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When I first became pregnant in my late thirties, after I had started my own small business, I couldn’t find any books, magazines, or stories about women business owners and how they made it through their pregnancies. Two years later, it was the same. So I wrote the book on it.
My background includes management experience at a multinational communications company, experience working with small businesses, and an MBA from Temple University. But my favorite job has been as the owner of my own business, HeartWork Organizing, since 2005. I live just outside of Philadelphia, PA with my lovely family. That's me in the picture, five months prego with baby number 2. (Fashion tip: busy prints hide the bump.)
My pregancies were both healthy and fun. I was the annoying woman who absolutely loved being pregnant, even the icky parts. I enjoyed the special attention from strangers and the new excuses to shop. I did not, however, like the maternity clothing.
More and more women starting businesses today, but many women put their dreams on hold or minimize their efforts when they have kids. I hope that women entrepreneurs will be more confident and profitable, whether their businesses are multi-national or teeny-tiny, because of the tools and advice in The Pregnant Entrepreneur.
on Aug. 16, 2011 :
When I first opened this book, I didn't know what to expect. Why? The title is self-explanatory yet I found myself a tad more than nervous because I have been a pregnant business owner three times over. As a work-at-home business owner of an online company and mom of four (and I'm 27!), I was convinced prior to opening this book that I have been doing EVERYTHING wrong as a mommy entrepeneur. I've managed to keep things moving and growing business-wise but over the years, I've managed to also build up a tremendous amount of guilt for having to "structure" my day around clients AND my children, instead of just my children. Needless to say, the days are normally chaotic, even with a routine in place.
So I read this book. My eyes were opened. Apparently, it's okay and perfectly normal to feel guilty for attempting to divide my time between work and kids. When I was pregnant, I literally wrote in my preggo journals that I was sorry I couldn't focus more on the pregnancy because I had to work. My schedule was always all over the place. When I wasn't exhausted from pregnancy, I worked. Sometimes I worked right through terrible bouts of morning sickness because there didn't seem to be any time otherwise as much of my nausea lasted all day for four to six months each pregnancy. Inside I was screaming, "WHY!? What am I doing? How can I possibly run a business and be pregnant with my other munchkins running around. It's not possible!" Well, I'm not alone and I can't tell you how comforting THAT was. Author Darla DeMorrow has a name for this out-of-whack employment situation that is neither part-time or full-time or anything in between: "a lifestyle business" (pg. 15). This page made me very, very happy. I don't want to work for anyone else. I want to work for me! Therefore, I have to come to terms with what that actually means and I truly believe this book helped me see the light. There is no balance to be reached, DeMorrow explains, a pregnant/mommy entrepeneur works when she can, the best she can and therefore, my particular business is meant to function the way it does.
In addition to all the motivational support throughout the book (which every pregnant woman running a business desperately needs), DeMorrow offers readers another way to look at pregnancy: a project with a deadline. She trades off between pregnancy and business as if they intertwine. Budgeting, planning and organization attain to both. Whether you're running (or thinking of starting) a small or larger business, the expecting mom is sure to find support and great advice in this book. She provides a business plan for the reader to fill in, which is followed by a birth plan example and other helpful documents to help the pregnant business woman organize the details for both baby and company in a way that is benefitial to both experiences. I've not seen a book like this before and I'm glad to have discovered "The Pregnant Entrepeneur".
(reviewed within a month of purchase)