Throw a load of clothes in the washer. Put new pricing and client testimonials on website. Pay the hydro bill. Submit final proposal. Pick up the kids from school. Schedule conference call with new customer. Make dinner.

Sound like a typical laundry list from a busy mom’s `to do’ list?

It is … except this mom’s `corner’ office is probably wedged between the baby’s nursery and her master bedroom.

Welcome to the world of the working mom … but this one often doesn’t leave the house to close that big deal.

The `Mompreneur’ is a growing phenomenon in this country. According to Industry Canada, there has been a 200-per cent increase in the number of women-owned businesses in the past 20 years. And, according to the CIBC survey, Women Entrepreneurs — Leading the Charge, more than 70 per cent of the women surveyed who ran businesses were married and nearly one-third of them had children under the age of 12.

So what’s motivating these women to sacrifice their company perks and the financial security of gainful employment? Better work-life balance.

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