In the past year, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States has jumped from a little more than 8.5 million to more than 9 million, a surge driven in part by a desire by many women to pursue a career path that allows them to work while maintaining a more flexible schedule. NY1's Annika Pergament filed the following report.
Katherine Eskovitz spent 17 years as a federal prosecutor and then a partner in a national law firm before stepping back to focus on her three children.
Part of that focus, using storytelling and creating books with her kids to help them handle new situations, led to her new career as an author.
"And then friends of friends started asking me to make books, and then I got a call from someone in Brooklyn, a mom who was having a double mastectomy, and she needed a book to help her children, and my husband said, 'You really should make this a business," Eskovitz said.
After three years of research, meeting with experts and writing on a variety of subjects, Eskovitz launched Little Blueprint.
"Little Blueprint is a children's company, and we make children’s books that are about empowering children to develop their own plans to handle every situation, whether it's sleep and going to bed at night to celebrating the holidays in a meaningful way and less about presents to something very serious, like the death of a loved one or struggle with cancer," Eskovitz said.
Jennifer Owens of Working Mother Magazine says more women than ever are starting businesses.
"What drives a lot of women, certainly, there's a sense of they have a new idea or a new product, a new service they want to offer, but there's also the idea that they can control their own destiny," Owens said.
"I think it's wonderful," said one person. "I think women should be their own boss, and there's nothing like having their own business and being in charge."
Eskowitz' advice to others is to go with your gut. If you see a need that is not being met, and it's something that you're passionate about, trust yourself and make it a reality.