This is what motherhood looks like for me: caring for my kids and juggling to accommodate routines, schedules, work, graduate studies, and running a business. I am a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur and organize my day around school hours, (virtual or not), short meetings, and long nights. That is how I survive motherhood, college and business. It is all a balancing act. Many mothers wonder if they’ll have enough time to dedicate themselves to open a business or a degree program without it taking a toll on their kids’ well-being.
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in 2017, almost five million students across the nation had dependent children ( read the study here ). A figure representing about a quarter of all college students, and an increase of 30% since 2004. Motherhood should not be an impediment to have a degree. However, the number of graduation rates of student parents is lower than peers without children.
Fortunately, some colleges are child-friendly, with family housing, on-campus childcare, scholarships, and other support programs. While some of the resources are free, others have a reasonable cost.
Motherhood and College Stories.
Rosa MacDonald-Burns, a 70-year-old mom of four, who came to the U.S. from Santiago, Chile, graduated from Brazosport College with a bachelor’s degree in applied technology.
Giovanna Jones was inspired to go back to school after her son earned his master’s degree. Giovanna dropped out of high school when she became a teen mother and decided to fully commit to her son’s success. Now, Giovanna has an Associates’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.
Stephanie Pierson attended college for two years before dropping out when Arielle Pierson was born. Many years later, Stephanie and her daughter Arielle graduated together with high honors from the College of Liberal and Professional Studies!
Laura Das Neves, a stay-at-home mom who decided to earn her biology degree at Georgia State University while juggling motherhood, I bet her 2 years old, kept her busy at all times.
Yes, SAHM can Run a Business.
Although we may have started our business as a side hustle just to have that extra income, our entrepreneurial spirit pushed us to work smarter not only harder. Maybe you don’t consider blogging a real business. Still, as I mentioned in previous posts, the mommy blog industry is about 3.9 million moms writing about ket topics and earning around $50,000 in a month. According to Mediakix, it is expected to grow into a $10 billion industry at the end of 2020.
What about life coaching? Training? Recruitment and executive search? What about cleaning services? Beauty supplies? Fashion retail? Handmade bags? STEM classes for girls? Matchmaking for executives? Digital marketing and publishing? Organic cleansers? Catering? The majority of the businesses I mentioning started as a side hustle or a small business idea that after hard work and smart strategies grew into a stable, profitable business.
Motherhood and Business stories
Allison O’Kelly is the founder and CEO of Mom Corps, a national staffing organization for professionals seeking non-traditional careers. The idea is that busy moms can use it to find flexible or virtual options for employment so that they still have time to handle all the demands of taking care of working families.
Julie Karlitz founder and designer of strap-its wanted to provide a way to keep teen girls fashionable without constantly exposing their bra straps. So the company creates a variety of stylish straps that can be added to different outfits or tops.
Lisa Druxman created an exercise routine for new moms after becoming a mom in 2001. Since then, her business, FIT4Mom, has launched numerous classes and events for moms or expectant moms aiming to stay fit and healthy.
Back 2 Work Mom
I help stay-at-home moms rediscover skills and find out if entrepreneurship is a good match for their lifestyle, offering courses on entrepreneurship, small business, asset building, and project feasibility.