RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS AND RAISING A FAMILY ARE TWO OF THE HARDEST ENDEAVORS ANYONE CAN TAKE ON IN A SINGLE LIFETIME.
Both require an exorbitant amount of time and constant nurture to grow. Both are concepts you can study before you dive in, but in both ventures, you learn most of it in the trenches.
As a small business owner, you can find support everywhere (regardless of the stage of your business – startup, scaling, etc) – city programs, public and private universities, non-profits, incubators, co-working spaces, accelerators, the federal government and even private corporations like Google.
As a parent, you’re responsible to keep another human-being alive, requiring vigilance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s really hard. But again, from the moment you decide to start trying (or stop preventing), you can find flyers, non-profits, blogs, magazines, Facebook pages, meetup groups, and counselors to support you.
As a society, we value each of these endeavors as important to our economy, to our communities, and to future generations and put tremendous effort into supporting those who dare to try either one. But most support programs address only one identity. Either you’re an entrepreneur who needs support running your business, or you’re a parent who needs support raising your child(ren).
“I sought out programs, groups, and companies for support but didn’t find any that met my needs as a new parent. I had a baby, who still needed my attention at home and a business. To grow, they both needed me.” ~ Amber Anderson, CEO Kayson
Today’s Small-Business Programs Miss 2 In 3 Entrepreneurs
Traditional programs tend to be: