“What is a Mompreneur,” you ask? It is a mother who has her own business. She can be married or single. She can have a new business or a large corporation. She usually feels like she wears a lot of hats. Most of them are over defining what balance should be. I was at a networking meeting a few Tuesdays ago. There was a round table filled with Mompreneurs. Well of course there was, lol. It was a Mompreneurs of Mastermind Atlanta networking meeting. It was founded so that mothers can get away from mothering and share their dreams, aspiration, and difficulties with other mothers, who understand the myth about balancing business and motherhood.
We all know that it is essential to network in order to build your business. The benefits of networking is that you build a community of likeminded individuals. The world of solo-entrepreneurship can be a lonely working environment. Unlike being at work, with co-workers, you may not have the resources you need at the water fountain. The community you build is the pool of resources for your life and business.
Additional benefits of networking is that you have other people who know what you do and can spread the word for you. My business is 100% referrals. The grapevine can be the greatest source of advertisement. That Tuesday, at the mompreneur group, I met an interior designer, an entertainment virtuoso, a mobile beauty agency, a commerical cleaner, and an online boutique owner. The wonderful host, Jennifer Jacobs is a graphic artist. Some of these ladies came an hour away. It was an extraordinary evening, with a lot of heartfelt sharing and plenty of great ideas circling our table. This is what makes networking worth the trip. The next time you think about networking, think about, not only the resources you will find, but the possible friends that you may meet. If you are a Mompreneur, you can join us. Registration is free: Eventbrite
Terri Lynn Phillips, Virtual Assistant
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