What is a Mumpreneur? Do you have to be a mum? Well uhum yes, otherwise you would be a female entrepreneur. The main motivation behind a Mumpreneur is to have it all! We run a business, a household and raise our children all in a well-balanced world. That is if you are either; very organised, have a nanny or somebody else runs the business for you etc.

Most of us started out after bub 1 or 2 and they found a gap in the market. Me? I was asked to do some data entry (being an office manager/ secretary/ personal assistant by trade) in MYOB but I just had to get an ABN. And so my little business PA on the GO was born and like me so many other women started out in a similar way.

It is the most challenging job I have undertaken and also the most satisfying and oh yes, having my kids of course!

So in all of this somewhere along the way you feel disconnected as most mums in your mothers group go back to part time or full time work or become a stay at home mum and getting excited about your business cards or your new logo is not something that is on their agenda so you find yourself looking around for a group of women similar to you and voila you have found yourself a network group.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find one that suited my hours (anything after 7pm) and my budget (free or very cheap) and something that was local (preferably in walking distance) so I met a wonderful and gorgeous woman on Facebook (where else do we meet nowadays?) and together we created the network group Mumpreneurs Northern Beaches Network which has now grown to a company called Mum Entrepreneurs Pty Ltd with monthly network events that sell out each time with guest speakers talking about topics that any woman or mum in business can relate too.

So think you have what it takes to become a Mumpreneur? Come on, I dare you! It will be the most exhilarating trip of your life and if lucky your kids will talk about it years to come.



Diana Holwerda is Co-Founder/ Director of www.mumentrepreneurs.com.au and www.pa-on-the-go.com

Diana Holwerda met Banika Smee on Facebook and the two mums in business with young kids agreed they needed a local mumpreneurs group – so the rapidly expanding Mum Entrepreneurs Northern Beaches Network (MNBN) was born. There is also a Facebook group where mumprepreneurs from around Australia can join, chat and recommend businesses. After only a year, MNBN offers fantastic support to women running their own business.

Diana also runs PA on the GO that provides admin and social media support to small businesses.