Let’s spread the love! Here’s how we can help and support other female entrepreneurs.
No matter how long you’ve been in business, I think you’ll agree: Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy.
It’s tough for anyone to start a business. It can be a unique challenge for women, who typically face more challenges than men when starting a business. But women and men start out on equal footing in the business world in both creativity and initiative, so what gives?
How can we — as women business owners — help other female entrepreneurs succeed?
Here are three things you can do now to help your peers thrive.
Be Honest About Your Journey
As we all know from experience, starting a business can be financially straining, especially during the first few years. It’s tempting to try to hide our stress from the world. After all, no one wants to appear to be struggling.
But when we obscure our real-life challenges from other women entrepreneurs, we may be hindering their potential to thrive.
Here at LEAP for Women, we value honesty over perfection. We embrace transparency, collaboration, and an open dialogue to strengthen the platform for women business owners everywhere.
As women, we need to be our biggest advocates. So let’s speak up – and honestly – to and for each other.
Let’s pay it forward by sharing tips and tricks to help save each other time and money in the journey to business ownership.
After all, we have the power to define what our concept of success looks like.
Come From a Place of Abundance
I’m guessing the word “abundance” cues images of an overflowing financial cup. But I want to challenge this concept.
Let’s think bigger.
It can be tempting to hoard knowledge, resources, and leads when we’re competing for business. But abundance includes the physical and mental resources we hold too.
When we give from the breadth of our own energy or knowledge, we can have a meaningful impact on another woman’s success.
Consider this point made in Delivering Happiness, the book penned by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh: If he’d pulled the plug early because there were too many other companies selling shoes already, we wouldn’t have the powerhouse that’s redefining both retail and customer service today.
At the end of the day, there’s enough business for everyone. So let’s be open to friendly competition and remember to help each other along the way.
When we network in a spirit of collaboration, we can find our sources of strength and stamina running deeper and wider than they did in isolation.
Always remember: Your biggest competitive advantage is you.
Support Other Women Entrepreneurs
Sometimes this feels easier said than done. So what are some practical ways we can lend a helping hand?
First, let’s give of our time and/or resources to support women entrepreneurs. Spend money at companies owned by women. Volunteer time to assist another woman on her business journey.
Contribute from the places in which your cup is full, and find ways to advocate for female entrepreneurship within the rhythms and routines of your own life.
Second, share leads and referrals with other women business owners in your field – particularly those who are just starting out.
We’ve all made it in business with the help of others along the way, so let’s prioritize the goal of spreading the love and support.
It’s a well-worn truth that the good ol’ boys club exists, but we can be the network that fuels other women’s success by collaborating, helping, and sharing with abundance, woman to woman.
After all, in life and in business, we’re stronger together than we are alone.
About Emily D. Tisdale, Founder & CEO
Meet the brains — and heart — behind LEAP for Women. Emily is LEAP’s guiding force, committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage in their journey.
She loves LEAP because:
A resident of Indiana, Emily prides herself on being a transplanted Hoosier and enjoys watching Colts football and spending time with her husband and their two children.