We all know that being an entrepreneur, whether male or female, has it’s many ups and downs with countless daily obstacles to overcome. I know I may ruffle some feathers here, but as a female myself, I think we encounter more challenges than men. I am merely speaking from my own personal experience and observations so please don’t hurt me too badly.
You may ask, “What would make you think that?” Well let me explain; most women entrepreneurs are not only responsible for the success of their small businesses but the majority of household duties fall on their shoulders as well. They take care of the finances and bill paying, the household cleaning, grocery shopping, washing laundry, cooking dinner and so on. To the mom entrepreneurs, aka mompreneurs, bless your hearts – I honestly don’t know how you do it. Makes you wish life had a pause button, doesn’t it?
Believe me, I am aware that some men take on some of these household burdens. Their wives are very lucky ladies, sadly I am not one of those women. I am in no way complaining, I actually enjoy taking care of my home and my husband. I simply wanted to acknowledge the growing number of women entrepreneurs and how hard they work on an ongoing basis.
Fellow female entrepreneurs and mompreneurs can try finding balance with better planning by reading “Moms Can Have It All – They Just Can’t Do It All” by Lisa Druxman. Lisa is the CEO and founder of the fitness franchise, Stroller Strides. You can also hear Lisa’s inspiring personal story of how she created her franchise business on the Small Business Trends Radio show titled “How A Mompreneur Created A Franchise From Home“.
About The Author: Amanda Stillwagon started her career as an office manager for a 4 doctor veterinary practice but her love of candles and her entrepreneurial spirit led her to launch her own business, Kiski Valley Kandles. That business introduced her to the online world where she now appears as the assistant editor here at smbceo.com and author of her own blog myfindsonline.com.
Wow. Inspiring article Amanda.
I just happened to be one of the many aspiring mompreneurs.
Boo, hiss….just kidding! Unfortunately, I would have to agree that my wife has more on her plate than I usually do. I always have the best of intentions to help out more at home, but I never do. This just reminds me that I am a lucky man and need to appreciate my wife more. Maybe I’ll take out the garbage tonight. 🙂
I have to agree with your thoughts here. I’m not bashing any men though. It just seems that, at least during my marriage, my husband put his 8 hours in a work each day and then hit the couch. I put my 8 hours in, and then hit the kitchen, and then the laundry room in the basement, and then the grocery store up the street – and around 9pm – I finally hit the couch.
Seems that when women transitioned into the workplace some 50 years ago, they overlooked the fact that being a homemaker was a full time job already.
Well, you should appreciate your wife more. 🙂
Wow. What an inspiring article and a truth that slapped my face. Just kidding. Well, dedication and time management plays a very important role in this aspect of women’s lives. Well I should be grateful and will appreciate more my mother and will eventually grow as a woman like that soon. 🙂
I am glad to hear that you women entrepreneurs are not bored with your life! 😉 I look forward to meet you! 🙂 I want to give you a reading tip and inspirational material. Please check out Dagny Taggart in Ayn Rand’s masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged. I look forward to hear your comments!
A quote from Nolan Bushnell on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur: “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”