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A riveting story, but actually DISCOURAGED me,
This review is from: Mommy Millionaire: How I Turned My Kitchen Table Idea into a Million Dollars and How You Can, Too! (Hardcover)
I always thought the idea of owning a business would be great. I've dabbled on Ebay, with the whole intent being to stay at home and raise my kids while making money on the side. When I saw the title of this book it inspired me....maybe if I read it I could find some inspiration to start a business myself?
While the book itself is a good read (I didn't want to put it down!) I found the author's tenacity a bit scary. The product itself has limited potential....like a previous poster said, it's a fad product. Once everyone owns one, your income potential has pretty much dried up. The author fought really hard to make her business succeed by begging and borrowing, often at great personal risk. She often sacrificed time spent with family in her quest to make her business succeed. This to me represents the biggest conflict in her quest....the title "Mommy Millionaires" implies that this is something a Mommy can do "in her spare time" or when she isn't caring for her children. When in fact after reading this book I am more apt to believe the author traded in her time with her children FOR the business.....she even speaks about missing her children's birthday parties because she was too busy trying to promote her business.
I give this book 2 stars because it is a good read....but it misses its mark as an inspiration for other "mompreneurs". There are plenty of families out there who can successfully manage family and business. Moms shouldn't have to choose!
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2008 11:49:25 AM PDT
P. Meyer says:
I think what you FAIL to realize is that running a real business and turning it into a success is a real FULL-TIME thing. Even being a mom sometimes you will miss birthdays so you can create future opportunities to spend full-time with your kids, but in the meantime work on your business so you CAN do this. Understand if you treat a business just like it's "part-time" you will only get part-time results usually just like your ebay business not making much money so it isn't worth the time. This is the difference between a successful entrepreneur and a failing one.
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Carol Cobb says:
No, I agree with Dodson and disagree with your statement. The author is countradicting her claims to having it all and is infact choosing her work over her children... I mean really Paul, where are her values? After all birthdays are pretty special to children and they only come once a year. As I read this book, I found her to be reckless in her quests, very into herself, and very manipulative in her teachings.....no doubt about it!!!!
Posted on May 8, 2010 5:23:40 AM PDT
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If you think you are not going to sacrifice time with your family and friends to build a business you are GREATLY mistaken. And if you're not willing to make those sacrifices, DON'T start a business; it's not for you. Being an entrepreneur requires sacrifice - of your money, your time, and at times your sanity. It is gut-wrenching, it can be painful, there is NO such thing as an overnight success. The Martha Stewart's and Oprah's of the world don't share their failures or hiccups because that's not part of their brand - they want to project an image of perfection. I understand why they do this, but let me tell you I've learned that building a business is not a smooth, flower-paved road unless your last name is "Hilton" and you have millions to do everything you need at the moment you need to and retain all the top talent necessary.
Point is, you WILL miss birthday parties, you WILL miss dinner and family time and celebrations, and you WILL be relentlessly focused on your business - and you must be if you want it to succeed. And your family and friends won't understand at times and it will cause conflicts but that is the price for success. To think otherwise is very naive - and completely false.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2010 11:48:55 PM PDT
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Precisely B. L.
Starting a business often requires sacrifices. In the early stages, and even later, there will be many times when you will have to put other things aside. This is when a support system and network is required.
Heck, women and men who work regular jobs make sacrifices.
No way can anyone build a million dollar biz w/o sacrifices of all kinds.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2011 3:11:21 PM PST
So, bottomline is, mothers who would like to become entrepeneurs have to choose between their family or their business, right?
In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 1:01:03 PM PDT
As an involved homeschooling mother and successful home business owner, I can tell you the answer is no. Looks like it's time to write my own book!
In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 2:48:04 PM PDT
Thanks for your answer! And yes, it's time for that book!
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