I always knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but I really loved my career. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I wondered what choice I’d make. Would I stay home with her and put my career on hold, or would I go back to work and put her in daycare? It’s time for women to take control of their careers and consider the solopreneur route. According to The New York Times, “female entrepreneurship is on the rise because gender equality efforts in the workplace to address issues like the salary gap and advancement to positions on corporate boards have stalled.” When the workplace doesn’t work for you anymore, it’s time to make a change.
As a solopreneur, I don’t have to decide between spending time with my family and building a career. Are you considering becoming your own boss? Learn from these three moms who balance business and family — while thriving in both.
Abby Herman: Writer
So many mothers start their careers as a way to supplement their current income. Writer and solopreneur Abby Herman’s business career started that way, until she turned her side-hustle into a booming business. She knows that being happy in her career influences her daughter’s future decisions. Herman says, “Probably my favorite thing about choosing to pursue my passion is that my daughter gets to see me in a career I love. She knows that you can and should pursue a career that brings you joy so you can live a life you love.”
Joyce Brewer: Talk Show Host
Joyce Brewer is an Emmy award-winning TV journalist and a parenting talk show host who lives in Atlanta and blogs at MommyTalkShow.com. What started in 2010 as an opportunity to respond to other moms’ questions about brands and children’s products developed into a local Atlanta talk show exploring the area’s family-friendly spaces. “Among the highlights of my careers” says Brewer, was “appearing on ABC’s The View (twice) and interviewing Oprah.”
Anjali Varma: Entrepreneur and Influencer
Those who’ve been bitten by the entrepreneurial spirit understand that once you get started building one business, it’s difficult to stop there. Anjali Varma is a solopreneur who fits that description perfectly. She’s a franchise owner of a children’s enrichment facility, a coach for other solopreneur and a public speaker.
It might seem like she has everything together, but it’s important to note that she, like you, is human. “Like most modern moms,” Varma writes, “I am continually trying to ‘stay on top of it all’ while juggling multiple roles including mom, entrepreneur, boss, wife and working parent.” It takes a lot to start your own business as a mom with many responsibilities, but if anyone can stay on top of it, mothers certainly can.
Being a solopreneur is a challenging, yet rewarding career that allows you to run your business and your home. Just remember to make time for a workday happy hour every once in a while. Are you ready to take the leap?