It seems there is indeed, a lot in a name.I have recently made a decision to speak. The topic I chose was “Mummy CEO”. Me being me, I thought I might do some more research, to beef up what I already knew. Point of correction , what I thought I knew.There i was sitting at the computer and i looked up the word mumpreneur.
Oxford dictionary had the following meaning :
A woman who sets up and runs her own business in addition to caring for her young child or children.
I then looked up entrepreneur. The same Oxford dictionary had the following definition:-
A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.
Hmmm! I thought to myself. Slightly different meanings attached to each.
Both were seen as setting up a business, but it appeared from the definitions given, that entrepreneurs were the ones who took risks and made profits. Whilst mumpreneurs seem to set up a business whilst being a parent.
A question popped up into my mind. The definitions seem to imply slight different things. I wondered if there were opinions on the net. I typed mumpreneur into Google. Up popped the first page of search results.Tapped on the first article. Oh!Tapped on another article. Oh! And so on I went.
It appeared that the term mumpreneur was not deemed to be the same as an entrepreneur. In fact, many women commented that they actually did not like the term mumpreneur, after all, you never hear anyone call a male entrepreneur dadpreneur.
Digging deeper, I found that some women felt the term implied they were doing business in a casual way, or they were not as serious about business like as an entrepreneur. Others felt that it usually meant a woman was doing a cottage industry business.
You just need to search online for mums who are successful entrepreneurs, you will find plenty of great examples. Their businesses are far from being “cottagelike”. Others felt that the term trivialised them.
A lot simply did not like the term, nor did they see any need for it.
This was quite an eye opener for me. I was quite proud of being a mumpreneur, as I had attached a different meaning and perspective to it.
I will let you in on my view in another post, suffice to say I was a little taken aback. Don’t get me wrong. I do see where they are coming from, but perhaps they need another point of view.
They might then decide to review their opinion.
So what do you think? Mumpreneur? Entrepreneur? As a woman and mum in business do you mind what you are called? Do you feel that either of these titles will get the same treatment or different treatments.
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.