Editor’s Note: Since May is the month of moms, we decided to feature a post especially for mom freelancers. In June, the month of dads, we’ll give papas equal time with a feature of their own.
Perhaps you are a new mom. You used to work for someone else and now you think you might want to stay at home. Or maybe you just want a career change, or have already spent years raising your kids and plan to start your own small business.
Do you have freelance options if you weren’t born a writer, blogger, graphic designer, web programmer, cook? What if your career could actually revolve around what you actually do; day by day, minute after minute, well, all around the clock? Each day you use your mental and physical energy to perform the most challenging, demanding job ever – mom. Why not use that in your business, for your business, as your business?
Turn Your Experience as a Mom Into a Business
Although, I’m a proud mom, I’m not the perfect example for this. In fact, I’m not an example at all. But I have encountered two cases of famous ladies that provide an outstanding model of entrepreneurship and inspiration. Perhaps you’ll say: Somebody is already doing that. What could I have that’s new and innovative?
Not so fast.
Each of us brings unique skills, talents, and energy to the table and so do our children.
Maybe your kid loves chocolate so much that you figure out a way to make money from his adoration of the divine substance. A mom could create a business out of her child’s choco-obsession. You could launch COOLCIOCCOMAMA where earn money from making a wide variety of cookies, sweets, desserts, dips, and more with – you guessed it – chocolate.
Yeah, I can just imagine the great looking chocolate cakes on your coolciococomama.com site and some cheerful yellow mugs adorned with a baby face dipped in chocolate. In my crystal ball, I even see you writing an e-book called “How to give chocolate to your baby without worrying about obesity”.
Check Out These Boss Moms Who Aren’t Just Rocking a Cradle
First, we have SCARY MOMMY. She is not a perfect mom (who is anyway?), but she has built an empire on imperfections, mommy tips, and confessions. On her site, she offers various parenting tips with an edge, selling products bearing her logo and recently a new book.
SIMPLE MOM is not as simple as she appears at first glance. She is flexible, extremely versatile and offers lots of tips on a powerful website enriched with podcasts. If you don’t feel like reading, click a button and listen!
She has recently collaborated with the author of the site SIMPLE MARRIAGE and is delivering great content about both parenting and marriage. She also published a book with a witty title “One Bite at a Time”. Need I say more, freelance writers?
Don’t get intimidated by what successful moms have achieved – they started somewhere: raising a baby, just like you.
I recently commented on Samantha’s latest post on how to build your personal brand and it struck me that I unknowingly highlighted the importance of embracing you unique self, in this post, and not emulating others’ brands and style. Being who you are and evolving your personality sounds easy, but the more I delve into my quirky thoughts about my own business, the more I realize how complex it actually is to just be YOU.
Each person has a unique way of self-discovery.
We get stuck, entangled and confused because we become too wrapped up in trying to learn from others. I am not saying we shouldn’t (learn from others). It’s imperative that we do. However, we must avoid the clutter and the confusion of too much information. Learn to filter and practice patience.
The right business idea – tailored just for you – will pop up.
Disclaimer: Coolcioccomamma.com does not exist as far as I know. The logo is just something I came up with. Any similarities with other brands are purely coincidental. The e-book idea is something I wrote on a whim and I did not even bother to verify if such thing exists. It was just a way of getting my message forward. If you are into chocolate however, do not hesitate to contact me. You can pay me for the idea with lots of chocolate bars for like the next 50 years.
The other mom-preneur businesses I featured are very real and thriving.
Question: What is it that you are doing that could evolve into a small business or a product, even on a small scale? Talk to us.