued me. Why did people call this ridiculous? Why were they so affronted? Why do we feel we have to cast judgement on others for a definition they love or hate?
What do you think?
Mumpreneur – do you love it or hate it?
The term was even added to the UK Collins Dictionary in 2011. The online version “a woman who combines running a business enterprise with looking after her children” and the version documented in a number of articles “a woman nurturing an entrepreneurial streak whilst simultaneously juggling home and family life”.
This makes sense. A segment of business women are mums. They have chosen to create their own business rather than re-enter the workforce. Like the creative and collaborative humans we are who love nicknaming things – why not call ourselves mumpreneurs.
With women starting businesses at approximately twice the rate of men, often part-time while raising children what is it that spurs them to do so? Is it about priorities? Is it about pursing dreams? Is it about choice?
Starting a business whilst raising children is no mean feat with the interruptions and distractions that occur throughout the day and night. Some other reasons could be:
- The rising cost of childcare
- Flexibility to work on your own schedule
- Genius idea when a gap in the market is seen
- Working on something you are passionate about
- To be with your little ones are growing up
- Able to make choices actively
Not to say these aren’t there or can’t be achieved whilst working full or part time or that all mumpreneurs are home based; either which way you do what you need to do whenever you need to do it.
Is the ‘label’ of mumpreneur something to be embraced or hated?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Personally, I am proud to be a mumpreneur and a woman in business. It’s a label, a box, a badge, or not … do you question the position title of everyone you meet? No. So who cares what we’re called?
My kids call me mummy and I have an entrepreneurial streak!
Whether you are a mumpreneur, mompreneur, woman in business who has children – if things are stuck and you can’t get past the stuff, the overwhelm and are passionate about using your unique skills to change the lives of others, let’s get you past that and have a chat.
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