Are Mompreneurs Taken Seriously?

Are Mompreneurs Taken Seriously?

Social Studies | Posted by YouInc.com - April 30, 2014 at 1:00 am
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Have you ever had the feeling that as a mompreneur you are not taken seriously? You’re not alone. Many mompreneurs complain that the success of their company is limited by people’s unwillingness to view them as a credible business owner. Follow these steps and when people meet you, they will perceive you as a professional and competent entrepreneur:

Never use your children as an excuse. The reality is that being a mother consumes every aspect of your life. You are never “off the clock” and sometimes mompreneurs need to put their work aside to address the needs of their children. Unfortunately, most customers don’t care about your personal life; they just need you to get the job done.

If you have a business, no matter how small, you are an entrepreneur. Never minimize the importance of what you do.

Take yourself seriously. How do you feel about yourself as an entrepreneur? Can you confidently introduce yourself and your company to a room of business people? Deep down, many mompreneurs feel like they are not real entrepreneurs. They may be afraid that their business is not big enough or they may not view themselves as the “entrepreneurial type.” If you have a business, no matter how small, you are an entrepreneur. Never minimize the importance of what you do.

Look the part. Since you are the face of your company, people are going to judge your business based on how you look. Make sure that you present yourself in a way that is consistent with the perception that you want people to have of your business. Consider the whole package; it doesn’t make sense to spend lots of money on a stylish suit only to ruin the effect with messy hair and unpolished shoes.

Ask for your family’s support. It is difficult to feel like a successful entrepreneur if you are being undermined by the people closest to you. Let them know that you depend on them for support. If your family members are reluctant to view you as an entrepreneur, don’t be afraid to demand it of them. Once you manage to convince your family to take you seriously, the rest of the world will be a piece of cake.

Pay attention to how you communicate. You can be saying all the right things, but if the way that you communicate doesn’t project confidence, nobody will pay attention to you. Try to become conscious of how you speak and the body language that you use. Ask your friends and colleagues for feedback. Are there any bad habits that you need to break? Sometimes a small adjustment can make a big difference in how you are perceived by others.

Unfortunately, you cannot control other people’s stereotypes. If they are unwilling to accept that women are a growing force in the business world, there isn’t much that you can do about it. However, if you always maintain an awareness of the image that you are projecting, you should be able to get most people to focus on your business instead of on the fact that you are a woman.

Tags: confidence, entrepreneurs, mompreneur, parenthood, profiles

Maria Locker

Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc. is the trusted national network that supports, educates, and empowers moms in business across Canada. Company highlights include over 14,000 members and subscribers within their online community, presentation of the "Mompreneur® Award of Excellence", and the annual National Mompreneurs® Conference. Maria Locker, Founder & CEO.

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Kate Voltan
May 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm
Thanks for sharing this article. I couldn't agree more that women often lack the belief in themselves to build their dream business. As a coach to mompreneurs, I see this time and time again. However, I also think we, as women, need to start empowering each other to make a change.

I struggle a little with the last sentence you wrote “However, if you always maintain an awareness of the image that you are projecting, you should be able to get most people to focus on your business instead of on the fact that you are a woman. ” While I agree that we shouldn't care what anyone else thinks, I also believe that there is nothing wrong with broadcasting to the world that you are a woman. Because you are.

I think it's time that women stop trying to act like men in business. I have sat around enough board room tables in my day watching women act like men because they think it's what's expected of them. There is a big difference between being professional and acting like the opposite sex because you are seeking acceptance.

The only way the perception of women in business will change is if women make an effort and demand change. There is nothing shameful or wrong about being female or a mom. It took me a very long time to appreciate that I could embrace all of my x chromosomes and still be taken seriously professionally. People will take you seriously, because you take yourself seriously, not because you are a woman or man.

The biggest sense of relief I ever had was when I finally stopped switching from my mommy hat to my CEO hat and accepted that they are not two separate lives, they are two overlapping parts of the same life.