Female entrepreneurs, particularly mothers, are one of the most significant influences in our market today
I sometimes think about my pre-mom professional self. And I think she would be shocked by how much more productive she becomes once she becomes a mom. After my son was born I became more focused, more purposeful, and more intentional in all of my professional endeavors. I don't have time to mess around, I've got a little guy that needs me.
As I grow in my career as mama entrepreneur, I am continually fascinated by others traveling this same, but rare, path. In fact, so fascinated that I'm working on a book about it! Stories of Mompreneurs will explore how someone jumps on the entrepreneurial ship after having a child and how they steer the ship afterwards.
As I worked through some portions for the book this weekend, I found myself in need of a bit more inspiration, so I found some statistics and words of wisdom to keep me going.
Some female entrepreneurship statistics:
- Women own 36% of all businesses, according to the 2012 U.S. Census ‒ a jump of 30% over 2007. (Forbes)
- “The only bright spot in recent years with respect to privately-held company job growth has been among women-owned firms,” according to the [2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report]. (Fortune)
- Women entrepreneurs in the United States rank their happiness at nearly three times that of women who are not entrepreneurs or established business owners. (Inc.)
- 500 women-owned businesses are started every day in the US. (Tech.Co)
- Women were nearly five times more likely to mention family reasons for becoming self-employed than men. A fifth of females chose to work as self-employed to help combine ‘family commitments/wanted to work at home’ and employment in a flexible manner. (Office for National Statistics, UK)
- “At every level, more women were rated by their peers, their bosses, their direct reports, and their other associates as better overall leaders than their male counterparts — and the higher the level, the wider that gap grows.” (Harvard Business Review)
- Recent data has shown that women-led technology companies are more capital-efficient, achieving 35 percent higher return on investment. (Tech Crunch)
- Women entrepreneurs start their businesses as a second or third profession. Many of them have experienced a considerable amount of dissatisfaction with their previous careers and in working for others. Often times, these innate desires to be their own boss are the driving forces that motivated them to pursue entrepreneurship. (Go 4 Funding)
- When defining innovation as “offering products that are new to some or all customers” in some regions — including the U.S. and developed Europe — women entrepreneurs have higher levels of innovation than their male counterparts. (Harvard Business Review)
Some words to mull over:
- “Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh** out of option B." - Sheryl Sandberg
- “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes -- understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” - Arrianna Huffington
- “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” - Oprah Winfrey
- “I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.” - Dee Dee Myers
- “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” - Amy Poehler
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