Being a mom is HARD regardless of whether you stay at home, work full or part-time, or run your own business as a Mompreneur. Many of us have unrealistic expectations of everything we’re supposed to be and do as moms. Then add in the necessity or desire to also contribute financially to your family and you’ve got a recipe for constant overwhelm.
So why then did we start an organization called San Diego Mompreneurs? Something that, by its name, might seem to encourage overwhelm for moms? The answer requires a bit of back story to fully understand.
When our founder, Sat Wilensky, first had the idea to start the group in 2013, she was torn about what to call it. The word “mompreneur,” a mom entrepreneur, wasn’t all that popular online. Some consider the term to be offensive and that it marginalizes female entrepreneurs who happen to be moms. But others seem to embrace the term proudly and wear it on their sleeves.
Ultimately, Sat decided that being a mom and an entrepreneur is such a distinctive combination of roles that it warrants it’s own term. Even more than that, she noticed a great lack of resources for this particular demographic. Which was totally unacceptable to her! Hence, the reason she launched this group and has continued to pour her heart into organizing workshops & events that truly serve her fellow mompreneurs.
So what is being a mompreneur all about, really?
Well, we can certainly speak to what it’s NOT. Being a Mompreneur isn’t about being some sort of super mom that can singlehandedly be and do everything.
These are the top 3 things that being a Mompreneur is really all about:
1. Creating a lifestyle and income stream that allows us to have flexibility with our work & family schedules. It’s a myth that we can find any sort of lasting work/life balance but we can find work/life integration.
2. Nurturing our lifelong dreams & goals even when we’ve all but forgotten them.
3. Recognizing that it takes a lot of support, resources, & encouragement to sustain us as Mompreneurs. We can’t and don’t have to do this all on our own. Join Meetup groups, Google local business resources, find other moms who get you and support your vision.
How do we create a culture of inclusion amongst Mompreneurs? Maybe by inviting a mom you just met to join you for a night out with your girlfriends, or by offering to watch your friend’s kids for an hour so she can enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee, or even by simply saying, “Hey! You’re doing a great job,” to a random mom at the park. Creating an overall culture of support among ALL moms could lead to bigger things like co-working spaces for moms with on-site childcare (one of our big dreams) or [insert your dream here]. The days of the autonomous “super mom” are numbered. Let’s do this together!
(San Diego Mompreneurs is a growing community of supportive, entrepreneurial moms who come together for an open sharing of ideas, for inspiration, to learn valuable business tools, and most importantly, for friendship.)