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10/11/06

Mompreneurs: Blending Business and Baby

Reese Li was an officer in the U.S. Army. She commanded a platoon of 40 soldiers, until her son Andrew was a year old.

Li said that year that she spent trying to balance work with motherhood was terrible. "It was physically demanding, it was emotionally straining and I don't miss it."

But she said she did miss one thing: the money. So she bought a sewing machine, made some baby blankets and diaper bags, and when she saw how well they sold on eBay, a business was born.

She wears every hat at her company: chief operating officer, chief executive officer and chief designer.

"People call and say can they speak to someone in accounts payable and I say, 'Hold on, hello, can I help you?'" Li said.

Li is one of an estimated 5189; million mothers who are trying to solve the work-life juggle by running businesses out of their homes. Sometimes called "mompreneurs," they have started twice as many businesses as other entrepreneurs.

Working From Home for the Children

Christine Hanisco sells dip mixes and candied nuts out of her kitchen in New Hampshire. Her one-woman business is called the Dippy Chick Company, and after two years, it will earn her $50,000.

"I am giving my kids not only their mother 24/7, I am giving them a future. This business is for them," Hanisco said.

But will children really get their mother 24/7? For many mompreneurs, success in their home business is a mixed blessing. Hanisco cherishes what she calls her "hug breaks." But breaks of any kind may become rare as the holiday season comes near.

"I am up in the morning usually at 6:30 or 7. And I am in bed at 11 or midnight. I don't get much sleep, which is not good. I hope it won't come and get me later. It's difficult to balance everything," Hanisco said.

Li's children know their mother is busy, but they like having her home. "I'm very proud of her," said her 8-year-old son, Andrew, who recognizes his mother for her work.

This trend of mompreneurs comes as no surprise to Victoria Colligan, co-founder of Ladies Who Launch, an organization that provides content and community to help women start and expand their businesses and creative ventures.

"I think it's moms wanting to stay home with their children but wanting something else, craving something else, wanting to be fulfilled in a different way," said Colligan.

Afterall, she said, "a lot of businesses were born during naptime."

 

This story was taken from ABC NEWS

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