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How 3 Female Entrepreneurs Turned Passion into Success

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In the U.S., women own 4 out of 10 businesses. The number of businesses run by women has grown significantly from 2007 to 2018. According to the 2019 Small Business Report, 52% of female small business owners are over age 50, while 29% of them are between 40 and 49. The findings suggest that female entrepreneurs are often more educated than men too.

These numbers seem encouraging, but how do they do it? How did they dare to even try to turn their passion into earnings? How did they make a profitable startup out of it?

Here are a few tips and how-to’s from 3 female entrepreneurs. Use their wisdom to help achieve your career dreams!

Female Entrepreneurs: Remember It All Starts with an Idea

At the beginning of it all is an idea.

The tree of success grows from one tiny seed. In the world of business, the seed is the idea. When you want to devote yourself to something, it needs to be something you truly care about. Try to go through your interests. Remember what you always wanted to do.

Think about what you are good at too. Got it? Do your research about the potential of your idea.

Sheila Lirio Marcelo: Knowledge is a Goldmine

Behind every successful entrepreneur lies a ton of research. By reading the magazines and books, listening to podcasts, and attending seminars, you are opening a vast pool of knowledge. Draw from that pool to find opportunities and gaps in the market. Discover how those gaps can be filled with what you have to offer.

Now a famous female entrepreneur Sheila Lirio Marcelo found her gap in the difficulties for finding and choosing a child care service provider. Her website Care.com grew to become the most innovative and trustworthy online resource for finding child care, pet sitters, and house sitters.

There are plenty of educational programs and other resources for women in business that could be helpful for reaching the end goal.

Melissa Browne: Accept the Challenges and Failures

Next on the list of successful female entrepreneur is Melissa Browne. She accepts her vulnerabilities and welcomes all challenges in front of her because they make her better at what she does. The reality that challenges sometimes lead to failures is a fact that Sadhana Smiles knows well. She has two failed attempts behind her. Along the way, she has learned where she functions the best and how to deal with the ups and downs.

The bottom line is that there will be no easy road to success, but every milestone and every obstacle along the way is a chance to correct yourself and become better the next time. Couldn’t jump over that obstacle and you fell instead? Jump higher the next time.

Amy Schmittauer: Work Hard for Other People Too

Amy Schmittauer, an entrepreneur who helps others achieve their goals, thinks that nothing beats hard work when it comes to success. And she has a point. Get all the skills and the experience in your field, learn, develop, and grow. It will require a lot of sleepless nights, but it will be worthwhile.

But don’t work only for yourself. Work for your team because teamwork provides you with the support you need to get through all the challenges.

And, most importantly, work for your customers. When you have their wellbeing in mind, they will know it, and they will happily spend their money on your products/services.

More Tips for Turning Passion into Success

Embrace Who You Are

Women being pushed aside in a “man’s world” when it comes to decision making is nothing new. Many times they were intimidated to speak and share their thoughts. Don’t be that girl. Turn your “weakness” into strength; use it as an opportunity to be memorable and stand out in a world “run by boys.”

Shape Your Idea into a Specific Offer

So, you have a general idea of what area you want to cover with your startup. Now you need to shape it into something that customers will want to spend their money on. Shape the specific packages and offerings. Check what your future competitors are doing and perform market research that will help you reach a better understanding of the demand.

Get Those Funds You Need, Female Entrepreneurs!

The saying “Money makes the world go round” couldn’t be truer in the world of business. You will need it from day one, to secure the necessary permits, pay the legal fees, and, if there is a need, hire employees. You will also need the funds to get your production off the ground and invest in marketing.

Seek business loans and outside investors. Try crowdfunding. Ask a friend. Get a mortgage. Anything goes as long as you calculate your budget properly and make a good business plan.

Finally, be bold! Push harder, aim higher! You deserve this.

About Today’s Writer

Caitlin is a bookworm and recreational dancer. She is also a medical student in love with science in all its forms.

When she is not trying to find the meaning of life and Universe, Caitlin is researching and writing about various health-related and well-being related topics. She is happily addicted to art in all its forms, grilled tofu, and hiking. To see what Caitlin is up to next, find her on Twitter.

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21 Comments

  1. AriesGreen NigeriaLtd May 16, 2019

    Love this….. It is very helpful, thank you.

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 21, 2019

      Great to hear

  2. Mohmy May 16, 2019

    It is true money really makes the world go round. Pray for me as I want to be a successful too and my aim is high. Lets hope for the best now

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 21, 2019

      Blessings to you, Mohmy

  3. TJ May 16, 2019

    What a great article! I look forward to sharing a link to this post in one of my future posts. For women, like myself, who often feel they will have no financial recourse after divorce, this article would be the beginning of that “idea” that sparks passion and success. The book I am writing (read about it on my blog), is my passion, and as suggested in your article, I am doing it not only to heal myself, but others as well. Thank you, love this!

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 21, 2019

      Thank you for the future share, TJ. Wishing you all the best with your book and future accomplishments!

  4. map195 May 16, 2019

    nice….motivational

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 21, 2019

      Indeed.

  5. Mya Taylor May 16, 2019

    Well done, Girl Boss! As always, you’re spot on in terms of providing valuable information that women can learn from. ♥️ these personal insights.

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 21, 2019

      Caitlin really hit the nail on the head with this one, didn’t she Mya :)

  6. richa pandey May 16, 2019

    Great 👍

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 21, 2019

      Hi Richa, hope you’re doing well!

    2. richa pandey May 22, 2019

      Hi Christy, was not well from last few days but much better now. Thanks

    3. Christy B May 23, 2019

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that, Richa. I’m glad to her you’re feeling better now xx

  7. Norah May 19, 2019

    Sounds like good advice. Thanks Christy and Caitlin.

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 21, 2019

      It was great to have Caitlin’s insights here on women who have had business successes, Norah. You’re pretty successful yourself!

    2. Norah May 23, 2019

      I try, Christy. :)

  8. So inspiring! Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 21, 2019

      Go ladies go!!

  9. Mya Taylor May 21, 2019

    This is encouraging and great information for new entrepreneurs. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 22, 2019

      Bring on the goals, bring on the achievements, Mya!!

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