The piece kicked off a bit of a debate about the term ‘mumpreneur‘. Critics of the term see it as derogatory and sexist.
But me, well, I’m a mumpreneur and I’m proud of it. Let me tell you why.
I have no desire to be referred to, thought of as or belong to the generic group named ‘entrepreneur’. No thank you! I’m part of something much more specific, much more special. I’m one of a growing group of people on this planet who go so much further than being ‘someone who designs, launches and runs a new business, usually with considerable initiative and risk’ (thanks Wikipedia). God, by that definition I could be a drug dealer. Or Donald Trump. Not sure what’s worse.
Nope. I’m part of a group that is next level to the standard entrepreneur who puts a new idea out in the marketplace for profit. We do that, of course. But we do it for the benefit of other mums.
All the mumpreneurs I know? They were driven to take the quite phenomenal leap into the world of business ownership by a burning desire to make life easier for other mums than it had been for them. To provide something helpful, even something essential, for mums, where before there was nothing.
Take my business. It’s all about sending fresh meals instead of flowers as a new baby or get well or ‘sorry life is rough right now’ gift. I created my business so other mums would not have the experience I had, of trying and failing to look after my own health and wellbeing after having a baby.
Another mumpreneur in my tribe established Australia’s first co-working space with onsite childcare, so other mums freelancing didn’t have to try to work from their (probably messy) kitchen table while simultaneously looking after their young children. I could go on and on. The examples are numerous and some of them are absolutely outstanding contributions not only to mothers but to the wider world. We all know that when something benefits a mum, it almost always benefits those around her too. Mumpreneurism is good for the whole community.