Meet the new Irish mumtrepreneurs
Chrissie Russell on the mothers who are leaving the workplace and going it alone
For some Irish women the phrase "necessity is the mother of invention" couldn't be more true in terms of their businesses.
Faced with job losses, tricky working hours and childcare costs that add up to a second mortgage, a growing number of enterprising mums are opting to turn a difficult situation into a golden opportunity.
They are Ireland's growing legion of 'Mumtrepreneurs', an enterprising troupe of parents intent on fusing their childcare arrangements with savvy home-run businesses.
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor ranks Ireland second out of 13 EU countries for entrepreneurial activity and top for innovation in start-up businesses with some 14,600 new companies launched in the country last year.
The figures don't show how many of the start-ups were fronted by mums but with more than 150 members signing up to dedicated networking site mumtrepreneurclub.ie since it's launch in June, it's safe to say they're a growing cohort.
I asked five mumtrepreneurs to spare five minutes out of their hectic schedules and explain what it's all about.