" When I had my son I thought I would spend a year gazing into his eyes and being a real earth-mother. Very quickly it didn't go to plan and I ended with an emergency caesarian, I couldn't breastfeed and I felt like a real failure to be honest. I was also massively sleep-deprived and I couldn't imagine having the same career and because TV was incredibly sociable and was about going out for drinks. But I was in a different place now."
Erin Thomas Wong, created the Making Mumpreneurs online community for mothers starting and running businesses around family life. Having children has inspired a new generation of mums to start their own businesses.
The Making Mumpreneurs online community is designed to support and empower mums running their own business. Founder Erin Thomas Wong formerly worked in TV production, but once her son was born, Erin set up a number of businesses from home including Ealing Mums in Business and Pitter Patter Hub, a hub for parents and carers with young children and babies. She was awarded a Mumpreneur UK Top 100 award in 2015, but moved to Abu Dhabi, where the idea of Making Mumpreneurs was born. Erin says that; â€œI launched Making Mumpreneurs because I wanted to create a global online community to connect mums in business and help to support them on their entrepreneurial journey. The internet clearly makes starting a business around family life possible. Being able to work from anywhere, at any time, gives parents the flexibility they desire. For Erin, having an online business means that she can reach more mumpreneurs and support them with masterclasses, expert advice, support and camaraderie all from the comfort of their own home with her Cocoon member club. This is ideal if you are a mum looking after children and can't get out to networking events. I explore the parent entrepreneur with Erin... Let's StartUp!