As women, we have a very small window (esp. after you figure college, climbing the corporate ladder, a few bumpy relationships, maybe a divorce or two, and then finding ourselves) in which to have babies.
Yes, Halle Berry had a baby at 46. Yes, Geena Davis was over 40 when she had her first. Those are the exceptions (and, hello, we don’t really know HOW they accomplished that- let’s not go there).
The reality is that while you can spend your entire life building a career, as a woman, you don’t have your ENTIRE life to have babies.
So what do you do when you’re in your 30s, single, and ULTRA serious about having kids BEFORE you turn 40 (at least baby #1):
Start a business!
Oh, yeah, I said it.
Here are 5 reasons why, as a woman wanting to have babies and planning to start a family later in life, entrepreneurship is the way to go:
Reason #1: After all the drama, trauma, and waiting you’re going through to get to Baby #1, the LAST thing you want to do is have that cute, adorable baby and then shuffle him or her off to daycare at Month 3. For most women, putting babies in day care is a heart-wrenching process and if you don’t want to do it, starting a business is a surefire way to ensure you never have to. Nanny? Yes. Baby day care from 6 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and miss out on all the key moments of those first years? No.
Reason #2: If you don’t want to do the “sacrifice” thing when it comes to mommyhood and your self-care, you’re going to need the kind of money that only entrepreneurship can bring (without the crazy work hours and schedule that higher income jobs require). Pedicures, manicures, spa days, girls weekend out in Vegas… they cost money. And so do diapers, formula, humidifiers, strollers that are cute, playpens that don’t feel like baby jails, jumperoos, and all of those Baby Gap outfits… oh yes, $$$$$$. The more PROFIT you make, the more disposable income you have to take care of the baby AND you…
Reason #3: Providing for a child long term is an expensive state of affairs. There’s some number rolling around in articles to the tune of $350,000- the cost to raise ONE child. They forgot that children don’t always leave at 18. In fact, they’re now coming home after college more than ever so add $80,000 to that price and you’ve got a 30 year estimate for the first 30 years of your FIRST child’s life. Multiply that by 3, 4 or 5 if you plan to have more kids. So, the reality is you get the cute, cuddly babies. The other reality is they cost money for a lifetime. Multi-millionaire entrepreneurs have the time, freedom AND money to provide security, nurturing, and love to the children they create. A 9-5 job will never do that on the same level.
Reason #4: You might want to have the option to raise your children as dual stay-at-home parents who happen to be lifestyle entrepreneurs. What if you want to raise your children with an ultra-involved spouse who, like you, can drop things at a moment’s notice to take the kids to Aspen or Maui or New York City or Japan? That doesn’t happen when both you and your spouse are working “day” jobs and let me help you out: doctors, lawyers, pharmacists and engineers may make great money but they still have “day” jobs. #justsayin
Reason #5: You’d like to enjoy the highs and lows of pregnancy with the option of actually ever having to dress up. As an online entrepreneur, you can be pregnant, plump and happy making money in your PJs. Does it take a lot of work to get there? Yes. Is it totally doable? Yes. And, trust me, your swollen feet, big belly, and mid-day craving trips to the store for ice cream will thank you for your entrepreneurial decision.
These are just 5 of the MANY reasons that, as a woman who’s in her 30s, single and planning to have a family SOON, you want to start a business NOW. It might take you a year (or 2, 3, or 4) to find the right partner, get situated, and get pregnant (contrary to all those after-school specials, in your 30s, “one time” isn’t the norm of what it takes to get pregnant). Why not use that time of “waiting” wisely? Build a business that supports your need for personal and financial freedom. Build the nest for that baby you KNOW is on his or her way. That way, when you actually have the baby, you’ll also have the time to enjoy this long awaited dream.
Yes, darling, it’s time you ramped up on the business so when the baby comes, you can bask in the miracle of the one thing money can’t buy: the ability to create and nurture new life.
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