Once again, I have found myself on the cutting edge with no idea how I got there. At some point, while I was staring bleary-eyed at the computer and praying for naptime to last just ten minutes longer, working at home became the next big thing. In short, “momprenuers” are hot!
Who knew? Well, Hot Moms Club, for one;momprenuers have been covered here for quite some time. But other publications are starting to catch on, as well. For example, a recent US News and World Report cover article announced that the new “mommy track” leads to working from home. And, according to Linda Shapiro, co-founder of the publishing company of Hybrid Mom magazine, two-thirds of stay-at-home moms start their own businesses (“The New Mommy Track.” US News and World Report. September 3, 2007).
Thinking about jumping on the bandwagon? Great! But, don’t go in wearing rose colored glasses. The life of a momprenuer is not for the faint of heart. You must be prepared to:
Drag yourself out of bed at an ungoldly hour in the vain hope of working in peace.
Have nine out ten productive trains of thought derailed by a screech of “Mama!”
Realize (too late!) that you’ve inadvertently addressed an important batch of documents to Dora the Explorer.
Find that every piece of paper in your home office has been stolen for rainbow drawings.
Explode the occasional Kid Cuisine meal in the microwave while trying to finish up your email.
And, there’s more, much more, but who has time to tell the whole story? Not me, that’s for sure. Naptime is over at my house, and I hear the pitter patter of disruptive little feet. But, before I’m dragged away, let me just say that if you’ve got a momprenuer dream, go for it! After all, you’re already kicking ass at the hardest job in the world! But, you just might want to keep those rose colored glasses handy after all. You’ll need them to hide the bags under your eyes!
Kelli Simpson is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom from Norman, Oklahoma. Her better know alter ego, Mama Zen, blogs at the zen of motherhood.