With talk of a double-dip recession heating up, it\u2019s 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 \u201cmancession\u201d) 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\u2019t gone back to pre-recession spending habits, and if they\u2019re worried about layoffs, they\u2019re even less likely to do so. Third, moms\u2014whether they have jobs or not\u2014continue to be the primary \u201cpurchasing agents\u201d 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\u2014and grow your business--you need to be aware of what Moms are thinking. How can you benefit from moms in today\u2019s economy? Here are four ideas. Keep an eye on her budget. Moms have been keeping tight control of the purse strings since the last recession hit, and they\u2019re not about to open the wallet now. Make sure your marketing message acknowledges Mom\u2019s financial concerns and positions your product or service as a good value. That doesn\u2019t necessarily mean a bargain price, but simply that what you offer is worth her family\u2019s hard-earned money. Acknowledge the time crunch. Working moms, in particular, are feeling extra pressure these days\u2014pressure 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. Consider hiring moms. Many small businesses are seeking extra help right now\u2014but don\u2019t 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. Be nice to your moms. If you\u2019ve got moms on staff, be considerate of their needs. They\u2019re already working hard, but perks like flextime, letting them take a few hours off here and there for childrens\u2019 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\u2019t provide these perks just to moms\u2014you\u2019ve got to offer them to your whole staff\u2014but the payoff in loyalty and dedication will be huge. Now, that\u2019s something even your Mom would approve.