Many mothers do not want to return to work full-time after the arrival of children. Others want to, or feel they need to for financial reasons, but the cost of childcare makes it virtually impossible. Starting your own business could be the answer. Maybe your new business idea could be an extension of your original career choice. For example, if your job involved working directly for clients in the past, could you do this from home on a freelance basis? A couple of hours here and there, when your child is napping or at nursery. An hour in the evening when daddy is doing the bedtime routine. The Internet means we have never had so many home working opportunities. But why are so many afraid to take the leap?
Fear is a big part of it. If you are giving up a well-paid job and investing lots of money into a completely new venture, then yes, I can understand the fear. But if you are starting a kitchen table business using your laptop, paper and pen, then what’s the issue? You are the only thing holding your business back.
Do you have the skills needed to move that business idea forward? Can you learn them? If you enjoyed writing at school, you could write a blog. If you are a good sales person and love beauty products, how about selling Avon or Body Shop parties? Good with a needle and thread? Why not make some crafty things out of left over scraps of fabric and sell them on Etsy?
Your market doesn’t have to be niche. A copycat business is fine, providing you do it better! Look for ideas around you. Being passionate about your business is a must. You will have bad days and being passionate will alleviate the pain and carry you through. Yes, you will need to work hard, (you won’t get much done whilst watching This Morning) but you will get a sense of achievement as you gradually balance work with the demands of family life. And remember, many great businesses start from the kitchen table with very little investment.