mompreneur :: a female business owner who is actively balancing the roles of mom and entrepreneur.
There’s a new #girlboss in town. No… not really. #mompreneurs have been on the small biz scene in YYC for years. But the growth of social media, especially Instagram, has seen a recent spike in mompreneurs in the city, along with the connection of mompreneurs and girl bosses (yay girl power!).
Mompreneurs represent a growing group of small business leaders across Canada; nearly one-third of all small businesses in Canada are either fully or partially owned by females. Mompreneurs are a somewhat new trend in entrepreneurship. The internet enables entrepreneurial moms to sell products and promote other small businesses out of their home rather than relying on foot traffic to brick-and-mortar business.
Running a business is an awesome way to take charge of your passions while also being able to carve out your own schedule as a mom. Many moms I chat with, like myself, started our businesses simply because we wanted to do what we love, raise our kids, and keep a family focus along the way. I talk to some of my clients about passion projects, and for some, those passion projects evolve into mompreneur ventures, which is so exciting and inspiring to see!
But this momprenueur gig comes with some challenges as well. As mompreneurs, we often struggle with scheduling our business with personal life. It’s important we strike a balance, and still engage in self care (no, self care is NOT selfish… so go on, schedule that yoga class or pedicure!), create boundaries, and know when and how to ask for help with your business or personal life.
The mompreneur community is pretty supportive in Calgary. Which is a good thing, because being a mom can be a lonely job sometimes, as can being an entreprenueur! Trust me, I know as a mom, as an entrepreneur, and as a psychologist who specializes in working with moms! It’s crucial we lift each other up as girlbosses and support one another. We’re in this together, and together we’re stronger!
Stay tuned for my next #yycgirlgang post, featuring tips on how mompreneurs can balance work and home life (a balanced personal life is just as important as balancing your books mamas!).
Some of my fave #YYCmompreneurs:
Sweet Clover Studios – Tamara is a mom, author, and illustrator. Creator of “Mindful ABC’s” children’s book and children’s gratitude journals.
My Mila Baby – Tenille is a mom and maker of gorgeous children’s fashion through My Mila, including her iconic fur pom toques.
Bubblegum Sass – Sarah is a blogger, mom and designer behind Bubblegum Sass who makes gorgeous custom dreamcatchers for kids and adults alike.
Mama Malas – Heather is a mom and designer of gorgeous male necklaces to help moms feel radiant and have a tool to cultivate presence and mindfulness in their hectic lives.
WildAndRaw – Jenn is a mama and founder of Wild & Raw Superfood Juice Bar in Kensington. Bulletproof Coffee and Smoothie Bowls are among their not to be missed menu items.
@KANewbornPhotography – Kelly Ann is a mom, dental hygienist and budding newborn photographer. She hand makes gorgeous pieces for photos with precious babies and family photos.
Wrinkle And Crease – Kayley is a mom who creates paper products for all sorts of written messages — from birthday cards to kitchen to do lists — on high quality letterpress and foil print.
Mompreneur and Girl Boss Sally Powis-Campbell is a Registered Psychologist and expert in the areas of mindfulness, stress management, food and mood therapy, and eating disorders. She is the creator of Mommy Mindfulness therapy programs, which she runs in individual therapy, group therapy, and workshop format. Her private practice, Wholistic Health YYC, was birthed after the birth of Sally’s first child. She wanted to create a practice that offered holistic approaches to mental and physical health for Calgarians of all ages.
Outside of her private practice, Sally is a mom of two, and wifey to a local entrepreneur (co-owner of @2110Fitness and @SpokenSpin). She’s an avid foodie (understatement of the year!), doing food tours and cooking classes across the globe from Istanbul to Rome to Vancouver to New York, and many spots in between. Sally keeps busy blogging about whole foods (with lots of healthy recipes), and wholesome mind and body practices.