As an entrepreneur I’ve learned a lot about the industry. Both the good and the bad. Working from home and being your own boss seems to be the latest and greatest trend for many professionals across a wide variety of niches. There are creators, bloggers, crafters, teachers and more. It is especially prevalent for these entrepreneurs to be female. Being a woman is a true gift. Sure we don’t have all that male privilege but we’re strong as hell and our hearts care deeply in a way that just can’t be taught.
Women have an impeccable ability to support one another and to genuinely be there for one another. I find this particularly inspiring in regards to female entrepreneurs. The great thing about the online marketplace is there truly is space for everyone. No matter your niche, you can find your place and be successful without having to bring your competition down. For the most part, the world of entrepreneurship is everyone out there hustling without too much concern for if your competitors are doing better than you. I believe being an entrepreneur is already a full time job and between that and my actual full time job, who has time to be worried.
If there is anything I find discouraging in the world of girl boss entrepreneurs, it’s those hustlers out there who refuse to aid their fellow sisters. I’m not saying everyone should be giving away every little detail of their business away, of course not. We all work hard and want the same success. But I’ve come across fellow shop owners who don’t even want to divulge who they use for print on demand or their experiences with said vendors. I do not believe this is a benefit to anyone nor do I feel like two businesses using the same printer would cause either of their respective businesses to suffer. As a business owner you should have enough confidence in your audience and your products to help out a fellow girl boss without worry. I also am a believer in that what goes around comes around.
On the other side of the spectrum there are so many inspiring female entrepreneurs that live to help other entrepreneurs succeed. Have they set up their business models to profit from their expertise? Absolutely, as they should. Whether other entrepreneurs choose to spend money to learn is up to them. This particular niche is proof that you can share your knowledge and teach people exactly what you did to be successful and your business model will be just fine. These educators are out here giving you their strategies and telling you exactly how they got from point a to point b. Yet none of them are worried that by teaching others they will effectively put themselves out of business. It’s proof that you can support your fellow girl bosses without hindering your bottom line.
I’ve recently had an experience where a fellow girlboss-to-be reached out to ask some questions about how I run my business from the craft show side of things. My entrepreneurship have multiple revenue streams. I sell on Etsy, print on demand, I sell in person at craft fairs and have my blog. This young lady was searching for some clarity on the realm of how I sell at craft fairs. After experiencing fellow entrepreneurs not wanting to share even the smallest bit of information, I was excited to offer some of the knowledge I’ve gained in the years I’ve been an entrepreneur. The rewarding feelings that followed are what make being a girl boss so wonderful. Being the female entrepreneur that helped this young girl will hopefully set the stage for her to help fellow entrepreneurs that she comes across as well. It is a cycle of women supporting women that I hope continues.
Women are supremely powerful beings. We should be there for each other and the world of women will only get better.
With love and nachos