Business mums are a varied crowd. Some are happy to be called mumpreneurs, others hate the word. Some are making a few pounds here and there to top up the family budget, others are making many thousands.
But to reach, support and help promote mums in business it’s important that there are solid facts and figures to work with.
Jane Hopkins of MumsClub says “The only known statistics for mums in business are from the 2008 Yell.com survey and the 2009 BT Business survey”, so she’s just launched the Mumpreneur Census 2010-2011 to gather up-to-date information. Jane would be be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to fill in the survey – you’ll also be entered into prize draws, plus she’ll be featuring various mums throughout the campaign.
You can take the Mumpreneur Census here
Antonia Chitty and Erica Douglas of Become A Mumpreneur are also on a fact-finding mission. Antonia says:
“It has become apparent that many mums have no idea how to start earning flexibly or the most effective ways to create a profitable business. I spend a lot of time explaining business basics to people and I feel it’s an area many could use assistance with.
So Erica Douglas and I have decided to launch a beginner mentoring program. The focus will be on how to make money flexibly from home, how to take a business from idea to reality and what to do to make your business succeed.”
Before they launch they want to be sure they are offering exactly what aspiring mumpreneurs want. Plus they are offering lifetime membership of the programme to the person who gives the best feedback. It doesn’t matter if you’re beyond the stage where you need a beginner programme, your feedback will still be really valuable.
You can take the Become a Mumpreneur survey here
As you probably know, I co-wrote Start a Family friendly Business with Antonia so I know just how much she and Erica have to offer mums who want to escape their 9-5 jobs and build a better working life around their families.