#Momboss is trending! More and more women who are raising families are feeling inspired and empowered to start their own businesses to make extra money and bring their ideas to life.
Juggling parenthood with entrepreneurship isn’t easy. 71% of moms who are entrepreneurs are the primary caregivers for their children, which makes it all the more impressive that they’re out there building a business alongside their other responsibilities. The good news? There are lots of great resources out there for today’s #Momboss and countless success stories from women who make it all work.
Getting Back to Work
Although many women go back to work soon after giving birth because they want to, others have no choice but to return to the workforce while raising a family. Only 14% of civilian workers in the United States are able to take paid leave, and many families need the income that mothers can earn in the workforce.
Entrepreneurship is the answer for some women who need to bring in some income but don’t want to leave their kids in daycare and work a typical 9-5. Moms get into entrepreneurship for many reasons, but one common reason is to create additional income while maintaining the flexibility to care for their children. Professional moms can stay home and launch their own enterprise with children of any age.
Even the most determined #Momboss needs a little help, though. The following are seven online resources for moms who want to launch a business.
1. Help for Coming up With Ideas
Feeling disheartened because you don’t have an idea for your business? Don’t sweat it! Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration and some help brainstorming to find the right idea for your business. These courses on Udemy are designed for idea generation and can help you when you’re feeling stuck.
2. Udemy Entrepreneurship Courses
If you’ve never started a business before, it can be pretty daunting to take the first steps. Build your confidence and learn essential skills in entrepreneurship through online courses. Udemy’s entrepreneurship section has everything you need to successfully launch your company and navigate the challenges of early business development.
3. The BOSS Network
You need a community, even if you’re working from home—especially if you’re working from home! The BOSS Network is an online community for female entrepreneurs that encourages networking, building relationships with like-minded women, and providing support for entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. You’ll probably need that support more often than you’d think!
4. Tools to Learn the Basics
There’s a lot to learn when you’re first starting a business. You may have a great idea, but if you don’t know the fundamentals of business, you may have trouble keeping your company afloat. While you don’t have to know it all before you get started, it’s important to know where to turn when you need help with the basics.
Again, Udemy comes to the rescue with business fundamentals courses. You can learn inexpensively at your own pace and refer back to the information when you need to.
5. The Female Entrepreneur Association
The Female Entrepreneur Association is the place for any woman who has a business idea and wants to turn it into reality. It’s one of the world’s largest global communities for women in entrepreneurship and caters to all different kinds of entrepreneurs. With resources and support for turning ideas into opportunities, the Female Entrepreneur Association is perfect for the new #Momboss looking for boatloads of inspiration and guidance from women who have already built a successful business
6. Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global
The goal of the nonprofit Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) is to empower women to go global with their businesses. The organization offers several different services to help women grow their businesses, including webinars, workshops, and mentoring. There’s also a whole archive and library of resources aimed at women who want to take their businesses global!
7. Women Entrepreneur
Are you familiar with Entrepreneur.com? Even if you are, you may not have realized that there is a female-centric arm of the organization known as Women Entrepreneur. It’s a curated website with articles from Entrepreneur alongside pieces created specifically for women. If you want to get quality content on entrepreneurship, Women Entrepreneur is a great choice,
Becoming the #Momboss You Want to Be
Building a successful business as a mom is challenging, but it gives women the freedom to live life on their own terms. If you’re ready to become a #Momboss, take advantage of all the resources available to you. There are lots of people out there ready and willing to support you in becoming the #Momboss you want to be!
Andrew Deen has been a consultant for startups in almost every industry from retail to medical devices and everything in between. He is currently writing a book about scaling up business and his experience implementing lean methodology.