According to an article in the February/March issue of Pink Magazine, women are launching businesses at twice the rate of men. In fact, the Census Bureau reports that 38% of all businesses are now owned by women. This is a considerable jump from 1970, when only 5% of companies were owned by females.
NFWBO and Catalyst, a women´s business organization, sponsored a poll in 1998. More than half of the women polled stated their reason for opening a business was to increase flexibility in balancing family and work.
This goes along with what Mary Quigley, author of Going Back to Work: A Survival Guide for Comeback Moms, told me during an interview last year. During research for her book, Mary found that mothers want flexibility when they return to work. They want, " . . . to be involved with their families."
With these statistics in mind, it´s easy to see that many of you may be considering opening your own business. Therefore, I will feature tips and advice and information about mothers in business under this new category. The hope is that the blogs will both bring exposure to businesses that are being started and run by moms while also offering advice to those of you who are considering opening your own business.