Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to honor the accomplishments of some very special moms out there. Of course, every mother is special in her own way, but these five are not just moms. They are also entrepreneurs. Here’s a look at five of the top mom entrepreneurs of today.
Julie Aigner-Clark – Baby Einstein
Julie started her company as a mom and she did it from home. She found that she wanted more than just a purple dinosaur to teach her kids with. This lead to her creating the Baby Einstein series of books and videos, which are perfect for teaching children about language, poetry, music and art. Her small project started in a basement and became a multimillion dollar business.
Cathy Alessandra – What’s Up for Kids
This mom started her business back in 1995 while she was a stay at home mom with her children. She put in quite a bit of work to print the first 1,000 copies of ” What’s Up For Kids.” This was a small newsletter with plenty of children’s events in the area. After many sleepless nights, the newsletter became a 32-page glossy with advertising revenue and a circulation of about 20,000 copies.
Aileen Chen – Belly Armor
Aileen had the idea for Belly Armor upon realizing that travelling and cellphone use could have an effect on her child during pregnancy. She was concerned about the issue of radiation and decided to do something about it herself. With her vast network of resources, she was able to create a breathable textile to guard against radiation.
Even though many gave her negative reviews, she moved forward and was able to create a large business with interest in the United Sates, Australia, Singapore and many other countries across the globe.
Carissa Brown – Carissa Rose
As a clothing line started by a mom looking for a way to help full-figured women find clothing that actually fits, Carissa Rose was born in 2008. The business was started by Carissa Brown in her home while she was homeschooling her children. It took time to get the line off the ground, but the business grew fast and she actually had to stop homeschooling her children to focus on the business. However, she hasn’t let this cut into the time she spends with the kids and they are an active part of her business.
Lucinda Cross – Corporate Mom Dropouts
It can be very difficult to have a career and be a mom, which is exactly what Lucinda Cross wanted to address with her business idea. She wanted to be able to coach moms about how to repair strained relationships caused by a full-time career. After quite a bit of work, she was able to create a business and the word got out. This led to her writing a book called, “Corporate Mom Dropouts,” which was published in 2009.
These are just a few of the many mom entrepreneurs out there balancing business and family. All of the moms featured here worked hard to create a great business while remaining a mom. Although the balance can be hard to attain, these mothers figured out how to make their children and their business a priority. Along with many others, they deserve to be celebrated this Mother’s Day.