About one in three small business owners in the U.S. are mothers. And with women starting businesses at nearly twice the rate of men, their ranks are only growing! While they make up a formidable army, mompreneurs have a relatively small number of resources just for them, and of varying quality. Here’s a roundup of the best resources for mompreneurs across the country, from publications to financing.
Books for Mompreneurs
- Money-Making Mom
In Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference, New York Times bestselling author Crystal Paine advises mompreneurs on how to become purposeful and financially free. Crystal Paine is a thought leader in the mompreneur space and the woman behind MoneySavingMom.com.
In Next: How to Start a Successful Business That’s Right for You and Your Family (The Determined Mom’s Guide), life and business coach Caroline Greene counsels normal women on practical steps to take in order to start a new business in under one year.
- Time Management Mama
In Time Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue your Passions Paperback, sisters Sarah Korhnak and Beth Anne Schwamberger talk about owning a small business from a mom’s perspective. They interview creative mompreneurs on the Brilliant Business Moms podcast, and run BrilliantBusinessMoms.com.
Magazines & Digital Publications for Mompreneurs
- Mom Entrepreneur Magazine
“A Digital Magazine Designed for Mom Entrepreneurs to THRIVE in their Businesses While Raising a Family”
A publication of the Mom Entrepreneur Alliance, the Mom Entrepreneur Magazine features inspirational stories of women around the world along with helpful tips. The first issue was just released in fall 2016 and can downloaded for free in exchange for your email address.
“The number one resource for work at home moms”
WAHM.com is an online magazine for work-at-home moms. The site features a collection of articles, business opportunities and the “Web’s largest forum for work-at-home moms”.
- Working Mother Magazine
“A mentor, role model and advocate for the country’s more than 17 million moms who are devoted to their families and committed to their careers.”
Working Mother is a quarterly subscription magazine and website for “educated and affluent readers.” While not exclusively for entrepreneurs, the magazine includes topics relevant to mompreneurs. Launched in 1979 and owned by Bonnier, it’s the only national magazine for mothers dedicated to their career. The Working Mother brand also does research on and conferences for their readers.
“The first full-service parenting site with a stylish bent.”
Founded by Katie Hintz-Zambrano and James Kicinski-McCoy, Mother was created to fill a gap in the market. This stye-leaning site covers fashion, home, beauty, food, travel and all things motherhood. Featuring profiles of working mothers, as well as articles focused on tips for WAHM and work/life balance, any mompreneur will be sure to find some inspiration from Mother.
- The Hive
“Inspired for the new mom and beyond”
Created for the chic, multi-tasking mom, The Hive offers advice, as well as a selection of curated projects. The online magazine even has a category entitled “Balancing Act“, featuring interviews with successful working mothers.
- Huffington Post
“The destination for news, blogs and original content offering coverage of US politics, entertainment, style, world news, technology and comedy.”
Like Entrepreneur, the Huffington Post publishes articles relevant to mompreneurs often enough to give them their own category. Past articles include “How 10 Up-And-Coming Mompreneurs Make Time to Grow Their Blog” and “3 Businesses That Are Perfect for Moms.”
“Advice, insight, profiles and guides for established and aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide.”
Entrepreneur magazine publishes articles on entrepreneur parents at least every month. They’ve built up a pretty good registry of relevant articles under the category “mompreneurs”, including “A Prolific Mompreneur’s Top 4 Productivity Tips for Busy Working Moms” and “Why Are 10 Million Moms Missing From the Workplace?”
- POPSUGAR MOMS
“An online network of websites that offers updates, trends, and tips in entertainment, fashion, parenting, fitness, and shopping.”
POPSUGAR devotes an entire section of its website to moms. Not only does it include helpful information on everything from pregnancy to parenting, but POPSUGAR Moms offers words of wisdom for working mothers (primarily written by working mothers themselves). Past articles include “19 Things That Only Working Moms Will Understand” and “The Best Advice I Got For Being a Working Mom”.
Blogs & Media for Mompreneurs
- The Modern Mompreneur
The Modern Mompreneur is the persona of Anjali Varma, a small business owner and small business coach based in the DC Metro Area. She creates content specifically for mompreneurs on her blog and YouTube channel, where she offers tips and interviews other mompreneurs. She also has a regular Mom’s Corner segment on Fox 5 Good Day DC.
- The Work at Home Woman
“Flexible ways to make money from home”
The Work at Home Woman was founded by Holley Reisem Hanna, Texas-based blogger, in 2009. The blog has since added 7 more bloggers. Their most popular articles include “99 Work at Home Career Ideas for Women” and “Best Products to Sell from Home.”
- Mompreneur Media
“A leading source for the latest news on mom entrepreneurs.”
Mompreneur Media is an internet media company that provides business services and content for mom entrepreneurs. Their site features a blog, interviews with successful mompreneurs, and a marketplace for services and products.
Communities for Mompreneurs
- Business Among Moms
“The leading community for moms running a business.”
Business Among Moms is a blog and community of over 35,000 members. Local chapters and events are scattered throughout the U.S. with an annual BAM Success Summit uniting them each year. BAM offers networking, a job board, and business feature opportunities.
- Work It, Mom!
“An online community for working moms”
Work It, Mom! offers blogs, resources and community for working moms. This site is a hub where mothers juggling family and a career are encouraged to share their experiences and advice, as well as serve as support for each other.
- The Founding Moms
“The world’s first collective of offline meetups and online resources for mom entrepreneurs. We help moms get down to business.”
The Founding Moms offers online resources and offline meetups in 22 states and 11 countries. Started by serial entrepreneur Jill Salzman, the Founding Moms was named one of the Top 10 websites for Women Entrepreneurs by Forbes in 2013 and one of the Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs two years later. The organization boasts that it’s the “only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups” for entrepreneurs.
- Mom Resource
“Helping moms grow their online income”
Mom Resource is an online community focused on sharing success stories and advice for women working from home on online businesses. Most of the content centers around blogging and tweeting. The community of mompreneurs stays connected largely through social media.
“A curated community of creative and talented mamas”
Heymama is a community of entrepreneurial mamas. Aspiring to connect women to collaborate, inspire and work together, Heymama offers memberships starting at $250 which include a bevy of beauty, lifestyle, family and business perks.
- The Mompreneur Effect
“Helping mothers create the lifestyle they want”
The Mompreneur Effect is a community and blog for mompreneurs and mompreneurs-to-be. Much of their content is free, with helpful tools like a planner just for mompreneurs and a free “Survival Guide”.
- Fashion Mamas
“The first members-only network for influential mothers who work in fashion and creative industries.”
Fashion Mamas offers monthly member-only events where mothers can meet to network, collaborate, talk business and talk motherhood. The network has a LA chapter with over 200 members, a NY chapter with 60+ members and an SF chapter with 40+ members. The organization also offers an FM Global program (for those who don’t live in the event cities above).
There are currently over 200 meetups for mompreneurs (and over 26,000 members) around the world. If you’d like to talk to other mompreneurs face-to-face, find one near you!
Financing for Mompreneurs
- Kiva Zip
“Loans for entrepreneurs doing amazing things”
For mompreneurs (or anyone) looking for $10,000 or less to boost a small business, Kiva Zip is a great platform. It works by crowdfunding 0% interest loans, first from your community, then from the Kiva lender community worldwide.
“The world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.”
Women outperform men when raising money through crowdfunding, according to Forbes contributor Geri Stengel. That’s why Kickstarter is a great option for mompreneurs with a creative product. There’s no limit to your fundraising goal for Kickstarter campaigns, but keep in mind that you only get the funds if you make the goal!
- Bond Street
“We make financing the growth of your business simple, transparent, and fair.”
Banks can be tough on mompreneurs looking for a term loan. For anyone who’s been in business at least two years and is looking for $1 million for business growth, Bond Street offers small business loans at reasonable rates. The application process only takes 10 minutes, and you can be funded in as little in 48 hours.
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