Entrepreneurs, at least the successful ones, are some of the hardest working people in the country. Momtrepreneurs, on the other hand, are the hardest working people in the universe.
Not only do these women business creators and inventors have to thrive in a competitive business sector, but they have to do so while battling the patriarchy, raising and providing for their children, and dealing with a litany of snide, sexist remarks. Despite these hazards, many inspirational women have been able build their businesses from the ground up, and have continued to thrive.
The Internet Gives Birth To A New Kind of Entrepreneur
“I started this company from my tiny apartment in Poland only six years ago,” said Ula Tuszewicka, Founder and President of Baby Tula, a baby carrier company that was recently sold for $73.8 million. “With lots of personal challenges and three little children, I built a brand with [an] unusually passionate following.”
According to Forbes, moms from around the world have been forming groups and organizing to show their support for Tula carriers and their passion for “babywearing.”
“Tula carriers are not only a great product, that allows parents [to] bond with their babies and allows them to continue with their daily tasks while holding their child close, but it is also a brand that created an outlet and network for mothers, who bond with each other over their love for children.”
There are many mother-owned, Internet-powered companies like Baby Tula operating today, buoyed by a massive community of self-employed “mommy bloggers.” Some experts predict that this year 75% of all online activity will take place on smartphones, and the Internet has given would-be entreprenuers new opportunities to start, manage, and promote their businesses, often from the comfort of their own homes.
In the United States, there are about 21 million self-employed workers categorized as small businesses, including a growing number of Momtrepreneurs.
Who Are These Momtrepreneurs?
In addition to women like Tuszewicka, there are plenty of other hardworking women entrepreneurs doing amazing things in the business world and caring for their children. Here are a few other successful Momtrepreneurs that you should keep an eye out for in 2017:
- Kwany Liu — Liu founded Bundle Organics when she was pregnant with her first child. Her idea was to create a way to assist moms as they try and remain healthy during pregnancy and the nursing process. Her company provides teas and organic juices specifically designed for pregnant and nursing mothers.
- Maia Haag — Haag created I See Me!, a multi-million dollar organization that provides personalized gifts and books for children. Haag helps write and individualize dozens of stories that kids can read and insert themselves into.
- Lisa Greenwald — Greenwald was working for J. Crew in the merchandising department when she came up with a great idea. Chewbeads, her new company, is a direct result of a baby’s fascination to jewelry (specifically, grabbing it and sticking it in their mouths). Greenwald created a jewelry line that was specifically manufactured for babies to play with and chew on safely.
No matter what kind of business you’re working in, if you’re a mother and an entrepreneur, then not only are you part of the most hardworking group in history, you’re also changing the world!