Being a mum entails sacrifices, but it doesn’t mean that your career has to take a backseat. In support of work-family balance, we got Sher-li Torrey, founder of career portal Mums@Work, to answer job-related questions from mums in Singapore.
Q: I am a mother of three young kids (11, 8 and 3). I have been considering starting a home business as a mumpreneur, so that I can spend more time with the children. Is this advisable to achieve more work-family balance?
A: A mumpreneur is defined as a “female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mum and the role of entrepreneur”. Often the term is brought up when a woman is considering various options, in order to achieve work-family balance.
As a mother of three, your desire to have more control of your time schedule makes entrepreneurship very enticing. It would seem ideal to have a business of your own (possibly, working online) as you navigate a schedule that allows you to spend time with your children as and when needed.
However, as faced by any other entrepreneur, starting and running a business takes an immense amount of time and effort. To decide if a career as a business owner suits you, you might want to ask yourself a few questions.