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7 reasons why launching a business is like having a baby

Being a mom equips you to be your own boss

by Karin Abarbanel  |  6403 views  |  3 comments  |        Rate this now! 

5.) Your experience unfolds in predictable stages. While the successful entrepreneurs we interviewed pursued many passions and walked many paths, we found that, just as pregnancy progresses in predictable stages, so does the entrepreneurial experience. The first 22 months of a launch unfolds in four distinct phases, which we mapped and explored in Birthing the Elephant.

6.) At some point, you find your rhythm. As a new venture builds momentum, its markets often redefine themselves and push it in new directions. Finding your business rhythm is an exciting moment in the life of your venture. Like hearing your new baby’s heartbeat, your business has taken on a life of its own. It’s a great feeling!

7.) It’s a labor of love. Anyone who’s weathered a small-business start-up knows that, in the end, it’s all about passion. Just as we adore those little bundles of joy, so many women fall madly in love with their businesses -- and their vision of what they can be. May you be one of these lucky mompreneurs!



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Karin Abarbanel a small business owner and expert on women's startup strategies. She is the coauthor of "Birthing the Elephant: A Woman's Go-for-it! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business" (

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3 comments so far...

  • Love your analogy of starting a business to having a baby. I will add that just like in parenting when you finally get it figured out and you find your rhythm, then another baby usually comes along and throws things crazy again. With business once you get it figured out there is usually some change/transition/opportunity for growth that comes along!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Leigh Anne Wilkes on 1st June 2009

  • Great article, Karin! And so true. I had my own business many years backand it is just as you say.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Patricia Volonakis Davis on 9th May 2008

  • This is so true!!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Victoria on 7th May 2008