4 Ways Your Small Business Can Profit From Moms

With talk of a double-dip recession heating up, it’s time for small business owners to take a second look at moms and the ways they can benefit your business.

Why moms? A few reasons. First, the recent recession pushed more men out of the work force compared to women (some pundits dubbed it a “mancession”) though men are recovering their jobs faster at this point. As the economy remains uncertain, mothers are more likely than they might have been in good economic times to be seeking work.

Second, moms still haven’t gone back to pre-recession spending habits, and if they’re worried about layoffs, they’re even less likely to do so. Third, moms—whether they have jobs or not—continue to be the primary “purchasing agents” for the family (according to some estimates, moms are the primary decision-makers for 80 percent of purchases). So if you hope to capture her business—and grow your business–you need to be aware of what Moms are thinking.

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How can you benefit from moms in today’s economy? Here are four ideas.

  1. Keep an eye on her budget. Moms have been keeping tight control of the purse strings since the last recession hit, and they’re not about to open the wallet now. Make sure your marketing message acknowledges Mom’s financial concerns and positions your product or service as a good value. That doesn’t necessarily mean a bargain price, but simply that what you offer is worth her family’s hard-earned money.
  2. Acknowledge the time crunch. Working moms, in particular, are feeling extra pressure these days—pressure to keep her job, raise her family and spend time with her spouse–so your marketing message needs to address that. Can what you sell save her time or simplify her life? Will it give her more time to spend with her family? Will it help her do better at work and gain more job security? Will it help ease her stress (without making her feel guilty about wasting time or spending too much money on herself)? All of these topics are hot buttons you need to hit.
  3. Consider hiring moms. Many small businesses are seeking extra help right now—but don’t have the budget for full-time staff. Many stay-at-home moms are seeking part-time jobs to help ease the budget crunch at home or build a nest egg in case a spouse is laid off. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? Remote working options, part-time or flexible hours are great ways to lure moms who often have tons of relevant work experience. JobsAndMoms and MomCorps are two mom-oriented job boards to consider.
  4. Be nice to your moms. If you’ve got moms on staff, be considerate of their needs. They’re already working hard, but perks like flextime, letting them take a few hours off here and there for childrens’ school events and working at home will build lasting loyalty now more than ever. A Baylor University study published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that the more control moms had over their work schedules, the more likely they were to stay at their jobs after having children. Realize you can’t provide these perks just to moms—you’ve got to offer them to your whole staff—but the payoff in loyalty and dedication will be huge. Now, that’s something even your Mom would approve.

Rieva Lesonsky Rieva Lesonsky is a Columnist for Small Business Trends covering employment, retail trends and women in business. She is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Visit her blog, SmallBizDaily, to get the scoop on business trends and free TrendCast reports.

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  1. 5. Never divulge that you’re specifically targeting moms to make a profit. These ladies can make your life hell if they feel they’re being exploited (*cough* Motrin *cough*)

  2. I love all of the suggestions – but the one I like the most is #4 Be Nice To Your Mom’s – thank you!! I agree. And the “building lasting loyalty” comment is right on. When my son was little I worked for a company who was a self-proclaimed “family friendly” company – which I soon found out was code for “go ahead, take your child to the Dr. but we will make you feel like crap for doing so” (They used to tell say “What are you doing? WE need you HERE….”) OHHH, what fun that was. When I had to ask for time off to do what I needed to properly care for my child (Dr. appt, parent/teacher meeting, etc..) I would absolutely cringe and have to get myself ready for the psychological/emotional/verbal abuse that took place – it was not fun. I couldn’t wait to stop working for that company, they definitly put me through the ringer. Give Mom the time she needs – she will repay you with hard work, volunteering for projects, loyalty, positive attitude and long term employement – simply because she knows she has a company that works with her and not against her. Career / family life will be more balanced for her and the result for both employee & employer will be great. Less stress for both employee & employer, less missed/call in “sick” hours for the employee – which saves the company money! Better & more positive employee / employer relations and longer term employees – Mom’s know how importnt this is to them! Better all around!

  3. Thanks Jeanne for adding to the discussion. I agree with your points

  4. Well-said. Offering perks like remote work options and a flexible schedule can have moms adhere to companies for long-term, enabling more loyalty toward their employers. Thank you for sharing.