So you call yourself an entrepreneur.
You also happen to be a mom… or vice versa. Congrats, you fall under the category of “Mompreneur!”
(Don’t you just love labels?(
Well as a fellow Mompreneur I often times find it hard to make meaningful connections with women who get me.
I mean REALLY get me.
For example, I work super hard (regardless of whether or not this work is done in an office or my home) while at the same time I love on my kiddo as much as peanut butter loves on jelly. I also like to find a balance between the two without going crazy or feeling guilty about it- is that so much to ask?
Sometimes it takes the support of other women in similar situations to validate how I feel. Usually it involves a glass of wine or two.
Over the last few months I’ve had some friends ask me, “How do you find Mompreneur friends?” While some of us may be inclined to Google meetups or groups for “Mompreneurs in X city,” others might feel comfortable connecting in a less formal way. I fall under the later category and wanted to share three ways to network, specifically for the mom and entrepreneur like you.
Three Ways To Find Other Mompreneurs Like You
Attend Local Conferences
If you live in Texas MomCom is a great place to make connections.
What began as a bi-annual half day event back in 2012 has evolved into a two-day official conference. This year MomCom has opened up registration to women living outside of Austin, TX and promises to be twice the size of past events. (More potential friends!) I have attended all the past MomCom events and each time ended up meeting the most amazing women- most of which I still talk with today.
This year, the event moves to the Westin Hotel at the Domain shopping district in Austin and includes a great line up of programming featuring 11 speakers, multiple workshops such as “The Art of Transformation: From Struggling Single Mother to Accomplished Entrepreneur,” a Wine Walk Sip & Shop and closing party.
Discover New Blogs & Websites
There are a million and one blogs published for women, and even more for moms. But what about Mompreneurs?
Start with The Mompreneur Mogul, which is the #1 place for ladies like you! Read stories from fellow entpreneurs or learn blogging tips to help you balance being a Mama and running a business.
The Mom Biz Coach has also complied a great list of the top 25 Mompreneur blogs to follow in this infographic.
Website: Kate and Linny
Shop your heart out and support maker moms when you purchase from this online daily deals boutique. Every item on the site is either made by, developed by or sold by moms. Check back frequently or sign up to get email alerts when new items go on sale as the inventory changes quickly.
Founded by friends Katherine Zackham (Kate) and Lindsay Streufert (Linny), not only do I love that this site helps mom in business grow, but it also features a rotating spotlight Mompreneur of the Week. Read about the current Mompreneur Amber of Tangled Tantrum hair products here.
Join a Digital Community
I have been a lover of Molly at Stratejoy for a long time now- you all know this.
Since 2009 Molly and I have been online connections-turned real friends- turned mommas together and I can’t stop saying enough great things about her and her business.
She’s built a phenomenal community of women in transition, including Mama business owners.
Visit her site and you’ll find a blog updated with personal stories each day by seasonal authors. (I was one back in 2009) Click the category “Mamahood” for a ton of resources, articles and bloggers who are just like you.
How do you connect with other Mompreneurs?
Share with me and I’ll add them to my growing list of Resources for entrepreneurs and young women in business.