How Being A Mom CEO Can Pay Off For You & Your Family In More Ways Than One
In the sea of changing diapers, keeping a family schedule and remembering to pick your child up from daycare on time, you just might have a few minutes to work on a business plan.
Being a mom entrepreneur is not easy but surely worth the journey. It’s a way to leave a legacy for your children and work hard to see your personal dreams become a reality.
With an active toddler and second child coming in a couple weeks, I too walk the path of self-employment with other mommies. Some like me are fairly new to the game of juggling a work/life balance, while others are seasoned vets who have years of wearing the hat of mom CEO.
There are days when you feel like Wonder Woman and moments when you start to question whether or not you can really have it all. This fear of the unknown tends to stop other women from doing the circle of self-employed mothers which is a shame. Sometimes it’s hard to take such a jump–especially with no safety net or guarantee–when you have little ones depending on you.
Well I’m here to tell you it can be done.
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” — Audrey Hepburn
Every time I start to question whether I’m on the right track, I look at this quote and quietly remind myself it is possible. There are too many examples of success stories both in the news and our own personal lives not to keep on going.
One reality show I don’t mind admitting I watch is Shark Tank. If you’ve never seen it, it’s an ABC show that gives inventors and small business owners a platform to pitch their ideas to business tycoons. Some will “bite” on a partnership while others will show them the door. Kevin O’Leary, aka “Mr. Wonderful,” is a tough shark on the program with a no-nonsense and kinda heartless attitude. Known for calling ideas stupid, he revealed some inspiring news for us lady entrepreneurs.
“All the cash in the last two quarters is coming from companies run by women,” mentioned O’Leary. “I don’t have a single company run by a man right now that’s outperformed the ones run by women.”
With a little more than half of his business partnerships run by female CEOs, Kevin O’Leary asked one woman why she thought they were more successful. “You know, if you want to get something done, give it to a busy mom,” one business owner pointed out.
Let’s be honest, women are pretty great when it comes to multitasking. Call it genetics or just a wonderful trait ladies possess, there’s something special about our ability to run a ship.
Being a mom CEO might be a tough pill to swallow at times but certainly does pay off. In addition to setting your own standards and rules, you show your children that success is possible through hard work and effort. It’s okay to go against the gain and be your own boss should you feel the calling.
In a household full of all males, I love being a work-from-home mother so my boys can grow up seeing another image of a business executive. All of us don’t need to have fancy corner offices and power suits, unless we want them of course. They will grow up knowing mommy’s dream helped to finance their college education (we have 529 plans in place for each), a trust and all of their needs.
Powerful women come in all shapes and industries. It’s estimated we will create over half of the 9.72 million small businesses that will pop up by 2018. We can do it, will do it, and are doing it.