11 Sep You’re Not Alone: Networking Designed For Women Entrepreneurs
Disclosure: Although this post is sponsored, all opinions and witty statements are my own:).
I was prepared for a lot when I started my first business. I knew there would be a lot of late nights, challenging clients and juggling of my time. What I wasn’t as prepared for was the feeling of isolation and dearth of support systems that seemed to exist for entrepreneurs like me. Some people believe that the scariest part of being an entrepreneur is the fear that you might fail, but they are wrong. The scariest part is feeling like you are alone on the journey and there is no one to help guide you.
This was one of the main reasons that I decided to started my blog, A Girl In A Dress. I wanted a way to share what I was learning as an entrepreneur with others, so they could use the information to grow their own businesses. Yes, of course I also share fun stories about fashion, beauty and technology, but my mission is to motivate, inspire and educate other entrepreneurs so they don’t feel alone on this journey. Yup, we’re in this together.
And we need to support each other as much as possible. The fact is that the growth of women-owned businesses is good for our communities and economy. As of 2015, more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operating in the United States are generating more than $1.4 trillion in annual revenue and employing nearly 7.9 million people. That’s more people than live in the state of Washington. Yet, the majority of women-owned businesses (about 80%) generate less than $100k per year.
Women entrepreneurs are contributing so much, but are personally reaping little reward for their efforts. That’s just insane.
According to researchers, the biggest the impediments that keep these businesses from growing include:
- Lack of natural networking and collaborative opportunities
- Lack of role models
- And the Inability to access to financing, whether through lines of credits from banks, angel investors, private equity or venture capital firms
So, how do we combat this? Of course, reading informative sites like mine is a great place to start;). But you also want to seek out networking and coaching organizations like Her Corner, which are uniquely structured to address the obstacles to growth faced by women business owners and to provide a path for women-owned business to grow.
Since the Her Corner is designed for women business owners by women business owners they are all about collaboration. Community membership is free and provides access to hundreds of women across industries and their Community Plus, Community Plus Events and Groups memberships range from $20 – $95 per month and provide opportunities for networking and collaboration through in-person, local peer groups run by facilitators, organization-wide events and online communities.
In 2014, 73% of Her Corner members who participated in their annual survey said they saw growth in their business, so joining seems like a smart investment. It’s awesome to see support organizations like this, focused on targeting the operational, marketing and financial issues of getting women-owned businesses to the next stage.
Check them out and while you’re on their site, signup for their free “5 Things all Women Business Owners Must Know” checklist.
Every woman may be a strong individual, but of course we are better at creating success together. I’m all for us building and joining tribes and networks that get our businesses to the next level faster. Why not take the first step today?
– à bientôt
Charell Star | A Girl In A Dress