For years, you watched your mom balance managing her business while taking care of you and the rest of the family. At times, you may not have appreciated all that she was juggling. But since you are older, you realize how hard she—as well as the 7.8 million other women who own businesses, according to the National Women’s Business Council—works every day, at home as well as in her enterprise.
Since you are now in a better financial position, you might want to show your mom how much you appreciate all that she has done for you over the years. Of course, if you were to ask her what she wants, she would probably tell you to save your money and not buy her anything. Deep down, however, you know she’d love something special from her son. But what should you get? How about something that will help your mompreneur run her business more successfully?
Perhaps your mom has been talking about getting a tablet to help manage her store. Maybe she’s been contemplating getting one so that she can take pictures of her products and then immediately upload them to her store’s Facebook page. Or maybe she just wants one so that she can have a lightweight and portable way to keep up on her accounting tasks while she is attending one of your sibling’s soccer games. If so, you can start your search here with the ThinkPad Tablet 2 from Lenovo, which bills itself as a true business tablet. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 boasts dual cameras and features enterprise-ready security features.
A Day of Pampering
Face it. Your mompreneur probably has had little time to think about herself over the years, so why not treat her to a day at the spa where she can enjoy a soothing facial or possibly a long massage? If you’re thinking that this really has nothing to do with helping your mother’s business, don’t worry. According to the New York Times, your mom will be more productive if she is relaxed, and her mind and body are restored.
A Mompreneur Book
Written by Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” is a somewhat controversial bestselling book on women and leadership in business. Although some critics and readers have considered the author’s attitude somewhat elitist, many others have found great value in the wisdom she distills in this book. Who knows? Your mom might pick up some tips from this book that could help her become a better businesswoman.
A Treadmill Desk
This one is a bit expensive, but if you have a gaggle of siblings willing to throw in some bucks on a single big gift, a treadmill desk may be just what the doctor ordered for a mom who is chained to an office chair all day. Business Insider recently ran a story about treadmill desks and although its angle was more humorous than fact-finding, it did conclude in all seriousness that a treadmill desk is a great addition to any office.