Top 50 Mompreneurs, 2011
They cook, they clean and, between naptimes, they run kickass companies. For those who run their own mom-centric firms, the responsibilities of motherhood are only half the battle. Babble is running our first ever salute to the top 50 mompreneurs who pull all-nighters, suffer enormous financial set-backs, and balance business and baby every day to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Here's how they did it.
- Christina Couch
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Lucinda Cross | Corporate Mom Dropouts
Company: Corporate Mom Dropouts
Location: Westchester, New York
Children: Two sons, 4 months and 9, daughter, 6 â¢ Age: 33
Inspiration: In 2005, working in risk management, Cross was burnt out. “I realized I had no relationship with my kids,” she says. “I was spending less than 45 minutes a day with them. There was no attention or affection for my spouse, either, because there was none of me left at the end of the day. I had to change that.”
Perspiration: With no clients or connections, and in the midst of a marital separation, Cross sought help. She found a career mentor, asked friends and family to help babysit, quit her day job and started an unpaid internship to learn the basics of consulting. “There were times when there was no money coming in, but going back to never seeing my kids was never an option,” she says. It was hard to hook clients at first. But once word got out there was someone was helping moms start their own companies, clients started flooding in.
Success: Cross released her first book, Corporate Mom Dropouts, in 2009.