Corporate mandates that ban working from home have been heavily debated in the media recently due to the memo issued by Marissa Mayer of Yahoo. Working moms have been particularly vocal about this issue because we are the most impacted by such mandates.
I have always been a working mom; however, I have been fortunate enough to have flexibility when it comes to time spent with my children. When my first child was born I was working from home doing sales and marketing for a major financial services company. Since then, I opened my own business just two miles from my home called Kidville Bethesda, an early childhood development facility.
Contrary to popular belief, owning a kid's business does not allow me to bring my kids to work every day. In fact, similar to most working moms, the majority of my day is spent outside of the home and away from my kids. The largest advantage I do have, as a mompreneur, is that I have the flexibility to squeeze in "mom moments" like taking my sons to the doctor, attending their extracurricular activities and volunteering at their schools. I would be remiss if I did not point out that creating this flexibility does come at a price to a mompreneur -- juggling staff schedules, increasing payroll and sacrificing customer face time. However, I am fortunate enough to be able to make that choice.
One of my closest friends is considering going back to work full-time after being a stay-at-home mom for the past five years. Her reservations do not concern the eight-hour work day or even the two hour round trip daily commute; instead, it's not being able to put her daughter on the morning school bus or take her son to swim lessons. These seemingly little mom moments that mean so much to us are what we fear we will miss if we are working eight-hour days with no flexibility.
Missing these mom moments can be a deterrent to re-entering or remaining in the corporate work force. In fact, corporate mandates that ban working from home could have the added effect of driving more women towards entrepreneurship. In a recent State of Women-Owned Businesses survey, conducted jointly by NAWBO (National Association of Women Owned Business) and Web.com, 85 percent of women entrepreneurs indicated their belief that more women will start their own businesses in 2013. Entrepreneurship could be the answer for many working moms -- leading to more flexibility to squeeze in those "mom moments!"