A Mother Works in Her Business Not On Her Business

It occured to me tonight as I was emailing a friend and business associate that I spend so much time working in my business, that I don’t have time to work on my business.  The Motherhood Incorporated company is growing quickly and it takes pretty much all my time and effort to send out jobs to virtuals and work with my clients.  How do I find the time to do all the things that need to be done like join social networking groups or put together a drip email campaign…or something other than rush out of my office at 6 pm to get the kids fed, have a couple hours of quality family time before I fall into bed exhausted.  I have three jobs of late– one as a homemaker, one as a business owner and one as my own employee.

It was interesting to me today when I spoke to a person interested in my business. He kept referring to it as my little home shop.  It wasn’t a positive reference. I kindly reminded him that my business is very successful and puts money in my hands and in the hands of the scores of women who work for me. That comment fell flat.

I felt like my Master’s Degree in Business and my undergraduate in Journalism degree, and my past 15 years as a top executive evaporated with the knowledge that I worked out of my home.  Home offices it seems are for real estate agents, authors and silly little businesses owned by wives and sisters without “real jobs.”

I am a real working mother. I may not commute more than a jaunt down the hallway, but I have the same stress and strain, the same obligations, the same office supply cost, but because I work out of my home it is some what minimalized. It saddens me that some dope sitting in a cubicle who hates her job but has an office outside of her home garners more respect.  And it’s not just this client, but many who pass my way.

It gets tiring and tonight I resolve to not let it bother me.  I have long left behind my need to prove my worth to some dope, but I do want to say to other working from home mothers – good for you. You are worthy. You are entitled to the same working dignity, respect and ability to earn as anyone.  So there!