On February 22, HarperCollins Canada released Mom Inc., a book written by mom entrepreneurs, for mom entrepreneurs. Written by ‘mompreneurs’ Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell, this book provides an indepth look at various things that one should consider before, during and after starting a business.
Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell own Admiral Road, a Canadian company that specializes in custom, personalized fleece blankets. They have taken their experiences, successes and failures and compiled everything together to share with those who are just starting out.
I found the book to be well laid out and the chapters flowed from beginning to end. The book starts where I, as a hopeful future mompreneur, would want to start. By weighing the pros and cons to starting a business, deciding if it is the path I want to take and starting with a plan. It goes right through to the end, whatever your end might be and it covers topics ranging from deciding to end or expand your business.
I like that the book covers tough topics such as deciding when it is time to pack it in. The truth is that many new businesses fail and although we all want to be in that minority of those that succeed, it is important for a book to cover what happens if it doesn’t. This book provides no false hope that if you start a business, you will make money, but instead shares personal stories of failure and loss so that the reader can know what to look for and also so that they can know they are not alone if it happens to them.
It isn’t all doom and gloom though and there are some fantastic and inspiring stories of fellow moms who built their business and even went on to make millions.
Mom Inc. is a great resource to read if you have, or are planning to have a family in addition to your own business. It covers topics such as making time for your family (your kids and husband included) and for making time for yourself. Stories are also shared about that disease that all moms get at some point, you know what I’m talking about — mom guilt!
Being both a mother and an entrepreneur comes with its own rules and challenges and this book does a great job at shedding some light on what those challenges are and offers advice on how to meet them and handle them one at a time.
This book is available on Amazon.ca for $15.67.
* I received a copy of this book for free to complete my review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.