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    allstarmums
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    Hi all

    I’m Stacey and I’m hoping to get contributions from you, specifically mums who are now in business for themselves. I’m writing a book about struggling to find that perfect work/life/family balance. I’d love to hear from you, please read below…..

    Entrepreneurial Mums – we’re looking for your story…

    We’re looking for submissions from Mums who created and succeeded in their own business, juggling children, home, lifestyle and still making their vision come true. Can you see yourself in the following:

    You reach that young-mid life crisis where you have babies and to your surprise, all your priorities completely change.

    After swearing you’d be back at your career straight after your maternity leave ended, you found you now had a new CEO (be it in nappies) which your life now revolved around.

    You went in search of that perfect income opportunity which allowed you to still be the soccer mum you yearned to be, yet still contributing to your family income. Thus striving for future financial stability whilst stretching your brain past the constant Wiggles and Dora dvd’s.

    You looked at all the crazy ideas out there, the make a million dollars doing nothing in a week websites, wished you thought of selling that air guitar on Ebay that made $$$, seriously thought of joining a party plan, or even seeing if your craft/skill would sell at the local market.

    Did you find an idea that worked for you, started up your business? Do you now control your own work/family/life balance

    We Want to Know the Good, Bad, Funny, Challenging & the Ugly.

    Our goal is to compile successful submissions to help inspire other Mum’s, learn from others mistakes and ideas, share a laugh and realise that you’re not alone and it can be done. Let us know how you can have your cake and eat it too!

    Please provide contact details

    You will be contacted if you’re story is to be featured.

    Email: [email protected]

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    One thing that bugs me about the “mumpreneur” thing is the assumption that we are also responsible for more of the juggle than men are. The whole language of it has sexist overtones that I am not comfortable with.

    Reminds me of “female doctor” “lady policeman” or “male nurse” – those sexist and value-laden terms that diminish us as entrepeneurs and career women in our own right.

    Men start businesses every day and noone asks them how they do it… because they do. When women do it, it’s an oddity, like we are somehow shirking our responsibilities as carers… or that our businesses are somehow secondary to our “real” responsibilities as wives and mothers. Snort.

    I think that the ONLY way we can do it is with a partner that shares responsibility – as they should – and doesn’t just expect us to look after the kids fulltime, clean the house, and do our “little businesses” on the side.

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    Hi Stacey. Good on you!! This is a book I would love to read and also one I would have loved to have worked on myself. If only there were more hours in the day eh? I would love to help or contribute in some way if I can. I write an E-newsletter every month that uses a funny story about being a working mum woven round a pearl of wisdom on producing effective E-newsletters. If you would like to get an idea of my style you could perhaps visit the archive on my website. There’s one called New Angle On Networking which has a poke at the fact that networking functions are always held during arsenic hour!! Keep us posted as I would love to hear more about your project as it progresses.

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    I think mumpreneur is looked at bit differently because of the way it comes about. Being that sometimes it’s having a baby that brings about a different change of thoughts, suddenly things that were so important 6 months (such as climbing the career ladder at work) ago, aren’t.

    It can be the birth of children that can present opportunities, challenges and sometimes neccessitates changes that previously didn’t present.or you weren’t open to. Suddenly you’re looking outside the box for something that fits. You suddenly see a need for something that doesn’t exist or something you can offer.

    I would like to think that it’s also these reasons that we’re looked as an “oddity” rather than just the little wife with a hobby on the side.

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    hi Stacey,

    I think what you’re planning on doing certainly would be an inspiration to other women who are considering venturing down this path. Getting insight from others who have traveled this path and learning from their experiences would certainly be beneficial.

    You might want to check out this website which is predominantly women who have decided to start their own business

    http://connect2mums.ning.com

    Hope it helps.

    Good luck with the stories.

    Lucki

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    Thanks for that link Lucki!

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    Hi Stacey,

    I think that it’s a fantastic thing to be doing and I would like to read that book for sure!

    I can totally relate to everything that you said- I was a career driven woman without the maternal gene and kids were no where to be seen on the horizon. I soon found that they can choose you if that’s your path. Even up until I was about 8 months pregnant I was convinced that I would be straight back at work and thank god someone invented day care! Of course when my little boy was born that quickly flew out the window lol my friends still laugh about the 180 flip and “personality transplant”.

    The change in circumstances definitely sparked the entrepeneur in me to life. Congrats on your book and good on you! I think that women need all the support they can get. Just knowing it’s possible can make all the difference!

    Rhia

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    Wow, what a great idea!! I’d definately read it :)

    I totally agree with Tea.
    I just started my business, and my friends all go “wow, how do you do it?” but it not a big deal… you just do what you want – I mean, we are allowed to, arn’t we?
    Ladies seem to underestimate themselves.
    They can do what they want, but are restricted by the “norm”.
    I’m lucky that I have a really understanding & helpful hubby, but that and the idea the skills & the enthusiasm are all it takes to start a business.

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