Roughly half of mothers in developed nations work outside the home, with Nordic countries famous for providing the best childcare and paid family leave. In China, 320 million mothers work, including 72% of Chinese women 25–34 with children under six years. In the U.S., mothers are now the primary income earner in 40% of families with children.
Of course, not all of these women work for someone else.
Those who stay at home with their children – by choice or out of necessity – have found creative ways to make money. “Mompreneurs” start a wide variety of businesses – ranging from tax preparation to monographed tea towels – from their kitchen counters and spare bedrooms. Why do they do it? Because running a business from home gives them the flexibility to earn an income and raise children at the same time.
Other mothers start their small business out of need – a child has a medical condition, for example, and it requires special products or services not currently available. By filling the gap, the mother not only gains a flexible job but feels good doing it.
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