Era of the Mompreneurs
The only thing I have worried about as I start this business has been "Am I going to become like every other ‘mompreneur’ out there? Am I just jumping on the bandwagon of what everyone else is trying to do?" And to some degree that answer is YES. But I’ve realized that this is ok.
Twenty years ago— heck, barely even ten years ago— there weren’t many options for moms to work from home with flexibility so that they could be with their kids. But thanks to the magical Internet, there are now lots of options for anyone (not just moms!) to work from home with whatever flexibility their heart desires. And that’s a good thing!
Isn’t it actually amazing that people, especially moms, can start businesses, sell art, write blogs, and be bad-ass boss ladies all while taking care of their families? (Ok, perhaps I’ve been reading too many mompreneur blogs— I promise I won’t use the term "bad-ass boss ladies" again.)
Maybe I am just another "mompreneur" and maybe lots of others are trying to do the same thing, but because the world is so big and so full of people,(and the Internet is so big) there is actually lots of room for me (and for you) to join in.
Now, I’m not saying that it’s easy. Just because every other mom on the block is trying to become a ‘mompreneur’ doesn’t mean that every other mom will be successful. I may not be successful. But I didn’t want to not try. I didn’t want to be held back by fear or by the thought that I’m just doing what everyone else is doing.
There are plenty of other papercut artists in the world, and plenty of them sell on Etsy, which is what I’m planning to do. And that’s ok, because we all make different stuff, we all have our own unique styles which will appeal to different people. I’m learning to see this a good thing, rather than a bad thing.
Knowing that there are other papercut artists out there that are more successful than me, spurges me on to improve my technique, hone my skills, and dream bigger. It’s a level of healthy competition, that someone like me needs to thrive.
It’s also a diverse community. From my brief presence on Instagram for my business, I’ve felt so much support and encouragement from other papercut artists I’ve met online. People who are my sometimes direct competition, are liking my work, encouraging me with comments, and helping me when I have questions. I try to do the same.
I’m beginning to see this level of healthy competition within community as something that makes us all better artists and better entrepreneurs. If moms could all get over the hot-topic mom debates, (if you are a parent, you know what I’m talking about!) then maybe mompreneurs could use healthy competition and community to help them become better moms too. Then, maybe I wouldn’t feel so squeamish about being labeled a "mompreneur."
Are you a "mompreneur?" How do you feel about it?