One of the biggest challenges for women today is balancing career and family. It’s not easy juggling work and home life.
It’s natural for moms to want to attain career flexibility and work autonomy. Becoming your own boss can be challenging, yet very rewarding. Mothers from all over the country are becoming powerhouse saleswomen and savvy business people.
Top 10 Momtrepreneurs in the World
Moms can do it all, but now they’re taking the business world by storm. Let’s meet 10 amazing momtrepreneurs and get the inside scoop on their success.
Alessandra founded What’s Up For Kids in Chicago in 1995. During the early years of her company, she was juggling three babies while running her business from her home office. Working as a mom by day, editor by night, she managed to publish the first thousand copies of the small newsletter that profiled local children’s events.
She began the National Association of Entrepreneur Moms at the beginning of 2009, and incorporated NAOEM into a new magazine called Today’s Innovative Women – All About Business, All About Success, All About YOU!, in 2011.
Alessandra now resides in the Los Angeles area, where she is actively involved in her community and serves as founder and president of Teens on a Mission.
Alper is the creator and executive producer of Name Your Tune personalized CDs for children. She was inspired to start her company in 2003 when she was singing to her daughter using personalized lyrics. With a few musician friends, she started making songs using kids’ names and selling the CDs at holiday events.
Since then she has sold more than 50,000 albums and boasts an impressive celebrity fanbase, including Adam Sandler, Debra Messing, Matt Damon, and Angelina Jolie.
Hertzog went from operating out of an apartment with a gas-powered oven in the living room and personally making deliveries around Toronto, to running a warehouse staffed with full-time employees. New Moon Kitchen is a brand of vegan cookies that can be found across the U.S. and Canada in most major grocery chains.
Her cookies are made with organic ingredients, are free of cholesterol, preservatives, and trans-fats, yet are still delicious. She began with a $10,00 loan from one of her high school teachers and has been growing her business ever since.
Berg founded of My Smart Hands, a company that teaches sign language to children, at a time when she was pregnant with her first child and looking for to generate income while allowing her to stay home.
She used her skills as a teacher and knowledge of ASL to begin teaching sign language to parents of hearing babies. Those classes eventually led to the founding of My Smart Hands, which has grown into an international company.
Paula Dean went from operating her own catering company out of her home to becoming a Food Network star. She has published a string of best-selling cookbooks, runs two restaurants, and has been a fixture on television for more than a decade.
Born in Georgia, Dean started a home-based catering business, The Bag Lady, with her sons serving as deliverymen. The Bag Lady became popular enough for her to expand beyond her kitchen and open her own restaurant.
In 2007, Deen won a Daytime Emmy Award for Paula’s Home Cooking.
Chesal started Baby K’tan following the birth of her first baby, born with Down Syndrome, when a therapist told her that her baby carrier wasn’t good enough because of her son Coby’s low muscle tone. That’s when Chesal decided to get creative.
She experimented by putting two slings together to create a baby carrier that provided the support that Coby needed. Chesal currently sells about $1 million worth of Baby K’tan internationally each year.
Bailey began selling Do Terra oils at a party from her Nashville home just over four years ago, and in less than a year she had left her career as a graphic designer.
She ranks in the top ten percent of the company for sales with nearly 3,000 people who purchase from her. Her business generates a six-figure income for her family while working less than 15 hours a week.
As the CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra is one of the top business leaders in the world. She is a pillar of her industry and a mother of two. When Barra took over as the chief executive of GM, she became the first-ever female head of an automotive manufacturer.
During her tenure as CEO, Barra has positioned the automotive titan to be a major competitor in the electric car market by developing the Chevy Bolt EV.
Having gone through a divorce in 2008, Kieling found herself a single mom looking for a job. She was desperate and broke, with less than $20 in the bank. She started PackIt after listening to her kids complaining that the blueberries in their lunch bags were always warm and mushy.
With the help of friends who agreed to invest in her start-up, she was able to get her company off the ground. She quickly managed to raise $2 million from private investors, enabling her to fund an infomercial, and eventually get distribution in big box retailers like Walmart and Target.
No other Momtrepreneur is more recognizable or has been more successful than J.K. Rowling. She was named by Forbes as the first person to become a billionaire from writing books.
Her story is legendary. As a single mother on social assistance, she famously wrote in notebooks in coffee shops while her baby daughter slept. Her Harry Potter books became a sensation almost immediately upon publication, and have now sold more than 400 million copies.
Rowling has truly lived a “rags to riches” story, rising from state benefits to becoming the world’s first billionaire author, losing her billionaire status only after giving away much of her earnings to charity. In 2007, Time magazine named her as runner-up for Person of the Year.
Life as a Momtrepreneur
Becoming a successful entrepreneur isn’t easy. It requires a lot of work, creativity, desire, and determination. But there has never been more opportunity for stay-at-home moms to start businesses and become financially successful.
Momtrepreneurs come from every background all over the world. Their stories are inspiring and motivating. To follow in the footsteps of the above momtrepreneurs starts with a great idea, passion, and the willingness to work hard.
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