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Motherhood: All Solopreneurship Begins and Ends There

Written By: Mike Allton in Real-Life Success Lessons! | May 6, 2015

Motherhood: All Entrepreneurship Begins and Ends There

Washington Irving once said:

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

I don’t know about you, but while I know Irving is talking about Life, as a solopreneur, I see a lot of parallels there. Adversity takes the place of prosperity. Trouble thickens. And yet, despite those clouds of darkness, who is always there to support you and encourage you?


My mother has always been a sounding board for me. She’s helped me to focus on the things that matter, and wade through all of the stuff that doesn’t. And of course this is all years after I’ve left the nest and supposedly attacked the world on my own.

According to Robert Browning, “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” And there’s no denying that. Yet for those of us who continue to strive to create and grow our own business, isn’t it also true to say that all Solopreneurship begins and ends there as well?

From one perspective, it’s a mother that supports and guides you and sets you on a path that ultimately leads you to whatever ventures you’re working on. Whatever business you’re building.

From another perspective, solopreneurs are mothers to their business ideas, nurturing them until they’ve grown into a thriving, self-sustaining business.

No matter how you look at it, we owe a lot to our mothers.

Let’s applaud them.

Here are a few fantastic quotes about moms that you can tweet or share to social media:

Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.George Eliot
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I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.Mitch Albom
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A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.Victor Hugo
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But the quote that I want to really consider is this one from Jane Sellman who says,

The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.

That’s so true, isn’t it? It’s estimated that a “working mother” spends 11 hours a week on childcare, while a “stay at home” mother spends at least twice that much time.1

Children are hard work!

And one might suggest that moms, raising their children, are the original solopreneurs…

But the work of raising children and building a family aren’t the only skills mothers possess. In fact, in 2012, nearly 370,000 U.S. married stay-at-home mothers had at least a master’s degree,2 which means these mothers have advanced skills and training in diverse fields.

In his book Home Alone, Pennsylvania State University sociologist Paul Amato reported that 40 percent of full-time homemakers wanted to have a job. And it’s likely that many more mothers would appreciate having an outlet for their professional and creative experience.

That’s where SiteSell wants to help.

We want to find the most talented and deserving mother and help her to launch her own business. We’re going to give her a lifetime membership to SBI!, as well as three months of free coaching. And she’s going to get a full hour of complimentary marketing coaching from yours truly.

We think that giving a wonderful mother the opportunity to pursue her dreams of solopreneurship and building a business is a fantastic way to applaud her lifetime of work.

Here’s where you come in.

You get to nominate the mother of your choice. It can be your own mom or a mom you know – anyone who has shown you some skill or knowledge that you’ve always said she should have her own business.

Head over to the Applauding Moms page and let us know who this deserving mom is. And invite your friends! We’re also giving away a free year of SBI! to the person who refers the most people, as our way of thanking you for helping us to find this special mother.

All of the details are there. And don’t forget to share some of these quotes! Have a favorite “mom” or “motherhood” quote of your own? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mike Allton
Mike is an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author at The Social Media Hat, and Brand Evangelist at Agorapulse where he strengthens relationships with social media educators, influencers and agencies.

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