I’ve had something niggling at the back of my mind for a long time, and a great post from Australian author and mum Evelyn Tsitas has provoked me to try to put this down in writing.
In her post, Evelyn weighs up the cost to a woman of staying home with the kids. She writes, “It is a lot easier to get your figure back after children, than get your career back” … and after child three I know getting your figure back is pretty hard. Evelyn suggests that “It is no wonder so many of these privileged women toss the corporate job away, stay at home and then ease into the ‘mumpreneur’ role with their own innovative businesses when their children are older. This is simply the only way to ‘have it all’ without a corporation overseeing – and judging – your every move.”
The one word there that has driven me to write is ‘privileged’. Do you feel being a mumpreneur is something for the privileged? Does it require you to have a husband with a well paid job while you stay at home with a hobby business? Or is this a mistaken perception, perhaps increased by the fact that we’re ‘mumpreneurs’ not just ‘entrepreneurs’? How serious are you about your business, and are you in business mainly for work life balance or as a way to make a major contribution to the family budget?