Happy International Women’s Day to all you beautiful ladies out there!!
There’s so much to celebrate today and it’s all about us! YAY!
I really wanted to celebrate today with some serious girl power and get a real insight into what it’s really like to be a woman in business. So, what better way to do that than by asking girl bosses themselves, whether they have their own business or smashing it in their industry!
When I sat down to write my list of who to get in touch with I realised how many amazing women in business I know and how amazing and inspiring they all are!
So, I got in touch with as many as I could and asked two simple questions, and I got some incredible answers.
What does it mean to be a woman in business?
Founder and Stylist of Independent Boutique; RUNWAY.
Managing Director, AKA North and Scotland.
Named one of Manchesters Most Inspirational Women
For me, being a woman in business is extremely exciting. As a Managing Director with a global advertising agency, I have the pleasure of working with an amazing team of extremely talented people on some of the biggest entertainment brands in the world. Every day brings new challenges and I’m very lucky to be inspired and empowered by an amazing group of women, from my group CEO, to my wife, mum and sister, who support me and give me the strength to constantly strive to achieve more.
Whether you want to start your own business or progress within your current career, always follow your heart and go for it. I believe its better to have tried and things not work out than not to try at all. Be brave, challenge yourself and ultimately you will reap the rewards.
The Great British Bake Off, The Great Pottery Throwdown, Take Me Out, Over the Rainbow.
Founder of Little Black Book.
Luxury Women’s Online Fashion Boutique with handpicked luxurious and up and coming fashion brands/designers from around the world so you don’t need to.
Make Up Artist to the stars, stage and film.
Founder and Designer @ Black Widow Clothing
A 1960’s Rock n’ Roll inspired clothing with a tailored twist
To be a woman in business it’s important to know who you are and what you stand for. In today’s world we have so many more opportunities than we did 100 years ago so I’m forever grateful and it’s important not to waste our potential. In the modern world that we live in today I feel it’s more important now than ever to strive and reach our goals. I’m so happy and proud to say I have my own business at 27, and I encourage all other woman to take a risk and just take that step. Get yourself organised and write your business goals down and create a plan that will help get you to where you want to be… stop procrastinating!!!
Penny Silver-Founder of Blossom Wellbeing.
Outstanding Holistic Therapist 2017,Reiki Master, EFT Practitioner, Mindful Meditation, Lover Of Essential Oils.
Founder and Designer @ Milly Toots.
Handmade accessories & clothing for little people. Mummy of 4 little explorers.
Founder of The Platinum Skin Clinic.
GDC (reg) MEDICALLY & HARLEY ST TRAINED health care professional.
Luxury non-surgical cosmetic experience for men and women.
To be a woman in business means believing in yourself and trusting your instinct. There are people out there who will doubt you and your ability to succeed in the business world. Sometimes in order to be successful you have to work very hard on your mindset in the face of those who doubt you, this is the time to rise to the occasion and prove to not only those people, but to yourself what you are capable of.
My advice would be to focus on the need to work smarter, not harder and faster, it’s not just about the hours you put in but the importance of leaning into life in general and of taking advantage of the professional and personal opportunities which come along.
Sisters Megan & Siobhan Kilroe – Founders of Mesi Living
Bringing client’s creative visions to life.
Photography, Styling, Interior Design, Social Media Consultancy.
If I could sum up in one word what being a woman in business means to me, it would be FREEDOM. Freedom to decide what or who you want to be, freedom to explore your creativity, freedom to pursue you’re dreams and last but definitely not least…financial freedom! I absolutely love that I can make people happy, whilst being happy myself and still call it work!
My first piece of advice would be to “Never Give Up’. I know this sounds totally cliche, but if you do just that, you will always be making progress towards making your dreams come true. If something doesn’t seem right or work out as you thought it would at first, develop that idea or product, be open to change, look around you for inspiration and push on! You will come up with the right solution sooner or later and you’ll be glad you kept on pushing!
My second most valuable piece of advice is to ask yourself if you are truly passionate about what you are doing or trying to do. On the hard days your passion will be your drive and this is so important. You should be excited about what you’re doing. When you’re an independent business you are you’re own brand ambassador and if your passion shines bright for what you’re doing then so will you’re product or service!…Find something you love and do that!
Sarah Colbon- Owner of Love Sofia
Luxury Handmade Children’s Clothing 0-6yrs. Designed by Mumma & Inspired by My Daughter Sofia
To me, being a Woman/Mum Boss is the Most rewarding and hardest thing I’ve ever done! I’m super passionate about being a girl boss and all women doing “their thing”.
Motherhood and entrepreneur-ship are similar to me in the sense of expecting the unexpected. You can prep and plan and read books and take classes but who really knows what is going to happen? Being a Mumma means I need to be ready for any strange thing that my daughter Sofia might do, while being an entrepreneur, running LOVE SOFIA means I have to be ready for what other people might do.
Starting LOVE SOFIA originally came from pure frustration combined with passion for finding beautifully made and quality fabric baby clothing for my sensitive bubbas skin. Whilst searching for a designs/styles I could never find, I started to design my own. The next thing I knew I was 3 months pregnant and started a business handmaking luxury baby clothes on Instagram and dressing celebrities babies with my outfits! I’ve grown my business organically and slowly – deliberately- but knowing that I can have balance. Bringing up a baby, being a wife and running a business is the most fulfilling experience but it’s not easy. I truly believe that surrounding yourself with a network of brilliant, enthusiastic like minded Woman/Mum bosses creates success. I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it wasn’t for them. I’m now in a world that I never trained for, never had years of experience but is sooooo perfect! I’m living my dream and I’m doing it not only for myself but for my new little family.
You must have a good business idea, but you don’t have to come up with something entirely new, just something that’s better. I didn’t invent the handmade baby clothing business, I just created a business tailored to a market that wasn’t being catered for. There are enormous opportunities out there for mothers who want to start their own business. Just believe in yourself and let your passion do all the work!
I spent my childhood daydreaming about one day finding the strength and courage to do things my way, living my passion and creating an income doing it.
To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.
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