Being a woman entrepreneur

Being a woman entrepreneur

Being a woman entrepreneur is such an interesting journey full of peaks and troughs.

I have hesitated to write this. It feels like a big subject and one that needs more than I can give in a few sentences.

That being said I need to speak and share and write from the heart about what business is like. There is a lot of noise online about all things online business but here’s the reality.

What do I think?

Let’s find a way to make it work. Build a community and grow your business just because you are committed.

We speak about manifesting often. Dreams come true by speaking them and yet…

It’s actually all about taking action. Doing the work. Believing it can happen for you.

Dreams come true because of the choices and actions that you take every single day. That includes rest, self care and kindness. It also includes relationships, family and lifestyle stuff. Actions and choices every damned day.

There’s more to it than femininity

Being a woman in the online business world is so much more than selling a perfume or creating beautiful jewellery.

It’s about connecting with people. It’s about creating something that people want and need and aspire to.

Being a woman in business is something I’m qualified to talk on. (I am one) but I am well aware that all of our experiences will be different, nuanced by our demographic, culture, religious beliefs, socio economic backgrounds etc.

We all come across the same things.

We know we’re meant for more. There’s something else at play in our lives and we are driven to create something of our own. Maybe we are simply unleashing our creativity on the world.

I want a larger social impact. For me it’s the realisation of a part of myself that I could never find in the corporate world. I hated being hemmed in, held hostage by my hours and red tape. Building someone else’s business whilst the seeds of my own stayed un watered.

The truth is as a woman in business you will have doubts.

Doubts are not imposter syndrome. They are fears and comfort zones.

They’re the little niggling voices you’ve heard whisper about women who try to do what you’re doing.

Doubts are normal especially for women, there’s a lot of inherited pain and fear.

Of course we would feel doubt especially when our path is challenging. It wasn’t that long ago that we had no independence.

We had to stay in unhappy marriages, Our jobs were limited and low paid.

Woman belonged to someone else. We were there simply because we were women. There was no acknowledgment of women having independent wants, needs, hopes and dreams.

That residual fear is normal.

It’s normal to wonder if you have what it takes to pull your business up to the next level.

You’re normal if you know that you’re capable but aren’t sure if you’re THAT capable.

You are not alone if you worry that the next decision you make might somehow mess it all up and that you will humiliate yourself and fail all of the people who look on and are inspired by your efforts.

It’s utterly normal to feel like maybe you’ve already cocked it all up, that somewhere you took the right hand fork in the road when you should have taken the left and someday soon you’ll understand where that was.

Maybe you feel like you do have a successful business but that you’re in the centre of it holding all these aspects of your life by threads and they’re constantly shifting their weight, threatening to fall away at anytime and you don’t have a clue what will give first.

It’s Ok if the enthusiasm you had when you first started out, when it was just an idea has waned with the day to day and you’re thinking maybe it’s a sign it’s just not meant for you, not really.

Most of all it’s normal to think that your passions and goals and ambitions are just too huge for your personality to handle. That being you is what got you here but that being you is also what will hold you back from getting there.

Is it just us?

Sometimes I wonder whether this is just a woman entrepreneur thing and then I think it’s more likely to be an emotional entrepreneur thing. That when you think deeply and want to make a positive impact on the world and leave a legacy for your family, your business hires and anyone that is looking on to know that it can be done and you showed them it was possible – you rightly get emotional.

It feels bigger than just the next step and that’s a lot to handle.

The truth is simple. Being a woman entrepreneur means wanting something so much bigger than ourselves that it connects to us on the deepest physical and emotional level.

How to see it through

Everything you need to succeed is already part of your DNA and what isn’t inherent can be learned. The internet has a shedload of free stuff that will teach you all you ever need to know.

Just ask my mum. She learned how to repair her own car through YouTube videos and it saved her a fortune, meant that she always drives a car that she loves and can stand up to any down talking mechanic that ever tests her car during an MOT.

But I’m not here to boast about my mum. My OG woman entrepreneur. I’m here to talk about the paid support for you and your business. From one woman in business to another.

Because you know the truth don’t you?

You know you DO have it in you to achieve and to impact and to leave this legacy.

Being a game changer in your life first and then in your community and then in the world as a whole really is your destiny. I don’t say this in a woo woo way. I say this as a simple truth.

You’re reading this because you’ve set up your business and because you know that there’s a different way. A better way for you.

But you know you could seek the free support from the internet but you’re moving past that. You want the benefit to having someone to catch you falling when you feel like this because you know it’s priceless. Having someone in your corner every second of every day to remind you that you are a capable businesswoman.

A person whose entire job it is to remind you of who you are and to hold you accountable for what you need to do to get where you need to go. Not just that though, but to unlock how to do it and get there.

This is EXACTLY what I do.

I help women like you to unlock their potential. To build your business whilst promoting your pleasure. I support you to make the impossible, possible. To change the way you connect with your business so that you can grow it beyond your wildest dreams. You get to be unlocked and untethered by what everyone else is doing, you don’t just stay in your lane – we create your lane together so that not only does your business thrive but you do too. Because being a woman entrepreneur means that we have rich and varied lives and we no longer choose to sacrifice an area of it for financial reward.

You can be successful and healthy.

It’s possible to run a thriving business and have a thriving family life that we are fully involved in.

We can laugh more than we cry and still evolve our work.

If you are a woman entrepreneur, if you resonate with this then I want to work with you – sign up today for your GOLD standard of mentoring

Let’s change the narrative on being a woman entrepreneur, together.

Catch you later,

Amy x

How to lead your business effectively

How to lead your business effectively

To lead your business effectively is at it’s core all about fundamental human needs.

It’s no secret that the world of work is changing and whilst it may have been triggered by a certain global pandemic I think it’s been brewing for a while now.

If you’re reading this you’re likely to be the kind of person that takes pride in what you do and wants to feel connected to their work in more than just a ‘it pays the bills’ kind of a way. You’re probably not shy of a little personal or professional development too.

How do you get from there to being part of the shift in work and business in a way that not only positively impacts you but has positive ripple effects on business and industry as a whole?

The impact of leadership

I’ve been thinking a lot about impact lately. I’ve chosen to mentor for a while (you can check out my services here) and that is certainly one of my own methods of creating impact. Much of what I find when I start working with people is that there has been a history of poor leadership in your career.

Maybe you felt that you were undermined or underestimated by your boss or that your work wasn’t valued. Or maybe it was just the opposite, you felt incredibly attached to your boss and felt overwhelmed by a sense of obligation. This means you may have put your own needs, physical, personal, emotional, professional on the back burner.

I’ve had the extreme fortune to have many types of bosses.

Frustratingly misogynistic ones, extraordinarily talented ones and everything in between. These experiences set the tone for what kind of work experiences we wish to have and as importantly, expect to have. One thing I didn’t realise when I left corporate in 2018 and started my own small business was that in doing so I moved from being a manager to being a leader. They are very different things.

Are you in chameleon mode?

In starting and growing your business you will be stepping into a different way of being and it can come as one hell of a culture shock. First of all you have to become a chameleon. Taking on the mantle of many different roles until such a time as you have led your business to a certain peak and can bring in other people to support your dream business. Then just as you’ve navigated life as a chameleon leading the multi facets of your work and working on the minutiae you must become something else.

A monarch, a head of state, a coach. You must lead in a totally different way.

Different versions of your business will require tapping into different versions of you and if you want to lead your business effectively here are 3 ways that may help.

Lead your business effectively and LISTEN

We have a tendency to wear blinkers. It comes from those early days of driving ourselves forward and being our only source of momentum but as you grow, whether it be as a solopreneur, freelancer or expanding team understanding how to listen to yourself and others will be crucial. It’s what will help you develop solutions, new ideas and stay healthy as a person and a business whilst doing it. So start paying attention. Make notes, write down thoughts and insights that burst into your mind almost as quickly and unexpectedly as they leave and look back on them to see what substance they may have. Listening doesn’t mean blindly following, it just means hearing to learn as opposed to hearing to defend.

Lead your business effectively by UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF

You will be unable to lead effectively whether it be a plan of action, a team or a product from thought to reality if you don’t understand what makes you tick. You need to accept yourself as a human being who has strengths, weaknesses and needs, triggers and inspirations. If you understand yourself first you will cultivate resilience, acceptance, drive and build skills and experiences into your business that will continue to expand it. As you expand so will your ability to enhance yourself or your team and preferably both. Creating a critical growth zone for yourself and those around you. Understand yourself and you will excel in understanding others.

Lead your business effectively with EMPATHY AND CLARITY

How many times have you felt overwhelmed when you don’t understand what a boss or new procedure really wants from you. How frustrating is it when the goal posts constantly move without thought to what this has meant for you.

Leading is not about hardening to a wider environment, but it is in fact about allowing yourself to be vulnerable (Find out more about leading with vulnerability from Brené Brown) to really having empathy with yourself, your clients, your team will allow you a far deeper understanding of the whole thing and what’s more it will empower you to speak with clarity, with kindness and truly lay down expectations that are both achievable and full of integrity and authenticity.

I loath to say lead as the king or queen that you are because I don’t entirely resonate with those terms myself so what I will say is this. The sign of a great monarch, coach, or head of state, the sign of a great leader is one that encourages growth, respects themselves and their needs and teaches others and gives them the space to do the same, a leader does not weaken others in order to appear stronger and they understand that they are a piece of a whole puzzle and they can either shore up their weaknesses and embrace their strengths bringing a cohesive business to life or they can widen the chasms and find themselves often on the edge of the gaps they refused to fill.

Want to hear my experiences of learning how to lead my own business effectively? Subscribe to my mailing list.

Are you the kind of leader you always wanted?

Catch you later,

Amy x