By Donna Fenn
If necessity is the mother of invention, then a mother in need can be a pretty awesome inventor.
"Mompreneurs," as they're often called, start businesses for all kinds of reasons: They're sick to death of punching someone else's clock; they want to spend more time with their families; they've identified an unmet need for themselves or for their children. And so they get to work building prototypes, sussing out the market, scraping together startup capital. They are master multi-taskers and expert organizers; they are sometimes frustrated, frequently fulfilled, and very often utterly exhausted. Hats off to them, one and all.
Click through this gallery to find out how 10 inspiring and inventive mompreneurs got started.