moms: don’t call your job a ‘jobby’!!

by gurumommy on August 9, 2011

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Ever since my friend Julie coined the term ‘jobby’ we have been laughing about all our mommy friends hobby jobs or ‘jobby’s’ but now Risa Green has pointed out that this term has taken on a condescending tone.  She writes on mommytracked.com that ‘we’ve been hearing this new term, “jobby,” getting thrown around a bit lately. A cross between hobby and job, it makes reference to businesses started by women with children. As in, “My wife was so bored when the kids started school full time, she got herself a jobby.” On the Condescension Scale, I’d give it about a nine, maybe a nine point five.

But if it’s preceded by the word cute, or little, or cute, little, then it’s a ten for sure. I get the general gist of it; a smart, driven woman quits her job to stay home with her kids when they’re little. By the time they’re six or seven she’s ready to work again, but going back to a full time job as a lawyer or an investment banker or a television writer or an advertising executive isn’t really an option, both because she’s been out of the market for so many years, and because she still wants to be around to pick the kids up from school or to help them with their homework. Sure, some women might be lucky enough to find flexible, part-time gigs in their former fields, but most won’t. So for a lot of women, starting a business seems to be the best possible solution. I mean, if you can’t find a boss who’s going to let you leave in the middle of the day to go on a field trip, then why not become your own boss? And if you’re going to be your own boss, you might as well start a business you’re passionate about.

But when a woman takes her passion, whether it’s designing jewelry or making baby blankets or helping people create scrapbooks, and turns it into a business, why is it that people are so quick to dismiss it as something less than a business? I have a sneaking suspicion that if a man started a business selling baseball cards or designing sneakers, nobody would call it a jobby. They would call him an entrepreneur, and they would probably pat him on the back and tell him how brave he is for doing something he loves.

So, as a salute to some of the many, many smart, savvy women I know who are working their butts off running amazing businesses and raising amazing kids, I’m listing a few of my favorites here. And the best part is, they’ve all agreed to give my readers a special discount, so everybody wins.  READ MORE HERE

 

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