58 per cent of mums have considered setting up own business, according to survey


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58 per cent of mums have considered setting up their own business, according to Workingmums.co.uk’s annual research.

Their survey of 2,300 mums also revealed that two thirds would consider retraining.

36 per cent cited the reason for wanting to start a business as great flexibility, whilst 15 per cent wanted to be their own boss.

While 68 per cent of mums were just thinking about starting a business, 15 per cent had already begun the process of setting one up, and 10 per cent were working on a business plan.

The majority of those surveyed said that access to funding was the hardest part of starting a business.

Working mum’s survey also found 64 per cent of women were interested in retraining.

A huge 71 per cent said they would be more likely to retrain if the courses available suited flexibility.

For those who had dropped out of the workplace to look after their children, the survey shows many were finding it difficult to get back to work, particularly in their original sector, as 32 per cent could not find a suitable job in their field.

Only 24 per cent managed to find a job in their field, but mostly at a lower level than they were previously at.

Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums.co.uk, said:

“These figures show that women are having to be very creative after they have children in order to keep working and have the flexibility and get the challenge they need.”

Having children can force a huge rethink in priorities which can lead to considerations around career change, but too often the reason women make these changes is because the culture at their previous workplace does not take into account the challenges they face.

It is not that these women do not want to work and most have years of experience and skills.

The ironic thing is that in being creative and adaptable they are developing the very skills that employers so need to confront the turbulent and dynamic world of work today.”

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